bundesliga.com dives into the archives to take a look at some of the most unlikely goalscorers in Germany’s top flight.
3-2 down going into injury time at home to F.C. Hansa Rostock on Matchday 29, SV Werder Bremen managed to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks ever, inspired by goalkeeper Frank Rost. The then 28-year-old demonstrated a striker’s instinct to fire home in a goalmouth scramble in the 90th minute before striker Ailton grabbed a winner from the spot less than a minute later as Thomas Schaaf’s side snatched all three points in a frantic finale.
Scoring in the derby against your arch-rivals is special, but doing it as a goalkeeper in the dying moments of the game to clinch a 2-2 draw away from home is the stuff of legends. That was exactly what former Germany No1 Jens Lehmann managed on Matchday 20 of the 1997/98 campaign for FC Schalke 04 against Borussia Dortmund. Amazingly, it wasn’t his debut goal in Germany’s top flight: he had already slotted home a penalty in the Royal Blues' 6-2 win over 1860 Munich in March 1995.
You could be forgiven for thinking that a Bundesliga record of 26 goals in 387 appearances could belong to a former defender or holding midfielder. However, you’d be wrong. Former Hamburger SV, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern München custodian Hans-Jörg Butt had a trick up his sleeve as he proved to be one of the most reliable penalty takers to grace Germany’s top-flight with all 26 goals coming from 31 spot-kick attempts, the Bundesliga’s 11th-best record from 12 yards.