Goalies aren’t known for their scoring exploits but these five popped up with a few strikes in their career, including a former Manchester United shot stopper.
When Goalkeepers score it is usually a momentous occasion. None more so than when Jimmy Glass scored perhaps the most important goal in Carlisle United’s history. On the May, 8, 1999 Carlisle were drawing 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle in a match they needed to win to stay in the Football League. Glass came up for a corner and scored the winner, a pitch invasion followed in one of the most memorable goals in English Football.
Tim Howard also scored a goal from 100 yards for Everton in January 2012, when it bounced over Bolton ‘keeper Adam Bogdan. For Glass and Howard this was a one-off, other Goalkeepers made a habit of scoring.
Rogerio Ceni – Goals – 112
Brazilian Rogerio Ceni has spent his whole career at São Paulo making 1108 appearances for them and scoring 112 goals in the process. In the 2005 season he scored 10 goals alone. Rogerio Ceni doesn’t get his goals from going up for a corner every game, instead, he is a set-piece specialist with a superb record. He has scored 59 free-kicks and 53 penalties. Unsurprisingly he holds the record as the Goalkeeper to have scored the most goals in the history of football. Aged 40, he is still playing for São Paulo.
José Luis Chilavert – Goals – 62
Chilavert was a very eccentric player, aside from his great goalscoring record, he also famously spat on Roberto Carlos leading to a three game ban, and was also once sent off for brawling with Newcastle legend Faustino Asprilla. He was also a free-kick and penalty specialist. He managed to score nine goals for his national team, Paraguay with four of them coming in their qualification for the 2002 World Cup. He is the only ‘keeper to have ever scored a hat-trick. As well as his goals, he was also a brilliant keeper, and was named the World’s Best Goalkeeper three times.
René Higuita – Goals – 41
Another eccentric character, more known for his famous ‘Scorpion kick’ save than his goals. Higuita often took unnecessary risks in a game and actively tried to score on many occasions. His crazy playing style led to the nickname ‘El Loco’ which translates as ‘The Madman’. His goals again were mainly from set-pieces, he scored three goals for Colombia. Higuita only officially retired in 2010 at the age of 44.
Jorge Campos – Goals – 34
The Mexican could play effectively as a ‘keeper and as a striker. Known for his self-designed colourful attire during his career, he was only 5ft 6in, very short for a goalkeeper but he made up for this with his acrobatic leaping ability. Campos spent the majority of his career at Mexican side Pumas, and when he was initially back-up ‘keeper he asked the coach if he could play as a striker just to get on the pitch. He scored 14 goals in that season. Despite reverting back to the goalkeeping position he would often switch positions during a game giving the manager some alternatives. Jorge still appears in charity games across the world as well as featuring in FIFA video games in the Classic XI sides.
Peter Schmeichel – Goals – 13
Not as prolific as the others, Schmeichel did not take set-pieces throughout his career, he just often went up for corners during the last moments of a game. He scored for Manchester United in a European game against Rotor Volgograd. He became the first goalkeeper to score in the Premier League when he scored a volley following a corner for Aston Villa against Everton in 2001. He also scored a penalty for Denmark against Belgium in June 2000. Schmeichel had the incredible record of being unbeaten in Manchester derbies, unbeaten in nine years with United and then in his single season with City.