European football Leagues returned last weekend after two weeks break. There are more reasons for football fans to smile because UEFA Champions League and Europa League are back this week too. Today, as we wait for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford on Tuesday, let us look at a strange list of outfield stars that played as goalkeepers.
5. Dani Alves- Sochaux Vs PSG
Dani Alves will go down in history as one of the most successful right back in history. He is up there alongside Cafu, Gary Neville and Zanetti. In fact, when it comes to trophies, he has won more than all others by far. His career started in South America, then Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and now at PSG.
The reason he is on this list is because on February 6th, PSG went down to 10 men after the goalkeeper was sent off. The Coach had made all substitutions which meant an outfield player needed to step to the hot seat. Alves took the gloves knowing even if the hosts Sochaux score one, 4 minutes will not be enough for them to score two more. He ended up making zero saves to help his side win 4-1 away from home.
4. Rio Ferdinand- Man United Vs Portsmouth
— Bunyamin ⬢ (@BenUtd_) May 14, 2014
In 2008, Portsmouth shocked everybody to lift FA Cup under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp. It was a historic year for the underdogs. However, what many don’t talk about is the fact that they defeated Manchester United in the quarterfinals. What is even interesting is that at some point, Red Devil central defender Rio Ferdinand played as a goalkeeper. He conceded a goal and so we can say he never enjoyed his only appearance as a shot-stopper.
3. Jan Koller- Dortmund Vs Bayern
Photo: In 2002 with no substitutes remaining, Dortmund striker Jan Koller had to fill in as goalkeeper after… http://t.co/myJwro2S
— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) March 31, 2012
In 2002, Borussia Dortmund was playing bitter rivals Bayern Munich. In the latter stage of the game, with all substitutes made, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was shown a red card. One outfield player needed to step up and take the gloves and striker Jan Koller accepted the challenge. The fans still remember his performance to date.