In many ways, football is a simple game: the team that scores the most goals wins. Yet in every single match, there are intriguing statistical sub-plots that help make the beautiful game the fascinating spectacle that it is. That's why, each week, FIFA.com takes a look at the numbers behind the results.
Goalscorers dominate this week's review, with Luis Saha's record-breaking Wembley strike featuring alongside the impressive exploits of Washington, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Forlan and Esteban Fuertes.
Brasileiro goals is a milestone that, until the weekend, only eight players had ever reached. That was until Washington became this exclusive club's ninth member when he opened the scoring in Sao Paulo's 3-0 win over Cruzeiro on Sunday. The former Brazil international, whose tally of 34 for Atletico Paranaense in 2004 remains a single-season record for the Brasileiro, also finished as the league's joint-top scorer last year in his final season with Fluminense. However, the 34-year-old has his work cut out if he has aspirations of catching the likes of Roberto Dinamite, Romario, Edmundo and Zico, whose overall Brasileiro tallies of 190, 155, 153 and 135 respectively have set an imposing benchmark.
years after the legendary Gunnar Nordahl became the last Swede to be named Italy's Capocannoniere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic followed in his countryman's footsteps by becoming Serie A's top scorer for season 2008/09. In doing so, the 25-goal Inter Milan striker became the first foreigner since Andriy Shevchenko in 2004 to top the Italian scoring charts, with Messrs Lucarelli, Toni, Totti and Del Piero having finished on top in recent seasons. Yet Ibrahimovic's tally was only sufficient to see him finish seventh in the running for Europe's Golden Shoe, with Diego Forlan emerging from almost nowhere to pip Samuel Eto'o, Marc Janko and Grafite to the prize with 32 goals in 33 La Liga appearances. The Atletico Madrid striker's late surge was brought about by a remarkable run of 12 goals in his last eight games of the season, a sequence that also saw him equal Prudencio Sanchez's 68-year-old club record of scoring in eight successive league fixtures.
seconds was all it took Louis Saha to light up Saturday's FA Cup final and smash a 114-year-old record. The Everton forward's brilliantly executed strike replaced the 30-second opener scored by Aston Villa's Bob Chatt in 1895 as the English showpiece's fastest-ever goal. This was not to be the only century-old record to come under threat at Wembley, however, with man of the match Ashley Cole enjoying the last laugh as Chelsea broke Evertonian hearts in temperatures topping 42 degrees. The England left-back collected his fifth FA Cup winner's medal, equalling a mark set in the 19th century by Wanderers' Charles Wollaston, Arthur Kinnaird of Wanderers and Old Etonians, and Blackburn Rovers' Jimmy Forrest, who had been the most recent player to complete such a quintet with victories in 1884, 1885, 1886, 1890 and 1891.
European clubs - one in each of the last five decades - have now completed a single-season treble after Barcelona added the UEFA Champions League to their La Liga and Copa del Rey crowns. Celtic began this sequence, winning all five domestic and European competitions they entered in season 1966/67, while Ajax (1972), PSV (1988) and Manchester United (1999) followed suit in completing a collection of league title, domestic cup and continental crown. Barcelona's 2-0 win over Manchester United also witnessed Josep Guardiola become the youngest-ever Champions League-winning coach at 38, while Edwin van der Sar - almost three months Pep's senior - became the third-oldest player to participate in the European club showpiece, behind Dino Zoff (1983) and Paolo Maldini (2007).
goals in Colon de Santa Fe's 3-1 win at Godoy Cruz on Saturday ended Esteban Fuertes's long wait to break through the century mark for Los Sabaleros. The veteran striker, whose nomadic career has taken him to England, France and Spain, is in his fourth spell with Colon and was already the club's all-time leading goalscorer before grabbing his 100th and 101st goals as the club kept up the pressure on the Clausura's top three. Not even missing a penalty to deny himself a hat-trick could tarnish the celebrations of a player who, at 36, recently became the oldest international debutant in Argentina's history when he made his bow in a 3-1 friendly victory over Panama.