Davide Gualtieri

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Davide Gualtieri
Personal information
Full name Davide Gualtieri
Date of birth (1971-04-27) April 27, 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth San Marino, San Marino
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Juvenes
1999–2000 Pennarossa 4 (3)
2000–2009 Tre Penne 168 (50)
National team
1993–1999 San Marino 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Davide Gualtieri (born 27 April 1971) is a Sammarinese former footballer. He scored the second fastest goal in FIFA World Cup qualification history, against England on 17 November 1993.[1]

In the match, which took place in Bologna, Italy, San Marino had the kick-off and the ball was quickly played through the inside-right channel. England defender Stuart Pearce attempted a back-pass to goalkeeper David Seaman. Pearce's pass was under-hit and Gualtieri ran on to touch the ball past Seaman. The goal was timed at 8.3 seconds, which remained the fastest World Cup goal scored in either qualifying or the finals, until Christian Benteke scored after 7 seconds against Gibraltar on 16 March 2017. England took 20 minutes to equalise but eventually won the match 7–1. Both England and San Marino failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.[2]

Gualtieri continued to play for the San Marino national team until 2000, when he retired due to injury. He now works as a computer salesman in San Marino.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "The qualifiers in numbers". FIFA. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2011.  [Dead link]
  2. ^ "Rewind to 1993: Eight seconds of history - ESPNFC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 1993-11-17. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Wilson (10 October 2012). "San Marino's Davide Gualtieri recalls the pain his goal caused England". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ England (11 October 2012). "England v San Marino: Davide Gualtieri never tires of reliving the World Cup night in 1993". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Bevan, Chris. "Davide Gualtieri: The man from San Marino who shocked England". BBC. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 

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