In this week’s stats review, FIFA.com looks at the successes enjoyed by Atletico Mineiro, France’s U-20s and Sweden’s women over the past week, and the records set by Edinson Cavani and Chris Wondolowski.
years after the club was founded, Atletico Mineiro will tonight compete in the final of the Copa Libertadores for the first time. This eagerly awaited fixture – which pits them against three-time winners Olimpia of Paraguay – was secured last Wednesday, when the Belo Horizonte outfit overturned a 2-0 deficit against Newell’s Old Boys in a dramatic semi-final second leg. It was a match that included a penalty shootout and an incredible 20 minutes of stoppage time, due in part to a head injury to Newell’s Nahuel Guzman and then to a floodlight failure in the 78th minute. Atletico’s final penalty was taken by Ronaldinho, whose contribution to the club’s Libertadores campaign – four goals and eight assists in 12 appearances – has been impressive. The former Barcelona and AC Milan star is now bidding to become just the sixth player win both the Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League, a feat already achieved by Cafu, Dida, Roque Junior, Walter Samuel and Carlos Tevez.
million euros was the fee that took Edinson Cavani from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain and, in the process, set a new Ligue 1 transfer record. It is only a matter of weeks since Monaco topped that particular chart with their €60m capture of Radamel Falcao, and now that benchmark has been erased. In signing for PSG, Cavani – who finished top scorer in Italy last season with 29 goals – has become the fifth-most expensive player in history. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (€94m), Zinedine Zidane (€73.5m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic – whose move to Barcelona cost the Catalans €69.5m – and Kaka (€65m) have cost more.
world and European trophies have now been won by France’s men after their unique collection was completed on Saturday with the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Les Bleus and their junior counterparts have now won the FIFA World Cup™, FIFA Confederations Cup, Men's Olympic Football Tournament, FIFA’s U-20 and U-17 tournaments as well as the European crowns at senior, U-21, U-19 and U-17 level, a feat that no other nation can match. In seeing off Uruguay on penalties in Saturday’s final, the French also ended a 14-year wait for a European winner, with South American sides having triumphed in five of the previous six editions – a cycle only broken by Ghana in 2009. The Black Satellites themselves ended the tournament on a high, pipping the French to the title of Turkey 2013’s top scorers with 16 overall, thanks to their 3-0 victory over Iraq in the match for third place.
goals in two CONCACAF Gold Cup appearances have given Chris Wondolowski the highest tally by any USA player in a single edition of this regional showpiece. The San Jose Earthquakes striker has been unstoppable on home soil, following up a hat-trick against Belize with a brace in the 4-1 win over Cuba, a match he spent 58 minutes of sitting on the bench. Landon Donovan has also been adding to his remarkable international stats, scoring his 53rd goal in appearance number 147 for the Stars and Stripes. That moved Donovan up to 32nd in the list of all-time leading scorers in international football, and when it comes to victories, he sits as high as 12th, with the win over Cuba his 83rd, taking him level with Roberto Carlos and Javier Zanetti. The match brought a less palatable landmark for Cuba, however, with the defeat – their sixth in succession - equalling the tournament record they share with Granada and Honduras.
unanswered goals against Finland on Sunday enabled Sweden to equal the record for the biggest-ever victory at a UEFA Women’s EURO. Nilla Fischer was responsible for two of those strikes and, having already found the net against Denmark in the hosts’ opening fixture, the big defender now finds herself in the unlikely position of heading the tournament’s scoring chart alongside team-mate Lotta Schelin. There was also joy for Spain, who ended their 16-year wait for a win at the European showpiece with a dramatic 3-2 victory over England, secured by a 93rd-minute header from substitute Alexia Putellas. The Swedes, meanwhile, have reaffirmed their passion for the women’s game, with the existing Women’s EURO record for tickets sold (129,000) having been broken after just a single round of group-phase matches.