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The Top 14 Fastest Goals in International Football

Here is a look at the Top 14 Fastest Goals in International Footbal

The sport of football has advanced quickly through expert and international contests thanks to the contributions of contemporary innovation and the presentation of new strategies. Some footballers overcome obstacles and come up with some completely unbelievable goals. The most well-known sport in the world without a question is football. Scoring goals is the most important aspect of the game itself. We have witnessed a few astounding records, including the quickest ones, being mentioned by goal scorers over the years. So we look at the quickest goals that have been scored in international football to far.

Fast goals are probably the best things to appreciate in a football game. A quick counter-attack, a long punt over the goalkeeper, or a Gareth Bale leaving Marc Batra in the residue makes certain to give the watchers a surge of adrenaline. There are a few goals that come even ahead of the fans had settled in their seats and here we take a gander at the goals in the international field that have come so fast from the starting point. Despite the fact that there are goals from other games were recording was something inaccessible, these are the ones that are accepted to be the quickest. 

Football is by far the most popular sport on the planet and is occasionally referred to as The Beautiful Game. Of course, it can light up the stadia with a variety of shocks. Football is currently dominating the game landscape, from goal-scoring films to massive cup-killing activities where a lower league side humiliates the champion. The most charismatic and decorated footballers are often held up as role models for their goal-scoring prowess, both on and off the field. The players who score goals are likely to receive the greatest accolades. A goal can be scored in as little as one minute, yet occasionally even an hour and a half is not enough. With regard to the fastest football goals, there are a lot of goals to look over. 


's Yan Naing Oo took all the features for his amazing display at the Jawaharlal Nehru Arena in Goa, as he netted a goal inside 13 seconds into the game in the

AFC Asian Cup

qualifiers to assist his side to a 2-2 draw against the hosts India. Myanmar didn't allow an Indian get the show on the road and touch the ball since left-back Si Thu Aung found left-winger Thein Than Win into a great space with a precise pass, and Than Win's cross was met by a perfect header from rising Naing Oo, who beat India's Jerry Lalrinzuala to amaze the hosts with an early lead. Even Naing Oo's goal wasn't the fastest one in international football. India needed to do a great job and pulled level two times, Due to goals either side of half-time from Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sunil Chhetri, which sandwiched a nineteenth minutes attack from Myanmar forward Kyaw Ko. 

Therefore this article counts down goals that have been regarded as the quickest at any point scored in football games. The videos of the quickest goals are questioned for various reasons. For instance, Ray Beam Spiller of the Association of Football Statisticians has contended that as there is no official framework for recording the timing of goals there are continually going to be debates regarding these videos. 

Likewise, a large number of the goals recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records considered among the quickest were not shot keeping the exact timing of goals from being evaluated. The situation of Nawaf Al Abed's goal which is considered as being netted following two seconds is additionally questioned given that the match was later pronounced void because of ineligible players at the point when a couple of footballers beyond 23 years old were found to have played in the age limited match. 

Marc Burrows' goal has additionally been viewed as the quickest ever however it was netted in an amateur reserve match. Burrows is famous for scoring the game's quickest ever goal, beating both the former English record of Colin Cowperthwaite that scored in 3.5 seconds and the world record held by Ricardo Oliveira which was scored inside 2.8 seconds. In 2004, the record was set in a reserve side game against Eastleigh when Burrows found the goalkeeper off his line and shot directly from the kick-off. With the wind behind the ball, it landed in the goal and was listed by the game referee at 2.5 seconds. The Football Association later confirmed that was a world record of football. Since there is no standard size for a football field a portion of the goals had the chance by being played on smaller fields that need the ball to travel a shorter distance before arriving at the back of the net. Moreover, a large number of records originated from English language publications and mirror an inclination towards English football inside the sources.

Here is the list of fastest goals ever scored in international football

14. Clint Dempsey (USA) (29 seconds) U.S. vs England, 2014 World cup​

This goal gave us the fifth-fastest goal netted in the World Cup's history. Then U.S. national side skipper Clint Dempsey kicked off the American World Cup by netting a left-footed goal 29 seconds in the first match against


. At that time FIFA officially timed the goal at 34 seconds, then revised the number to 29.

This goal came after a fast through ball from Jermaine Jones. Clint Dempsey then took the control of the ball, beat his defender, then fired in a left-footed shot low to the back of the net to put his team ahead after just 29 seconds of play. It was a dream beginning for the Americans in the World Cup. During the national anthem, Dempsey did not make any expression and seemed totally focused. He proved it was right early.

13. Bryan Robson (27 seconds), England vs France, 1982 World Cup

England were playing against France in Bilbao in their first match and Bryan Robson netted after 27 seconds. That was England’s first World Cup after 12 years. 

