Goalkeepers Are Different

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

Recent Updates

19 June 2016
A Fathers' Day update featuring a couple of goalkeepers that followed in their dads' footsteps, two Euro 2016 goalies that have had dalliances with the film industry, more quirky debuts - both good and bad, some goalkeeper nicknames and Alan Rough's dodgy perm from the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, Words of Wisdom

8 June 2015
A cheeky midweek update featuring the last goalkeeper to legally pick a football up from a backpass, the only keeper ever sent off for two bookable offences for timewasting, a couple of goalscoring goalies, the goalkeeper who needed a bowl of rice pudding in order to play and England defender Phil Neal's brief stint in goal!

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

30 May 2016
A Bank Holiday update featuring Gordon Banks' brief singing career, Bert Trautmann's even briefer film career plus a selection of disastrous goalkeeper debuts, goalscoring goalkeepers and a couple of Brazilian goalkeepers whose religious faiths had an unexpected impact on their careers.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Keepers of the Faith

15 May 2016
Poland's Jan Tomaszewski and Uruguay's Ladislao Mazurkiewicz become the latest two goalkeepers to join the growing list of Goalkeeping Greats. There's also a wealth of Quirky Facts, including the animated goalkeeper and some sporting masters, a couple of goalscoring keepers and some personal oddities, including the Peruvian Olympic dynasty.

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

2 May 2016
A bumper Bank Holiday update that feature's Messi's grandfather, some forgettable and unforgettable debuts, the goalkeeper arrested twice by two different ideological factions, the Danish keeper whose shirt made more appearances than he did, the Dutch goalkeeper that picked the wrong side during World War Two and a sprinkling of nicknames and other personal oddities.

Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Politcally Speaking, Words of Wisdom

About Us

Goalkeepersaredifferent.com came to life in the summer of 1999. A treasure trove of goalkeeper facts, trivia and a whole lote 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
  • "The joy of seeing Yuri Gagarin flying in space is only superseded by the joy of a good penalty save"
    Lev Yashin
  • "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

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