Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

2 December 2016
A cheeky update for the weekend inspired by South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke's injury-time overhead kick on St. Andrew's Day that has become an internet sensation. Joining the Baroka FC goalkeeper are some fellow goalscoring custodians, some marvellous goalkeeper debuts, a glittering array of goalkeeping stars of the silver screen plus a brief look at the rise in popularity of red goalkeeper shirts during the 1970s.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers

25 November 2016
Former President of Bolivia Jaime Paz Zamora is guest of honour in the latest, and long overdue, update. He is joined by two superstitious Spanish international goalkeepers and an Irishman who decided to run for government after hanging up his goalkeeping gloves. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers and a couple of tales of broken goalposts and malfunctioning nets including a malfunction two minutes from time that proved costly for Borussia Mönchengladbach.

In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, Politically Speaking

9 November 2016
We have seen a few quirky injuries since this website was born, but being put out of action by a fly takes some beating. That's what happened to Liverpool's Under-23 keeper Caoimhin Kelleher last week, who ended up on crutches after his encounter with an insect. There's also some more good, bad and quirky goalkeeper debuts including the Antipodean keeper who played for both Australia and New Zealand, the two Aussie goalkeepers who changed codes, and some more goalsocring custodians.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers

30 October 2016
It is probably fair to say that goalkeeper Chris Woods' England career did not live up to the early promise but it did throw up a quirky coincidence. The latest update also features a couple of sporting masters, some more personal oddities, nicknames and middle names, some goalkeeper insights and the recent run-in with the law experienced by a coupe a of Portland Timber players, who both managed to get arrested for DUI following the premature end of their season.

Quirky Facts, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

24 October 2016
As Halloween approaches, we have some debut horror stories to share plus the tale of the Mauritius international who drove a stake through the heart of his career earlier this year when he was arrested for a drug bust. There's also the goalie who enjoyed a blood orange or two. On a brighter note, there's also the goalkeeper who saved a penalty on his first start, two keepers who swapped their gloves for truncheons and a batch of penalty-scoring custodians.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law

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...

"Excellent and well-written" - When Saturday Comes

"Excellent" - Guardian Unlimited

"Goalkeepers are the drummers of football... Great quirky facts, a great website" - Website Wasteland, The Gideon Coe Show, BBC Radio6 Music

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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