In this week’s statistical review, FIFA.com looks at Javier Pastore’s record-busting move, an incredible first at Colombia 2011, two 16-year-old scorers and early season silverware in Italy and England.
million euros was the fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Palermo for Javier Pastore last week, smashing the French transfer record in the process. The Parisians also held the previous record, set in 2000 when they parted with €33 million to prise Nicolas Anelka from Real Madrid. Pastore, who was being chased by some of the continent’s top clubs, has become PSG’s eighth summer signing, with the big-spending Parisiens' transfer outlay now standing at over €83 million. The Argentinian was unveiled to a standing ovation before his new club’s Ligue 1 opener, and PSG could have done with his invention during the 90 minutes that followed, which ended in a 1-0 home defeat to Lorient. So uninspired were Antoine Kombouare's side that it took them until the 62nd minute to register their first shot on target, with the result a defeat that extends to six matches their winless run in France’s top flight.
years and 173 days was the identical age at which New England Revolution’s Diego Fagundez and Haris Ribic of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Sloboda Tuzla became the week’s youngest goalscorers over the weekend. Fagundez, the first homegrown player to break through to the Revolution first team, set the standard on Saturday, marking his Major League Soccer debut by winning a penalty and scoring his first-ever goal in senior football as his side went down 3-2 to Chivas USA. Ribic also ended up with mixed feelings the following day, scoring an opportunistic goal but, like Fagundez, ending up on the losing side as his Slobuda side were beaten 2-1 at FK Sarajevo. At the other end of the age spectrum, meanwhile, a familiar name took his place as the week’s oldest goalscorer, with Jari Litmanen – 40 years and 167 days old – on target in HJK’s 2-0 win at Finnish rivals JJK.
Supercoppa Italiana titles, the latest of which was secured on Saturday, have re-established AC Milan as the competition’s most successful team. I Rossoneri dominated the tournament’s early history, winning four of the first seven editions, but they haven't lifted the trophy since 2004, during which time Inter had equalled their record tally. Saturday's 2-1 victory not only addressed that issue, but also titled the balance of this evenly-matched city rivalry back in Milan's favour, with I Rossoneri now boasting 72 derby wins to the 71 of their old rivals. Inter were appearing in their seventh successive Supercoppa final, but were undone by goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng in response to Wesley Sneijder’s first-half opener. Remarkably, just one of the last 17 goals in the Milan derby has been scored by an Italian.
goals from Nani in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday saw him become the first player since Red Devils legend Bryan Robson in 1983 to score a brace in the Community Shield. United came from 2-0 down to inflict an early psychological blow on their cross-city rivals, with their Portuguese winger's 94th-minute winner continuing the champions’ run of having scored an injury time goal in four of their last five Manchester derby victories. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were making their tenth successive appearance in the Community Shield, and while the United manager generally plays down the significance of this early season showpiece, history suggests that he should be toasting his team’s success. After all, in each of the last five seasons - ever since the Shield returned to the revamped Wembley Stadium - the winners have always gone on to lift the Premier League title.
was the goal tally with which England advanced to the last 16 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, becoming the first team to reach the second stage of a FIFA tournament without finding the net. The Young Lions advanced as they also avoided conceding any goals, although they will struggle to maintain that record this evening against Nigeria, whose 12 goals so far make them the competition’s top marksmen. Having equalled Mexico’s record streak of 13 FIFA U-20 World Cup matches without a win, England also find themselves on the verge of taking an outright hold on that unwanted record. Nonetheless, Brian Eastick’s side are by no means the only low-scoring team to flourish at Colombia 2011, with Portugal – who have now gone 315 minutes without conceding - topping their section despite scoring just two goals in three matches. Even more amazing was the progression of Guatemala, who advanced to the last 16 despite scoring just once - and conceding 11.