25 Most Embarrassing Soccer Goals Allowed
Goals come and go.
A typical soccer match will result with several goals. Many of them are straight forward and don’t deserve to be talked about too much more.
However, there are those instances when one goal stands out.
It could be an incredible bicycle kick or even an incredible team play that set up an easy score. Whatever the case, these goals deserve to be talked about and to be replayed again and again.
On the other hand, there are those goals that are just so embarrassing that we can’t help but talk about them.
Whether it’s an own goal or an unfortunate goalkeeper mistake, these goals get the same amount of chatter and replay glory.
But among every great goal and every embarrassing goal, there are certain goals that stand out from the rest.
So without further ado, here are the 25 most embarrassing soccer goals ever allowed.
That's Using Your Head
Poor Chris Brass.
All he wanted was to clear the ball away. What he received was credit for an own goal and a broken nose.
Always Check Your Blindsides
Real Sociedad goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai is a little too relaxed here—so relaxed that he fails to notice Mallorca's Gonzalo Castro lurking behind him.
The result is a crafty goal by Castro.
Look, Ma! No Hands!
Jurgen Sierens must have forgotten that the goalie is allowed to use his hands in net.
He also seems to have forgotten his sense of direction.
Persistence Pays Off
And people wonder why many don't watch the MLS?
Here, the goalkeeper is impatient and tries to get rid of the ball while an opposing player is hounding him.
It was a recipe for disaster, as the player recovered the ball and rolled in the equalizer.
When Premature Celebrations Go Wrong
Don't stop playing until you hear the whistle.
It's a longtime adage, and one Moroccan goalkeeper Khalid Askri should have taken to heart.
It would have saved him this embarrassment at the least.
That's Why They Belong in Between the Posts
It's nice to see the goalkeeper get on the score sheet. However, one must not forget his place.
Here, the goalkeeper delivers home a penalty but takes up far too much time celebrating with teammates. The opposition sees an opening and makes the goalkeeper pay.
Next time, a little humility might help.
Now You See It, Now You—$#@%!!
Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best route to take.
This Japanese goalkeeper decides he would try his best Messi impersonation.
Instead, he earned himself a spot in this countdown.
Well done, sir.
Charlie Brown Whiff
In hindsight, this goal can not be completely blamed on the goalkeeper.
It was just tough luck for keeper Paul Robinson, as the ball clearly takes an unorthodox bounce off of the turf.
However, Robinson should have done a better job in getting the ball away.
Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice
One own-goal is bad enough. But two in the same game? Now, that's a whole other level of embarrassment.
It's a shame that Georgia's captain and AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze has to deal with after his efforts against Italy.
Who Put Glue on My Gloves?
No wonder the stands are empty.
We have no idea what this goalkeeper was thinking, or what he was trying to do.
There's no defending this one.
Stick to Your Day Job
Here, Queen of South goalkeeper David Hutton tries his best to audition for a spot in the midfield.
Unfortunately, he shows he's not quite up to the task and costs his team a goal the hard way.
Fist of Fury
That's one way of ruining a great save.
After making a tremendous effort to deflect the shot, this goalkeeper does the unthinkable and slaps the ball in.
Looking at the replay, it appears the ball was drifting out.
Too Much Fun at the Pub Last Night
There are no words to describe this.
The ball was rolling rather slowly towards the goalkeeper, yet he somehow mishandles it and watches it roll into the back of the net.
Either he was asleep on the job or still feeling the effects of late-night partying.
What Fair Play?
When fair play goes wrong.
After an Ajax player went down with an injury, the team was set to kick the ball back to the goalkeeper. Unfortunately, the ball found it's way into the back of the net.
Ajax let their opponents have a free pass, and after an equally embarrassing miss on the first attempt, they finally got the goal back.
Gone with the Wind
Gale force winds were bothering the entire fixture between Everton and Bolton.
On a simple clearance by Tim Howard, the wind carried the ball to the other side of the pitch and over the head of the opposing goalkeeper.
As sympathy to his fellow goalkeeper, Howard didn't even want to celebrate the feat.
Who says Americans don't have class?
Without a Moment's Notice
The goalkeeper makes a rather easy save before popping up rather confidently.
In his moment of glory, he seems to have lost track of an opposing player who sneaks in and knocks the ball past the confused goalkeeper.
Saved by the Head
Javier Hernandez has a knack for scoring some memorable goals. This one is memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.
With a wide open net, Hernandez somehow kicks the ball into his head, deflecting it into the back of the net.
One has to wonder, had his head not been in the way, would the ball have shot left of the post? Looks likely.
Squirming for Retribution
Sometimes it's better to just stay in the box.
This goalkeeper attempts to cut off the angle and reach a ball, except he misjudges the trajectory of the ball and ends up looking like a fool.
He even trips on his own feet in the process.
How About a Little Sense of Urgency Next Time?
Looking at some of these plays, you'd think goalkeepers should really pay more attention to their surroundings.
This goalkeeper probably takes the cake.
Not only does he see the opposing player charging towards him, but he turns his back and slowly bends down to pick the ball up.
That's Using Your Noggin!
Here's another goalkeeper who doesn't seem to pay much attention.
Manchester City goalkeeper Andy Dibble is slowly wondering around the box, waiting to clear it. At the same time, Nottingham Forest's Gary Crosby is planning an improbable heist.
Using his head, Crosby knocks the ball out of Dibble's hand and fires the ball into the back of the net.
Understandably, Dibble is livid.
Someone Forgot to Pass the Memo to the Keeper
During a fierce battle in the Norwegian Premier League between Brann and Lillestrom, something weird happened.
After a Lillestrom injury forced stoppage of play, Brann was set to kick the ball back to Lillestrom to restart play. However, Erik Mjelde's kick hopped over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The majority of Brann decided to allow Lillestrom to equalize, however, the Brann goalkeeper had other ideas.
Now, Try That on the Opponents Net
Jamie Pollock combined play with both his feet and his head to put together one heck of a goal.
Unfortunately, it was on his own net.
Hey, at least you have to respect the talent.
After making a save on the initial shot, this goalkeeper decided that wasn't enough.
He soon after did his best impression of tackling a wild hog. Unfortunately, it cost his team a goal in the process.
At Least It Looked Nice
Has any good story ever began by "I decided to scorpion kick the ball out of play?"
I didn't think so.
Points for the Height?
Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson wraps this showcase up with this own goal.
Jenkinson attempts to blast this ball into the stands, only to mishit the ball and watch it curve down into his own net.
Nice height, though.