Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

17 Jume 2020
To celebrate the resumption of the football season in England, we bring you an update that is ironically almost Premier League-free! Revel in the fortunes of the outfield players who had to deputize for their goalkeepers, marvel at the 16-year-old who made his debut for Dundee United in European competition having never watched his teammates play, look away in horror at the keepers who were hit for five on their first start and gasp in amazement at just how many goalkeepers appeeared in Sky's Dream Team. There's also another goalkeeping bookkeeper, the custodian arrested in Orlando and the former Everton and Blackburn Rovers stopper who joined the police force.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures

2 June 2020
The first update of the Summer includes the day Peter Mellor had to change his top in front of the Fulham faithful at Craven Cottage, the last Celtic goalkeeper to wear a hoped jersey and the day Libya's goalkeeper lined up with a huge number on the front of his shirt. There's also some more collapsing goalposts, including the day the posts almost blew away in a gale at Everton, and a quartet of goalkeepers that found the net at the other end of the field. To round things off, there are some more personal oddities, nicknames and family ties, including the West Ham fan who decided to honour his favourite keeper by changing his name via deed poll.

Getting Shirty, In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

23 May 2020
A small but perfectly formed update sees former Czechoslovakia goalkeeper Ivo Viktor added to the list of goalkeeping greats. Additionally there are some more outfield goalkeepers who volunteered to take over in goal including a European Cup winner, and the Mersyside-flavoured tales of the Everton fan who chained himself to a goalpost, the Evertonian goalkeeper who had to lend a helping hand to repair the nets at Stoke City and the change of nets at Anfield.

Goalkeeping Greats, In the Net, Emergency Measures

9 May 2020
Lots of footballers swap shirts. Very few wear said shirts during a club game let alone an international match. One Peruvian goalkeeper did just that. Twice. There's also the tale of the Scottish goalkeeper that wore three different shirts during the World Cup, the youngest keeper ever to appear in the finals and another collection of outfield players who were forced to pull on the goalkeeper's shirt, including three from Portsmouth alone, not to mention some more goalies that appeared in their country's version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Emergency Measures

19 April 2020
Goalkeepers, more than any other position, seem to enjoy pursuing other pastimes when not diving around in the mud. As well as the keeper who played cricket there's also some fellow members of the union who excelled at tennis, gaelic football, table tennis and rowing. There's also the goalie arrested for shooting someone during a fight, the keeper who had to write a letter in defence of a supporter who pelted an orange at him and FIFA's rules on goalkeeping gloves ahead of the 2014 World Cup. If that wasn't enough, you can read about the deaf Namibia shot-stopper and enjoy some more silly nicknames.

Quirky Facts, Hands in Gloves, 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 and goalkeepers alike amused and entertained with its collection of goalie titbits ever since. But don't just take our word for it...

"Educational and charming" - Oliver Kahn

"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
  • "I discovered it's not the gloves but what's in them that counts"
    Neville Southall

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