Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

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

8 October 2016
Domestic football may have pretty much come to a halt during the international break but there's still plenty to offer those seeking furher goalkeeper oddities, facts and foibles. World Cup qualifiers do not feature unfortunately, but there is the story of the German goalkeeper who was arrested after conceding 43 goals in one game, the American goalie who was beaten nineteen times in three internationals against Mexico, the East German goalie who arguably had the worst debut of all time and the former Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper who became a professional wrestler after hanging up his gloves!

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law

3 October 2016
The Celtic legend who became a Tory councillor, the England goalkeeper who made a hash of taking his frustrations out on his goal post, the strange case of the North Korean goalkeeper who suspiciously gifted his opponents a goal and the Irish keeper who broke his crossbar not once but twice in the same game. All this and more in the latest update.

In the Net, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Politically Speaking, Words of Wisdom

18 September 2016
After Cammy Bell's heroics for Dundee United in saving three first half penalties there's another update, which also includes a couple of unlikely Stars of the Silver Screen, the Welsh goalkeeper who became a druid and a batch of goalscoring goalkeepers - including two on the same day. There are also some quotes from Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics plus the Brazilian international who was banned from writing on his goalkeeper shirt before games.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty,Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Words of Wisdom

3 September 2016
The League Cup and the Football League Trophy often throws up an anecdote or two when it comes to goalkeeper debuts and the 2016/17 season has proved to be no exception as clubs look to blood their back-up keepers. None more so the game between Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United where two debutants shipped nine goals between them. There's also the Liverpool goalkeeper who scored an own goal on his first appearance and the Reds keeper that saved a penalty while out on loan plus a couple of quirky injuries including the keeper that was stabbed in the eye by an opposition coach!

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries

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

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