Goalkeepers Are Different

Everything you've ever wanted to know about
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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

29 May 2021
A cheeky update ahead of the 2021 Champions League final that doesn't feature a single Manchester City or Chelsea goalkeeper! Instead there's the Latvian keeper who proved to be something of an all-round sportsman, winning titles in four different sports, Allison's goalscoring exploits against West Bromwich Albion and the Welsh international keeper who started his career as a defender. There's also the Colchester United player who was forced to don the gloves for a League Cup tie, a vinyl dedication to Shaka Hislop and the former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper who hung up his gloves to become an Ed Sheeran tribute act.

Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Emergency Measures

9 May 2021
A referee taking exception to Paddy Roche's shirt number ahead of a World Cup qualifier is just one of the treats featured in the latest update to mark the end of the Football League season. There's also a mixed back of debuts, including the goalkeeper who made his debut for the same club twice in his only two League appearances, the former Wanderers keeper who later served on Sheffield's city council and a collection of goalkeeping families, nicknames and quirky middle names.

Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Politically Speaking

18 April 2021
A mixed glove bag of an update that features, among other things, Manuel Neuer's attempt to the fix his net with a towel, the Brighton goalkeeper who saved seven out of nine penalties in single season and the Chelsea keeper who appeared on screen with Rex Harrison, no less. There's also some more knowledgeable words of wisdom, Chile's Footballer of the Year winners and a throwback to the time when goalkeepers were allowed to wear shirts from other companies rather than from their club's official kit suppliers.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, In the Net, Words of Wisdom

22 March 2021
Yassine Bounou's injury time equaliser for Sevilla has provided the impetus for the first update of March, if only because everyone loves a goalscoring goalkeeper, but it also sees Hope Solo become the latest and first female addition to the Goalkeeper Greats section. Additionally there's a couple of Shirty Tales including the mean-spirited reaction of League officials to a goalkeeper's personal choice of kit and John Burridge's controversial view of Premier League goalkeepers in Words of Wisdom plus a lot more!

Goalkeeping Greats, Getting Shirty, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Words of Wisdom

28 February 2021
Every now and then a piece of trivia is uncovered that makes doing this all worth while. In the latest update, there's not one but two such gems - the keeper who competed in the Literature Event at the 1928 Olympics and the goalie whose brother was the National Bowls Champions in 1947! Alongside these fantastic titbits you'll find some World Cup goalkeeping facts, a couple of personal quirks and the football clubs behind the Iron Curtain that used to enjoy decorating their goalposts. There's also a couple of more outfield players who ended up in goal and the Indian keeper who was arrested for living off immoral earnings in Goa.

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Emergency Measures

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
  • "You cant have nice goalkeepers. Nice goalkeepers don't win you anything!"
    Alan Hodgkinson
  • What goalkeeper doesn't like a little action?"
    Karen Bardsley

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