Football season is about to get underway in a weeks time around Europe after a superb summer of international football. We will be putting together list of interesting records in football and we start with some of the officially claimed fastest goals ever scored at the professional level in football. There are number of fastest goals scored at different levels of football but we will only be counting goals scored in major/recognized leagues and international football.
The records below only count goals from elite level of football. We have also excluded the goals which don’t have any video evidence. We have also posted a list of overall quickest goals around the world right down the page.
Damian Mori (Adelaide City) 3.69 Seconds – Australia A-League
Back in 1995, Damian Mori scopped the ball right from the kickoff and got the Sydney United keeper by surprise scoring what was widely recognized as “Fastest goal ever scored in football history”. This record was also recognized by guinness book of world records.
Lukas Podolski (Germany) 6 Seconds – International Friendly
The fastest goal ever scored in international football is the one Lukas Podolski scored against Ecuador in the international friendly game back in 2013. FIFA recognize this as the fastest goal in international football.
Ji Xiang (Jiangsu Sainty) 7 Seconds – Chinese Super League
Ji Xiag’s 7.5 second goal was scored back in 2012 when he took advantage of Guangzhou Evergrande shaky defense to put the ball in the back of the net in record 7.5 seconds.
Mike Grella (New York Red Bulls) 7 Seconds – MLS
It took just 7 seconds after the kickoff for Mike Grella of NY Red Bulls to scored past Philadelphia Union. It is the fastest goal every scored in MLS.
Joseba Llorente (Real Valladolid) 7.22 Seconds – Spanish La Liga
Another goal which took just 7 seconds was scored by Joseba Llorente in Spanish La Liga game back in 2008. He recieved a longball right from the kickoff and took a touch before looping it over the on rushing keeper. It is also the fastest goal in top 5 european leagues.
Seydou Keita (Valencia) 7.66 Seconds – Spanish La Liga
Only separated by milliseconds from Llorente’s goal, Seydou Keita scored for Valencia right from the kickoff in the spanish La Liga game back in 2014 and it took just 7.66 seconds to get the ball in the back of the net.
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bull) 8 Seconds – MLS
Another entry from MLS, this time Australian striker Tim Cahill beautifully controlling a long ball and unleashing a piledriver to put NY Red Bulls 1-0 in lead after just 8 seconds on the clock.
Paolo Poggi (Piacenza) 8.1 Seconds – Italian Serie A
The fastest goal every scored in Italian football was by Paolo Poggi who took just 8 seconds to put the ball in the back of the net against Fiorentina back in 2011.
Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen) 9 Seconds – German Bundesliga
Bellarabi took advantage of shaky Dortmund defense in the Germany Bundesliga game to score just after 8 seconds. This goal is widely recognized as the fastest goal in Germany Bundesliga. It was scored in 2014.
Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim) 9 Seconds – German Bundesliga
Another fast goal in Bundesliga, when Kevin Volland rushed on to loose back pass by Bayern player to scored inside 9 seconds of kickoff.
Ledley King (Tottenham) 9.9 Seconds – English Premier League
Premier League’s fastest ever goal was scored by Ledley King of tottenham against Bradford City back in 2000. 16 years on it is still the fastest goal in English top division.
Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich) 10.1 Seconds – Champions League
Fastest goal in Champions League was scored by Bayern’s Munich’s Roy Makaay against Real Madrid in knockout tie back in 2007 european season.
Hakan Şükür (Turkey) 10.8 seconds – FIFA World Cup
It took just 10.8 seconds for Hakan Sukar to put the ball in the back of the net back in 2002 world cup opener against co-hosts South Korea. 4 world cup on its still the fastest goal in world cup history.
|1||Damie Mori (Adelaide City)||3.69 sec||Sydney United (Australia A-League)|
|2||Lukas Podolski (Germany)||6 sec||Ecuador (International Friendly)|
|3||Ji Xiang (Jiangsu Sainty)||7 sec||Guangzhou (Chinese Super League)|
|4||Mike Grella (NY Red Bulls)||7 sec||Philadelphia Union (MLS)|
|5||Joseba Llorente (Real Valladolid)||7.22 sec||Espanyol (Spanish La Liga)|
|6||Seydou Keita (Valencia)||7.66 sec||Almeria (Spanish La Liga)|
|7||Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls)||8 sec||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|8||Paolo Poggi (Piacenza)||8.1 sec||Fiorentina (Italian Serie A)|
|9||Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen)||9 sec||Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)|
|10||Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)||9 sec||Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)|
|11||Ledley King (Tottenham)||9.9 sec||Bradford (Premier League)|
|12||Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich)||10.1 sec||Real Madrid (Champions League)|
|13||Hakan Şükür (Turkey)||10.8 sec||South Korea (FIFA World Cup 2002)|