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Goal-scoring goalkeepers

Former Brazil goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored what he claimed was his 100th goal this week.

The effort - a free-kick from 20 yards - gave Sao Paulo a 2-1 victory over Corinthians, and the 38-year-old has also proved a reliable penalty taker over the course of his career.

In honour of his achievements, this week's First XI takes a look at some of the other 'keepers who have made an impact at both ends of the pitch.

Charlie Williams (1891-1908)

Williams is believed to be the first goalkeeper to have scored in the professional game when he netted from a goal kick to score an equaliser for Manchester City in an eventual 3-1 defeat to Sunderland in April 1900.

A man present at the game later wrote in the Daily Mirror in 1961: "Charlie's goal kick went almost the full length of the City's Hyde Road pitch, hit the ground, bounced over the Sunderland goalie's head and into the net.

"Under the rules of that time the goal was allowed, but the following week the Football Association made a new rule that a goal could not be scored direct from a goal kick."

The correspondent's memory was, it appears, a little hazy six decades on. The match was played at Sunderland, and reports at the time had initially described it as an own goal for Ned Doig: the Sunderland 'keeper had mishandled the ball and deflected it into his own goal, thus the strike was not direct from the goal kick.

Harry Dowd (1960-1974)

A goalkeeper with a penchant for dribbling, Dowd was playing for Manchester City in a Division Two game against Bury in February 1964 when he sustained a shoulder injury. With no substitutes permitted, Dowd swapped places with forward Matt Gray and fulfilled his dream of playing as a striker.

City had been trailing 1-0 at Maine Road in front of 15,000 highly disappointed fans when, seven minutes from time, Derek Kevan struck a shot against the bar. Dowd was on hand to drive it into the far corner of the net and rescue a point, although in the process of scoring he did fall - in apparent excruciating pain - onto his injured shoulder.

It was to be the only goal of his career.

Peter Schmeichel (1981-2003)

Schmeichel had already scored goals during his formative years in Denmark, but he opened his Manchester United account in a 2-2 draw at home to Rotor Volgograd in the 1995-96 season that saw the Red Devils exit the UEFA Cup after the first round.

His 89th-minute effort, which came after he had spent the previous five minutes repeatedly charging into the Rotor area, at least had the effect of preserving United's 39-year unbeaten home record in European competition.

"He says he's scored before, but I've yet to see it," Alex Ferguson said afterwards. "He's scored a lot in training. He's devastating. Make a good striker? That's a thought."

Schmeichel emphasised his attacking abilities afterwards - "Terry Cooke stayed back and it is worth trading a big guy like me up front for a smaller lad like him in that situation" - and Rotor coach Viktor Propopenko acknowledged that they had struggled to cope. "Our players were surprised," he said. "That sort of thing doesn't happen often in Russia."

The Bayern Munich defence also appeared troubled by his presence in the penalty area ahead of Teddy Sheringham's dramatic equaliser in the 1999 Champions League final and, during his stint with Aston Villa in 2001-02, he became the first goalkeeper to score in the Premiership when he volleyed home a corner in a 3-2 defeat to Everton.

"I thought it was Sod's Law that Schmeichel would score when he came up," Everton boss Walter Smith said afterwards. "I had to keep my fingers crossed that he wasn't going to repeat it. I haven't seen many goalkeepers score, and I don't want to see any more."

Jose Luis Chilavert (1982-2003)

With 62 goals in his career and eight for Paraguay, Chilavert was a free-kick specialist and penalty-taker who is second only to Rogerio Ceni in the list of goal-scoring goalkeepers.

Chilavert is well remembered for his controversies: in among other attacks, he punched Diego Maradona in 1994 and spat on Faustino Asprilla in 1997, while two Argentinean senators attempted to pass a motion to make him persona non grata in the country when he advised the Japanese on how to beat the Albicelestes.

He was, though, hugely talented. Speaking of his famous goal from the halfway line for Velez Sarsfield against River Plate in 1996, he told FIFA in 2003: "The game had been stopped for a foul in our half. Burgos had come out of his goal and was talking to a defender without looking at what was going on.

"I went upfield to complain about the foul and, when I was five yards away from the ball, I saw what was happening and just decided to hit it. My team-mates were yelling, 'Stop, Stop!' but I screamed, 'Get out of the way - I'm going to whack it!'. I told the ref to duck and everything worked like a charm."

Rene Higuita (1985-2010)

Higuita ensured his name would not soon be forgotten in the football world at Italia '90 when, in Colombia's 2-1 defeat to Cameroon in the second round, he received a backpass while in the sweeper position, attempted to drag the ball past Roger Milla and promptly allowed the veteran striker to score his second of the game.

"It was a mistake," he said afterwards. "Everyone saw it. It was as big as a house." Colombia boss Francisco Maturana added: "We just have a goalkeeper who has certain characteristics."

He was unable to take part at USA '94 after spending time in prison, but he was making major headlines on the field again in 1995 when, in a friendly against England at Wembley, he performed his 'scorpion kick' for the first time as he cleared a shot from Jamie Redknapp. It had enlivened a dull 0-0 draw attended by just over 20,000 people, and England boss Terry Venables said afterwards: "That'll bring the crowds back if anything will."

He was also a consummate penalty taker, netting 37 in official matches, while his free-kick abilities saw him add another seven to his tally.

