The creative talents of Juan Arango and the goalscoring prowess of Fred feature alongside the collective feats of Brisbane Roar, Los Angeles Galaxy and Manchester City in FIFA.com’s latest stats review.
games without defeat is the sequence that has enabled Brisbane Roar to equal a 74-year-old Australian record. The reigning A-League champions already boasted the longest unbeaten run in their nation’s football history, but Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets earned them a share in the overall sporting benchmark, set in the late 1930s by Sydney Rugby League club Eastern Suburbs. The Roar haven’t been beaten in over 14 months since Melbourne Victory inflicted their only defeat of last season, and their title defence is already looking solid, with a six-point lead having been established after just seven rounds of matches. Their next challenge is to claim the national record outright when they host Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
clean sheets, the most recent of which helped secure the MLS Cup on Sunday, have provided the basis for Los Angeles Galaxy’s first title triumph in six years. While the headlines focused on a match-winning goal involving all three of the club’s designated players - David Beckham, Robbie Keane and the scorer, Landon Donovan – the team’s success was again underpinned by a defence that has conceded an average of 0.79 goals per match. Also crucial to Bruce Arena’s side’s supremacy has been a superb home record, with Sunday’s 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo continuing an unblemished 20-match run at the Home Depot Center. A stadium record crowd of 30,281 turned out to watch the Galaxy secure their third MLS Cup, leaving them just one title behind the league’s most successful club, DC United.
wins from their opening 12 matches have witnessed Manchester City set a new English benchmark. Never in the Premier League era, and not in the country's top tier since Liverpool 21 years ago, has a team racked up this many wins at such an early stage of the season. City have also smashed a 61-year-old club record by going 14 successive league matches without defeat, and having managed two or more goals in each of those games, can boast the English top flight’s best scoring run in 52 years. Among those looking on enviously are a Chelsea side that has lost four of their first 12 league fixtures for the first time in 11 years, and been beaten in consecutive home matches for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003. The Londoners have already conceded 17 league goals under Andre Villas-Boas, two more than they let in during Jose Mourinho’s entire debut season.
goals in the space of four days have propelled Fred into contention for the Brasileirao's top scorer award, and maintained Fluminense’s slim title hopes. The former Lyon striker, who has averaged two goals per game over his last six appearances, grabbed a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Figueirense on Sunday just a few days after scoring four in a thrilling 5-4 victory over Gremio. In the latter match, he became the first player to hit four in a single Brasileirao match this season, and the first to do so in any competition for Fluminense since Magno Alves in a 6-1 win over Santa Cruz in October 2000. It is the second time that Fred himself has managed the feat though, having previously scored four for Cruzeiro in a 7-0 Copa do Brasil victory over Sergipe in 2005. This recent scoring spree has taken the 28-year-old to within three goals of Borges, the league’s leading marksman, and left him just one short of Washington’s club record haul of 21 goals in a single Brasileirao campaign.
assists have established Borussia Monchengladbach's Juan Arango as this Bundesliga season’s most prolific creator. The Venezuelan has been crucial to his side’s rise to third in the table, and he was in sparkling form once again on Saturday, scoring a spectacular fifth goal as Die Fohlen claimed their biggest win (5-0) over Werder Bremen in 24-and-a-half years. Elsewhere in Germany, Borussia Dortmund made history by becoming the first team to win two Bundesliga matches away to Bayern Munich in a single calendar year. Hamburg, meanwhile, escaped an unwanted club record by avoiding an 11th consecutive home match without victory, leaving Augsburg, Bordeaux, Cesena, and Lecce as the only teams in Europe’s big five leagues still searching for a first home win of the season.