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Any striker would be proud to reach 100 goals over the course of a professional career, while such an achievement would represent a great effort for a midfielder and a remarkable one for a defender.
The latest player to bring up their century, however, is a goalkeeper. Rogerio Ceni of Sao Paulo made history this week with a free-kick right out of the top drawer in a domestic game against Corinthians.
While no other keeper comes close to matching this tally, there have been plenty of other famous examples of goals coming from the most unlikely source.
From specialist penalty takers to desperate last-ditch strikes, skysports.com counts down ten goalkeepers to have made their mark in the opposition penalty area.
Let us start with the man of the moment and Brazilian veteran Ceni, who has proved to be a potent attacking weapon over the years for Sao Paulo. The 38-year-old's century can be broken down to 44 penalties and 56 free-kicks, illustrating just what a gifted striker of the ball he is. The goal that took Ceni to his extraordinary milestone was fittingly fantastic, a sumptuous curler from 20 yards that left his opposite number with no chance and was later described by the man himself as 'beautiful'.
Extrovert Paraguayan Chilavert perhaps remains the most well-known goalscoring goalkeeper, due to his exploits at international level. While Ceni never netted for Brazil in just a few appearances for his country, Chilavert was a talismanic figure and national team captain. He found the target eight times for Paraguay from penalties and free-kicks and racked up an amazing 62 goals prior to announcing his retirement in 2003. The highlight of his career in goalscoring terms came in 1999 when he hit a hat-trick for Velez Sarsfield in the Argentine league.
Third in the list is Bulgarian shot-stopper Ivankov with 42 goals. All of these have come from the spot despite the dangers of a keeper being used to take penalties, and Ivankov has developed an unusual technique to put off opponents which involves closing his eyes until the very last moment whilst running up. He is also known to be a big fan of Millwall, admitting before Bursaspor's UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United earlier this season that he would 'give anything to play at The Den'.
Flamboyant Mexican Campos is often remembered for his garish shirts but another factor behind his massive popularity was the outrageous level of natural talent he possessed. An acrobatic presence in goal, Campos also spent quite a bit of his time as an outfield player. It was not uncommon to find a replacement keeper brought on during the closing stages of a game with Campos shifted up front, and he was rewarded with 38 career goals.
Level with Campos on 38 goals and just as eccentric, Higuita's ability was not limited to shutting out rival teams. The Colombian, who famously invented the 'scorpion kick' and would regularly embark on dribbling forays outside his area, loved nothing more than scoring goals and would volunteer for his fair share of set-pieces in order to boost his tally.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper and Germany international Butt has scored 32 goals so far as a professional and, at the age of 36, will feel there are a few more to come. He is prolific from the penalty spot and has netted three times in the UEFA Champions League, but his shooting ability did once backfire to comical effect. Having scored from the spot against Schalke in 2004, Butt wasted too much time in celebrating and had not got back in position in time to prevent a goal from the halfway line following a quick restart.
The Manchester United legend carved his name into Old Trafford folklore through his heroics between the posts, but he was not afraid to venture forward for corners when the situation demanded and his aerial presence would unsettle opponents. The Dane headed home in a Uefa Cup tie against Rotor Volgograd in 1995 and chipped in with 13 goals throughout his career, including a vital strike for Aston Villa against Everton.
Most goalkeepers go through their whole careers without scoring but some manage to nick the odd memorable goal, just as Jennings did for Tottenham in the 1968 Charity Shield against Manchester United. Booting the ball out of his hands from his own area, Jennings was just looking to get good distance on his kick, but Alex Stepney at the other end completely misjudged the flight and saw it bounce over his head and into the net. It is also worth noting that Stepney scored a couple of penalties himself the following season.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and such occasions can produce incredible drama. In one of the greatest moments ever in the Football League, Carlisle keeper Glass was instructed to go forward for a corner in the final match of the season against Plymouth, with seconds remaining and his team facing relegation unless they scored. The ball broke free and Glass reacted quickest to provide the finish and spark wild celebrations.
Robinson's first career goal came for Leeds against Swindon in the 2003/4 League Cup but he was to score a more famous effort in the Premier League a few years later. Lining up a routine free-kick just outside his own area, the then Tottenham goalkeeper was amazed to look forward and see the ball bounce over the head of Watford counterpart Ben Foster, just before both men linked up for international duty with England. Robinson joined Schmeichel and Brad Friedel as the only goalkeepers to have scored in the Premier League.
I think Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria and Hapoel Tel aviv should be in this list!!!!
Posted 22:56 1st April 2011
I agree with the enyeama comment and alos i Fondly remember mart poom scoring for us away at derby with a bullet header and even more recent one chris weale scoring for yeovil and his mad celebration afterwards showed he wasnt used to the feeling
Posted 22:41 1st April 2011
What about Dundee Utd's Hamish McCalpines in 70s and 80s?
Posted 18:05 1st April 2011
Nice history but i think u forget about Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria playing his football in europe Isreal. Its luvly to see our goal keeper scoring than striker and mid fielder. Cheers.
Posted 15:45 1st April 2011
What about the only goalkeeper to score in the FA Cup. The legend that is Tony Roberts!!
Posted 15:26 1st April 2011
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