Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

25 March 2023
This month's update is perfectly timed to keep everyone entertained during the international break and comes with a fair share of anecdotes involving international goalkeepers including Gianluigi Buffon's Subbuteo collection, the dominance of Slovenia's keepers in their country's Player of the Year awards and the part 'Allo 'Allo played in Jim Leighton's rejuvenation as a coach. There's also the day the crossbars suffered at the Goldstone Ground, three more outfield players that were forced to don the goalkeeper gloves and the day Steve Ogrizovic was told he was too tall to be a goalkeeper!

Quirky Facts, In the Net, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

27 February 2023
Loris Karius debut for Newcastle United in the League Cup final is just one of a handful of first appearances in February's update and arguably overshadowed by the 18-year-old Russian who conceded double figures but set a record and saved a penalty in the process, earning himself the Man of the Match of award despite the scoreline. There's also the keeper that decided to focus on his career with the police before being enticed back into the professional game, some goalscoring custodians, including the Argintinean who has found the net with four different clubs and the Swedish goalkeeper that came to unfortunate end while speed skating.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, I Fought the Law

30 January 2023
The first update of the year has landed with another smorgasbord of eccentric goalkeeping trivia, including the winner of Goalkeeper of the Year, the Swiss goalkeeper who had a tea plantation in Ceylon, some more sporting masters and the families with a strong tradition of keeping the ball out of the net. There's also the African goalkeeper who now presents a religious radio show, the former keeper now helping to keep the peace in a Kent harbour and the American goalie who founded his own baseball team. There's also some more nicknames and quirky middle names to keep you amused...

Quirky Facts, Getting Personal, Keepers of the Faith, I Fought the Law

29 December 2022
The final update of the year has a bit of a World Cup theme, thanks to the exploits of the likes of Croatia's Dominik Livaković and Poland's Wojciech Szczesny but for those of you that like the quirkier side of goalkeeping don't fret too much. There's also the keeper who breeds thoroughbred horses, the goalkeeper whose goal was covered with plastic snakes and the Scottish club that released a shirt that featured one of their former custodians on the front. If that's not enough, there's also the former German international who decided to take a chainsaw to his neighbour's garage.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, In the Net, I Fought the Law

30 November 2022
A World Cup update that features barely any World Cup facts but don't let that deter you. Alongside Andries Noppert's debut for the Netherlands, there's the keeper who finally made his professional debut in his thirties, the Turkish goalkeeper who sustained minor injuries after being attacked with a corner flag, the keeper who is reputed to have recorded the longest goal from a freekick and some Words of Wisdom from Peter Shilton, Tim Flowers and Brian Clough.

Goalkeeping Debuts, Quirky Injuries, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, 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 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...

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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
  • "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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