Early Doors

When goalkeepers attack

Early Doors

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Pub bores might like to remember the names Hans-Jorg Butt and Sinan Bolat.

These are the men who ensured that, for the first time, goalkeepers scored on both evenings of a Champions League Matchday.

Admittedly, it is a stat couched in the sort of 'football began in 1992' language that would make any football purist retch, but it is interesting nonetheless. Well, ED thinks so.

Butt scored his first goal for Bayern Munich on Tuesday, ramming in a penalty in the 4-1 win against Juventus, bringing his career total to 35.

The former Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen keeper is a prolific penalty taker, and his efforts carry a delightful frisson of danger, with the promise of a frantic sprint back to his area on the event of a miss.

On one occasion in 2004, Butt converted a penalty kick and, while celebrating with Leverkusen fans, watched the ball sail over his head and into the net after Mike Hanke shot straight from the kick-off.

Note the way Butt's team-mates Lucio and Carsten Ramelow cannot resist laughing as Hanke's shot goes in.

As far as ED knows, Standard Liege's Turkish goalkeeper Bolat had not scored before last night's headed equaliser against AZ Alkmaar - certainly his celebration seemed to suggest as much.

The 21-year-old's goal ensured Standard pipped AZ to third place in Group H, thereby giving them the chance to embarrass Liverpool in the Europa League.

Here, ED foregoes the medium of writing to go video-embedding mad and introduce some more goalscoring keepers.

Rogerio Ceni - Contrary to popular belief, the most prolific South American goalkeeper is not Jose Luis Chilavert - it's this guy. He introduces a selection of his favourite free-kicks.

Jorge Campos - Psychedelic Mexican loon. Here he is in the role of goalkeeper-turned-goalscorer-turned-provider charging out of his box to set up a ridiculous goal in a friendly.

Peter Schmeichel - the Manchester United legend scored plenty of goals in his time, but ED would rather show him on Strictly Come Dancing. The Dane's cameo starts at about 3.38 - and you thought that Davor Suker chip made him look stupid.

Paul Robinson - Scored for Spurs with a Pat Jennings-style clearance that bounced over Ben Foster, but also found the net when at Leeds with a bullet header against Swindon.

Mickael Landreau - How not to do it. Nantes's 2004 French League Cup final against Sochaux went to penalties, and up stepped Landreau who tried to be just a little bit too clever. Every penalty taker's nightmare.

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More proof, if it were needed, that most Americans know nothing about football: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were at last night's Sevilla v Rangers game.

ED knows there are some odd strands to Scientology - remaining silent while giving birth and the stuff about aliens spring to mind - but watching Rangers in Europe is a step too far.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Apparently, Chris Waddle's penalty at Italia '90 would have gone in had he been using the Adidas Jabulani that will be at the World Cup in South Africa. Developer Dr Andy Harland said: "He aimed for the top corner. If he had this ball I think he would have got it."

By that logic, they can start engraving Emile Heskey's name on the Golden Boot trophy now.

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FOREIGN VIEW: Jens Lehmann - still bonkers. The former Arsenal keeper used a
quiet moment in last night's Stuttgart game against Unirea to nip
behind the advertising hoardings for a quick slash. Genuinely.
Lehmann's defence: "I've rarely been that nervous."
Stuttgart general manager Horst Heldy laughed off the incident, saying:
"It reminded me of the Tour de France."
And here it is, with bonus DaMarcus Beasley footage:

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