Goalkeepers who scored in the English premier league increased from zero to 5 between the year 2000 and 2013.
The game of football has evolved over the years and continues to. In times past, defenders stopped opposition attacks but these days, they launch attacks.
Modern-day right and left backs now create more goals than some midfielders and attackers. The likes of Dani Alves and Marcelo established themselves as the best in their respective positions not just for preventing attacks but for launching them.
The role of goalkeepers too has also been modified depending on the managers’ requirements or tactics. Today, goalkeepers are as good with their feet as they are with their hands.
Guardiola’s team always features goalkeepers who are as good with the ball at their feet as they are with their hands. The likes of Victor Valdes, Manuel Neuer, and Ederson.
The question is, how good can they be with the ball at their feet that they somehow manage to score a goal/goals?
Well, before going into details, it may interest you to know the Highest Scoring Goalkeepers in Football History.
Below are 5 notable instances that goalkeepers shocked the world with their goal scoring abilities.
Peter Schmeichel is one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever represented Manchester United. He represented Manchester United between 1991 and 1999 and scored a memorable equalizer against Russian side, Rotor Volgograd.
Prior to this time, he had scored 6 goals in the colors of Hvidovre and 2 goals for Brondby respectively. He made history when he became the first goalkeeper to score in the English premier league.
His only English premier league goal came later in his career at Aston Villa when he hammered in a thunderous strike against Everton.
He scored in the 90th minute of his team’s 3-2 loss to Everton in the 2001/02 season. That strike was so beautiful, you may mistake him for an attacker.
Asmir Begovic did not just score a goal, his goal earned him a place in the famous Guinness Book of World Records.
Begovic represented Bournemouth, Chelsea, and Portsmouth in the English premier league, but it was with Stoke City that he added his name to the list of goalkeepers who scored in the English pemier league
On 2nd of November 2013, Begovic scored a bizarre goal against Southampton to give his team a 1-0 lead. He scored within 13 seconds of the match.
Begovic received a back pass just 6 yards out of his goal line, then hit the ball long into the opposition half which caught the Southampton goalkeeper, Artur Boruc off guard.
That goal was scored from 97.5 yards away from the opposition goal and duly earned him the record as the ‘longest goal scored in football.
The former United States of America goalkeeper is amongst the goalkeepers who scored in the English premier league.
Howard moved from Manchester United to Everton on loan in 2006/07 season before making his move permanent the season after.
During his time at Everton, Howard established himself as the club’s first choice goalkeeper and registered more than 400 appearances in all competitions.
Howard scored his English premier league goal in a match between Everton and Bolton Wanderers on Jan 4th, 2012. He received the ball just inside his 18yard box and with a Bolton Wanderers player closing him down, he kicked the ball long into the other half.
The bounce of the ball just outside the 18yard of the opponents goal wrong-footed the opposition goalkeeper. The goalkeepers desperate dive could not prevent the ball from finding the back of the net.
Interestingly, Howard was not estactic about his goal despite his teammates swanning around him. He later revealed that he refused to celebrate out of “sympathy” for the other goalkeeper.
On February 21st 2004, Brad Friedel’s Blackburn Rovers went up against Charlton in the English premier league. Charlton were 2-1 up heading into the 89th minute of the match before Friedel scored to level the match at 2-2.
That goal came after the ball fell kindly at his feet in the opposition 18 yard box when he went up for a corner.
Friedel’s goal added his name to the list of goalkeepers who scored in the English premier league.
Unfortunately, Charlton scored just before the full time whistle denying Friedel a fairytale point saving goal.
At the final whistle, the goalkeeper had his hands on his head. He must have wished the score remained 2-2.
Paul Robinson is a former England International who represented Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers, and Burnley in the English premier league.
He scored his first career goal in a league cup match between Leeds and Swindon Town. That goal leveled the score and took the match into extra time. His team eventual won on penalty shootout where Robinson saved a penalty.
He scored his English premier league goal against Watford while representing Tottenham. On March 17 2007, Robinson did the unbelievable. Outfield players struggles to score from free-kicks but Robinson, a goalkeeper, made a mockery of them when he scored from a freekick just outside his own penalty box!
That goal made him the first English goalkeeper to have scored in the English premier league.
These are 5 instances where goalkeepers scored a goal in the English premier league. Which of these Goalkeepers are you fond of the most?