Eric Viscaal (1986-2009)

An unusual contender for the list in that this Netherlands international wasn't actually a goalkeeper. Viscaal, while playing for Belgian side Gent, was forced to go in goal when the team's 'keeper, Zsolt Petry, was dismissed with five minutes remaining after he conceded a penalty in a game against Cercle Brugge in the 1992-93 season.

With no substitutes available, the midfielder went in goal to face Josip Weber's spot kick. Gent were already 1-0 down at the time, but Viscaal stretched to claw the ball away from the bottom right-hand corner of the goal. Incredibly, Gent then won a penalty at the other end in injury time, which Viscaal stepped up to fire home and secure a 1-1 draw.

Jorge Campos (1988-2004)

Mexico star Campos had said that his ideal game would involve 45 minutes in goal and 45 minutes as a striker, and he had played up front for first club Pumas while waiting for first-team opportunities as a goalkeeper. He top-scored with 14 in 1989.

Even when not selected as a outfield player, he - like Higuita - tended to show off the breadth of his abilities, and former Mexico coach Cesar Menotti complimented his refusal to remain inside the penalty area. "By playing so far up," Menotti said, "he prevents counter-attacks."

In a friendly with Bulgaria in January 1994, he was caught out when trying to dribble around an opponent and lost his place in the team, but then coach Miguel Mejia Baron brought him back ahead of the World Cup and told him to continue playing as a 'keeper-sweeper. "The coach wants me to play close to the defenders," Campos said. "I'm not going to change my style." Italy boss Arrigo Sacchi even described him as the "goalkeeper of the next century".

Also widely remembered for his flamboyant, self-designed kits, Campos scored 38 goals in his career but failed to get off the mark for his country.

Jens Lehmann (1988-)

Lehmann scored a legendary last-minute header for Schalke to secure a 2-2 draw at fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund in 1997. He had already opened his account with a penalty in a 6-2 win over 1860 Munich in 1995, but his Revierderby effort ensured he became the first goalkeeper to score from open play in the Bundesliga.

"I had conceded two goals earlier in the game," Lehmann said. "That always gives you a guilty conscience. With my goal, things came full circle, but I feel more angry about the goals I let in than happy about scoring."

"He was the hero," Schalke team-mate Ingo Anderbrugge later said. "That was pure joy, but Jens was always a bit crazy."

Jimmy Glass (1991-2001)

Glass - who played just three games for Carlisle - became a club legend during his emergency loan spell from Swindon at the end of the 1998-99 season.

Carlisle had faced the prospect of dropping into the Conference after more than 70 years in the Football League, and chairman Michael Knighton was set to take the blame. The man who had tried to buy Manchester United in 1989 switched his ambitions to Carlisle in 1992 and promised the world. Instead, he talked of his belief in UFOs, dismissed bosses on a whim and installed himself as manager for the 1997-98 season, in which they were relegated from Division Two.

He eventually stepped down in December 1998, with the club looking in danger of a second successive relegation, and in the end it came down to the final day of the season: Carlisle required a victory over Plymouth and Scarborough to slip up against Peterborough to escape.

Carlisle fell behind to Plymouth on 49 minutes as the fans chanted 'You're just a fat, greedy bastard', among other songs, at their chairman, but there was hope when they levelled on the hour.

Scarborough drew with Peterborough, but with Carlisle still drawing it appeared they were doomed as the game went deep into injury time. In the 94th minute, though, Glass went up for a corner and scored with the last kick of the game to spark wild celebrations.

"I've never scored a league goal before, but this was just luck," Glass said. "I walloped it, and next thing I know I'm under 2,000 people." Knighton added: "I still believe in UFOs, but now I believe in miracle goals from on-loan goalkeepers, too."

It was to be Glass' final game for Carlisle, and he did not add to his goal tally in the remainder of his career.

Hans-Jorg Butt (1994-)

A penalty specialist, Bayern Munich 'keeper Butt has, curiously, scored three spot-kicks against Juventus with three different clubs over the course of his career, including the equaliser in Bayern's 4-1 victory at Juventus on their way to last year's Champions League final. "The way he does it is unbelievable," Louis van Gaal said afterwards.

However, while his penalty technique is not in doubt, there is an inherent danger in allowing a goalkeeper to inhabit the opposite penalty area.

In April 2004, during his time with Bayer Leverkusen, he converted from the spot in the 76th minute to establish a 3-1 lead at Schalke. Just 30 seconds later, though, Schalke's Ebbe Sand played the ball to Mike Hanke at the kick-off and he immediately reduced the deficit by firing directly into the goal as Butt made his way back. "That was crazy and I'll never forget it," Hanke said. "There wasn't much time to think - maybe two seconds. I told Ebbe we had to move fast, but he didn't react, so when he gave me the ball I just hit it spontaneously. Unfortunately, we lost 3-2."

Dimitar Ivankov (1995-)

Former Bulgaria goalkeeper Ivankov, currently playing for Bursaspor, may not have scored from open play, but he is the most prolific of those 'keepers whose goals have come solely from the penalty spot.

"I am so confident, I even say I can score with my eyes closed," he told the Daily Mail in November last year. "This is my trick. When the whistle goes, I shut my eyes and only open them again when I am about to strike the ball. I practice every day, so I know exactly when I am taking that final stride, and the idea is to put the keeper off."

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