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Veteran Socceroo Archie Thompson Sets Record For Fastest International Hat-trick 11 Years After Setting Record For Most Goals In A Game

By Chris Wright

You may not be able to place the name but veteran Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is the man who currently holds the record for most goals scored in one game after scoring 13 – thirteen! – goals in Australia’s narrow 31-0 victory over American Samoa (which is itself a record international win) in a World Cup qualifying game back in 2001…

That was 11 long years ago now, but 34-year-old goalhog Thompson broke yet another international scoring record last week after grabbing a hat-trick in the Socceroo’s 9-0 East Asian Cup win over Guam.

Having come on as a second-half substitute, Thompson scored thrice in just over five minutes – a hat-trick which has since been verified as the fastest ever scored in an officially recognised international football match.

Obviously the standard of opponent wasn’t overly high on both counts, but a world record’s a world record baby – and holding two is like, 200% better or sumfink!

Thompson’s hat-trick has also put him within spitting distance of surpassing Damian Mori’s record (29 goals) and becoming Australia’s highest ever goalscorer, with the Victory striker now sitting one behind Mori on 28 – a record Thompson came heart-breakingly close to equaling earlier today (on Aussie time), hitting the woodwork and later shanking a decent chance during Australia’s East Asian Cup qualifier against Taiwan.

There is still time!

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By Chris on December 10th, 2012 in International football. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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5 Responses to “Veteran Socceroo Archie Thompson Sets Record For Fastest International Hat-trick 11 Years After Setting Record For Most Goals In A Game”

  1. TheWeasel says:

    So let me get this straight, 28 goals in at least 11 years and 16 of them were in two games?!

  2. az says:

    hahah i like how at the end of the video it shows 32-0…. the scorekeeper lost count!

  3. Guy says:

    He also holds the record for most goals in an A-League game with 5 (in a Grand Final no less) and is also the A-League’s second highest scorer of all time.

  4. Glenn says:

    A quick look at his wiki says he scored 16 in 7 games in 2001, didn’t play again until 2004 where he scored in his only game, bagged 3 in 8 in 2005, one in 7 in 2006, then made 10 appearances without scoring between 2007 and 2011 before scoring 7 in 12 this year. Seems like he’s just trotted out to play against weak opposition or when it’s deemed necessary to avoid playing European based players so they don’t have to travel.

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