The 15 worst (or is that best?) own goals of all-time

On this day in 1998, Jamie Pollock netted one of the great oggies of English football for Manchester City against QPR. There's nothing quite as ignominous in football, but as Greg Lea discovers, some culprits are much worse than others

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Lee Dixon

There was no danger whatsoever. A long Coventry clearance sailed through to Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon, who took a couple of touches and assessed his options. Unfortunately for the Gunners, his final decision was not a good one: Dixon severely overcooked his backpass, inadvertently chipping the ball over the head of goalkeeper David Seaman and into the back of the net.

Festus Baise

Even after multiple viewings it is difficult to decipher Baise’s intentions. The cross from Hong Kong FC’s Jack Sealy was underhit and unlikely to find a team-mate, but Baise had clearly calculated that a simple header away would not suffice. The Sun Hei centre-back instead opted for an extraordinary scorpion kick and could only watch in despair as the ball flew into the far corner.

Assaf Mendes 

It feels rather unfair to label this an own goal, given the decisive role played by the elements. In a practice match against Dynamo Kyiv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv goalkeeper Mendes was beaten by his own kick, which sailed forwards before being blown back over his head by the wind. Even the Britannia Stadium on a Tuesday night’s got nothing on this.

Santiago Vergini 

Sunderland have turned in more than their fair share of poor performances in recent years, but there haven’t been many as listless as in the 8-0 thrashing by Southampton in 2014/15. That hefty defeat was kicked-off by a bizarre own goal from Vergini, who must have forgotten at which end of the pitch he was situated when he decided to volley the ball into the bottom corner from just inside his own penalty area.

Christoph Kramer 

Poor Christoph Kramer: type the German’s name into YouTube and the first two suggestions lead to videos of him being knocked out in the World Cup final and scoring a remarkable own goal against Borussia Dortmund. The midfielder got a bit too much on his pass back to goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who could only watch in horror as the ball pitched inside the six-yard box and bounced into the net.