In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, landmarks for Xavi and Jose Mourinho feature alongside the impressive form of Juventus and USA’s U-20 women, and the end of a mammoth run in France.
Barcelona appearances was the milestone reached by Xavi last Thursday in the 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Getafe. The long-serving midfielder, who already held the club record and added appearance number 701 on Sunday, currently stands 112 clear of his nearest challenger in the all-time standings: team-mate Carles Puyol. Xavi has also won more major trophies than any other player in Barça’s history, with his tally of 22 made up by seven La Liga championships, two Copa del Reys, six Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups. And in the 14 years since making his debut in 1998 against Real Majorca, he has never received a single red card.
English Premier League victories was the landmark reached by Jose Mourinho on Sunday when Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-1. Mourinho is one of several managers to have reached the century mark since the league’s launch, but no-one has done so in so few matches, with the Portuguese taking 142 to celebrate a milestone that required 162, 179 and 181 by Messrs Ferguson, Wenger and Benitez respectively. Key to the Chelsea boss’s latest win was the hat-trick scored by Samuel Eto’o, with the Cameroonian’s final goal the Blues’ 1400th since the Premier League’s inception. Eto’o’s was also the first treble scored by a Chelsea player against Manchester United since Seamus O'Connell in the 1954/55 campaign. Incidentally, Chelsea won the league that season for the first time. Elsewhere in England, there was a tremendous stat produced by Newcastle United striker Loic Remy, who laid claim to the Premier League’s 2222nd goal in the 22nd matchday of the division’s 22nd season.
was the remarkable aggregate score racked up by USA en route to winning the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. The on-song Americans struck 19 unanswered goals during the group phase in the Cayman Islands, and went on to retain their trophy with 6-0 and 4-0 wins over Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico in the semi-finals and final respectively. There could hardly have been a better way for Michelle French’s side to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and, in the process, win a third successive continental title. USA will now head north to Canada for the August world finals among the favourites, not only because of their performance in qualifying but due to their record of having won the competition on three prior occasions – more than any other nation.
wins from their opening 20 Serie A matches of 2013/14 have enabled Juventus to set a new league record. Never before in the division’s 85-year history had a side amassed so many victories at this stage of a campaign. Indeed, in the big five European leagues, only Barcelona (2010/11, 2012/13) and Chelsea (2005/06) have previously managed such a feat. A consequence of Juve's win tally is that they have set a new record points haul after 20 rounds, with 55 already to their name. Their latest victory, a 4-2 win over Sampdoria, was also the fifth successive match in which they have scored three or more – the first time they have enjoyed such a free-scoring run since May 1960. On target twice against Samp was Arturo Vidal, and with ten league goals to his name in 2013/14, the Chilean midfielder has already matched his best-ever return in a Serie A season.
years, ten months and two weeks without a domestic league defeat was the streak that came to a shock end for Olympique Lyonnais’ women on Saturday. Paris Saint-Germain were the team to end this long run of invincibility, confirming their status as the greatest threat to a team that has won each of the last seven Division 1 Feminine titles. Rubbing salt in the wounds of Lyon, who had survived 87 matches unbeaten prior to the weekend, was the fact that their run was ended by a goal from one of their former players, Laura Georges. The reigning champions remain three points clear of their conquerors from the capital, but this latest reverse – coming less than a year after Wolfsburg ended their three-year, 119-match unbeaten run in all competitions – may hint at a more unpredictable French title race in the future.