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57-meter header one for the record books

Jone Samuelsen -- the most popular soccer player in the world? Maybe for a day at least.

The Norwegian league player scored a goal from beyond midfield -- with his head -- and his feat could land him a spot in the record books.

Goals from past midfield (even 90-yard boots by goalkeepers) have lit up the Internet for years, but this was one-of-a-kind. In a league match between Odd Grenland and Tromso IL, Grenland led 2-1 in the final minutes as Tromso sent everyone in the box for a corner kick -- including the goalie. Grenland successfully cleared it, it was headed by a Tromso defender back toward midfield, where Samuelsen threw his forehead into it and knocked it on net. The ball traveled about half the distance in the air before skipping off the grass and through the deserted box for a goal.

Now, he's famous.

To put it in a little bit of an American persepctive, Samuelson's header was just about a foot shy of the NFL record for longest field goal (63 yards), which was tied earlier this season by Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski. The official measurement, according to the Odd Grenland manager, of 57.3 meters equates to 62.7 yards. Of course, Samuelson's header didn't hit the back of the net on the fly, but it's a jaw-dropping distance, nonetheless.

 

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