FIFA.com’s latest weekly stats review features decidedly mixed fortunes, with a week to remember for Falcao and Vitesse coinciding with one to forget for Manchester United, Nurnberg and Yokohama F. Marinos.
Brazil goals was the magnificent milestone reached by futsal icon Falcao on Friday. The evergreen 36-year-old claimed his landmark strike in A Seleção's 4-1 win over Chile in the Intercontinental Cup, and went on to score three more times - finishing as the tournament’s top scorer - as Brazil secured the trophy. This latest feat comes just over a year after Falcao became the highest-scoring Brazilian in history, reaching the magic number of 337 en route to inspiring his team to a fairy tale triumph at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012. He had long since become the futsal side's all-time leading marksman, a title he claimed in March 2010 by surpassing Manoel Tobias with his 279th strike. Now Brazil’s supporters have yet another reason to celebrate a man whose goalscoring feats began for them 15-and-a-half years ago in June 1998, and show no signs of stopping.
points have been taken by Manchester United from their opening eight Premier League matches – the Red Devils’ lowest tally at this stage of a season in 37 years. David Moyes’ team went down 1-0 to Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday and have now suffered back-to-back home defeats for just the third time in Premier League history. The English champions have lost five top flight matches overall this season, and the last team to recover from such a start to take the title was Manchester City all the way back in 1967/68. For Newcastle, meanwhile, this was their first win at Old Trafford since 12 February 1972. Elsewhere in England, a new Premier League record was set with the scoring of three own goals in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Ham United. There was also relief for Hull City striker Danny Graham, who ended a mammoth run of 1626 minutes without a Premier League goal by finding the net at old club Swansea City on Monday evening.
goals were scored by Vitesse at PSV Eindhoven on Saturday in a thumping win that maintained the Arnhem side’s two-point advantage at the top of the Eredivisie. The 6-2 victory was just the second time in the history of the Eredivisie that PSV have conceded six times goals in a home match, with Twente the only side to have previously managed the feat. Vitesse are aiming to win the first major trophy of their 121-year history, and have been boosted by the arrival of no fewer than six Chelsea players on loan. There is certainly no questioning their status as the Netherlands’ form team, with six straight league wins having been racked up with an aggregate scoreline of 21-3.
successive defeats at the conclusion of the J.League season saw Yokohama F. Marinos snatch disappointment from the jaws of seemingly certain triumph. The Kanagawa outfit needed just one more win to be guaranteed of their first title in nine years, but lost 2-0 at home to Albirex Niigata and then went down 1-0 at Kawasaki Frontale on the final day. This allowed Sanfrecce Hiroshima, with two wins in their final couple of matches, to steal in and snatch the championship by a single point, becoming just the second team in the single-season era - after Kashima Antlers - to retain the J.League title. Taking into account the five national crowns the club won as Toyo Kogyo before the establishment of the professional league in 1993, Sanfrecce now share the national record for championships with Antlers and Verdy Kawasaki, who won five titles under their previous name of Yomiuri.
wins in 15 matches this season is the statistic that has secured a new and unwanted Bundesliga record for Nurnberg. In drawing 1-1 at home to Mainz, Der Club set the seal on what is now officially the worst start to a German top flight campaign, moving beyond the 14-game mark they had shared with 1860 Munich (1977/78) and Duisburg (1994/95). At the other end of the Bundesliga table, Bayern Munich were threatening altogether different kind of records, with their 7-0 win at Werder Bremen the third-biggest away win in the division’s history. The European champions have now gone 26 away matches without defeat, equalling their own Bundesliga benchmark, set between 1985 and 1987. However, Bayern's record streak of ten consecutive UEFA Champions League wins came to an end in shocking fashion on Tuesday as they went down 3-2 at home to Manchester City, having led 2-0. It was the first time the Bavarian giants had lost a two-goal lead at home in almost 39 years, with the Kickers Offenbach responsible for the last such comeback on 25 January 1975.