Goalkeepers are crazy people, many people from the football world will tell you. You must be wrongly planted if you decide to play in this exact position on the field and be bombarded by opposing players from all sides. Now imagine a situation where a player who plays in another position has to be a goalkeeper by force of circumstances.
We saw that situation the previous weekend in the match between Genoa and Milan when Olivier Giroud stood on goal and managed to save it. We bring you a list of players who had to become goalkeepers in some matches.
The goalkeepers were played by Kane, Pele, Koller…
In addition to Giroud, who had a great intervention at the end of the match against Genoa and saved him once, some famous names found a cross on the list of players who became goalkeepers for a short time. We all know Harry Kane as a great goalscorer, but once we could see him in a different role, considering that in the game against Atromitos in the Europa League, he decided to stand in goal.
It was seen that Kane is doing much better on the other side of the field and that he is not really for goalkeepers. Kane stood on goal after Hugo Lloris received a red card and all three changes were made. During the free kick for the Greek team, he got down because the ball went through his hands. He showed that he was not for goalkeeper, but the fans did not blame him because he scored three goals in the same match before saving his team’s goal.
The legendary Brazilian player, Pele, is on the list of goalkeepers who have become a force of opportunity. He, like Kane, first scored three goals, and then he scored after the real goalkeeper Gilmar had passed. Pele managed to save a goal until the end of the match and Santos defeated Gremio in the semi-finals of the cup 4-3.
His compatriot Dani Alves found himself in the same role in the match of the French Cup in which PSG beat Sochaux 4-1, although Alves was only in the role of goalkeeper for a minute.
Jan Koller was also a great striker, but in one Bundesliga match he decided to try himself as a goalkeeper. Like some of the previously mentioned players who became goalkeepers by force of circumstances, he scored a goal and then decided to keep his own team’s goal. No less, while wearing the Borussia Dortmund jersey, he defended against Bayern Munich.
Jens Lehmann was sent off in the second half without more changes. To make matters worse, Borussia was already short as Torsten Frings also earned a red card. Koller was a corpulent guy, so this role was not so difficult for him. He defended so well that he was named the goalkeeper of the season by the German press.
We can freely put Oliver Kahn on the list of the best goalkeepers of all time, and in one of the games he also had to give up his role to a guy who is not a goalkeeper by profession. In fact, after the injury, the backup goalkeeper came in for him, but soon he was also injured, so Michael Tarnat took the goal, who, like Koller, defended brilliantly.
He kept the goal for half an hour in his Bayern’s match against Eintracht, which was leading 1-0 and ended up losing 1-2.
Famous English players John Terry and Rio Ferdinand were among the forced goalkeepers. Terry stood in goal in the game against Reading when both goalkeepers, Cech and Cudicini, suffered serious injuries. Rio Ferdinand defended in the FA Cup match against Portsmouth after goalkeeper Kuszczak received a red card. Ferdinand immediately had a difficult challenge because he had to defend the penalty but failed to save the net even though he read the opposing player’s shot.
Brazilian soccer player Emerson was also on the list of players who cheated on goalkeepers, but he did not do it in the game but in training, and then a bizarre situation happened. Emerson was injured in training the day before the start of the 2002 World Cup because he was playing goalkeeper. A serious shoulder injury cost him a trip to the World Cup, where Brazil eventually won the world title.