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Apr 22 13 10:07 PM

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I just sent an update of the 1953 CCCF tournament to RSSSF with goalscorers.  I noticed that Ergilio Hato of the Dutch Antilles, who was known as an outstanding goalkeeper, was also good enough to be selected outfield for this tournament and played as a forward, scoring 4 goals in total.

Does anybody know of other players who were not only good enough to be the national goalkeeper but could also make the team outfield?
Jorge Campos of Mexico comes to mind but I seem to remember he was quite good but would not really have made the national team outfield, only he was allowed to indulge himself when the team was winning comfortably.   Sometimes he didn't wait for the coach and simply ran out of his goal... 

In the early days it happened a few times that the goalkeeper was moved outfield because he was injured, before substitutions, but this obviously isn't the same phenomenon.

Ergilio Hato was also a penalty taker when he played as a goalkeeper, so he probably holds a world record as the "goalkeeper" who has scored the most goals in internationals (even if some of them came when he wasn't playing as keeper).

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Apr 24 13 8:15 AM

Great Jorge Campos, one of my childhood's idols enaccord9.gif

At the moment, the only name I remember is Attilio Trerè. He played 5 matches for the Italian National team between 1910 and 1914 as a midfielder, but he was also able to win the 1906 Italian Championship with AC Milan playing as a... goalkeeper.

Nevertheless, I'm almost sure I've read somewhere a similar case, maybe in Latin America, but I cannot remember exactly.

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Apr 24 13 4:53 PM

He has 8 according to his own wiki page. Anyway, I don't have a full list for Hato, but it seems likely that he would have surpassed 8 if his "outfield goals" are included. Maybe one of our Dutch friends can find out.

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May 3 13 3:31 PM

Another club football example, and not sure if it falls into the 'good outfield player' category, but Manchester City a few seasons ago pushed David James up front to try and get a late goal against Middlesbrough that was essentially winner-takes-all for a UEFA Cup place on the last day of the Premier League season. My memory's a bit hazy on this (only saw it on Match of the Day highlights), but I know for a fact that James was given his own outfielder's shirt ('James 1') to change into as another outfield player was subbed for a goalkeeper, and he may have even won a penalty (missed by Robbie Fowler).

Another thing I think I remember on this is that Middlesbrough held on for the draw that they needed, and it happened to be the season before they reached the final of the UEFA Cup, so if James had a little more impact (another hazy memory but I think he played quite well in his stint outfield), it could have triggered a huge chain reaction, especially with England choosing Steve McLaren as their coach (partly after his achievements with Middlesbrough), etc...

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May 3 13 8:30 PM

That's the one! Maybe James didn't play as well as I remembered, although he was in a good position to score when the penalty was conceded (even if he didn't directly win it like I thought). Credit to Stuart Pearce for trying something like this at such a crucial moment - even though goalkeepers have an additional skillset to consider (and specialise in) it's not like any of them are completely incapable of 'playing' a bit as well, Campos and Hato being prime examples. Even Rene Higuita's famous error was probably a rare one in context...

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May 13 13 4:29 PM

Arumugam of Malaysia played as a striker vs Thailand in the President's Park Cup 1977, because the squad was depleted due to injuries.

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Sep 13 13 8:58 AM

By coincidence I've found out another interesting case. Morciré Sylla was one of the most important footballers produced by Guinea. He was an eclectic talent, as, during his career, he was employed both as a goalkeeper and as an outfield player. 

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Sep 20 13 3:47 PM

I was thinking again about goalkeepers who take penalties. This year Kennedy Mweene of Zambia took an excellent penalty vs Nigeria.

5th May 1971, Austria 3-2 Luxembourg (Olympic qualifier), Austria's 3rd goal scored by goalkeeper Gerhard Fleischmann from a penalty.

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Sep 23 13 9:07 AM

I think many of us remember this game. Portugal-England was one of the most spectacular matches at Euro 2004. In the decisive penalty lottery, the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo was one of the most brilliant protagonists scoring a goal.

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Sep 23 13 6:12 PM

Luca wrote:
I think many of us remember this game. Portugal-England was one of the most spectacular matches at Euro 2004. In the decisive penalty lottery, the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo was one of the most brilliant protagonists scoring a goal.

A really good match, shame about the outcome though smiley: ohwell. Wouldn't class that as Ricardo showing much in the way of an 'outfield player', though, as plenty of goalkeepers are decent penalty takers, and it happens regularly in shoot-outs. Rogerio Ceni, Jose Luis Chilavert, Joe Hart, Kennedy Mweene, and Manuel Neuer to name a few more...

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Sep 28 13 2:45 PM

Another penalty by a goalkeeper:
In the Pan-Arab Games 1961, the critical match was Morocco vs Egypt.
With the score at 2-2 after 82 minutes the referee gave a penalty to Morocco. The Egyptians protested and ultimately abandoned the pitch, refusing to continue.
The penalty kick was left to the Moroccan goalkeeper (Beggar) to score in an empty goal. This made it 3-2 to Morocco, which was in effect a walkover score after the abandonment.

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Sep 28 13 10:26 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Another penalty by a goalkeeper:
In the Pan-Arab Games 1961, the critical match was Morocco vs Egypt.
With the score at 2-2 after 82 minutes the referee gave a penalty to Morocco. The Egyptians protested and ultimately abandoned the pitch, refusing to continue.
The penalty kick was left to the Moroccan goalkeeper (Beggar) to score in an empty goal. This made it 3-2 to Morocco, which was in effect a walkover score after the abandonment.
The somewhat obvious question is - did he beg to take it?

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Aug 24 14 9:10 AM

An interesting case.
Over the friendly South Korea-Tajikistan 4-1 from 24/08/1997, Akhmed Engurazov, the Tajik goalkeeper, played outfield...
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