Goalscoring Keepers

Goalscoring Keepers

Everyone loves a goalscoring goalkeeper, no exception. Here’s our top five.

5 – Ante Vulic (15 career goals)


Yugoslavia was probably the only European country to properly understand this distinctly South American phenomenon. Dragan Pantelic scored 26 goals for Radnicki Nis and the national team between 1971 and 1985, Zarko Lucic notched 21 between 

1992 and 2004, and even recent Croatia stopper Stipe Pletikosa netted four times for Hajduk Split.

Ante Vulic was special though. The Croat scored his first goal in 1951 - a time when only Italian Lucidio Sentimenti (seven) was at it regularly in Europe (for Juve no less), and was a loyal servant of Hajduk Split. He played second fiddle to one of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time in Vladimir Beara, yet still notched 15 competitive goals (29 if you count friendlies) in an 11 year career which yielded two Yugoslav League titles. Makes you wonder how Steve Harper gets out of bed in the morning. Beara, who was the first person to save a Ferenc Puskas penalty and once saved four spot-kicks in one match, claimed he’d faced no better taker than Ante Vulic. The uniqueness of his situation just pips Rene Higuita, who, let’s face it, is basically a well-rounded inndividual in Latin America.


4 – Hans Jorg Butt (34 career goals)

Butt is equally unique; a prolific scorer in one of Europe’s top leagues, during the 21st century. All of his goals came from the peno spot for VfB Oldenburg (5), HSV (20), Leverkusen (8), and Bayern Munich (1). He’s probably best remembered for being lobbed straight from the kick off against Schalke while ambling back to his net after over-celebrating a goal for Leverkusen, he also scored three times against Juventus with three different clubs, and is the UEFA Champions League’s highest scoring goalkeeper. He retired in 2012. 

Bulgarian Dimitar Ivankov is the all-time highest goalscoring European keeper with 42, though they all came in Bulgaria and Turkey, where your Nan could be a goalscoring keeper (probably).


3 – Jorge Campos (34 career goals)

The maddest thing about Jorge Campos isn’t that he was capped 130 times by Mexico in spite of being 5’6”. Or that he designed his own fluorescent, baggy kits intent on dazzling the opposition. It’s not even that he pulled the goal-frame over at USA 94 swinging from the crossbar after a dive. The loco from Acapulco, who scored most of his goals for Pumas, was partial to playing as a striker. The madness began during his first season in 1988, when he asked to be used as a forward.

Remarkably, he scored 14 goals. Even after becoming the country’s best keeper, he still had stints as a striker. In 1997 he scored a sublime bicycle kick for Atlante after starting the match between the posts, before moving upfront. 

Campos' versatility is unrivalled, though a special mention goes to cult Hull favourite Alan Fettis. The Northern Ireland international sometimes played as a striker for the Tigers during injury crises, scoring two career goals.


2 – Jose Luis Chilavert (67 career goals)

El Buldog is the highest scoring international keeper with 8 goals for Paraguay, and the only one to ever score a hat-trick. That came for Velez Sarsfield in a match against Ferro in 1999, with all three goals coming from the penalty spot.

He also famously scored a freekick from the halfway line against River Plate. Known for his temper, he played at the 98 World Cup but, in spite of numerous attempts, failed to score.

Chilavert  did however score four times in qualification, en route to Paraguay reaching the last 16. He scored one goal in Europe for Real Zaragoza, but felt disappoint towards their fans when they got uneasy with his dribbling escapades. South America, hey.


1 – Rogerio Ceni (131 career goals)

Rogerio is the absolute Don of goalscoring keepers, and will probably never be beaten. The one-club-man has been scoring goals for Sao Paulo for two-and-a-half decades, winning 18 major titles, including 1 World Club Cup, and 2 Copa Libertadores medals. He once captained the team to a 2-2 draw after they were 2-0 down by saving a penalty and scoring both goals. He’s basically like Steven Gerrard, but successful. A scorer of both freekicks and penalties, he’s amassed a whopping 131 goals, and is ranked 10th in Sao Paulo’s all-time leading scorer list.

Rogerio is also the club’s record scorer in the Libertadores. Just take that in for a second; the record scorer for Brazil’s most successful club in South America’s premier competition, is Rogerio Mucke Ceni. I strongly recommend seeing him play, the Morumbi’s call of “Rogerio! Rogerio!” when they win a freekick around the box is something special to behold. Hurry though, he’s 42 and plans to retire at the end of the season. He won 16 caps for Brazil between 1997 and 2006, though disappointingly failed to find the net. Still, better than Fred.



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