10 Fastest World Cup Goals

The 10 Fastest World Cup Goals in history was updated yesterday when the USA took their place at number five.

Former Tottenham striker, now with Seattle Sounders, and USA captain Clint Dempsey scored after just 29 seconds to claim his place in history.

Incredibly three of the 10 Fastest World Cup Goals were scored on the same day, 16th June.

Four of the 10 Fastest World Cup Goals were scored in 2 tournaments, France in 1938 and Chile in 1962.

Here is the top 10 Fastest World Cup Goals.

Top 10 Fastest World Cup Goals

10. Adalbert Deșu (1930): 50 seconds

14 July 1930
Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay
First round - Group 3

Romania 3-1 Peru

Romania: Deșu 1, Stanciu 79, Kovacs 89
Peru: Souza 75

The first ever World Cup was held in Uruguay and details of it are rather sketchy. There were no statistical records and no data driven journalism but it's clear a Romanian goal was scored after 50 seconds. There is some dispute over the identity the scorer, some believe Constantin Stanciu scored but FIFA credit the goal to Deșu. Romania won the game but didn't make it out of the three team group with only host nation and eventual winners Uruguay qualifying.

9. Flórián Albert (1962): 50 seconds

03 June 1962
Braden Copper Company Stadium, Rancagua, Chile
First round - Group 4

Hungary 6-1 Bulgaria

Hungary: Albert 1, 6, 54, Tichy 8, 70, Solymosi 12
Bulgaria: Sokolov 64

Striker Flórián Albert was a brilliant striker known as 'The Emperor' and had Hungary 2-0 up after 6 minutes. His side make to to the quarter-finals where they lost to Czechoslovakia 1-0. Albert scored 4 goals at the 1962 World Cup and was joint top scorer in the tournament. He was a legend at his club  Ferencvárosi TC Ferencvaros who named their stadium after him in 2007. In 2004 he was named Sport Person of the Nation (A Nemzet Sportolója). Albert hold the record for holding the Fastest World Cup Goal for the shortest time, just 4 days.

8. Bernard Lacombe (1978): 37 seconds

02 June 1978
Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata, Argentina
First round - Group 1

Italy 2-1 France

Italy: P. Rossi 29, Zaccarelli 54
France: Lacombe 1

French striker Lacombe started the 1978 World Cup in Argentina with a goal after 37 seconds of the opening match. He headed home from Didier Six's cross as France tried to beat Italy for the first time since 1920. That goal was their only joy in the match however as they went on to lose 2-1. France had to settle for a third place in the group also losing 2-1 Argentina before defeating Hungary. Host nation and eventual winners Argentina qualified with Italy topping the group.

7. Arne Nyberg (1938): 35 seconds

16 June 1938
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Semi-final

Hungary 5-1 Sweden

Hungary: S. Jacobsen 19 o.g., Zsengeller 39, 86, Sas 37, Sarosi 66
Sweden: Nyberg 1

Sweden finished the tournament in fourth place. After Hungary had thrashed them in the semi-final (they lost to Italy in the final) Brazil beat them in the third place play-off. Nyberg's goal was the second goal after 35 seconds in the same tournament was scant consolation for the defeat. He scored 3 goals at the tournament.

6. Émile Veinante (1938): 35 seconds

05 June 1938
Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France
First round

France 3-1 Belgium

France: Veinante 1, J. Nicolas 12, 69
Belgium: Isemborghs 20)

The Racing Club de Paris forward turned in a rebound to help France secure a 3-1 win but they lost to Italy in the next round and their tournament was over.  Veinante had 2 years previously won the French double and been named Player of the Year in France. He played in the 1930 World Cup but was only a reserve 4 years later before leading his countries attack on home soil.

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The 10 Fastest World Cup Goals - Top Five

5. CLINT DEMPSEY (2014): 31 seconds

16 June 2014
Estádio das Dunas, Natal, Brazil
Group Stage - Group G

Ghana 1-2 USA

USA: Dempsey 1, Brooks 86
Ghana: Ayew 82

The newest addition to the 10 Fastest World Cup Goals list was a solo run from former Tottenham Hotspur player Dempsey. The US captain collected the ball outside the penalty area on the left and surged into the box. He slipped the ball through the legs of the defender and slotted a left-foot shot into the far corner to set up the USA victory in their first group game.

4. Bryan Robson (1982): 27 seconds

16 June 1982
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
First round - Group 4

England 3-1 France

England: Robson 1, 67, Mariner 83
France: Soler 24

The 25 year-old Manchester United midfielder and future England captain got his country off to the perfect start in the all important opening game of the group. He acrobatically volleying past keeper Jean-Luc Ettori after Terry Butcher had flicked on Steve Coppell's long throw.The victory helped England top the group eventually going out in the second round group stage after two 0-0 draws against West Germany and Spain meant they hadn't lost a game at the tournament.

3. Ernst Lehner (1934): 25 seconds

07 June 1934
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples, Italy
Third place play-off

Germany 3-2 Austria

Germany: Lehner 1, 40, Conen 15
Austria: Horvath 35, Sesta 65

Germany outside right Ernst Lehner held the record of Fastest World Cup Goal until 1962. The TSV Schwaben Augsburg wide man liked to take players on and was considered to be the best non-professional player in Europe. It was a bitter encounter and Lehner's two goals helped Germany secure third place in a stadium that was later destroyed in a WW2 bombing raid.

2. Václav Mašek (1962): 16 seconds

07 June 1962
Estadio Sausalito, Vina del Mar, Chile
First round - Group 3

Mexico 3-1 Czechoslovakia

Mexico: Diaz 13, Del'Aguila 29, H. Hernandez 90 pen
Czechoslovakia: Mašek 1

The proud holder of that 40-year-old record for Fastest World Cup Goal was Vaclav Mašek, a Czechoslovakian striker. Just 4 days after Flórián Albert had netted one after 50 seconds Mašek slotted a ball into the bottom corner of the net after just 16 seconds.  Despite losing this match Czechoslovakia went through as group runners-up to Brazil who they drew with 0-0. They eventually finished the tournament as runners-up losing in the final to Brazil 3-1.


1. Hakan Şükür (2002): 11 seconds

29 June 2002
Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu, South Korea
Third place play-off

South Korea 2-3 Turkey

South Korea: Lee Eul-yong 9, Song Chong-gug 90+3
Turkey: Hakan Şükür 1, Ilhan 13, 32

The 40-year-old Şükür put himself in the record books with the fastest world cup goal after just 11 seconds in the 2002 third place play-off game in South Korea.

Guus Hiddink watched as his South Korea side kicked off, played the ball backwards, eventually to Hong Myung-Bo. The defender lost the ball under pressure from Ilhan Mansiz, who quickly fed Hakan Şükür. The Parma striker made no mistake, slotting the home to silence from the patriotic and disbelieving crowd.




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