What was he doing there anyway? 11 prolific goalkeepers


Goalkeeper Seny Dieng made headlines when he scored a late equalizer for QPR at Sunderland. So here are 11 more shot stoppers.

1. Rogerio Ceni (131 goals for Sao Paolo, 1997-2015)
That Rogerio Ceni is relatively unknown in this country doesn’t speak much for our seclusion, as it really feels overkill to think of a bigger club legend than Ceni in Sao Paolo. He made 1,249 appearances for them over 22 years and scored 131 goals, both from penalties and free-kicks.

Despite being considered one of the best Brazilian goalkeepers of all time, Ceni won 17 caps for the national team. He was in the squad for the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals but only played twice. He is currently in his second term as head coach at Sao Paolo. In his five-and-a-half year managerial career, he has also coached Fortaleza (also twice), Cruzeiro and Flamengo.

2. Jose Luis Chilavert (67 goals for different clubs, 1983-2003)
It’s no surprise that Chilavert is at the top of the list of prolific goalkeepers, but the variety of clubs he’s scored for still encourages a double-take. He scored for every club side he played for (and scored for every single one of them in the league bar one), and the list is impressive, including Argentina’s San Lorenzo and Velez Sarsfield, Uruguay’s Penarol, Spain‘s Real Zaragoza and France’s Strasbourg.

Another free-kick and penalty specialist, Chilavert may not have scored as many goals as Ceni overall, but he holds the international goal record for a goalkeeper, scoring eight goals in 74 games for Paraguay. He ended his playing career in 2004 with a testimonial match against a World Stars XI. predictable he went out with a goalscored against Rene Higuita.

3. Johnny Vegas Fernandez (45 goals for various clubs, 1997–2017)
The unlikely name Johnny Vegas Fernandez is another international on this list, having played three times for Peru in his two-decade playing career, making nearly 200 appearances for Sport Boys in six years and then 11 different clubs – two more than once – for the rest of his career. He scored 40 of his goals in the top division of the Peruvian league.

4. Rene Higuita (43 goals for different clubs, 1985-2009)
Higuita is as famous for his ‘scorpion kick’ in a friendly against England at Wembley in 1995 as for his scoring and other occasionally eccentric goalkeeping decisions. Higuita scored three times in 68 games for Colombia. In club sport, he played most of his career for Atletico Nacional, for whom he played almost 200 games in two periods between 1986 and 1997.

Those two spells were overlapped by his only spell in Europe but while his spell in Spain with Real Valladolid could hardly be described as a ‘success’, he did score twice in his 15 games for the club. Atletico Nacional scored thirty of his goals, the vast majority from penalties.

5. Jorge Campos (34 goals for Pumas, 1988-1999)
Another from the goalkeeper school “Loco”. Campos made 130 appearances for Mexico over 13 years and was the first-choice goalkeeper at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups; He was also drafted in 2002 without being selected. But in those 130 games, Campos failed to score.

It was different in Liga MX. Campos played three times for the Pumas between 1988 and 2002, scoring 34 goals in 274 games for them. But oddly enough, despite also playing for six other clubs – including LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire in the MLS – he only ever scored for one club and was known for starting games in goal before later moving to outfield. Unusually for a goalkeeper, Campos was only 5ft 7in tall.

6. Hans-Jorg Butt (31 goals, mostly for Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, 1997-2009)
The most prolific goalkeeper in Europe, who hit Bulgaria’s Dimitar Ivankov by a goal against the post, is the record goalkeeper with three goals in Europe’s most important club competition in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. In 1999/2000 he scored nine goals for Hamburg in the league alone and was joint top scorer that season with Roy Präger and Tony Yeboah.

Butt’s final career goal was possibly the most high-profile goal ever scored by a leeper. Butt played the last four years of his career as a backup for Manuel Neuer at FC Bayern Munich and at the end of the 2009–10 Champions League group stage they needed a result from a trip to Juventus to avoid relegation to the Europa League. After conceding an early goal, Bayern were awarded a penalty. Butt stepped up to convert and Bayern continued to win 4-1and eventually reached the final before losing to Inter.

Of course, the rest of this list could easily be supplemented with another half-dozen goalkeepers who have scored ten or 20 goals for their club side from free kicks and penalties, so we bring the second half of this list to attention to a further five goalkeepers who had their glorious moments , when they played in England.

7. Alan Fettis (2 goals for Hull City, 1994/95)
A string of injuries meant Hull City manager Terry Dolan had a surprise in store for injured reserve goalkeeper Alan Fettis just over a week before Christmas 1994. Fettis was out for weeks with a thumb injury but was given the number 12 shirt for their home league game against Oxford United and became a fullback substitute on the day as a small squad, a string of injuries and no money came together to make it happen to leave Tiger with little choice.

