Rogerio Ceni & Top 10 Goalscoring Goalkeepers

To celebrate Rogerio Ceni becoming the first goalkeeper ever to net 100 goals, remembers some of the other shot-stoppers who liked to score...
Fireworks exploded and the Sao Paulo fans erupted as Rogerio Ceni's sublime free-kick nestled into the top corner of the Corinthians net. The eccentric shot-stopper had struck the 100th goal of his career to clinch a 2-1 win for his side, and also become the first ever keeper to reach the memorable milestone.

The Brazilian's exploits as a goalscoring glovesman are chronicled below, along with nine  other keepers who enjoyed making an impact at both ends of the pitch...

Vincent Enyeama

The Nigeria international added his name to the list of Champions League goalscoring goalkeepers with his penalty against Red Bull Salzburg in the play-off first leg earlier this season. Enyeama, who impressed for the Super Eagles during the 2010 World Cup, is no stranger to the scoresheet. In January 2010 he scored the winning goal in the penalty shoot-out to eliminate Zambia from the Africa Cup of Nations having already saved an effort himself. It was in stark contrast to his Enyimba days, when he was substituted before the spot-kicks. In 2004 he scored from the spot in the CAF Champions League final second leg against Etoile Sahel to restore parity for the People's Elephant but was jettisoned before the shoot-out. Nonetheless he has now proven himself to be an established shot-stopper and one of Israel's best players.

Frank Moss

Frank Moss was signed by Herbert Chapman for Arsenal in November 1931 and made his debut at Chelsea the following day. He went on to win three consecutive League Championship titles. At Everton in March 1935 Frank dislocated his shoulder in a heavy fall. Trainer Tom Whittaker re-set it on the spot, and, this being 30 years before substitutes were allowed, Moss insisted on playing the remainder of the game on the left wing, having always thought he was good enough to be an outfield player. In an Arsenal counter-attack, he scored a glorious goal to put his team ahead. Shortly afterwards the shoulder slipped out again and he went off to hospital. The Gunners won 2-0 on their way to a hat-trick of titles. Moss, who also scored two goals in friendlies for Arsenal, and won four caps for England, only played five more League matches as a result of recurrent complications from the shoulder injury. He was advised to retire from the game in March 1937, aged just 27.

Dimitar Ivankov

The Bulgarian has recently been crowned a Turkish League champion for Bursaspor, who claimed their first-ever triumph by one point from Fenerbahce last term. The year before the stopper had helped curtail Fener's league ambitions by netting a winning penalty at the Bursa Ataturk in March 2009. Ivankov has the golden touch when it comes to scoring, with 41 over the course of his career, as well as in winning trophies. In a decade at Levski Sofia he won eight major honours. Since arriving in Turkey he has won a Turkish Cup for Keyserispor in 2008, scoring two penalties in the deciding shoot-out, as well as the Super Lig. He ranks behind only Rogerio Ceni and Jose Luis Chilavert in the all-time goalscoring goalkeeper's list.

Peter Schmeichel

The goalkeeper who surely must rank as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest ever signings for Manchester United scored six times for Hvidovre in the Danish first division in 1985, almost 20 per cent of the team's goals, but still ended up relegated. He scored twice more for Brondby before departing for England. Schmeichel was a pioneer of the last-minute dash to the opposition penalty box when behind and was rewarded with an unlikely goal against Rotor Volgograd in a 1995 UEFA Cup match. He repeated the trick for Aston Villa in October 2001 in a 3-2 defeat at Everton. Schmeichel claimed the 1992 European Championship with the Denmark national team and accrued a glut of honours, both team and individual at Old Trafford, culminating in the 1999 Treble triumph.

