Nedim Bajrami

Albania’s Nedim Bajrami scores the fastest goal ever in Euro 2024

Bajrami just needed 22 seconds to score against Italy, breaking the previous record of 65 seconds held by Russia’s Dmitri Kirichenko in 2004.

Nedim Bajrami gave a quick start to Albania after just a quarter of a minute in their opening Euro 2024 clash against Italy last night for adding his name to the record books.

Bajrami wasted no time in breaking the previous record for the quickest goal of 67 seconds by Dmitri Kirichenko of Russia against Greece in 2004.

However, Italy’s response was quicker than expected with goals from Bastoni in the 11th minute and Nicolo Barella in the 16th to put the game beyond doubt, grabbing all three points.

Bajrami, who also plays for Italian side Sassuolo, reacted the quickest to a poor throw-in by Italy’s Federico Dimarco to smash the ball high into the net just a few metres away from the opposition goalkeeper.

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Early days of Bajrami

Nedim Bajrami (Getty Images)

Back in his youth years, Bajrami had represented Switzerland in the U-19 and U-17 levels.

Moreover, only on March 17th, 2021, Bajrami became an Albanian citizen. He debuted on 5th September 2021 for his side in a 1–0 win over Hungary in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, coming on as a substitute for Qazim Laci in the 63rd minute.

Here are of fastest ever goals at the tournament so far

The Albania No. 10 plays his professional football as an attacking midfielder or winger for Italian football club Sassuolo.

Time TakenPlayer (Country)MatchDate
0:23Nedim Bajrami (Albania)Italy vs Albania16 June 2024
1:05Dmitri Kirichenko (Russia)Russia vs Greece20 June 2004
1:22Emil Forsberg (Sweden)Sweden vs Poland23 June 2021
1:39Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark)Denmark vs Belgium17 June 2021
1:40Robert Lewandowski (Poland)Poland vs Portugal30 June 2016
1:57Luke Shaw (England)England vs Italy11 July 2021
1:58Robbie Brady ( Ireland)Republic of Ireland vs France26 June 2016
2:08Sergei Aleinikov ( USSR)USSR vs England18 June 1988
2:14Alan Shearer (England)England vs Germany26 June 1996
2:14Petr Jirácek (Czech)Czech Republic vs Greece12 June 2012
2:25Michael Owen (England)England vs Portugal24 June 2004
Table: Fastest ever goal scorer in EUROs

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