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10 of football’s most disastrous (but also hilarious) goalkeeping displays of all time

Massimo Taibi Chelsea Manchester United
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Alen Pasagic (NK Rudar Velenje vs FC Koper, 2013)

Slovenia has produced two of the world’s top keepers in Samir Handanovic and Jan Oblak – but it’s safe to say that Alen Pasagic isn’t from the same class, district or even planet as his contemporaries.

During a 4-1 defeat to Koper in the PrvaLiga, poor Pasagic couldn’t roll out the ball safely or even catch it without falling into the net. Watch and gasp.

Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool 1-2 Man United, 2002)

Liverpool’s Pole in goal was at fault for both Diego Forlan strikes as the Reds lost to their deadly rivals in the midst of a horrendous 11-match winless run. After Jamie Carragher nodded the ball back to him, Dudek let the ball run between his legs for the Uruguayan to tap in, and minutes later the United striker lashed in a shot that should have never beaten the keeper at the near post.

Dudek was as shaky as his famous knees in Istanbul, lamenting: “I've never known anything like this before. My friends from Poland have been sending me texts telling me that the sun doesn't shine every day.” 

After being dropped for Chris Kirkland, he redeemed himself with a superb man-of-the-match performance against United in the Worthington Cup final three months later.

Simon Sheppard (Reading 3-1 Luton, 1995)

Graham Loader, editor of online Reading fanzine Hob Nob Anyone?, said of Sheppard: “He couldn't kick the ball, never caught corners and failed to redeem himself with shot-stopping.”

But apart from that…

Sheppard’s most comical moment came when he ran out of his area at top speed to collect a through-ball, instead smashing into his own centre-back Dariusz Wdowczyk, who was subsequently out injured for weeks.

The "I've seen Sheppard catch the ball" t-shirt that did the rounds at Elm Park says it all.

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