Jorge Campos

It has become trite to claim that goalkeepers are really just frustrated outfield players but no player fulfilled that stereotype better than Jorge Campos, the Mexico legend. He began his career in 1988 at Pumas and could not dislodge their number one netminder so he played the season as a forward, scoring 14 times. Throughout his time in the game he often grew bored in goal and was placed in a striking berth by his coaches, to good effect, scoring 38 times in his playing days. Despite being only 1.68m, he won 130 caps for el Tri as a goalkeeper and played at both 1994 and 1998 World Cup tournaments. He is fondly remembered by international audiences for his bizarre, self-designed range of kit. Campos has also been immortalised in a range of Japanese Manga comics.

Hans Joerg Butt

The Germany international holds the distinction of having scored against Juventus for three different clubs in the Champions League, the most recent goal against the Bianconeri coming in the vital win for Bayern Munich in December 2009. Butt has been made infamous in video thanks to the predicament in which he found himself after scoring for Bayer Leverkusen in April 2004. He scored a penalty but could only watch on as Mike Hanke, of Schalke, scored straight from the kick-off as the Werkself failed to complete their celebrations in time. In all, Butt has scored 29 times for Hamburg, Bayer and Bayern and remains first choice at the Allianz Arena.

Rene Higuita

Jailed for his part in a kidnapping involving two of Colombia's most notorious drug lords, Rene Higuita is one of the most 'colourful' characters ever to have played the game. He won 68 caps for Colombia, scoring eight times in the process. That return gives him a better international strike rate than Emile Heskey. He played at the World Cup in 1990 and gained infamy for his outfield dawdling prior to Roger Milla's goal for Cameroon which knocked the South Americans out of the tournament. At club level he played most consistently for Atletico Nacional, winning a Copa Libertadores in 1989. Throughout his career, which ended in January at the age of 43, he netted 38 strikes across 13 clubs. 'El Loco' also invented the Scorpion Kick at Wembley in 1995 from a misplaced Jamie Redknapp cross and served a ban for testing positive for cocaine. Surely a candidate for a film biopic.

Jimmy Glass

Not the most prolific of candidates on the list but his goal certainly had the most profound effect on the club for which he scored his solitary professional strike. Carlisle United were heading out of league football towards the end of the 1998-99 season. They signed Glass on loan from Swindon Town as emergency cover following the departure of two other shot-stoppers on their books. In their final match of the term, against Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle needed a win to avoid the drop out of the Football League. Deep into injury time, they got a corner, for which Glass went forward. Following a scramble he volleyed home, saving his club from the doom of relegation with the last kick of the season, sparking euphoric scenes at Brunton Park. He only played three matches for Carlisle but established himself as a hero in that space of time thanks to his unforgettable contribution. Truly, the stuff of fantasy.

Jose Luis Chilavert

The first goalkeeper ever to score a hat-trick was hugely successful throughout his long and often controversial career, earning respect as a renowned free-kick specialist. For the Paraguay national team he racked up an impressive eight goals, including four in the qualification campaign for the 2002 World Cup, and enjoyed nine fruitful seasons in Argentina with Velez Sarsfield, for whom he scored close to 50 goals. He won four league titles, a Copa Libertadores as well as an Intercontinental Cup against Milan in 1994. He created history alongside River Plate's Roberto Bonano in 2000 when both 'keepers scored in the same Libertadores game. The former Strasbourg custodian was never far from the eye of a storm, refusing to play for Paraguay at the 1999 Copa America as he believed his country's government was not spending enough money on education. He also spat on Roberto Carlos and demanded Brazil give back land claimed after the War of the Triple Alliance in the 19th century after accusing the diminutive full-back of racism in a 2002 qualifier. A character, to be sure.

Rogerio Ceni

The undisputed king of the goalscoring goalkeepers. No other netminder has registered more at the other end than Ceni. The Brazil international has played over 900 times for Sao Paulo and holds the record for goals scored in the Copa Libertadores for his club. Now of course he also has the milestone of being the first keeper to 100 goals. In 2006 in a league game against Cruzeiro he saved a penalty while 2-0 down. Minutes later he scored through a free-kick and later levelled the match with a penalty. In a long, illustrious career, Ceni has claimed two Copa Libertadores titles, three Brazilian leagues and a World Club Championship against Liverpool in 2005.

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