Ten Goal-scoring Goal Keepers
Tim Howard stole the headlines on Wednesday night after the Everton keeper fired his side into the lead with a wind-assisted goal from his own penalty area against Bolton in a 2-1 reverse. But rather than wax lyrical about the high winds and questionable keeping, we’ve been trawling the web to bring you nine other goal-scoring goalies, complete with Youtube goodness.
January 5th, 2012
To set the benchmark, we’ll start with Howard’s goal from Wednesday night. We’re not sure whether to feel sorry for the Bolton keeper or not.
We can’t compile a list like this without mentioning the guy who leads the goal-scoring goalies club.
Brazilian stopper and Sao Paulo legend Rogério Ceni has notched up a staggering 103 goals, all for his club side, in 1016 appearances since 1990. The majority of them are from penalties and free-kicks, but it is still one fine achievement.
José Luis Chilavert
Some way behind Ceni is another South American – Paraguayan keeper José Luis Chilavert. The 46-year-old retired in 2004 as the only keeper to have ever scored a hat-trick and with a record number of international goals (nine) for a keeper.
Famed for going up for corners when his side was struggling, former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel has 13 goals to his name. His goals have come for United, Aston Villa, Brøndby, Hvidovre and Denmark.
German goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt is another keeper who was useful at the opposite penalty spot, netting 39 goals in his career thus far. He holds the record for the most goals scored by the keeper in the Champions League.
However, he needs to learn not to celebrate so slowly, as game against Schalke proves.
In a goal eerily similar to Tim Howards, Paul Robinson managed to embarrass Watford keeper Ben Foster without the need for wind assistance.
He also scored this one for Leeds United in a Carling Cup clash with Swindon.
If you want an example of a perfect header, just see how Sunderland keeper Mart Poom gets on the end of this cross – against his former club no less.
Brazilian keeper Saulo joined the exclusive goal-scoring goalies club but unfortunately, he probably doesn’t remember it. After heading an equaliser for Sport Club do Recife in February 2011, Saulo suffered a concussion whilst celebrating the goal.
Famous in pub trivia land for being the only keeper to save a penalty from Matt Le Tissier, Mark Crossley is also a member of this exclusive club. He did it by nodding home an equaliser for Sheffield Wednesday against Southampton.
And finally, how could we forget this piece of English football folklore? Perhaps the most famous goal scored by a keeper in English football history, Glass was playing just his third game for Carlisle when he saved them from relegation from the Football League with the last kick of the 1998-99 season.