What do Rogério Ceni, José Luis Chilavert, Jorge Campos, Hans-Jörg Butt and Peter Schmeichel all have in common? If you guessed they are all goalkeepers then you are half right. In fact they are all goalscoring goalkeepers who have scored during the process of a competitive ninety minutes match with some like Ceni and Chilavert scoring more than once. After the duo becoming free kick specialist, they went on to score 171 goals between them and holding various records in the process. Chilavert became a cult figure in his native Paraguay after becoming the first goalkeeper to hit a hat trick in a match, a record he still holds today. Ceni holds the distinction of being the highest scoring keeper of all time with 109 strikes, split evenly between shots taken from free kicks and shots taken from the penalty spot. Now St Pauli’s Philipp Tschauner has joined the illustrious list of goalscoring goalkeepers after adding his name to the score sheet on Monday.
The 27-year-old former 1860 Munich player moved to St Pauli in the German Bundesliga 2 in the summer of 2011, but had never scored a competitive gaol until Monday nights clash with Paderborn. Trailing in the game by 2-1 going into the final minutes, Tschauner was urged forward by his manager, Michael Frontzeck as St Pauli won a last gasp corner. Towering over the opposition players at 6ft 5, Frontzeck hoped that Tschauner’s height would win the header and hopefully knock the ball down for someone to score. The plan worked better than expected as Tschauner raced up into the box and connected with a powerful header from substitute Dennis Daube’s cross. His header drew the match level and secured St Pauli a vital point as they look to remain in the division.
It’s unlikely that Tschauner will now go on to replicate the likes of Chilvert or Ceni in terms of goalscoring feats but he will be happy with scoring his first ever professional goal and at a crucial time. His goal should secure St Pauli’s future in the division with the club now nine points clear of the drop zone with seven games left. Tschauner will play an important role in deciding if this happens but this time it will be likely to be his saves and not his goalscoring that makes the headlines.
To see Tschauner’s header, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfksSerbDAU
To see a Chilavert free kick attempt in the 2002 Wolrd Cup, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgDXKcPnDw8&NR=1&feature=endscreen
To see a fantastic freekick by Ceni, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc2du-mCb2M