What Were They Thinking? The Most Insane Own Goals Of All-Time

Is there anything more embarrassing than scoring an own goal? Probably not.

Sometimes they can’t be helped, a deflection or attempted clearance will leave the player feeling red-faced but with sympathy from all.

However, over the years there have been a number of own goals that have literally left fans, players and managers all thinking “What were they thinking?”

From overhit back-passes, to unnecessary clearances, we’ve seen it all, so we’ve put together a list of the most insane own goals in the professional game.

Sammy Ndjock

In a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth, Minnesota United goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock could have been investigated for match-fixing, after his hilarious own goal from his own throw.

Everything seemed to be fine when Cameroonian goalkeeper collected the ball, but he totally misjudged his throw out to his defence and ending up sending the ball into his own net.

His attempts to stop the ball from rolling in the net just added to the comedy.

Franck Queudrue

Middlesbrough fans will remember Franck Queudrue and his wonderful left foot, but before he arrived in the north-west, he played for Lens in Ligue 1.

Maybe it was actually his incredible 40-yard own goal in 2001 that caught Boro’s eye. With the ball in absolutely no danger of going towards his team’s goal, Queudrue attempted a huge clearance up field but ended up kicking the ball the wrong way.

If it had been up the other end, it would have easily been considered for the FIFA Puskas award that year.

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