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Longest Goals in the English Premier League 2009-10

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HOUSTON - MAY 13:  Ricardo #7 of Angola has his free kick blocked by Mexico defenders at Reliant Stadium on May 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - MAY 13: Ricardo #7 of Angola has his free kick blocked by Mexico defenders at Reliant Stadium on May 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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No, that's not a misprint - Maynor Figueroa really did score from 59 yards (video here). But without the element of surprise, shooting range barely extends beyond 30 yards - only 1.4% of all goals were scored from that far out this season:

First Last For Vs Distance
Maynor Figueroa Wigan Athletic Stoke City 59.3
Stephen Hunt Hull City Tottenham Hotspur 43.5
Sebastian Larsson Birmingham City Wigan Athletic 37.4
Clint Dempsey Fulham Stoke City 33.6
Cameron Jerome Birmingham City Liverpool 32.8
Michael Essien Chelsea Blackburn Rovers 31.8
Ashley Young Aston Villa West Ham United 31.4
Danny Rose Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal 30.9
Nenad Milijas Wolverhampton Wanderers Bolton Wanderers 30.8
Sebastian Larsson Birmingham City Burnley 30.7
Steven N'Zonzi Blackburn Rovers Everton 30.5
Didier Drogba Chelsea Aston Villa 30.5
Steven Gerrard Liverpool Hull City 30.3
Matthew Taylor Bolton Wanderers Burnley 30.2

Indeed, most long shots are hardly laser beams that pick the top corner:

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Really, the only way to score from that far out is for the goaltender to make a mistake, whether it's being completely out of position, or misplaying the shot. It's highly unlikely that someone blasts a 30-yard free kick into the back of the net.