In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, we reflect on a week that brought a record for Jurgen Klopp, a milestone for Carles Puyol, goals for Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Duric, and a quickfire red card for Domenico Berardi.
La Liga appearances was the landmark reached by Carles Puyol on Sunday, taking him past Migueli and into second place in the club’s all-time standings. Only Xavi, with 464, has played more often for Barça in the Spanish top flight. The club captain, who yesterday confirmed his intention to move on at the end of the season, even managed to mark the occasion with a rare goal, his 12th La Liga strike and first in over 18 months. The 4-1 victory Puyol helped secure was also notable for being Lionel Messi’s 200th league win for Barça. No player in the history of La Liga has reached this milestone in fewer matches, with Messi requiring just 265. The Argentinian also found the target with a brilliant free-kick and, in the process, became just the third player – after Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sanchez – to score 230 La Liga goals or more. Messi is also closing in on the Barcelona club record, with just three more goals needed to eclipse Paulino Alcantara.
wins as Borussia Dortmund coach have seen Jurgen Klopp snatch away Ottmar Hitzfeld’s club record. Klopp’s latest victory came on Saturday against Freiburg, a match which also saw Roman Weidenfeller rack up his 100th Bundesliga clean sheet as the visitors succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. Elsewhere, it was a good weekend for Hoffenheim, who secured their biggest-ever top-flight win, thrashing Wolfsburg 6-2. And the Bayern Munich juggernaut continues to plough on, with Pep Guardiola’s side racing into a 4-0 lead inside 28 minutes of their 5-1 victory over Schalke. Arjen Robben was the star of the show, claiming his fourth Bundesliga hat-trick as Bayern set a new top-flight record by scoring two or more goals for a 15th successive match.
seconds on the pitch was the duration of Domenico Berardi’s involvement in Sassuolo’s 1-0 defeat to Parma on Sunday, the striker having earned himself a red card inside a minute of coming on as a substitute. The 19-year-old had made headlines for very different reasons in January by becoming the first player in Serie A history to score four times in a single match against AC Milan and, with 12 goals overall, he remains his team’s top scorer. He has, though, lost his place in the side since that stunning performance against Milan, while Sassuolo have gone into freefall, losing all seven of their subsequent matches. Red cards proved commonplace in Italy on Sunday, with Berardi’s one of four handed out in six Serie A encounters. Bologna’s Jonathan Cristaldo, Chievo’s Bostjan Cesar and Giuseppe Bellusci of Catania were all also given their marching orders.
years and 201 days was the grand old age at which Aleksandar Duric scored for Singapore’s Tampines Rovers on Saturday, becoming the week’s oldest top-flight goalscorer in the process. Duric’s goal helped secure a 3-2 win over Young Lions and maintained Tampines’ 100 per cent start to the season as they chase a fourth successive league title. The 43-year-old was born in Bosnia, but moved to Singapore in 1999 and has become a national icon, even becoming naturalised so as to represent the Singaporean national team – something he has done on over 50 occasions. Duric, who had never played as a striker before arriving in the country, now has over 350 S.League goals to his name – and shows no signs of stopping.
goals in 16 minutes gave Andre Schurrle the fastest top-flight hat-trick in world football over the past week. The Chelsea forward’s second-half goal spree in a 3-1 win at Fulham saw him become just the third German to score a Premier League treble, following in the footsteps of Jurgen Klinsmann and Fredi Bobic. Chelsea players are also now responsible for the three most recent hat-tricks in England’s top flight, with Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o having also claimed one since the turn of the year. But while Jose Mourinho’s side continue to lead the table, the first silverware of the English season went on Sunday to title rivals Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side beat Sunderland 3-1 to cap an exemplary cup campaign in which they have scored 21 goals – more than anyone in the past decade – and conceded just two.