7 Of The Worst Goalkeeper Mistakes In Football History

Goalkeepers go through life mostly unappreciated.

They get a pat on the back for a job well done if they make a great save. If they make a blunder, they will be mocked for the rest of their life.

If their gaffes weren’t so hilarious, we’d feel sorry for them. Here are seven of the best (or worst) of them.

7. Fabian Barthez (Arsenal vs Man United, 2001)

Thierry Henry was given a great opportunity at Highbury in 2001 after Fabian Barthez made a series of errors during his stint at United.

During Arsenal’s 3-1 win, the Frenchman’s clearing was so poor that it only reached Henry, who controlled the ball on the edge of the box before stroking the ball into the corner.

6. David James

Portsmouth may be languishing in the lower divisions of English football now, but they went on an European adventure in 2008.

Needing a win against German side Wolfsburg to progress from a group also including Braga and Heerenveen, David ‘Calamity’ James made a truly costly error, giving the ball away in his own penalty area and allowing Zvjezdan Misimovic to score.

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Pompey ended up losing 3-2 and were eliminated.

5. Petr Cech: Czech Republic vs. Turkey, Euro 2008

You could argue that Cech, who had previously been a tremendous goalkeeper, was never the same after this gaffe in a frantic Euro 2008 group game against Turkey.

When Cech dropped a cross at the feet of Nihat Kahveci, who gladly took the simple goal before going on to score a far more difficult goal, the Czechs went on to win the game 3-2.

Cech has gone on to be a fantastic goalkeeper since then, but was nevern as good as he was before this game?

4. Rob Green – England vs USA (World Cup 2010)

With Steven Gerrard having given the Three Lions the lead, former Fulham and Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey struck a speculative effort from about 25 yards out.

It was a shot goalkeepers save 99 times out of 100, but for poor Green, this occasion turned out to be the exception.

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Dempsey’s strike came at a relatively easy pace for Green to deal with, but the England goalkeeper saw it squirm out of his grasp and agonisingly roll over the line.

The mistake essentially epitomised the kind of disaster England’s World Cup dream was going to be in the end.

3. Dida

With Liverpool trailing 3-1 to AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, Vladimir Smicer let fly from range.

The effort, though powerful, was close to Dida, but he was unable to keep it out, instead pushing it into the bottom corner.

We all know what happened next, as the Reds went on to equalise, and win the ensuing penalty shoot-out.

2. Oliver Kahn: Germany vs. Brazil, 2002 World Cup

In the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, with Liverpool losing 3-1 to AC Milan, Vladimir Smicer let go from long range.

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Dida was near to the effort, but he was unable to keep it out, instead pushing it into the bottom corner.

We all know what occurred next: the Reds drew level and went on to win the penalty shoot-out.

1. Loris Karius (Real Madrid vs Liverpool, 2018)

There’s simply no place to hide in a Champions League final just ask Loris Karius.

The German keeper’s entire career seems to have hinged on two ill-fated moments against Real Madrid.

With the game level at 0-0, Karius attempted to quickly distribute the ball underarm from the edge of his area, but Karim Benzema intercepted and his block sent the ball into the empty goal.

His confidence was clearly left in tatters, and he faltered again in the 83rd minute as Gareth Bale’s long-range effort, which went straight down his throat, breached his grasp and found the net to clinch a killer third goal for Real in their 3-1 win.



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