Quick-thinking Russian ‘does a David Beckham’ with goal from own half

Remember the name Sergei Miroshnichenko. It’s not one you’ll easily forget.

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Some 20 years ago, David Beckham announced his arrival in the Premier League with a goal the likes of which we have not seen in the two decades that have followed.

Spotting Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line, Beckham launched a shot from inside his own half that went sailing over the Scotland international’s head and into the unguarded net.

Coming on the very first day of the 1996/97 Premier League season, it was a strike that would go on to be crowned the Goal of the Season by Match of the Day and remains a staple of many a Premier League goals compilation down the years.

Sergei Miroshnichenko is unlikely to be remembered with quite the same reverence though.

A journeyman defender playing for FC Armavir in the Russian second tier, Miroshnichenko has played for no less than 13 clubs in his career to date, a total of almost Trevor Benjamin proportions.

But despite enjoying spells with top-flight clubs like FC Krasnodar and ,Anzhi Makhachkala, the undoubted highlight of his career could well have come with Armavir.

Playing in front a half-empty stadium with a capacity of just 3,400, the journeyman defender scored a goal worthy of Beckham himself.


Taking a free kick just inside his own half, Miroshnichenko spotted opposition goalkeeper Yuri Shleyev way off his line and ripe for a spot of Sullivan-style lobbery.

Quick as a flash, Miroshnichenko launched the ball, high over the head of the Russian shot-stopper and into the net.

Part of a 3-0 victory for the home side, it was a moment to savour for the veteran defender and his evidently shocked teammates.

More importantly, it helped Armavir move to second play in the Russian Division 2 – South.

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