14 records in world football that may never be broken

Everyone loves a record, don’t they?

Accomplishing a feat that nobody else on the planet ever has must be a very satisfying feeling.

And certain records are not only limited to the very best footballers in the game.

Sure, Lionel Messi – considered by many to be the greatest player in history – holds the record for the most goals in a calendar year.

But Asmir Begovic also holds a pretty impressive record. As does Nicklas Bendtner.

We’ve decided to take a look at some of the best records in football history to shine light on those feats. Note, however, that not all of them are positive…

Longest goal ever scored

Asmir Begovic entered the record books in 2014 when he scored from a long kick forward for Stoke City against Southampton.

His goal – which was aided by the wind – was measured at 91.9m (301ft 6in).


Longest headed goal ever scored

In 2011, Norwegian footballer Jone Samuelsen scored a header from 58.13m (190ft 8.58in) out.

Playing for ODD Grenland, Samuelsen directed the ball into an empty net from distance after Tromso’s goalkeeper went up in search of a late equaliser.

Most red cards in a single match

Crazy scenes broke out in an Argentinian match between fifth-tier rivals Claypole and Victoriano Arenas in 2011.

Two players were sent off in the first half and in the second, a mass brawl broke out that saw managers, coaches and even some fans join in.

Referee Damian Rubino showed a total of 36 red cards.

Oldest active player

Israeli goalkeeper Isaak Hayik became the oldest active footballer on April 5, 2019, when he played a full competitive match for Maccabi Ironi Or Yehuda at the age of 73 years and 95 days.

Most goals in a calendar year

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ended 2012 with 91 goals, surpassing the previous best of 85 set by Germany and Bayern Munich’s Gerd Muller in 1972.

The Argentinian scored 79 goals for Barça and 12 for his national team in a truly remarkable year.


Longest penalty shootout

The record for the longest penalty shootout in history belongs to KK Palace and Civics, who needed 48 penalties to settle their Namibian Cup tie in 2005.

The game finished 2-2 after normal time before KK Palace held their nerve to prevail 17-16 in the shootout.

Some players even had to take three spot kicks in the shootout.

Fastest goal in a World Cup match

Turkey’s Hakan Sukur needed just 10.89 seconds to give his side the lead against South Korea in the third-place playoff at the 2002 World Cup.

Turkey went on to secure third place with a 3-2 win.

Fastest hat-trick

In 1964, Ross County’s Tommy Ross set a record that has lasted for 56 years.

Ross, who also played for Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic and York City, scored three goals in 90 seconds against Nairn County.

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Fastest red card

Imagine coming on a substitute and lasted just seven seconds.

That’s what happened to Serge Djieouha in 2013.

Greek second division side Gylfadas were trailing Olympiakos Volos 3-1 when Djieouha was introduced.

But he was sent straight back the other way after catching his opponent with his right arm.

It did seem harsh, although Djieouha could see the funny side.

Most career goals scored by a goalkeeper

Between 1997 and 2015, Brazilian goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored 131 goals for Sao Paulo.

As well as being handy between the sticks, Ceni was a set-piece specialist and scored more than a century of goals in an iconic career.


Most saves in a World Cup match

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was unfortunate to be on the losing side in the World Cup round-of-16 tie in 2014.

He set a record by making 16 saves in the match, but the USA were beaten 2-1 after the game went to extra-time.

Fastest goal as a Premier League substitute

Nicklas Bendtner is a record holder. Yes, really.

He won the north London derby for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, heading home a Cesc Fabregas corner just 1.8 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

Biggest away win in Premier League history

October 25, 2019 was a grim day for Southampton.

They hosted Leicester City at St Mary’s but fell to an abysmal 9-0 defeat.

Leicester were 3-0 up after 20 minutes and continued to run riot, Jamie Vardy securing the Foxes’ ninth goal and his hat-trick late on.

Most footballs juggled at the same time

We’re including this one for the fun of it.

Many of us can’t even juggle two balls, let alone five.

But that’s what Victor Rubilar (Argentina) did in 2006. He juggled five footballs in Sweden 14 years ago.

His record was equalled by Marko Vermeer (Netherlands) in 2014 and by Isidro Silveira (Spain) in 2015.

Here’s footage of Silveira casually juggling five balls for your pleasure…

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