Unlikely Goalkeepers: When Stars Shine Between the Posts

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Beyond traditional keepers, memorable moments unfold on the pitch—like Giroud's heroics for Milan and unexpected turns by renowned players.

Top scorers like Harry Kane, even, had goalkeeping trials. In a Europa League match against Atromitos, a red-carded Hugo Lloris put Kane in goal, revealing his versatility despite a few fumbles.

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Kane's Crossbar Conundrum

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As a makeshift goalkeeper when Gilmar was sidelined, Pele's heroics secured Santos' victory, showcasing his skill beyond goal-scoring.

Dani Alves, known for his defensive prowess, briefly donned the gloves for PSG in a French Cup clash. Though fleeting, his cameo highlighted the adaptability of footballers when duty calls.

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Alves' Brief Foray

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Jan Koller's Bundesliga feat against Bayern Munich is unforgettable. As both striker and goalkeeper, he scored and thwarted attacks.

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Fate had Michael Tarnat guarding Bayern Munich's goal when injuries sidelined Kahn and the sub. His commendable performance salvaged a precarious situation.

Defensive stalwarts John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, despite their primary roles, took on goalkeeping duties. Terry for Chelsea and Ferdinand's FA Cup cameo showcased their adaptability and commitment to the team cause. 

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Ferdinand and Terry's Emergency Duties

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Not all goalkeeping ventures end well. Emerson's goalkeeping attempt pre-2002 World Cup resulted in a shoulder injury, preventing him from representing Brazil.