Speaking of football, statistics, data, tactics and hundreds of other variables that can direct a game in one direction or another are examined. In some cases, however, the mere logic of numbers collides with the creativity of the players, mixed with a good dose of madness and courage, capable of reversing any strategy and forecast (bingcode.co.uk covered that as well) .
In this article we will talk about the fastest goals in the history of football, from shooting directly from midfield to crazy head-down races with the sole purpose of beating the opposing goalkeeper while he is still intent on greeting the public in the stands.
Hakan Sukur’s record in the World Cup
Hakan Sukur is probably the most recognised Turkish footballer, playing more than 400 official matches, exceeding the 200 goals in all the competitions.
The iconic Turkish number nine scored the fastest World Cup goal against South Korea in 2002. At the opening whistle, the two Turkish attackers launch into pressure on the Korean players, uprooting the ball from the feet of the central defense: Hakan Sukur recovers the ball by depositing it on the net after 10.8 seconds and scoring the fastest goal of the World Cup.
The fastest goals in European tournaments
Let’s move from the World Cup to the maximum European stage, that is the Champions League. On 7 March 2007, Bayern Munich’s Dutch striker Roy Makaay took just 10.12 seconds to overtake Iker Casillas, one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the time. Bayern will win that 2-1 game and the goal of the Bavarian striker will be recorded as the fastest of the competition.
In the Europa League, however, it took 0.57 seconds more to score the fastest goal: in 2016 Jan Sykora, striker of Slovan Liberec, scored after 10.69 seconds against the Qarabag, taking advantage of an incorrect disengagement of the Azerbaijani players.
The fastest goal of all time
What happens when a player has a brilliant intuition, deciding to beat everyone on time, doing something totally unexpected?
This is the case of the fastest goal in history, scored by Nawaf Al Abed, Saudi striker of Al-Hilal. Although his statistics are not exactly those of a top international player, the 90s class Al Abed can boast the record as a player who has marked the fastest goal of all time. No one could have even thought of something similar, not even FPC.
As the referee blew the whistle for the start, the team-mate touches the ball and Nawaf Al Abed throws it with millimeter precision towards the opponent’s goal, watching it bag under the crossbar after only 2.3 seconds from the kick start of the match.
This is still the fastest goal all time during an official match and, for sure, it is the fastest goal scored by an African football player.