Top 10 outfield Players who have played as a goalkeeper

Top 10 Star Players who have played as a goalkeeper

Exploring the world of football, we often come across moments of sheer brilliance when outfield players step up to take on the role of a goalkeeper. Whether due to a red card, injury, or a tactical gamble, these instances create some of the most unforgettable moments in the beautiful game. In this article, we will delve into the top 10 outfield players who have taken on the extraordinary challenge of donning the goalkeeper's gloves and showcasing their versatility on the pitch. Join us on this exciting journey through the world of football's unexpected heroes.

10) Jan Koller: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich (2002)
Jan Koller started his football training as a goalkeeper during his youth career. However, he was converted to a striker by the time he started his professional career with the Czech club Sparta Prague. He made his debut for Sparta in the spring of 1995. His training as a goalkeeper saw some use in the 2002–03 season. In a Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off in the second half for a second yellow card, and Dortmund had already used their three substitutions. So, while Koller was primarily a striker, he did have some experience as a goalkeeper.

9. Harry Kane: Tottenham vs Asteras (2014)
Harry Kane, the Tottenham forward, once played as a goalkeeper during a Europa League match against the Greek side Asteras Tripolis. This happened during his breakthrough season with The Lilywhites when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was sent off during a Europa League tie at White Hart Lane. Since Spurs had used all of their remaining substitutions, Kane, who had scored a hat-trick in the game, was forced to put on the purple keeper jersey for the final minutes. However, he ended up spilling the ball into the back of the net.

8. John Terry: Chelsea vs Reading (2006)
John Terry, the former Chelsea captain, once played as a goalkeeper during a Premier League match against Reading. This happened on October 14, 2006, when both Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini picked up injuries. Since Chelsea had used all of their remaining substitutions, Terry, the centre-back, put on the gloves and stepped in between the sticks. Terry kept a clean sheet, with Chelsea winning the game 1-0.

7. John O’Shea: Manchester United vs. Tottenham, 2007
John O’Shea, the versatile player who has played nearly every position on the field, including goalkeeper, donned the goalkeeper’s gloves on 4th February 2007. This happened during a match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane when Manchester United’s regular goalkeeper, Edwin Van der Sar, had to come off due to an injury. Since all three substitutions had already been made, an outfield player had to step in as the goalkeeper. John O’Shea took up the challenge and delivered a controlled display, even making a famous 1-on-1 save. His performance ensured a 100% clean sheet record as United won the match 4-0

6. Pele: Santos vs Gremio (1963)
The legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele, did indeed play as a goalkeeper for his club Santos in a friendly match against Gremio in 1963. This unusual event occurred after the regular goalkeeper was injured. Despite being known for his incredible skills as a forward, Pele showed his versatility by stepping into the goalkeeper’s role. It’s one of the many reasons why he is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.

5. Rio Ferdinand: Manchester United vs Portsmouth (2008)
Ferdinand briefly played as a goalkeeper for United, nearly saving a penalty.

4. Kyle Walker: Manchester City vs Atlanta (2019)
In a surprising turn, right-back Kyle Walker made more saves than the regular goalkeepers in a Champions League match.

3. Phil Jagielka: Sheffield United vs Arsenal (2006)
Phil Jagielka replaced an injured goalkeeper and kept Arsenal from scoring, making a remarkable save.

2. Robbie Savage: Derby County vs Reading (2010)
Robbie Savage tried his best as a makeshift goalkeeper for Derby County after their keeper was sent off, but his team lost 4-1.

1. Dani Alves: PSG vs Sochaux (2018)
Dani Alves briefly took the goalkeeper role due to a red card, but his stint was uneventful in a French Cup final.

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