Distribution is becoming increasingly important for goalkeepers in modern play.
While in the past few decades it would have been acceptable for shot stoppers to simply stop shots, managers now look more closely than ever at how the number one is playing with their feet.
It is also no coincidence that the goalkeepers of the last four Premier League winning teams, Ederson and Alisson Becker, are world famous for their passing and distribution.
The importance of distribution
And the former’s signing came about essentially because Pep Guardiola wasn’t convinced of Joe Hart’s footwork, but yes, there was Claudio Bravos briefly as number one in between.
But no matter how you want to phrase things, there is no denying that having a goalkeeper who can choose his teammates from more than 50 meters away is a huge advantage these days.
And probably no goalkeeper in this beautiful game channels this ability in a more unique way than Alireza Beiranvand, who is perhaps best known to European fans as one of Iran‘s best goalkeepers.
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Beiranvand’s unique talent
The 28-year-old saved a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2018 World Cup and has played for Naft Tehran, Persepolis, Royal Antwerp and Boavista during his club career.
Beiranvand can also look back on an impressive 45 international matches for Iran and made his last appearance in the 1-0 win against Syria in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday evening.
Former Brighton & Hove Albion striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored the winner on the night but it was Beiranvand who became a hit on social media for his amazing throwing skills.
Beiranvand’s unbelievable success for Iran
Footage apparently from the game against Syria shows Beiranvand shooting the ball from the edge of his own penalty area less than 10 meters from the corresponding penalty area. Yes, seriously.
Are bells already ringing? Well, this isn’t the first time Beiranvand has proven he can throw a football ridiculously far, but it could be his greatest feat of all time, so check it out below:
Imagine throwing a soccer ball this far. Just introduce yourself for two seconds. Mentally.
The reason for Beiranvand’s talent
While it is impossible to be sure how far Beiranvand threw the ball, based on the pitch markings, depending on the exact size of the pitch, we can estimate that it is clocked at around 70 meters.
According to football writer Karan Tejwani, Beiranvand’s remarkable talent can be traced back to the game Dal Paran, in which stones are thrown over long distances.
And clearly, Beiranvand’s pebble and stone throwing practice has come in useful – pun intended – with his career in football because some of his throws are just out of this world.