In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, the spotlight falls on goalscoring feats from Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a spate of yellow cards for Mark van Bommel, an unwanted record for Jose Mourinho and debut goals for a Manchester United duo.
Serie A goals, the most recent of which came on Sunday against Parma, have established Cavani as the highest-scoring Uruguayan in the league’s history. The man he surpassed to claim this honour is Ruben Sosa, who starred for both Lazio and Inter Milan, scoring 84 top flight goals between 1988 and 1995. Cavani’s third-minute opener on Sunday, slotted home from the penalty spot, set Napoli on the road to a third successive win – only the fourth time in their history, and the first since 1987/87, that they have begun a top flight campaign in such impressive fashion. It was also the perfect way to mark Walter Mazzarri’s 300th match as a Serie A coach.
clubs have now benefited from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal in the UEFA Champions League, allowing the Swede to set a new record in Europe’s elite competition. By scoring in Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev, Ibrahimovic maintained his record of having scored for every team he has represented in the Champions League: Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and now PSG. Another striker who preserved a proud European scoring record last night was Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, whose winner for Schalke away to Olympiacos was his ninth in the Germans’ last seven matches in continental competition.
appearances, five yellow cards: that is Mark van Bommel’s disciplinary record since returning to the Eredivisie during the close season. The veteran PSV Eindhoven midfielder has therefore become the first player in the league’s history to be cautioned in each of the season’s first five matchdays. Van Bommel is merely picking up where he left off though, having been booked in his last appearance in the Eredivisie prior to departing for Spain, Germany and Italy, all the way back on 15 May 2005. Continuing that run at the weekend has put him within one more booking of equalling the Dutch record for successive yellow cards, set by Ahmed Ammi, who racked up seven in a row for ADO Den Haag between March and August 2010.
players scored on their first Premier League appearances for their new clubs on Saturday, making it the most successful day for English top flight debutants in over two decades (22 August 1992). The focal point was Old Trafford, where Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell became the first two Red Devils debutants to score in the same match, with each on target in a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic. The new boys’ strikes came in a fixture packed full of landmarks for the Red Devils: Sir Alex Ferguson’s 500th home league as United manager, Paul Scholes' 700th appearance, Rio Ferdinand's 400th, as well as a 600th Premier League outing for the division’s record-holder, Ryan Giggs.
defeats have been inflicted on Real Madrid in their first four La Liga matches, making for an uncomfortable first for Jose Mourinho. Never before in the Special One’s 12-season career have his side lost two of their opening four matches, and never before have Real gone on to win the title in any of the nine campaigns in which they had four points or fewer at this stage. A more positive omen for Real, perhaps strengthened by last night’s win over Manchester City, is that the last season in which they had just four points from four matches (2001/02) ended with the team clutching the European Cup. Across Spain’s great divide, meanwhile, Lionel Messi scored his 61st goal for club and country in 2012, eclipsing his own personal record from 2010. The Barcelona No10 has found the net 180 times over the past three calendar years, and still has over three months of this one remaining in which to add to his colossal tally.