23
Aug

Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi scores fastest goal in Bundesliga history

imageBayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in the Bundesliga’s 52-year history, needing just nine seconds to bury one past Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller in the match of the day:

Bellarabi silenced the sold-out Signal Iduna crowd, slotting home after taking Sebastian Boenisch’s pass and dancing past new Dortmund signing Mathias Ginter.

Nine seconds. Simply amazing.

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28
Mar

Seydou Keita scores fastest goal in La Liga history


Other than recording a Vine video, 7.6 seconds is enough time to do… barely anything. Usain Bolt can’t sprint 100 meters in that time, nor can competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut eat even a single hot dog that fast (it takes him nine seconds).

However, that’s all the time Valencia’s Seydou Keita needed to score the fastest goal in La Liga history against Almeria.

Incredibly, Almeria was the side kicking off on Thursday night, but Keita profited from a truly terribly back-pass to the goalkeeper and pounced for the goal. With the strike, Keita beat out previous record-holder Joseba Llorente, who scored in 7.8 seconds for Valladolid in January 2008.

Not only was Keita’s goal the quickest ever in the Primera Division, it was also his first for the club. However, it wasn’t a perfect evening for the Mali international. Almeria woke up after the blitz attack and came back to earn a 2-2 draw.

20
Oct

Tim Cahill scores fastest goal in MLS history

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Tim Cahill scored just eight seconds into the New York Red Bulls’ match against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, setting a new MLS record for quickest goal scored.

In a game with huge implications in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, Cahill got the Red Bulls off to a perfect start. Taking a long ball straight off the kick-off, Cahill headed the ball over Jermaine Taylor before beating his marker to the ball, letting it drop and finishing with a stunning volley. A great goal at any point in a match, a fantastic one when it comes on the very first play!

New York would go on to win the game 3-0 and retain their lead in the overall points race. New York can now clinch the Supporters’ Shield with a win in next weekend’s season finale against Chicago.

Cahill beat the old record by a full three seconds. Dwayne De Rosario scored just 11 seconds into a match in 2003.

Ed. note: Initial reports had the goal listed as being scored in seven seconds, but the official time has been set at eight seconds.

21
Jul

Eddie Johnson: #DemolitionMan

The US men’s national soccer team put on an impressive show in a 5-1 win over El Salvador to secure a spot in the Gold Cup semifinals. Landon Donovan was the Man of the Match for his goal and three assists, but it was substitute Eddie Johnson who stole the show.

If you blinked, you might have missed it. It took Johnson a ridiculously fast 14 seconds after jogging onto the pitch to score on his very first touch of the game. His header off a perfectly executed short corner kick gave the US a 3-1 lead with 30 minutes to go.

The immediate impact led Gus Johnson to emphatically pronounce him the “Demolition Man!”

Not surprisingly, the twitterverse was abuzz following Gus’s call:

Even US Soccer’s account got in on it:

It’s safe to say that Johnson, whose goal was the quickest ever by a substitute in the history of the Gold Cup, now has a new nickname, courtesy of our own Johnson!