When the Harry Kane cross came with Saka and Sterling ready to leap to head in the first goal, Alireza Beiranvand intervened with a leap of his own. A Brave charge, considering he would Smash face-on with Majid Hossein and suffer a nose-bleed that had him on the ground for nearly 6 minutes. But he wouldn’t leave the field and took his position to a great ovation from the Iran section in the crowd. But he would soon go down again in pain.
It was no surprise that he didn’t want to give away his spot so easily.
Beiranvand had fled his family after his father ripped up his gloves, telling him he could never be a footballer. His father wanted him to be a Shepherd, but he had bigger dreams.
🌍 Alireza Beiranvand is now a @GWR world record holder!
Alireza’s 61-meter throw in a match vs. South Korea (October 11, 2016), was the longest recorded throw in a football match.
Congratulations to Alireza for his Guinness World Records achievement! pic.twitter.com/zP8WijEjIK
— Persian Soccer (@prznsoccer) November 25, 2021
In pursuit of his dream, he worked in a car wash, a pizza shop, a dress factory, and cleaned the streets for money and a roof over his head at night.
He convinced a football coach to waive off a 200,000 Toman fee to let him train with a local club. He kept progressing, eventually becoming Iran’s goalkeeper in 2015.
Eventually, he would get an opportunity at Naft-e-Tehran and battle his way through life to become Iran’s first-choice goalkeeper in 2015.
O guarda-redes entrou para o livro de recordas pelo launção de bola mais Longo com a mão num jogo oficial ⚽
— Boavista FC (@boavistaoficial) November 25, 2021
Next year, they set a new world record for the longest throw in a football match during a Clash with South Korea.
They threw 61 meters, considered the Longest throw by Guiness Record. He even received a plaque which reads: It reads: “The further distance throw of a football (soccer ball) in a competitive match is 61m 26mm, (200 ft, 1.57in) and was achieved by Alireza Beiranvand (Iran) playing for Iran against South Korea at the Aradi Stadium, Tehran, Iran on 11 October 2016. “Officially amazing.”