Rewind to November 16, 1993, Bologna, Italy.
It’s the qualifying match for the World Cup. England versus San Marino. England kicks off the game with a back pass and suddenly BAM, interception by forward David Gualtieri. Mere seconds later, the score is 1-0 to San Marino.
Within 8.3 seconds, San Marino scored, setting the record for the fastest goal ever scored in a qualifying match. It happened so fast that it memorably caughtJonathanPearce, the sports announcer, mid sentence.
That would be the first and last goal scored by San Marino that day as San Marino would later go on to lose 7-1 to England. Despite the loss, Gualtieri’s goal would go on to be internationally celebrated and a national hero to Scotland.
Fast forward to 2009 in the Czech Republic.
Blesk, a Czech tabloid, makes a proposition. If San Marino beat Slovenia in the qualify match for the 2010 World Cup, the Czech Republic would reward the team with $55,000 or “all the beer its players could drink” (