The in Bilbao’s Stadium and the significance of the game made the situation unbelievably tense, however, Bryan Robson got their dream to begin. 

Once again from the kick-off, England won a throw-in and Steve Coppell throw the ball, Terry Butcher took it and Bryan Robson shot it in the French net.

Robson netted again in the next half,  in their 3-1 success.

At the time Robson's goal was believed to be the quickest goal in the World Cup finals. however, it was perhaps the third fastest.

12. Ernst Lehner (25 seconds), Germany vs Austria, 1934 World Cup

Another footballer who simply held the record for the fastest ever World Cup goal was German winger Ernst Lehner A world-class player who was one of Germany's best talents. He turned into the quickest goal scorer in the wake of netting a goal after just 25 seconds into the game against Austria and later scored one more before half time. The Germans finally won 3-1 which saw them finish third in the 1934 World Cup. He was named as the best non-professional footballer in Europe and proceeded to represent his nation in 2 World Cups 1934 and 1938. 

11. Vaclav Masek (16 seconds), Czechoslovakia vs Brazil, 1962 World Cup

Vaclav Masek was a Czechoslovakia player who played as a forward. He played for Czechoslovakia national football team 16 games and netted 5 goals. He also played 313 league games and netted 127 goals for Sparta Prague.

He was included in the squad in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, a solid team that was runners up.

In a match against Mexico, he became well known for netting a goal after only 16 seconds into the game. It was the fastest goal in World Cup history up until 40 years when Turkey's Hakan Sukur scored a goal after 11 seconds. He may not be a World Cup legend, however, he turned into a special player when he scored that goal. Masek's goal is the second fastest goal ever netted in FIFA World Cup up until this point.

10. Neymar (14 seconds), Brazil vs Honduras, 2016 Rio Olympics

Expectations were so high on a solid Brazil side at the Olympics on home soil as it went on into the quarterfinals. Superstar Neymar who was criticized for his disappointing displays suddenly made Olympic history by netting the quickest goal in the competition’s history 14 seconds into the game.

Neymar scored his team’s third in 35th minute and provided an assist in the second half. Brazil thrashed Honduras 6-0 at the Maracana to reserve their place in the final.

9. Yan Naing Oo (13 seconds), India vs Myanmar, 2017 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

Yan Niang oo has played 23 times for Myanmar and has just netted one international goal which was historical. In the AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Goa, playing against India just from the kick-off left-back Si Thu Aung found the winger Thein Than Win who then crossed precisely into the box. Naing Oo made a brilliant header to score an early goal. India proceeded with a goal from captain

Sunil Chhetri

ahead of Kyaw Ko Ko's goal that put Myanmar back in the lead.

Jeje Lalpekhlua

’s goal in the second half secured a 2-2 draw.

8. I.M. Vijayan (12 seconds), India vs Bhutan, 1999 SAF Games

India’s legendary striker was in great form at the South Asian Federation Games in Nepal as he started the competition with a hat-trick in the 5-2 success against Pakistan only two days prior to the game against Bhutan.

I M Vijayan ranks eighth by netting a goal 12 seconds into the game on his way to a hat-trick, as India thrashed Bhutan 3-0 to improve their chances of the semi-final of the eighth SAF Games.

Even ahead of spectators could settle down in their seats, Vijayan netted in the goal with an amazing shot. Vijayan netted all the goals in India's 3-0 win on the night. His goal up until this point remains the fastest goal by an Indian footballer in international football ever. Vijayan’s perfect displays by scoring 7 goals in the competition supported India to win the gold medal as India beat


3-1 in the final.

7. Alex Morgan (12 seconds), USA vs Costa Rica, 2016 Olympics Qualifiers

USA women’s team’s forward Alex Morgan netted the quickest goal in the nation’s history when she scored against Costa Rica 12 seconds into the game. As Ali Krieger delivered a pass to Carli Lloyd, who provided the ball to Morgan who opened the back of the net with a volley to put the USA ahead. Alex Morgan scored once again in the next half as the USA thrashed Costa Rica and opened Concacaf qualifying for the Rio Olympics5-0. Her goal was the fastest in Concacaf Olympic qualifying ever. 

“We constantly face it,” Morgan said. “It continually starts off right, then it goes wrong, however this time, nothing went wrong.”

Morgan’s initial goal was a volley to the left of the goalkeeper from about 13 yards out at the point she was tightly marked on her left side. 

