A Norwegian first division side said today that they plan to nominate a 57-metre headed goal by one of its midfielders, Jone Samuelsen, for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records. Samuelsen's feat occurred late in a match on Sunday as his team, Odd Grenland, led opponents Tromso 2-1.
After Tromso's goalkeeper moved up the pitch to take part in a corner kick, an Odd Grenland defender sent the ball down the pitch. A Tromso player attempted to clear with a header, only to be met by Samuelsen, who from midfield headed it into an open goal as the goalkeeper rushed back towards the net.
After having police measure and verify the distance of the sensational goal, Odd Grenland manager Tore Andersen said: "According to our information, this is the longest distance ever recorded for a headed goal.] We have measured 57.3 metres (187 feet and 11'9 inches)."
Samuelsen meanwhile played down his accomplishment, saying: "I could say that I was trying to score, but that would not be true," he told the NTB news agency. "It was a punt, in fact, and I didn't see that the ball was going into the goal or that the Tromso goalkeeper was not there."