With ten minutes remaining, Fettis came on as a substitute and scored Hull’s third goal in the 3-1 win with a shot he later described as a “miss from my heel”. But then, on the final day of the game against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Fettis was called off the bench again and scored again. After leaving Manchester United’s academy at the end of last season, he is now goalkeeping coach at Middlesbrough. Both of his Football League goals were fortunate preserved for posterity.

8. Paul Robinson (one goal each for Leeds United and Spurs, 2003-2007)
Former England international Robinson’s first goal came in the last minute of a League Cup match against Swindon Town in September 2003. Trailing two to one in injury time, Robinson went up for the corner and headed in to give Leeds the equalizer and the to force an extension. Time. He also saved a penalty in the shootout that followed the 2–2 draw to eliminate Swindon and put Leeds through.

But his second career goal came in the Premier League. When Spurs played Watford in March 2007, a harmless free-kick went straight into the second goal of the home team’s 3-1 win. Somewhat ironically, it was memorable for resembling one of English football’s most famous goals, scored by a goalkeeper who also happened to be scored by a Spurs legend.

9. Pat Jennings (one goal for Spurs, 1967/68)
It speaks volumes to Pat Jennings’ talent as a goalkeeper that he is regarded with reverence on both sides of the north L0o0ndon rivalry, despite moving directly from Spurs to Arsenal in 1977.

Jennings was a standout goaltender in the First Division for more than 20 years, but he was also the scorer of what has long been the most iconic keeper goal in the country.

On 12 August 1967, league champions Manchester United played FA Cup holders Spurs in the Charity Shield at Old Trafford. Spurs had already taken the lead through Jimmy Robertson in the second minute when Jennings speculatively fired the ball down where the rebound caught Manchester United goalkeeper Alex Stepney and crashed over his head into the goal. It was captured by BBC cameras and featured on that evening’s episode of Match of the Day, guaranteeing its place in the history books of English football.

10. Alex Stepney (2 goals for Manchester United, 1973/74)
The goalkeeper, whom Jennings himself defeated in 1967, holds a unique place in Manchester United’s record books as the best goalkeeper. During the disastrous 1973/74 season, Stepney, the only player involved in winning the 1968 European Cup Final and 1977 FA Cup, was called up for penalties after manager Tommy Docherty lost confidence in one of his outfield players.

He played his first game on September 12, 1973 against Leicester City, but this could not prevent a 1-2 home defeat. When he scored again from the penalty spot against Birmingham City six weeks later, it was the only goal of the game.

An urban legend later spread that Stepney finished that season as United’s joint top-scorer, but there’s no truth to that. United’s numbers have been pretty terrible across the board this season (they managed just 38 goals in 42 league games) but their joint top scorers in all competitions this season were Sammy McIlroy and Lou Macari with six each.

Stepney is not the only goalkeeper to score for Manchester United. Peter Schmeichel did so and also scored for Aston Villa in a career that saw him score ten goals in total. His only goal for United in a 1995 UEFA Cup match against Rotor Volgograd was not enough to prevent United from being eliminated on away goals. Schmeichel also holds the record for the largest unrecognized goal ever scored by a goalkeeper (Clearly offside, but still brilliant) Overhead kick with the outside of the foot 1997 FA Cup against Wimbledon.

11. Jimmy Glass (1 goal for Carlisle United, 1998/99)
Jimmy Glass is perhaps the best example of a goalkeeper celebrated for scoring. He’s famous for being the man who shouldn’t be there in the first place.

At the end of the March 1999 transfer window, Carlisle United became owner Michael Knighton sold the club’s only regular goalkeeper, Tony Caig, to Blackpool. They were dependent on loanee Richard Knight, but with Carlisle battling relegation from the Football League, Knight was recalled by parent club Derby County with three games of the season remaining.

It took an emergency dispensation from the league to bring in a late replacement: Jimmy Glass from Swindon Town.

Carlisle drew in the first two of their games, 3-3 with Darlington and 0-0 with Hartlepool, meaning they needed a better result from their home game against Plymouth than Scarborough did from their game against Peterborough on the final day of the season could achieve .

The Scarborough match first ended in a 1-1 draw, which caused their fans to celebrate on the pitch when it was revealed that Carlisle also only drew. But in the final seconds, Glass went up for a corner and scored the goal this preserved the Football League status they had held since 1921.

Carlisle was relegated to non-league football in 2004 but returned straight as champions. Scarborough, hit by the financial crisis and downgraded to Conference North, collapsed in 2007.


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