6. Diego Souza (12 seconds), Australia vs Brazil, 2017 International friendly

In Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia faced Brazil in a friendly match ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup. 12 seconds into the game, Guiliano took a pass from

Mike Milligan

and found Diego Souza who scored from a tight angle for his first international goal. Australia held the game 1-0 at half-time however the Brazilians ripped apart the home defense with 3 goals in the next half.

The forward netted a goal once again in the stoppage time to add to goals from

Thiago Silva



as the Selecao won the game 4-0.

5. Hakan Sukur (10.8 seconds), South Korea vs Turkey, 2002 World Cup

Turkey and South Korea were fighting for third place in the wake of a dream run to the last 4 for the first time in history.

For Guus Hiddink, in his last game in charge of South Korea, another loss in the third-place play-off came along after Holland's defeat against Croatia at World Cup 98, however, that was not of high significance in the wake of what he has done at next World Cup.

The match got off to a dazzling begin in the Daegu World Cup Arena when Hakan Sukur netted after just 10.8 seconds to record the quickest goal in World Cup finals ever. South Korea had an amazing run into the semifinal and was fighting for third place against Turkey. Turkey forward Ilhan Mansiz ran directly and benefited from a mistake of Korean captain Hong Myung-Bo who gave the ball to Parma's Hakan Sukur. He took finished under 11 seconds. Korea scored twice by Lee Eul Young and Song Chong Gug be that as it may two goals from Mansiz saw a 3-2 win for Turkey.

4. Paul Onuachu (9 seconds), Nigeria vs Egypt, 2019 International Friendly

In 30 years, Nigeria had failed to win over Egypt. This time it took 9 seconds for star forward Paul Onuachu to score at the point when he got the ball on the right flank, cut in, and find the back of the net. Onuachu’s goal was sufficient for Nigeria to defeat Egypt who were without

Mohammed Salah

by 1-0. It took Paul Ebere Onuachu just 9 seconds to net Nigeria’s goal. Although the spectators roared, it may not have been obvious that they had just seen one of the fastest goals ever. No Nigerian goal has been netted faster than his. Up until this goal, the greatest goal in the first minute for Nigeria scored in 2000 with Nigeria faced

South Africa

in the semi-final of



3. Davide Gualtieri (8.3 seconds), England vs San Marino, 1993 World Cup Qualifiers

San Marino saw England in the last game of the World Cup qualification campaign in 1994. They had conceded 39 goals and netted only one goal in 9 matches till that match.

England had to defeat San Marino by a margin of 7 goals to qualify. It took star forward Davide Gualtieri just 8.3 seconds to stand against England’s wish through a long ball in from kick-off, and Pearce's wanted to pass towards David Seaman in goal but it was robbed by Gualtieri.

England replied with 7 goals winning the game 7-1, but Gualtieri’s goal saw England sad as they missed the flight for the U.S. while Netherlands beat Poland away in Poznan in a simultaneous kick-off and qualified for the World Cup. Later in 2012 Gualtieri uncovered that he gets requests from fans for autographs due to that fast goal. That goal remained Gualtieri's only goal in international football.

2. Christian Benteke (8.1 seconds), Belgium vs Gibraltar, 2016 World Cup Qualifiers

Christian Benteke, Belgium, and

Crystal Palace

star forward broke the Gualtieri’s record when he knocked down Gibraltar in the defenders by stealing the ball close to the centerline from defender Jamie Bosio. It took him just 8.1 seconds, to net a goal from kick off. Christian Benteke proceeded to net a hat-trick in that game in the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign while goals from

Axel Witsel


Dries Mertens

, and

Eden Hazard

saw Gibraltar a 6-0 defeat.

The played the game in Portugal as Gibraltar's Arena did not meet FIFA standards."The most significant thing was to score soon," stated Benteke. The striker celebrated the amazing goal by holding six fingers, believing he had netted the goal following six seconds into the game.

1. Lukas Podolski (6 seconds), Germany vs Ecuador, 2013 International Friendly

And finally here is the record for the fastest international goal which belongs to legendary Lukas Podolski’s against Ecuador in 2013. Podolski came into the game under a cloud after a public spat with Oliver Bierhoff. However, then the striker opened the scoring for Germany in only 6 seconds.

As the game kicked off, Defender

Gabriel Achilier

was challenged by Podolski immediately, he stole the ball from Achilier outside the box and found the back of the net to put Germany 1-0 up after only 6 seconds. The former


striker netted the second goal in the next half. Antonio Valencia pulled one back and

Jaime Ayovi

headed a free-kick home in the 84th minute. Germany won the game 4-2.

Lukas Podolski retired from international football four years later in 2017 after netting the winner in a friendly match against England. He appreciated great successes with Germany. He won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Podolski is the third most-capped, with 130, and the third-highest goalscorer with 49 in German history.




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