Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

12 March 2017
Archie Strimel's international career was short and not particularly sweet but he retired as an Olympian if nothing else. Learn more about his disasterous debut together with a collection of other goalkeeper initiations - good, bad and quirky, some sporting masters, the Indie guitar hero, the injury that lead to a transfer, the goalkeeper felled by a cricket ball and a collection of personal titbits.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Getting Personal

24 February 2017
Learn of the legend of Irishman Matt Reilly who was allegedly responsible for the introduction of the penalty area after his Gaelic Football antics were frowned upon, the German goalkeeper who missed two seasons after being injured on the frontline during World War Two, the post-football religious offices held by former F.A. President Lord Arthur Kinnaird and the Argentine goalkeeper who has scored a remarkable twenty-five goals for four different clubs.

Quirky Facts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Keepers of the Faith

12 February 2017
A pre-Valentine's update that is somewhat short on romance but long on some forgettable goalkeeper debuts included the international who shipped ten - yes, ten - on his one and so far only appearance for his country. There are also a couple of goalies who saved a penalty on their first start, the keeper who caused the TV highlights from a league game to be shelved, an award-winning documentary film maker and a rash of quirky injuries that will make you wonder just how some goalkeepers make it onto the pitch in one place.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries

1 February 2017
The first update of the year - and one that is slightly overdate. However, to make up of the delay, we bring you an entirely new section, chronicling the history of the humble goalkeeper glove, from the late 19th Century up the modern day, providing an alternative view to their development. There's also a selection of goalkeeping debuts - good, bad and quirky - some personal titbits and the rise of the multicoloured goalkeeper top in England as a result of changes to referee kits.

Hands In Gloves, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal

15 December 2016
David James' gets shot down in Viz after sharing his fears over the latest World Cup ball while Shoot! magazine sheds light on a bizarre injury to a Finnish goalkeeper in the 1970s. There's also the Argentine law student who became a top goalkeeper by accident, some sage advice from a couple of international goalkeepers (and Phil Neville) plus a couple of goalkeepers who got lucky with their long clearances.

Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

About Us

Goalkeepersaredifferent.com came to life in the summer of 1999. A treasure trove of goalkeeper facts, trivia and a whole lot more, it has kept football fans amused and entertained with its collection of goalie titbits ever since. But don't just take our word for it...

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Words of Wisdom
  • "It's disappointing to be dropped from any team - even my mates' fantasy league team"
    Robert Green
  • "I dreamt of playing for a club like Manchester United, and now here I am at Liverpool"
    Sander Westerveld
  • "He had no chance of beating Schmeichel from there, but it was always worth a try"
    Alan Parry
  • "If you're a goalkeeper, it doesn't matter what you save the ball with - if you keep it out, it's not a goal"
    Mark Lawrenson
  • "Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late twenties or thirties"
    Kevin Keegan
  • "And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction"
    John Motson
  • "It was like deja vu all over again"
    Shaka Hislop
  • "I still don't buy the idea that I'm a sex symbol"
    Hope Solo
  • "Peter Schmeichel will be like a father figure to Kasper Schmeichel"
    Jamie Redknapp
  • "Casper Ankegren's a bit of a Dracula-type keeper... doesn't like crosses"
    Andy Ritchie

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