Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

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

27 March 2017
A mixed bag in the second update of the month, featuring a handful of goalkeepers who have scored a goal during their careers, a couple of keepers who went on to uphold the law in various guises after hanging up their gloves and the Irish goalkeeper who gave up a promising career to play Gaelic football only to see the error of his ways and return later on. There's also some cracking quotes from some famous names.

Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law, Words of Wisdom

12 March 2017
Archie Strimel's international career was short and not particularly sweet but he retired as an Olympian if nothing else. Learn more about his disasterous debut together with a collection of other goalkeeper initiations - good, bad and quirky, some sporting masters, the Indie guitar hero, the injury that lead to a transfer, the goalkeeper felled by a cricket ball and a collection of personal titbits.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Getting Personal

24 February 2017
Learn of the legend of Irishman Matt Reilly who was allegedly responsible for the introduction of the penalty area after his Gaelic Football antics were frowned upon, the German goalkeeper who missed two seasons after being injured on the frontline during World War Two, the post-football religious offices held by former F.A. President Lord Arthur Kinnaird and the Argentine goalkeeper who has scored a remarkable twenty-five goals for four different clubs.

Quirky Facts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Keepers of the Faith

12 February 2017
A pre-Valentine's update that is somewhat short on romance but long on some forgettable goalkeeper debuts included the international who shipped ten - yes, ten - on his one and so far only appearance for his country. There are also a couple of goalies who saved a penalty on their first start, the keeper who caused the TV highlights from a league game to be shelved, an award-winning documentary film maker and a rash of quirky injuries that will make you wonder just how some goalkeepers make it onto the pitch in one place.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, 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...

"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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