Rogerio Ceni Grabs 100th Goal!

On the 27th of March São Paulo’s Rogério Ceni, 38, scored his 100th career goal in a Derby against Corinthians, becoming the only goalkeeper ever to reach that milestone.

In typical form, Ceni curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner and was greeted by fireworks and ecstatic cheers from a capacity crowd in São Paulo FC’s Estádio do Morumbi. Check the goal out here:

56 of Ceni’s goals have come from free kicks and he scored an unprecedented 21 goals in the 2005-06 season, a successful period that saw São Paulo lift the Fifa Club World Cup and Ceni being named player of the tournament.

In the earlier 2000/01 season only Ronaldinho bettered the goalkeeper’s free-kick strike rate with 10 goals to Ceni’s seven.

The Brazilian goalkeeper is not very well known outside of his homeland due to the fact he has turned down big money moves to the European leagues in order to remain a one club man at São Paulo. However his commitment has put him firmly among the legends of Brazilian football with well over 900 league appearances.

He also has a world cup medal after being selected for the Brazil squad in 2002, though he has never appeared on the scoresheet for the national team.

The latest win, São Paulo’s First against Corinthians since 2007 took them to second place in the state championship, one behind former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Palmeiras.

The victory secured São Paulo their fourth win in five games, giving them a good chance of getting to the play-offs and winning the Paulista, Brazil’s oldest league, for the 27th time in their history.

A Final Twist

In a slight final twist to this story, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), who are the record-holders for this type of thing, have only put Rogério down as scoring 98 goals. This is because two of those goals came in friendlies for São Paulo against a Santos/Flamengo combination team and against Russia’s Uralan Elista. But who are we to put a dampener on this man’s achievement? Besides, 98 still seems like a pretty good total, especially when you look at some of the other great goalkeepers in the Top 10 Scoring Goalies list that he’s put dust in the face of:

1. Rogério Ceni (Brazil) 98 goals
2. José Luis Chilavert (Paraguay) 62
3. René Higuita (Colombia) 41
4. Jorge Campos (Mexico) 40
5. Dimitar Ivankov (Bulgaria) 40
6. Johnny Martín Vegas (Peru) 39
7. Fernando Castro (Costa Rica) 33
8. Álvaro Alfaro (El Salvador) 31
9. Hans Jörg Butt (Germany) 28
10. Vincent Enyeama (Nigéria) 24

Can we take something from the fact that 7 out of the 10 goalkeepers mentioned are from Latin American countries? Los Locos anyone?

If you’ve got way too much time on your hands here’s all 100 goals by Rogério uploaded by an extremely devoted Sao Paulo fan:

Words by Daniel Hatton-Johnson

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