9
Aug

Hibernian’s goalkeeper scored the game-winning goal in his debut

The main objective of a goalkeeper is to prevent the opposing team from scoring. Occasionally, a goalkeeper can pick up an assist or a secondary assist.

But ever so rarely, something really damn weird happens and the player who mainly uses their gloves puts the ball in the back of the other team’s net. On-loan Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley did just that in his club’s league opener.

Oh, and it was the eventual game-winning goal. Go on, Mark!

(H/T WAATP)

23
Nov

Must-see to believe: Bicycle kick save in ice hockey

Who says the FOX Soccer Blog must strictly be 100% soccer-based?

Well, common sense, that’s who. But still, you have to check out this incredible save by Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra of the NHL.

This past Wednesday (so we’re a bit late, sue us), Berra pulled off one of the most stunning saves of the year, stopping a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets defender Jack Johnson with a bicycle kick, or as some hockey folks apparently call it “going around the world with the pads.”

Impressive stuff, hockey. But can you top René Higuita’s memorable scorpion kick save?

2
Nov

Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic scores fastest-ever goal by goalkeeper

image

You don’t often see goalkeepers score from the run of play, but inside the first 15 seconds of a match? Well that, my friends, has never happened before.

Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic scored the fastest-ever goal by a goalkeeper on Saturday, needing just twelve seconds to beat his opposite number, Southampton’s Artur Boruc, on a clearance from his own goal area. Begovic took a simple back pass after the opening kickoff and booted it up-field. The ball bounced between two Saints defenders and over Boruc, who was too far off his line. Clearly, the strong gusts of wind at Britannia Stadium could certainly have been credited with an assist.

The goal reminds us of Tim Howard’s 100-yard effort from a couple seasons ago, which similarly benefited from a mighty gust of wind. In both instances, the scorers refrained from celebrating, as the goalkeeping fraternity is typically very tight-knit; they don’t like to see anyone concede such embarrassing howlers.

image

It was only the fifth goal scored by keeper in the Premier League era, and it beat the all-time record for fastest by a goalie by 11 seconds. Nottingham Forest keeper Paul Smith had held the record since 2007, when he scored 23 seconds into a League Cup match against Leicester.

Here’s another fun fact: Begovic is now tied for the team lead in Premier League goals, with exactly one. Perhaps Stoke have found a new secret weapon? Sounds like they could use it.

Images provided by Reuters

31
Aug

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa returns to square one

image

By Kyle McCarthy

This summer has not delivered the rewards Guillermo Ochoa expected.

Ochoa did everything within his power to position himself for a lucrative move. He performed admirably in a poor Ajaccio side last season and stuck to his task even as he angled for a transfer elsewhere. He racked up a few extra caps earlier this year before Mexico coach José Manuel de la Torre opted to return to preferred number one Jesus Corona.

By the start of his club campaign, Ochoa probably expected to turn out for a significant European side on a fairly regular basis. Maybe he even harbored genuine hopes of applying pressure with his increased profile to reclaim his number one shirt with El Tri.

So much for those mooted developments.

image

Ochoa joined Carlos Vela in the cast of prominent de la Torre exiles when he rejected overtures to feature as Corona’s backup for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the United States. He then listened on Saturday as Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni noted a lack of concrete interest from AC Milan or any other purported suitor and suggested it would take a miracle for Ochoa to sign for a new club before the window slams shut on Monday.

At some point, Ochoa must start to wonder whether things will shift in his direction. He can point to his work over the past year or so and reasonably contend that he warrants the number one shirt for his country and a larger club somewhere in Europe.

Instead of fulfilling those ambitions, Ochoa — barring a late swoop inspired by Orsoni’s fairly transparent entreaties — will bide his time on Corsica and wait for patiently for his luck to turn. It isn’t exactly what he envisioned, but the prospect of spending some extra time on a Mediterranean island in the interim at least provides modest compensation for his toil:

Images: (Pascal Pochard-Casbianca/AFP/Getty Images)

28
Aug

Keeper helps save man’s life moments after getting sent off

image

Scott receives his red card. Picture by Ian Burt (EDP24)

Typically after you got sent off, you head straight to the dressing rooms, either downtrodden or in a fit of rage. For Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott this weekend, that was never an option. He had a more important job to do: Save someone’s life.

After Scott was red-carded for a dangerous high tackle just minutes before the end of Stocksbridge’s match at King’s Lynn Town FC, a young girl ran up to him, maybe thinking that a goalkeeper can save just about anything, and notified him that a man in his 70s had collapsed in the crowd. 

Scott’s day job is as a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and he quickly made his way over to the man.

Scott told the BBC:

“I started walking off the field, getting a nice bit of abuse as you do, when I noticed a young girl running past me.

“She said, ‘a gentleman’s died’, so I followed her into the crowd and came across the gentleman on the floor. His heart was in an irregular rhythm.”

Working together with members of the on-site ambulance crew, Scott said they were able to use a defibrillator to give the collapsed fan a shock, helping his heart return to a normal rhythm.

There should be little argument that Scott made his biggest save of his career.

14
Aug

Archer’s arrow off course in heavy Scotland defeat

Jordan Archer is beginning to establish himself as one of the unluckiest goalkeepers in the world. It was Archer that was attacked by an idiotic Gillingham supporter during Wycombe’s 1-0 win at Priestfield in February.

That assault was clearly not his fault but he was certainly to blame for one of England Under-21s’ goals in a 6-0 victory against their Scotland counterparts on Tuesday night.

Scotland were already trailing 2-0 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield when Archer attempted to clear the ball from out of his hands with, er, limited success. To be fair Connor Wickham pounced on the chance with a great finish to compound Scotland’s misery. 

11
Aug

Two for one! The weekend’s best goalkeeper fails

image

Chelsea back-up Mark Schwarzer had himself a senior moment in the club’s friendly against Roma on Saturday, allowing the softest of goals to hand Roma an opening lead. Now, goalkeepers are not known for their nimble footwork, but how can you mess up like this:

That was bad, but could it possibly be worse than this next clip?

Over in Peru, Unión Comercio’s Juan Flores tried to act super cool and ended up looking very dumb after this colossal fail just six minutes into a match against Sporting Cristal:

Do we even need to ask which one is worse?