Since David Beckham treated us with that famous goal from beyond the halfway line, long range strikes have become a lot more common in football. The novelty in beating the goalkeeper from 40, 45 or even 50 yards has worn off a bit. But thanks to Germany's Christoph Kramer, a 45-yard golazo is back in the news - although probably not for the reasons he would like.
Kramer, 23, on Sunday scored a fantastic goal from inside the center circle in Borussia Mönchengladbach's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund. Having been fed by his teammate, the midfielder expertly lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Yann Sommer from a full 45 yards out. The only problem was that Sommer was his own teammate, meaning he had scored the greatest OWN goal of all-time.
Did Kramer mistake Sommer for opposition goalie Roman Weidenfeller? Those two do look a bit similar and can confuse some people. Or is he a secret Dortmund fan who wanted to help the ailing Westphalian side out of their recent funk? The incident also raises question if the head injury Kramer suffered in the World Cup final has healed completely.
Jokes aside, it probably was an extremely over-hit back pass.
The fact that it was the game's only goal made it an even more painful ordeal for poor Kramer. He was visibly shaken by the incident, and Sommer, whom he lobbed, was seen consoling him.
"I wanted to pass the ball back low," Kramer said after the game. "When I saw that it had gone high instead, I thought: 'S---!' When I saw that Yann Sommer was standing that far away from the goal, I again thought: 'S---!' And when I saw that the ball had landed in the goal, I thought: 'Huge s---!'"
The witty Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp heaped more misery on Kramer in his post-match conference, saying: "He now has a small place in our club's history without wanting it."