Sergio Aguero, Jeff Cunningham and Roque Santa Cruz have scoring feats to thanks for their inclusion in FIFA.com's latest statistical review, which also features Diego Forlan's latest landmark, Vanderlei Luxemburgo ending a lamentable run against Fluminense and Mexicans turning out in their droves to witness history being made.
spectators watched hosts Mexico beat Uruguay 2-0 in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Sunday, contributing to the 2011 edition breaking the tournament's spectator record since the turn of the century. Its 52 matches drew a cumulative total of 1,002,314 fans for a 19,275-per-game average, taking it past Peru 2005 (17,244 average), Nigeria 2009 (14,977), Trinidad and Tobago 2001 (10,259), Korea Republic 2007 (8,347) and Finland 2003 (5,738). Only twice has the competition drawn greater average crowds than it did this year: in its maiden instalment in China PR in 1985 (38,469) and in Egypt in 1997 (19,781). By lifting the trophy, Mexico became the first host nation to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in its 14th running.
goals in the regular season of Major League Soccer was the landmark Jeff Cunningham reached one week ago to become the joint-leading scorer in the history of the competition, alongside DC United legend Jaime Moreno. The 34-year-old returned to Columbus Crew, whom he represented between 1998 and 2004, at the start of the year, requiring just one goal to tie the record of the Bolivian, who retired last year. However, the No33 appeared en route to a 12th successive blank until a rare header in injury time earned him his maiden goal of 2011 and Robert Warzycha's men a 1-0 win at Vancouver Whitecaps. Los Angeles Galaxy ace Landon Donovan is fourth on the list of the MLS's regular-season goal-getters on 111.
appearances for Uruguay was the total Diego Forlan moved on to against Mexico last night to become the most-capped player in his country's history. The 32-year-old's run-out in the 1-0 victory in La Plata edged him past Rodolfo Rodriguez, who kept goal for La Celeste between 1976 and 1986, and was briefly a club-mate of the Atletico Madrid striker's father, Pablo, at Nacional. The former Independiente, Manchester United and Villarreal man, who made his international debut in 2002, has been involved in 31 wins, 26 draws and 22 losses for Uruguay, whom he inspired to fourth place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, seizing the adidas Golden Ball in the process. Lothar Matthaus (150), Javier Zanetti (144), Cafu, Lilian Thuram (both 142), Fabio Cannavaro (136), Andoni Zubizarreta (126) and Peter Shilton (125) ensure that Uruguay are the only FIFA World Cup winners whose record appearant has less than 125 caps to his name. And while Forlan will hope to draw closer to the aforementioned legends, he also has another target in his sights. Indeed, the Montevideo native needs just two goals to pull alongside Hector Scarone, who hit 31 goals in 52 games for Los Charrúas between 1917 and 1930, as their all-time joint-leading marksman, though Forlan's blank in the defeat of Mexico extended his international goal drought to ten matches.
international goals is the figure Roque Santa Cruz reached by scoring in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Brazil at the Copa America, taking him level with Jose Cardozo as Paraguay's all-time joint-top scorer. The Manchester City striker, who will turn 30 next month, achieved the total in 85 appearances – two more than his former Albirroja strike partner. Of CONMEBOL's ten representatives, only the leading marksmen from Bolivia and Venezuela have scored fewer international goals than Santa Cruz and Cardozo, who are behind Pele (77 in 91 for Brazil), Gabriel Batistuta (56 in 78 for Argentina), Marcelo Salas (37 in 70 for Chile), Scarone (31 in 52 for Uruguay), Agustin Delgado (31 in 71 for Ecuador) and Teofilo Cubillas (26 in 81 for Peru) and alongside Arnoldo Iguaran (25 in 68 for Colombia).
years and seven attempts after his last success in the Fla-Flu derby, Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo finally repeated the feat on Sunday. The former Mengão left-wingback finished his playing career with a record of five wins, five draws and three losses against O Tricolor, but has fared poorly in the fixture from the dugout. Upon assuming the Flamengo reins for the first time, Luxemburgo actually emerged triumphant in his first two encounters with Fluminense: 2-1 in April 1991, with an 11th-hour Nelio back-heel snatching a 2-1 triumph, and by the same score two months later, when free-kicks by Rogerio and Marcelinho Carioca proved enough for a team also including Junior Baiano, Junior, Zinho and Djalminha. However, during two subsequent spells as Flamengo coach, 'Luxa' had lost three and drawn three of his six Fla-Flu clássicos heading into the fierce rivals' latest duel, which Brazil's best-supported club won courtesy of Willians' first-ever headed goal following neat build-up play from Ronaldinho, Junior Cesar and Thiago Neves. The result, which came in a match in which a staggering 90 passes went astray, kept Flamengo unbeaten from nine contests and three points behind Campeonato Brasileiro leaders Corinthians.
goals is the impressive haul Sergio Aguero has managed in his last 19 games for club and country. The striker struck 13 times in his last 15 outings for Atletico Madrid last season to finish as the joint-third top scorer in La Liga, and has taken his prolific form in red and white stripes on to the international platform. Indeed, he was on target in Argentina's 4-0 win over Albania in a Copa America warm-up on 20 June, and has since excelled in the tournament itself. Despite spending just 135 minutes on the field – Aguero came on as a substitute in Argentina's first two matches before starting their third – he has registered three goals, which have booked the hosts a quarter-final against Uruguay and left him as the leading marksman. The 23-year-old's brace in the 3-0 win over Costa Rica on Monday took him on to six goals from as many games under Sergio Batista, and improved his strike rate for Argentina to 45 per cent (13 in 29 appearances, despite several coming from the bench). In comparison, Lionel Messi's ratio is 30 per cent (18 in 60).