Five of the worst: Goalkeeping errors

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Scott Carson's transfer to Bursaspor in 2011 presented the goalkeeper the opportunity to rebuild a reputation in Turkey still damaged by his exploits with England four years previous.

The former West Brom custodian was far from the sole person to blame for England's demise during the Euro 2008 qualification process, but his performance in the decisive defeat to Croatia ensured his stock in the game plummeted.

Unfortunately for Carson, nobody seems to be particularly interested when he is in good form between the sticks for his Turkish employers, instead only taking notice when he makes an error.

Such an occurrence took place on Friday night, as the 27-year-old failed to sufficiently deal with a bouncing ball outside his area, and was swiftly rounded by the opposition striker who proceeded to slide the ball into the unguarded net.

This latest calamity from Carson has encouraged GMF to delve the archives and pick out some other famous howlers, and below are five of the most embarassing…

Massimo Taibi

Manchester United v Southampton

Italian goalkeeper Massimo Taibi did not earn the nickname the 'Blind Venetian' for nothing during his short spell at Old Trafford, with the moniker prompted by an embarrassing attempt to keep out a shot from Matt Le Tissier.

The Southampton star hit a low scudder towards the Manchester United goal but, instead of gobbling it up, Taibi allowed the ball to squirm from his grasp and into the net.

Watch it here.

Michel Alves

Criciuma v America Minero

This breathtaking display of ineptitude from Michel Alves is surely a contender for the most embarrassing own goal of all time, as the 'keeper somehow loses complete control of an object firmly in his grasp.

After saving a straightforward shot from the opposition forward, Alves tries to spring to his feet with the ball in his hands, but inexplicably stumbles and fumbles and the ball squirms into the net.

Watch it here.

Peter Enckelman

Birmingham City v Aston Villa

Making a howler is a horrifying moment for a goalkeeper at any level, but it takes on a whole new level of pain when it takes place in the full gaze of your most bitter of rivals.

This happened to Peter Enckelman during his time with Aston Villa, as the former Finland international attempted to control a throw-in from teammate Olof Melberg, only to witness the ball slither past his foot and, of course, into the goal.

Watch it here.

Assaf Mendes

Maccabi Haifa v Dynamo Kiev

Assaf Mendes takes only 50 percent of the blame for this most bizarre of own goals, as a ferocious gust of wind boomerangs the ball straight back at the Maccabi Haifa shot-stopper after he had punted it out of his area.

Mendes, however, should really deal with the hurricane assisted ball as it sails back towards him, but makes a pathetic attempt to divert it away from danger as it bounces in the box.

Watch it here.

David Seaman

Arsenal v Real Zaragoza

David Seaman manages to avoid looking as much of a klutz as other contenders on this list, but there is no escaping that his error in the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup final was an almighty clanger.

With just seconds remaining in extra time with the scores at 1-1, a speculative 45-yard shot from Nayim sailed over the head of Seaman who, despite making his ground, failed repel the ball from his goal.

Watch it here.

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