LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM:  Manchester United's goalkeeper Massimo Taibi lets Chelsea's fifth goal in during the Premiership match against Chelsea 03 October 1999. Chelsea won the game 5-0. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

18 of the Most Embarrassingly Bad Goalkeepers in Premier League History

A good keeper is the key to building any strong team in the English top flight, but the following stoppers are renowned for being complete liabilities between the sticks.


Here are the 18 worst Premier League goalkeepers of all time...

18. Stuart Taylor

​The ultimate back-up keeper has the hard-to-believe achievement of owning two Premier League medals with two different teams. Taylor, whose career spans 18 years, has only made a total of 71 league appearances, playing for the likes of Aston Villa and Reading in the top flight.


Initially a graduate of Arsenal's academy, Taylor never showed his promise when called upon for the Gunners and was routinely the club's third choice keeper for nearly eight years. He later moved to Manchester City where he would once again win the Premier League title, but at Eastlands he failed to even become second choice goalie.

17. Peter Enckleman

​Can one mistake really taint your entire career? In Peter Enckelman's case it can. The Finnish keeper's moment of embarrassment came in the Midlands derby where an unassuming Enckelman let an Olof Mellberg throw-in roll under his foot and into the net.


The Finnish international never endeared himself to the top flight fans in general and was known for rash decisions. Ultimately though, Enckelman was forever abused by Birmingham City fans and was subsequently disowned by his own Aston Villa supporters. He made only two miserable appearances for Blackburn Rovers once he left Villa Park and will always be known for that costly error.

16. Daniele Padelli

​It was a very tough choice between Padelli, Pegguy Arphexad and Charles Itandje for Liverpool's worst ever keeper, but one embarrassing display from the Italian stopper was enough to secure a place in this list for the unknown Padelli.


Liverpool fans may not even remember who this is, but the 30-year-old, currently at Torino, made his Reds debut in the final fixture of the 2006/07 season at home to Charlton Athletic. Despite his team-mates scoring two goals, Padelli was intent on ending his Liverpool career as early as possible and produced one of the worst ever goalkeeping performances as the Reds slumped to a 2-2 draw.

15. Paul Gerrard

​Between the illustrious tenures of Neville Southall and Tim Howard, Everton have had their fair share of uninspiring keepers and Paul Gerrard just pips Steve Simonsen to a place in this prestigious list. With a name like that on Merseyside, Gerrard should have gone on to greatness, instead he disappeared from the top flight following his eight year spell with the Toffees.


Despite spending almost a decade at Goodison Park, Gerrard made only 90 league appearances, which in most eyes was 90 too many. Some even believe that the former England under 21 international was partly responsible for the Toffees' forgettable late 1990s and early 2000s.

14. Andy Marriott

​The moment Andy Marriott's long awaited Premier League career came to an abrupt end was perfectly captured in the attached picture. The veteran keeper spent his entire career attempting to play in the top flight and he finally got his chance when joining Birmingham City in 2003.


His first and last Premier League appearance came at White Hart Lane where a cheeky Robbie Keane snuck behind Marriott after the former Wrexham stopper had collected the ball. In what is a moment Marriott will have to witness for the rest of his life, the goalkeeper dropped the ball out to clear, only for Keane to nip round and score into the empty net.

13. Lionel Perez

Some foreign keepers really struggle in the Premier League. A lack of communication with one's defence can cause all sorts of havoc and that is exactly what happened when Sunderland brought in French keeper Lionel Perez. His first season at the club saw the Black Cats relegated from the top flight.


Endearing himself further to the Sunderland faithful, Perez then moved to bitter rivals Newcastle United, although he was unable to cause any more damage in the top flight having never made an appearance for the Magpies. To emphasise the level of Perez's ability, the awful goalie ended up at Enfield and Stevenage Borough outside the Football Leagues.

12. Vince Bartram

​Bartram was never going to achieve much being understudy to the great David Seaman at Arsenal, but when called upon, he certainly made sure to convince everyone that Seaman needed to stay fit at all times. The current Southampton goalkeeping coach only featured on 11 occasions for the Gunners during his four year spell in North London.


Better known for his time with lowly Bournemouth and Gillingham in the '90s, Bartram suffered a career-ending injury when colliding with fellow goalkeeper Tony Warner, whose appearance in this list is yet to come.

11. Tony Warner

​If you see that Tony Warner is the first name on your side's teamsheet, be very afraid. The former Liverpool, Millwall and Fulham keeper can count himself lucky to be this low down on the list, with the Cottagers' faithful undoubtedly incensed that this woeful goalie is not higher.


His most priceless moments with the Cottagers include dropping a throw-in to allow Bolton to score a goal at the start of the 2007/08 season and letting a tame Mido strike bounce off his chest and into the goal against Middlesbrough just three days later.

10. Zeljko Kalac

​This giant made over 50 international appearances and played in the Champions League with AC Milan, yet this won't convince Leicester City fans that Zeljko Kalac was any good. The huge keeper, who stands at an enormous 6 ft 8 inches, played on just three occasions for the Foxes.


