People are just beginning to understand why football is called “clean sheet”.

GOALKEEPER always like it when they win, but there’s only one thing they love more and that’s conceding goals.

The Premier League has had a number of legends standing between the sticks such as David Seaman, Peter Schmeichel, David de Gea and more.

Goalkeepers like nothing more than conceding a goal during a soccer game


Goalkeepers like nothing more than conceding a goal during a soccer gameCredit: PA
The term


The term “clean sheet” originally comes from the notes of sports reportersPhoto credit: Getty

But none of them knows more about keeping their goal intact in the English top flight than Chelsea legend Petr Cech.

Cech amassed a record 202 clean sheets during his celebrated 15-year career in the English top flight.

The Czech great played for both Chelsea and Arsenal and won all major successes, mostly with the Blues.

But even the 40-year-old goaltender who sensationally switched to hockey might not know why we call it a clean sheet.

We all understand that this is a term used when a team doesn’t concede a single goal in a game.

But the story behind it is not that well known and actually comes from sports journalists.

Back when there were no laptops, reporters jotted down their findings on white sheets.

So if a journalist’s sheet was clean at the end of the game, it meant no goals were scored against a team.


Football is full of colorful terms, the actual origins of which many do not know.

For example, football fans only started using the term hat-trick after it was adopted by cricket.

The same goes for “nutmeg”, which has a much more complicated background.


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