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#1 Posted : Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:05:41 PM

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Sao Paulo’s Rogerio Ceni created history last weekend, in becoming the first ever goalkeeper to score 100 professional goals, with the winner over rivals Corinthians. The stopper hit a 20-yard free kick past his opposite number; to ensure victory for the club he has spent 21 seasons with. You're unlikely to get any soccer betting odds on another goalkeeper matching this incredible feat.

In his glittering career, the 38-year-old has done it all, including two Copa Libertadores titles, a FIFA Club World Cup championship, and three Brazilian league titles with Sao Paulo. He also has earned 17 caps for Brazil’s national team, and was apart of the squad that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan.

On an individual level, Ceni has won the ‘silver ball’ awarded to the best goalkeeper in the Brazilian league on six occasions since the turn of the century, the ‘golden ball’ for the best player in the league in 2008, whilst he also received the same award in the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup as the best player of the tournament, and the best player in the victory over Liverpool FC in the final.

Despite all of his outstanding achievements over time, Ceni was overly thrilled by scoring his 100th goal in the hard fought 2-1 victory, and dedicated it the fans at the completion of the match.

“It was beautiful. As a goalkeeper you don’t enter the match thinking about scoring a goal, but it happened just as I wanted – with a free kick, deciding an important match” the former Brazilian international told the Associated Press.

“For me, it doesn’t matter that it was against Corinthians, but for the fans it must have been important."

Having spent his entire career since 1992 with Sao Paolo, Ceni scored his first ever goal in 1997, and has a record of scoring once in every nine games or so. His biggest tally came in 2005, when he scored 21 times, and incredibly between 2005 and 2007, he scored a whopping 47 goals, which is a tally that can match it with a number of the world’s top strikers.

Unfortunately at the age of 38, Ceni’s days as a goal-scoring keeper may be numbered, however we can only hope and pray for more like him to emerge in the future, as it adds a very exciting aspect to the game. It is unlikely that his records will ever be matched, both on a numerical basis and in terms of quality. Nevertheless, his achievements will forever live on in the hearts of his beloved Sao Paulo faithful, who may have witnessed one of the most captivating shot stoppers in the history of the game.

For a look at Ceni at his goal scoring best, check out the following link: Rogerio Ceni - 100 goals and counting...

#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 18, 2011 11:20:03 PM

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#3 Posted : Monday, May 23, 2011 2:00:44 PM

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Ceni is something else. Such an entertainer with his free kicks and adds some extra excitement to any game he plays in.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:25:30 AM

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Rogerio Ceni is the best goalkeeper of the world without any doubt
#5 Posted : Friday, March 31, 2017 3:22:16 PM

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Rogerio Ceni will continue for a long time in the history of Football. I'm from Brazil and I did not make it to the team he defended, but my team was one of the great victims of his lack of charges.

Today he is a SPFC coach. He loves the club in which he defended and now will put all the energy to build a super team.
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#6 Posted : Friday, March 31, 2017 5:26:36 PM

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Nice !

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#7 Posted : Friday, March 31, 2017 6:34:55 PM

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Great keeper, but didn't he retire like 2 years ago? Biggrin
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#8 Posted : Friday, March 31, 2017 7:14:11 PM

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Yes he is Sao Paulo coach now Laugh Out Loud Laugh Out Loud

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