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Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and the Best Goalkeeper Celebrations

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer and the Best Goalkeeper Celebrations

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    When Bayern Munich defender Dante scored a rare goal against Freiburg last weekend, the Brazilian shunned the celebrations of his outfield teammates, choosing to run the length of the field to hug Manuel Neuer

    Dante's logic was that goalkeepers never get to celebrate goals, so he wanted to give him a piece of the action.

    However, there have been plenty of keepers who have shown their pleasure when the ball has hit the net at the other end... 

     

Robert Kidiaba

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    One of the strangest goal celebrations in the beautiful game belongs to Congolese goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba.

    Whenever his side scores, Kidiaba shuffles on his bum as if he is riding an imaginary horse. Here he is doing it at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. 

Peter Schmeichel

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    There are a few clips of Peter Schmeichel celebrating in the clip above. 

    The Great Dane's most iconic moment of glee is shown at the 26-second mark when he performed cartwheels in his own area after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored in injury time of the 1999 Champions League Final to give Manchester United an unlikely victory. 

Alberto 'Jimmy' Fontana

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    The award for the most insane goalkeeper celebration of all time surely go to Alberto "Jimmy" Fontana.

    While celebrating Novara's return to Serie A in 2011, the reserve 'keeper kissed a reporter, destroyed a TV set, jumped into the stands and then let off a fire extinguisher with no shorts on. 

    That takes some beating. 

     

Hans-Jorg Butt

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    German goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt scored an impressive 26 Bundesliga goals in his career, but he evoked a serious case of schadenfreude when his Bayer Leverkusen side faced Schalke in April 2004.

    After slotting home a penalty, Butt took his time making his way back to his own goal as he hugged and high-fived his teammates.

    By pumping his fist in the air while running back to the goal, he unintentionally let the referee know he was ready for play to commence again—at which point he watched the ball sail over his head to cancel out the spot-kick. 

Khalid Askri

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    Goalkeeper Khalid Askri's premature celebrations ended very badly during a 2009 Moroccan Throne Cup semi-final shoot-out involving his Moroccan side FAR Rabat. 

    Askri was so delighted with his "save" that he beat his chest and walked away, watching from the corner of his eye as the ball rolled over the goal line. 

Iker Casillas

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    Iker Casillas joined the pantheon of World Cup winners in South Africa in 2010, despite the fact that certain parts of the Spanish press claimed he was distracted by his reporter girlfriend Sara Carbonero when La Furia Roja lost the opening match to Switzerland. 

    In an interview after the final, both parties let their professionalism slip a little with a celebratory kiss. 

Asmir Begovic

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    Let's finish with an example of a goalkeeper refusing to celebrate when he had every right to!

    Stoke's Asmir Begovic scored from a clearance after just 12 seconds of their November 2013 match with Southampton, but the Bosnian refused to congratulate himself. 

    "It does not make a goalkeeper look good and after it I did not want to celebrate against [Artur Boruc]," he said at the time, showing a respectable amount of compassion.

     

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