29
Mar

Javi Lopez, part-time goalkeeper?

What happens when your goalkeeper gets a red card and you don’t have any subs left? One the the most entertaining events in soccer: a field player hops in goal.

When Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla was sent off against Barcelona in the 83rd minute, Javi Lopez stepped up to the challenge. He probably felt guilty for the penalty kick he gave up earlier in the match that gave Barcelona a 1-0 lead, and decided to take one for the team. Literally.

Usually, this field-player-in-goal scenario goes one of two ways.

1) Hilariously awful goalkeeping
2) Incredible save by someone who has no business doing it

Today, Lopez did the latter.

Cat-like reflexes. But, while Lopez’s impressive goalkeeping skills kept Barcelona from striking again, 10-man Espanyol couldn’t find the equalizer. Still, he can add this gem to his highlight reel.

20
Dec

Matt Reis’ greatest save, revisited

Earlier this year, MLS Insider released the gripping story of how Matt Reis saved his father-in-law’s life during the Boston Marathon Bombings in April.

Reis, who recently announced his retirement and currently serves as the LA Galaxy’s goalkeeping coach, appeared on FOX Soccer Daily as a guest analyst on Friday, and reflected on his greatest save, also giving an update on his father-in-law’s condition.

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?

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

28
Aug

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

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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.

25
Jun

Barcelona youth keeper saves six penalty kicks, then scores winner

Now that’s what we call a match-winning performance! Barcelona youth keeper Inaki Pena, all of 14 years old, saved an incredible SIX penalties in a shootout against Atletico Madrid’s young’uns, then stepped up and scored the winner to boot!

Must be something in the water at La Masia.

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.

11
Jan

Check out this ridiculous double save from Peruvian Under-20 goalkeeper Angelo Campos in a match against Uruguay. First he makes himself look silly by strolling way out of his penalty area, but then he more than makes up for it with some fine heroics.

More importantly though, what’s the move when you get denied like this? Obviously just play hurt right? Well played on both sides.