Scorers, slumps and silverware
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In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, we look back on title parties in Glasgow and Pireus, goalscoring feats in London, Newcastle and New York, and disappointment for Marseille and Real Madrid.

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English Premier League goals was the landmark reached by Frank Lampard on Monday, making him the first midfielder to arrive at this impressive milestone. The 33-year-old is already the highest-scoring midfielder in Chelsea’s history and is now just eight goals away from passing second-placed Kerry Dixon on the list of the club's most prolific all-time marksmen. Even Lampard, however, cannot compete with the scoring pace currently being set by another Premier League star. Papiss Cisse has scored eight goals in his last five appearances for Newcastle United and is the league’s top marksman in 2012, having found the net ten times since moving from Freiburg in January. On Monday, the Senegalese international became the fourth player this season – after Messrs Rooney, Van der Vaart and Van Persie – to score in five successive Premier League matches with the second goal in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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league games and five seasons without a goalless draw at home was the club record streak that came to an end for Real Madrid on Sunday. Los Merengues’ stalemate against Valencia was the first time they have drawn 0-0 at the Bernabeu since they were held by Real Betis back in February 2007. Jose Mourinho’s side have now dropped points in three of their last five encounters and, perhaps worryingly for the weeks ahead, all three of the home matches they failed to win last season came in April. Rubbing salt in Real's wounds was the fact that, while they were failing to find the net, rivals Barcelona were setting a new Spanish scoring record, with their tally of 161 in all competitions - a tally which rose to 165 last night - surpassing the mark of 158 set by Real in 1959/60 and Barça themselves in 2008/09. Lionel Messi also became the first player to score 60-plus goals for a top-flight club in Europe since Gerd Muller chalked up an amazing 67 for Bayern Munich in 1972/73. The little Argentinian is also the most potent creator in Europe’s big five leagues this season, with 26 assists already to his name - five more than closest challenger Mesut Ozil.

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of the last 16 Greek Super League titles have now been won by Olympiacos after the Pireus club retained the championship last Wednesday. This latest title was the club’s 39th overall, a record for continental Europe, and means they now have 13 more than bitter rivals Panathinaikos. Olympiacos were not, however, the only team throwing a title party over the past week. Further north, a 6-0 victory at Kilmarnock on Saturday – the biggest away win of the Scottish Premier League season – enabled Celtic to clinch their 43rd championship in style. It also witnessed the Glasgow giants draw level with Nacional of Uruguay. This duo, in fact, hold the record for number of titles won without being their country’s record champions, trailing as they do Rangers (54) and Penarol (48) respectively.

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games have now passed since Marseille’s last victory, the club’s longest winless run in half-a-century. Not since 1962 have the south-coast giants endured such a miserable sequence of results, with Didier Deschamps' side having now lost ten of their last 11 domestic and European fixtures, scoring just six times in the process. Their most recent defeat was arguably the most painful too, coming as it did at the hands of bitter rivals Paris Saint-Germain, a team against whom they recorded a 3-0 win, their biggest of the season, back in November. Sunday’s 2-1 reverse at the Parc des Princes was a bitter way for Marseille to mark their 2,200th Ligue 1 match, a milestone that only Sochaux with 2,285 top-flight fixtures under their belt had already reached.

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goals in three appearances is the haul that has propelled Thierry Henry to the top of the Major League Soccer scoring chart and into the division’s record books. The Frenchman’s recent exploits have, after all, earned him three successive Player of the Week awards – the first time that any MLS player has managed this feat. This prolific run, which includes a brace against Colorado Rapids, a hat-trick against Montreal Impact and another double against Columbus Crew, is also Henry’s best scoring streak since he managed seven in three appearances for Arsenal in March 2005. And the New York Red Bulls talisman hasn’t been merely scoring goals, with a tally of four assists contributing to strike partner Kenny Cooper sitting in joint-second, with six goals, in the race to become MLS top scorer.