This is how playing as a goalkeeper in FIFA 11 will work. May not be totally boring after all

Before a burst appendix cruelly cut short my playing days, my preferred position on a football pitch was goalkeeper. It involved less running and more theatrical diving. So when EA revealed that FIFA 11 will feature the self-explanatory 'Be a Goalkeeper' mode, I was pretty pumped.

But then I remembered that being a goalkeeper involved a lot of standing about doing not a lot at all besides fiddling with my testicles just to pass the time. Being a goalkeeper can be a pretty lonely job sometimes. How will that experience translate into a video game scenario? Will it just be a bit boring and with less testicles?

Maybe not. The 'Be a Goalkeeper' tutorial video below makes the art of standing between the sticks in FIFA 11 look like it might be quite good fun. Instead of playing with your scrotum when the ball's at the other end of the pitch, you'll be able to shout instructions to team mates. Which I guess means you'll still have some influence over the game. Observe:

There it is. It looks a lot less boring than I thought it might. I'll reserve final judgement until I've actually had a pop for myself.

As an interesting anecdotal foot note, I once fitted a lock to ex-England goalkeeper Peter Shilton's front door. I didn't have any wood chisels, so I used screwdrivers instead. Needless to say, his front door was a complete mess by the time I'd finished.

August 25, 2010


  • Matt Cundy - August 26, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    @FNG Probably a combination of boredom and the eternal pursuit of maximum testicular comfort in a pair of size-too-small PE shorts.
  • rickrossthaboss - August 25, 2010 11 p.m.

    This looks great. I can't wait to play it. FIFA 11 is going to be simply amazing. I can't believe there are still people saying how PES is still better. FIFA took the crown 2 years ago and will make it 3 with no trouble this year.
  • DeFade - August 25, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Why oh why don't they make a decent PC version. I heard the PC version of Fifa11 will be a big step up, but still isn't the same game as the consoles are getting. Guess I'm stuck with PES again this year. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint. But 11v11? Sersiously? How is that ever going to work...
  • FNG - August 25, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    "fiddling with my testicles" Why?
  • JakeyBaby - August 25, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    Interesting indeed. I might actually pick up my first ever FIFA, and first football game since Adidas Power Soccer. Also, nice job on the lock Matt hahaha!
  • notthatgoodthanks - August 25, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    Actually doesn't look too bad at all, could see myself giving this a go looking at that video. Nice anecdote too matthew.

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