Watch ex-Arsenal star Mavropanos score longest own goal in Bundesliga history in huge blunder
Ex-Arsenal flop Konstantinos Mavropanos has written his name into German football history… by scoring an own goal from FIFTY YARDS.
The Greek centre-back spent four years on the Gunners‘ books following a £2million move from PAS Giannina in 2018.
@DFBPokal_ENKonstintinos Mavropanos tried to play a long pass back to his keeper[/caption]
@DFBPokal_ENBut the defender misjudged where his keeper was and ended up scoring a remarkable own goal[/caption]
GettyMavropanos’ Stuttgart side did end up winning 2-1 to spare his blushes[/caption]
However he made just eight senior appearances, and had two seasons on loan to Stuttgart before a permanent move to the German club last year.
Mavropanos, 25, played in the Bundesliga side’s German Cup visit to Paderborn on Tuesday night.
The Athens-born defender took just three minutes to make himself a laughing stock.
Receiving the ball from a throw-in near halfway, he hit a backpass without looking that flew past Stuttgart keeper Florian Muller.
The German FA later announced it was the longest-distance own goal in the nation’s history.
Stuttgart saved their blushes against second-tier Paderborn late on with goals from Gil Dias and Serhou Guirassy.
Sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth said: “Konstantinos will be telling his grandchildren about the own goal.
“It was a memorable start, and a real setback for us.
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“It is a positive how the boys worked as a team to cancel out the mistake in the opening minutes. We never lost our heads.”
Stuttgart are struggling down in 15th in the Bundesliga table, sitting narrowly above the relegation zone.
Last season, they only avoided the relegation play-offs by virtue of goal difference.
Mavropanos played just eight times for ArsenalGetty – Contributor