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Footage Emerges Of Nader Mohammadi Launching A Whopping 55-Yard Somersault Throw-In For Iranian Club Paykan

Thomas Harvey

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Footage Emerges Of Nader Mohammadi Launching A Whopping 55-Yard Somersault Throw-In For Iranian Club Paykan

Eat your heart out Rory Delap - footage has emerged of Nader Mohammadi launching a whopping 55-yard somersault throw-in for Iranian club Paykan.

The incident took place in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

Taking the throw near the halfway line, Mohammadi uses the ball like a vault to flip over it and hurl his delivery as far as the six-yard box.

It's not the first time Mohammadi has hit the headlines.

Last month, he took a similar acrobatic throw and saw it sail all the way into the net after a touch from Gol Gohar goalkeeper goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi.

Mohammadi still has some ground to make up on Michael Lewis, who holds the world record for the longest throw-in at 196 feet.

Delap made a career out of his long throws for Stoke, a tactic that famously riled Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Ex-Potters boss Tony Pulis said: "Wenger called us a rugby team after we'd beaten them for a third time on the bounce at home.

"He was avoiding the question of how could a team with much less talent than Arsenal, who don't spend anywhere near as much as Arsenal, who haven't got the facilities and capabilities of Arsenal, keep beating Arsenal.

"[Former Arsenal captain] Patrick Vieira told me: 'We used to hate going to Stoke. You were the only club that Wenger actually talked about and worked on before. We just couldn't beat you.'

"Wenger came one year and complained about the grass being too long. He wrote a letter to the FA. The referees and the linesmen had to come and measure the grass. I know he talked about banning throw-ins and saying they shouldn't be allowed. That was all music to our ears."

Pulis also revealed how Stoke stumbled upon Delap's ability with the ball in his hands.

"We only found out Rory could throw the ball like that when the lads had a competition," said Pulis. "He picked it up and hurled it to the back post. I'd never seen anything like it. He threw it flat.

"We pulled him to one side and asked him and it turned out he was javelin champion at school. It just went from there. We used it as a wonderful weapon. We stumbled on it. Liverpool now have a throw-in coach - when we were using Rory we were getting dogs' abuse.

"As soon as I saw him throw it, I thought, 'every time we get up the pitch we'll use that.' It's like having eight or nine extra corners a game.

"Psychologically teams would be affected. We went to West Ham and they had moved the advertising boards in to stop him - so he just threw it from behind the boards. He still hit the middle of the goal."

Topics: Stoke

Thomas Harvey
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