Nine of the most memorable and funniest own goals

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Scoring an own goal is possibly the worst thing you can do for your side. If you've done then it you probably want the ground to open around you and swallow you up. You may have all the money in the world as a professional footballer, but it doesn't stop you from the utmost embarrassment on the world stage.

Some own goals, however, are more spectacular than others. Other own goals can be downright funny, unless you're the player whose scored, or if the player is part of your side.

Here is a look at some of the more memorable own goals:

Frank Sinclair, Middlesbrough v LEICESTER CITY, Premier League 2001/02:

Frank Sinclair, the defender that is probably more renowned for his own goals than actually being a defender whose job it is to keep them out. Not much went right in the season of 2001/02 for the Foxes, but needless to say Sinclair provided the rest of the Premier League with some entertainment with the most extraordinary own goal as his side lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. His back pass completely outfoxed Ian Walker in the Leicester Goal from 40 yards. What made it even worse was that it was from his own side's free kick.

Jamie Carragher, LIVERPOOL v Everton, Jamie Carragher testimonial:

Carragher has a collection of own goals himself, but the legendary Reds defender probably scored the most unexpected one of his career in his testimonial when he stepped up to take a penalty against his own team. As Yakubu put the ball on the spot for Everton, the boyhood Evertonian stroked the ball past Brad Jones in the Liverpool goal. Not sure anything like that is going to be repeated for a while, yet.

Harry Kane, TOTTENHAM v Asteras Tripolis, Europa Leage 2014/15:

Can this be regarded as an own goal? I'm not sure. Either way it demonstrates that Harry Kane is definitely not a goalkeeper. After an impressive hat-trick against the Greek side, the forward took the responsibility of going in goal when Hugo Lloris was dismissed. Jeronimo Barrales' tame free-kick found the target, but Kane was still powerless to prevent the strike finding the net. As well as dreams of a clean sheet, there were probably some betting slips across the country being ripped up from those who had backed him for the man of the match award.

Chris Brass, BURY v Darlington, League 2, 2006/07

Everyone knows the own goal, but not as many know the name. Chris Brass, with one of the most impressive own goals you could see. The Bury man couldn't have done this as he tried as he tried to hook the ball away over his shoulder, only for the ball to rebound off his face and into his own goal, leaving his goalkeeper stranded. Brass managed to break his nose in the process.

Christoph Kramer, BORUSSIA DORTMUND v Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga 2013/14

We have seen some spectacular images of goalkeepers being lobbed by their opponents, some from near the half way line, over even from 60 yards - but by their own player? Christoph Kramer managed to do that when Gladbach travelled to Dortmund. Gladbach were flying high in the Bundesliga, and looking like they could make it into the Champions League, whilst Dortmund were bottom of the table after a retched start. It was a most welcome present for the home side as Kramer tried to play the ball back towards his own goal from 40 yards, only to lob Yann Sommer.

Djimi Traore, Burnley v LIVERPOOL, FA Cup 2004/05

Has anyone worked out what Traore was trying to do yet? Answers on a postcard please. But with a much changed Liverpool side heading to this rearranged FA Cup third round tie at Turf Moor, Traore decided to deal with a cross across the six yard area in the most awkward way possible and ended up diverting the ball into his own net. It sent Burnley through to the next round and Rafa Benitez's Liverpool side crashing out of the competition. Remarkably, Traore ended up with a Champions League winners' medal at the end of that season. Madness!

Tony Popovic, Porstmouth v CRYSTAL PALACE, Premier League 2004/05

You've got to hand it to Popovic, the finish was sublime. After clearing the danger following some Portsmouth pressure, Palace were trying to hang on in the game when trailing 2-1, Steve Stone delivered a teasing delivery, only for Popovic to hook the ball, with his heel, into the top corner of his own net - ensuring Pompey got the win.

Wayne Hatswell, FOREST GREEN v Morecambe, FA Cup 2000/01

Sorry Wayne, but this is an own goal that never fails to make me laugh as the finish was sublime. All Hatswell had to do was clear the danger, but instead hammered it into the top corner of his own goal from a yard out. You can click here to have a laugh it, yourself. It gets funnier every time you see it. 

Santiago Vergini, Southampton v SUNDERLAND, Premier League 2014/15

Vergini has shown all the forwards how it's done here, what a shame it was at the wrong end because it was an exquisite volley into the far corner beyond Vincent Mannone. The ball broke to Vergini, and I'm still not sure what he's trying to do, even if he was trying to lash at the ball to clear it, it was going in the right direction. Instead it started off the scoring where his side would go on to lose 8-0. 

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