In FIFA.com’s latest statistical review, we reflect on a week in which records fell to Chelsea, Claudio Pizarro and David Weir, Huracan ended a long drought at the Bombonera and nerves got the better of two Copa do Brasil hopefuls.
Bundesliga goals was the landmark reached by Claudio Pizarro on Saturday as the Peruvian became the joint-highest-scoring foreigner in the league’s history. Giovane Elber, the Stuttgart and Bayern Munich legend whose record was equalled, hailed Pizarro as “an excellent footballer” after his milestone strike secured Germany’s third and final UEFA Champions League spot for Werder Bremen. Afterwards, Pizarro sported a t-shirt proclaiming ‘The No1 is Peruvian’ and described himself as “proud” to have secured “a special occasion for me and for my country”. The 31-year-old has now racked up 62 Bundesliga strikes over two separate spells with Werder, with a 71-goal stint at Bayern sandwiched in between.
years without a win at the Bombonera came to a dramatic end for Huracan on Sunday when they inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the once-mighty Boca Juniors. Not since 5 November 1980 had El Globo emerged triumphant from a match at their illustrious Buenos Aires rivals, although this is a season in which Boca – who languish in 15th position – have become wearily accustomed to such losses. Huracan will now attempt to grab the headlines once again in Sunday’s season finale, when they play host to an Argentinos Juniors side who find themselves within another win of their first league title in 25 years.
unanswered goals against Wigan Athletic gave Chelsea the week’s biggest win and secured the fourth championship of the Blues’ 105-year history. This thumping victory – the fourth Premier League match this season in which Carlo Ancelotti’s side have scored seven or more – also enabled the Londoners to become the first English top flight side in nearly half-a-century to score more than 100 league goals. Indeed, one needs to look back to the 1962/63 season, when Tottenham Hotspur hit 111, for the last team to top Chelsea’s final tally of 103. Sunday’s destruction of Wigan included a 17-minute hat-trick from Didier Drogba, who duly edged past Wayne Rooney to claim his second Premier League Golden Boot. Also chipping in with a goal and a couple of assists was Frank Lampard, who was later calculated to have set up an unrivalled 114 goalscoring chances over the course of the Premier League season, comfortably besting creative rivals Cesc Fabregas (95) and Antonio Valencia (89).
missed penalties in succession: that was the remarkable spectacle served up in the shootout that decided last Wednesday’s Copa do Brasil quarter-final between Atletico Goianiense and Palmeiras. Goalkeepers Marcio and Marcos Reis were the shootout’s undoubted stars, saving six penalties between them, this after Marcio himself had scored the last successful spot kick prior to sequence of misses. The keeper’s coolly-dispatched strike was to prove crucial, too, as Atletico – who this year returned to the top flight this year after a 23-year absence - upset their more illustrious rivals to secure a last four meeting with Vitoria.
day before celebrating his 40th birthday on Monday, David Weir made history by becoming the oldest recipient of the Scottish Football Writers Association’s Player of the Year Award. The evergreen Rangers captain, who played in every minute – all 3420 – of the Glasgow giants’ triumphant league campaign, eclipsed another Ibrox legend, Sandy Jardine, who was 37 when he collected the award in 1986 during a stint with Hearts. In doing so, Weir joined a list that includes the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Henrik Larsson and Celtic’s European Cup-winning captain Billy McNeill, who was the award’s first winner in 1965. This honour capped a memorable season for the former Everton centre-half, who two months ago became Rangers’ oldest-ever player at 39 years and 325 days, surpassing the record set by Jock 'Tiger' Shaw in 1952. Nor was Weir the only record-breaker in Scotland this week, with Motherwell and Hibernian serving up an incredible 6-6 draw for the highest-scoring game in Scottish Premier League history.