Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

12 August 2017
An update to celebrate the start of the new football season, with the now traditional mix of debuts, both good and bad, together with a list that surprisingly doesn't include Lev Yashin of goalkeepers who were crowned Player of the Year in the Soviet Union. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers and a couple of outfield players that valiantly wwent between the sticks when called upon plus some more sporting masters and some personal oddities and quirky middle names.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

9 July 2017
A cheeky update that features Pat Jennings's ropey Arsenal shirt, Wycombe Wanderers's "hypnotic" new goalkeeper shirt, the Wigan Athletic goalkeeper who packed a secret weapon for the FA Cup Final and the reason behind why Watford's Steve Sherwood wore red in the same competition. Meanwhile Pep Guardiola shares his coaching philosophy and Team USA's Kasey Keller recalls the moment he told his tutor he had signed for Millwall.

Getting Shirty, Hands In Gloves, Words of Wisdom

25 June 2017
A Flemish-themed update of sorts with Belgium's Michel Preud'homme joining the list of goalkeeping greats plus a list of every Belgian goalkeeper to have been crowned Player of the Year. There's also a couple of goalkeepers who found themselves on the wrong side of the law and the embarrassment suffered by Bohemians when their opponents discovered that one of their crossbars was an inch lower than it should have been, not to mention two high profile referees who failed to notice that the ball had hit the back of the net.

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, In The Net, I Fought the Law

29 May 2017
A Bank Holiday update with something of a Germanic feel to it, featuring a comprehensive list of award winners from both West and East Germany and the Berliner who was arrested for the murder of his wife. There's also the tale of the Colombian goalkeeper who suffered the ignomy of being bitten on the backside by a police dog during a game, the basketball game that saw a Premier League sidelined, some quirky middle names and the Bandy silver medalist from Norway.

Quirky Facts, Quirky Injuries, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law

23 April 2017
An overdue update that is sadly lacking in England goalkeepers on St. George's Day but does have a dragon of sorts in the form of Wales' first international goalkeeper, one of a batch of keepers to suffer an off day on their first appearance. There's also a collection of goalscoring goalkeepers plus Lev Yashin the musical, the Gibraltarian keeper that ended up on the cover of a pop single and a collection of tales involving goalies and their gloves.

Quirky Facts, Hands In Gloves, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers

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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