Goalkeepers Are Different

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Goalkeepers Are Different

Recent Updates

24 March 2024
There is something of a Soviet-era feel to the latest update that includes the night Rinat Dasayev wore a France goalkeeper top for a friendly in Paris and the addition of the forgotten Yevhen Rudakov to the Goalkeeping Greats section. If that's not enough, there's also the Tehran derby where both keepers donned a shirt they swapped with their opposition numbers in the 1982 Asian Games, some more sporting masters and quirky coincidences plus the Spain international who turned to politics after hanging up his gloves.

Goalkeeping Greats, Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Politically Speaking

28 February 2024
Celebrate the Leap Year with the latest site update, featuring the goalkeeper who was something of a musical polymath, the Greek keeper who was asked to leave the field by his teammates, the French goalie with a unique choice of jerseys and the Slovenian youngster whose professional debut lasted almost a minute. There's also the goalkeeper arrested for drug dealing, a few more sporting masters including the goalkeeper that won an Olympic silver medal with Sweden's ice hockey team and few keepers who had debuts they'd probably rather forget.

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalkeeping Debuts, I Fought the Law

29 January 2024
The first update of the year focuses on Arbroath's goalscoring goalkeeper and some other keepers that also found the net, albeit in not such a spectacular fashion as Ali Adams. There is also a couple of keepers that turned to politics after retiring from the game and a couple of outfield players who answered the call when a place between the sticks came calling. If that's not enough, there's a few soundbites to wrap things up, including the reason why Alan Rough stayed with Partick Thistle for so long.

Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Politically Speaking, Emergency Measures, Words of Wisdom

30 December 2023
The last update of the year features rapper Kayne West's penchant for Pompey goalkeeper tops, Phil Parkes' attempt to enter the hit parade with an eclectic gathering of fellow footballers, a few more goalies who weren't adverse to a bit of cricket and Mary Earps having a tram named after her. There's also some more goalscoring goalkeepers, nicknames and quirky middle names plus for the footballing family with no less than four generations that all turned out for Watford (although only one of them had the good sense to be a goalkeeper...)

Quirky Facts, Getting Shirty, Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal

30 November 2023
A small but perfectly formed update that features 15-year-old Max Woodford's debut for Stevenage, the Scottish goalkeeper that made history by facing the first-ever penalty kick and the Italian World Cup winner who went over 900-minutes without conceding a goal. There's also the Bristol City keeper that saved a spot-kick on his first ever appearance in a first-class game, the Ghanaian arrested for fraud and the Swedish stopper who went on to make his debut on the silver screen.

Quirky Facts, Goalkeeping Debuts, I Fought the Law

27 October 2023
Something for the weekend? How about a site update featuring five forgettable debuts, including George Long's calamitous first appearance for Norwich City, plus the Ukrainian goalkeeper who scored 25 goals in his career the Lazio keeper who scored an injury-time equaliser in the Champions League. There's also the Norwegian goalie who took up politics, the Belgian international who fell foul of the law, some keepers who joined the forced at the end of the careers and the Belize international named after a United States president.

Goalscoring Goalkeepers, Getting Personal, I Fought the Law, Politically Speaking

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...

"Educational and charming" - Oliver Kahn

"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
  • "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
  • "The goalkeeper position is not an easy one. You can only speak about it if you are a goalkeeper yourself"
    Simon Mignolet

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