Joy abounds in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, with title triumphs for Ajax, Al Qadissiyah and Fenerbahce featuring alongside a Juventus record, a five-goal show in Chile and a stunning display from Real Madrid.
points have now been racked up by Juventus this season, breaking the club record (91) for a single campaign set by Fabio Capello’s team of 2005/06. Monday's 3-1 win at Sassuolo was also the Turin giants’ 30th of the season, equalling the Serie A benchmark set by Torino in 1945/46 and equalled by Inter Milan in 2006/07. Juve also have another three matches remaining in which to eclipse Inter’s single-season Serie A record of 97 points. Claudio Marchisio marked his 200th league appearance for Juve with a goal, while Carlos Tevez was also on target – four days after he ended his five-year, 27-match European scoring drought. It was also a good week for Roma, who claimed a ninth successive win, beating AC Milan 2-0 to set a new club record of 85 points for a single season.
goals in 47 minutes was the remarkable contribution made by Esteban Paredes to Colo Colo’s 5-3 win at Nublense on Sunday. Paredes’ one-man demolition job helped provide a fitting end to the Clausura season for Chile’s record champions, who had already wrapped up their 30th national title. His first goal arrived after 38 minutes and his fifth was added with five remaining, elevating him to the top of the Chilean goalscoring chart with 16 for the season. It proved to be a near-perfect day for Paredes, who had started it two goals behind Huachipato´s David Llanos in the top scorer race, as it ended with Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli naming the 33-year-old on his initial list for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
consecutive Eredivisie titles have been won by Ajax for the first time in their history after they clinched their latest crown on Sunday. A 1-1 draw at Heracles was enough to keep the Amsterdam giants four points clear of bitter rivals Feyenoord with one round of matches remaining, and resulted in them equalling a Dutch record set by HVV (1899/1900 to 1902/1903) and emulated twice by PSV Eindhoven (1985/1986 to 1988/1989 and 2004/2005 to 2007/2008). It was the perfect tonic for Frank de Boer’s side, who only last weekend lost the Dutch Cup final in stunning fashion – crushed 5-1 by a PEC Zwolle side winning their club’s first major trophy. Ajax can now reflect with pride on having extended to 12 their historical advantage over PSV – 33 titles to 21 – and to having won more league championships than any other club on the European continent bar Olympiacos (41).
unanswered Real Madrid goals last night handed Bayern Munich their biggest-ever European defeat and their heaviest home loss in 35 years. The margin of the Spaniards’ victory eclipsed Dinamo Zagreb’s 4-1 win in the 1963 Fairs Cup, and was the worst experienced by Bayern in any competition since going down 4-0 to Arminia Bielefeld in 1979. Real, who had lost nine and drawn one of their previous ten visits to Bavaria, can now look forward to a record 13th European Cup final – the club’s first in 12 years. Their goals were spread between Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese scoring his 15th and 16th of the current campaign. That tally has enabled Ronaldo to set a new single-season Champions League benchmark, breaking the record set by AC Milan’s Jose Altafini in 1962/63 and equalled by Lionel Messi in 2011/12.
defeats in 26 games is the record with which Kuwait’s new champions, Al Qadissiyah, ended their season. A 1-0 win over Al Nasr on Saturday completed a near-perfect campaign for the Kuwait City outfit, who have won 21 and drawn five of their top flight fixtures. For Al Qadissiyah, who won four titles in succession before being dethroned by Al Kuwait SC last season, this was their 16th league championship overall - equalling Al Arabi’s national record. The same achievement was celebrated in Turkey over the weekend, where Fenerbahce matched Galatasaray’s record tally of 19 titles after wrapping up the championship with three games to spare. The Istanbul giants have won just one of their last four games and were held to a goalless draw by Caykur Rizespor, but were able to stumble over the line thanks to Besiktas losing 3-0 at Sivasspor.