Despite his limited amount of appearances, it was enough to show himself as one of the worst Premier League goalkeepers of all time. The former Australian number one will be best remembered for a disastrous display against Bolton Wanderers in which Kalac, making his home debut, let in three stupid goals as the Foxes lost at Filbert Street.

9. Matteo Sereni

​After a historic first season back in the Premier League following promotion, Ipswich Town decided to celebrate UEFA Cup qualification by shelling out a club transfer record of £4.5m for the services of Matteo Sereni. The Tractor Boys were extremely impressed with the Italian keeper, after featuring for Sampdoria in Serie B, justifying the excessive transfer. 


Predictably, Sereni's time in England was less than successful and he played 25 times for Ipswich Town before dropping out of the top flight. He was sent out on loan to Brescia the following season and never left his native Italy again.

8. Heurelho Gomes

Despite doing well to win back some fans now at Watford, Gomes was considered one of the top flight's worst ever keepers prior to his move to Vicarage Road. Albeit occasionally an incredible shot-stopper, the Brazilian international's Premier League career whilst a Tottenham Hotspur was been a collection of mishaps.


Signed from PSV Eindhoven for £8m in June 2008, the one-time Brazilian number one came with an exceptional repertoire. However, a number of costly blunders made Gomes a clown-type figure at White Hart Lane and many were shocked that he was given another chance in English football.

7. Stephen Bywater

​Bywater once claimed to be "confident of becoming England's number one", well he can definitely give up on that dream now. The 34-year-old, who currently plies his trade with Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters, has played in the Premier League for the likes of West Ham and Derby County.


It was his spell with the Rams that earned Bywater a place in this list, with the former England under 21 international conceding 43 goals in the first half of the 2007/08 season. He was sent on loan to Ipswich Town for the remainder of the campaign, but the damage was done and the Rams went down with the least amount of points in the history of the top flight.

6. Marco Ambrosio

​Chelsea fans will be trying to remember who the hell this even is. Just before Roman Ambramovich's millions, this was the calibre of player that signed for the Blues, or in other words, utter garbage.


The Italian goalkeeper was only brought in as an understudy to Carlo Cudicini, but an injury to the aforementioned star gave the former Italian under 21 international a chance to impress. His debut for the Blues was an embarrassing display against Notts County in the League Cup and it didn't get much better for Ambrosio as he was released from Stamford Bridge only a year after signing on a free.

5. Harald Wapenaar

Harald Wapenaa is the first of two former Portsmouth goalkeepers to make the list. Pompey brought in the stopper from Dutch Eredivisie side Utrecht in 2003, but Wapenaar would only spend a single season on the South Coast.


The dodgy keeper made just eight appearances for Portsmouth, yet he somehow managed to let in 15 goals. A truly abysmal goalie, the Feyenoord academy graduate was completely out of his depth in the Premier League and Harry Redknapp was quick to rid himself of the Dutch goalkeeper the following summer.

4. Roy Carroll

​Carroll has the unfortunate title of being the man who was brought in to replace Stephen Bywater during Derby County's infamous season in the Premier League. The Northern Irish international played the remaining 14 fixtures of the 2007/08 campaign after arriving at Pride Park in January.


Apart from that dismal spell, Carroll is also known for his time at Manchester United, where only a blind linesman saved the keeper from an embarrassing fumble against Spurs' Pedro Mendes. He has since tried his luck in Denmark and Greece, much to the annoyance of Premier League strikers, but recently returned to the headlines when making a ridiculous blunder for current club Notts County. 

3. Andy Dibble

​A huge career that spanned from the early 1980s to mid 2000s saw Andy Dibble feature in the top flight for Manchester City, where he is best remembered for letting Nottingham Forest's Gary Crosby head the ball out of his hands and into the net.


Aside from this embarrassing incident, Dibble spent most of his career on the bench and was once dropped in favour of 43-year-old John Burridge. Dibble left Maine Road for Middlesbrough in 1998, but his reputation followed him to Teeside as he let in 11 goals in the two games that he played for Boro.

2. Massimo Taibi

Yes, it was always going to be hard to fill the boots of Peter Schmeichel at Manchester United, but that does not excuse the Italian's horrendous displays during his time at Old Trafford. The former Milan stopper spent just one season in Manchester following his £4.5m move from Venezia.


During his four miserable top flight appearances for the Red Devils, Taibi managed to concede five against rivals Chelsea and commit an almighty clanger after a Matt le Tissier strike, which will remain in all-time howler compilations for years to come.

1. Kostas Chalkias

​Finally we have Kostas Chalkias, a former Greek international, who can easily be considered one of the worst goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League. The now-retired giant only played on five occasions in the league for Portsmouth, but his short stint at Fratton Park will go down in football folklore.


Chalkias moved to Pomepy when he left his native Greece for the first time in 2005 and failed miserably on his debut as his new club lost to bitter rivals Southampton in the FA Cup. In his next five games, Chalkias made headlines for an embarrassing own goal against Arsenal and hitting a defender in the face, before finally being dropped for none other than Jamie Ashdown.