2
Nov

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

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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.

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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

27
Oct

Keeper knocked unconscious after colliding with post

PSV goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton had to be put in a neck brace and taken off the pitch in an ambulance after an ugly collision with the goalpost in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Roda.

While making a fantastic save on a free kick, Tyson’s head first crashed into the post before violently slapping off the ground, knocking him unconscious. Medical staff quickly moved in to stabilize his neck and transported him to a nearby hospital.

PSV was forced to play midfielder Ola Toivonen in net to see out the final three minutes, as the team had already used up all three substitutions, but that surely was the last of their worries at the moment. Thankfully, initial reports from the hospital say that Tyton will be okay.

H/T Dirty Tackle

6
Sep

Barcelona chase Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

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After all the drama of the transfer deadline, clubs will now be turning their attention to the January window and beyond. The main rumor in today’s newspapers sees Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois linked with a summer move to Barcelona. Courtois is currently on loan at La Liga club Atletico Madrid and Barca see him as a long term replacement for keeper Victor Valdes.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

16
Jul

Keeper goes coast-to-coast, scores well-taken goal!

We’ve all tried it in FIFA.

You’re up a couple of goals, the clock is running down and your keeper has the ball, so you say, “Screw it, I’m going for it” and run out, trying to take on the entire opposing team with your keeper (usually, it ends poorly).

Granted, this is only futsal, but goalkeeper Renan of Carlos Barbosa did the feat in real life, going coast-to-coast for a brilliant goal. Well done!

18
Jun

Incredible double save sends Iran to World Cup

Leading 1-0 over South Korea in a crucial World Cup Qualifier, Iran needed a victory to secure a place in the 2014 World Cup.

In comes Iranian goalkeeper Rahman Ahmadi.

Off of a free kick in the 75th minute, Ahmadi made an unbelievable double save that helped preserve the victory and clinch the top spot in Group A, igniting celebrations as the team booked their spot in the World Cup.

18
Jun

Keeper plays full match with 9mm bullet lodged in head

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Talk about shots on goal.

During an amateur match in Bosnia, 51-year-old keeper Dusko Krtalica played an entire 90 minute match in goal after being hit in the head with a stray 9mm bullet.

While he complained of a headache during the match, it wasn’t until after the 90 minutes that he began to feel numbness across his body and he was taken to a hospital for examination. A bullet was found lodged in his temple - it was removed safely and the keeper was in stable condition.

After a police investigation, it was found out that someone at a nearby wedding fired off a few rounds in celebration. Astonishingly, one of the bullets found it’s way into Krtalica’s skull.

Next time someone questions soccer players’ toughness, feel free to point them to this story.

(Image Avaz.ba, H/T 101GG)

7
Jun

Sudan goalkeeper drops opposing corner kick into goal

Sudan keeper Ehab Zohgber will be playing this back in his head for a long time.

In a World Cup Qualifier vs. Ghana, Sudan trailed 2-1 late and was looking to salvage the game with a draw. In the 83rd minute, Ghana set up for a routine corner kick where things got ‘out of hand’ quickly.

Ghana’s Sulley Muntari sent in the corner kick but it zipped straight to Zohgber for an easy stop, that is, until the keeper drops the ball into his own goal. Embarrassing.

Though Sudan’s World Cup qualifying chances were bleak to begin with, things have quickly shifted from bad to worse and he’s not likely to ever live this down in his country.

2
Jun

Fail: Germany Keepers terrible own goal vs USA

The U.S. men’s national team better remember to send a thank you card to Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The keeper gave the USMNT an absolute gift of an own goal with this terrible effort in the first half of their friendly match.

Facing pressure from the U.S. midfielders, Benedikt Howedes sent a back pass to ter Stegen but the young keeper misplayed the ball worse than anyone could have imagined. The ball slipped past him to give the U.S. their second goal of the half en route to a 4-3 victory over Germany.

Manuel Neuer can rest assured that no one will be taking his starting keeper spot for Germany any time soon.