A World Cup Warning
Keep your eyes open!
Just a little reminder soccer fans, World Cup Madness starts officially at 19:00 CET tomorrow at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Munich -- as Team Germany hosts Team Costa Rica.
And, don't forget that the Fastest World Cup Goal Record belongs to Team Turkey...
It happened Saturday June 29, 2002 in Taegu, South Korea... Scoring in the first 11 seconds, Turkey thumped Korea 3-2 at home to gain third place in the World Cup Finals.
On what looked almost like a set play, Ilhan Mansız opened the Turkey-Korea match from the midfield kickoff spot with a forward ball to Hakan Şükür who wrong-footed the Korean World Cup defenseman Hong Myung-bo. Şükür then quickly banged the ball left-footed past the goalkeeper from 50 feet. The whole thing took 11 Seconds. If you had blinked you might have missed it -- the World Cup's fastest goal ever, in the Soccer Tournament's 76 year history.
The goal quickly quieted what had been a wildly enthusiastic Korean home-field crowd and set Turkey on the road to a 3-2 victory and a third place finish in the World Cup Tourney. That was a best-ever showing for Turkey (playing in only her second World Cup Finals and first in 48 years.)
In Turkey - Türkiye'de
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The previous fastest goal was struck by was Vaclav Masek (of the former Czechoslovakia) in an opening round game against Mexico in the 1962 World Cup Tourney held in Chile. The time? Just 15 seconds.
So don't blink soccer fans, because you never know when something like it will happen again!