By Chris Wright
It’s taken a while, but Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is now officially the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the “longest goal scored in football” after cracking one in from inside his own penalty box against Southampton last season.
Having been verified by the diligent folks at Guinness, Begovic’s goal was measured at a stonking great distance of 91.9 metres (or “100.5 yards” if you’d prefer) with the Bosnian ‘keeper scoring just 13 seconds after kick-off as the Potters went on to draw 1-1 against the Saints last November.
Begovic told the Stoke club website:
“I feel amazing to be honoured in this way and as a goalkeeper I didn’t expect this to happen, not for this type of record anyway – I will take it though and enjoy it.
“I really do appreciate this award, and the certificate will certainly take pride of place on the wall at home.
“So thank you to everyone at Guinness World Records for presenting me with this wonderful award.”
(Photo: Stoke City)