DAEGU - JUNE 29:  Hakan Sukur of Turkey applauds the crowd after the FIFA World Cup Finals 2002 Third Place Play-Off match between South Korea and Turkey played at the Daegu World Cup Stadium, in Daegu, South Korea on June 29, 2002. Turkey won the match 3-2. DIGITAL IMAGE. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

5 Fastest Goals in FIFA World Cup History

Since its inception, the FIFA World Cup has always been kind enough to provide us with unforgettable memories. 


As we edge closer and closer to the 2018 edition, we decided to take a little time out and honour the strikes that left the opposition dazed and confused. 


Here are the 5 fastest strikes in the tournament's history:

5. Clint Dempsey (USA)

The last iteration of the World Cup not only rewarded us with a plethora of goals, it also gave us the fifth-fastest goal scored in the tournament's history.


Against Ghana, the United States of America's Clint Dempsey found himself in space inside the Ghana penalty area. He launched a left-footed shot to put his team ahead after just 29 seconds of play.

4. Bryan Robson (England)

Playing in midfield, the Manchester United legend was a sensation for his country as well. In the 1982 World Cup, he found himself in the record books for scoring after 27 seconds of play against France.


It was the third-fastest goal in World Cup finals history at that point and that milestone stood for 20 years (until 2002) when Hakan Sukur recorded the fastest goal in the tournament's history. 

3. Ernst Lehner (Germany)

An elite outside right, Ernst Lehner was one of Germany's finest talents. In the 1934 World Cup, he became the fastest scorer after finding the back of the net after just 25 seconds of play against Austria. 


He was termed as the best non-professional player in Europe and went on to represent his country in two World Cups - 1934 and 1938. 

2. Vaclav Masek (Czechoslovakia)

The Czechoslovakia striker may not be a World Cup sensation on a larger scale, but he certainly became one when he found the back of the net against Mexico after just 16 seconds of play in the 1962 World Cup.


The Czech ended the tournament as runners-up, losing to Brazil in the final, but Masek's goal is still the second fastest goal ever scored in the history of the FIFA World Cup.

1. Hakan Sukur (Turkey)

The Turkey international lit up the 2002 World Cup, scoring just 11 seconds after kickoff against South Korea. 


The legendary footballer's solitary goal in the 2002 World Cup came in the 3-2 win in the third-place play-off against South Korea when he found the back of the net in just 10.8 seconds


Despite playing only one World Cup during his long career, Hakan Sukur ensured his name would forever be remembered with his goal against Korea.

Looking at the five fastest goals in FIFA World Cup history