Lisbon glory and Landon’s riposte
© AFP

LD are the dominant initials in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, with La Decima and Landon Donovan featuring alongside trophy-winning teams in Colombia, Ghana, Germany and Serbia.

136

regular season goals was the new Major League Soccer record set by Landon Donovan at the end of a traumatic week for the LA Galaxy star. The 32-year-old struck twice in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Philadelphia Union to move beyond the mark he had shared with Jeff Cunningham, this in his first game since being dropped from USA’s FIFA World Cup™ pool. The decision to axe Donovan, who has played more World Cup matches (12), minutes (1,095) and scored more goals (5) at the competition than any other American player, has been arguably the sensation of the various squad announcements. With 156 caps, the US icon had more international appearances than anyone else in those squads, with Iker Casillas now leading that particular list on 153. Donovan has, however, endured a frustrating period of late, and Sunday’s goals were his first since last October. He already held the MLS play-off record with 22 goals, and with 120 assists to his name in the division, is closing in on Steve Ralston’s all-time record of 135.

26

league titles was the milestone reached by Crvena Zvezda on Sunday, re-establishing them as Serbia’s record champions. The Belgrade giants, popularly known as Red Star, made sure of this latest championship with a game to spare and, in doing so, ended a six-year streak of success for their bitter city rivals. Partizan Belgrade’s recent run, which had seen them win 14 championships since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, had enabled them to draw level with Crvena on the all-time list.

10

European Cups was the coveted landmark reached by Real Madrid on Saturday. The competition's record champions had looked destined for defeat until Sergio Ramos scored the latest goal ever seen in its final in the 93rd minute, edging out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s famous winner for Manchester United in 1999. Real went on to win 4-1, making this only the eighth final of Europe’s elite club tournament in which one team has scored four or more. Real themselves have been responsible for three of those instances. A total of 12 yellow cards set a new record for this fixture, which also saw three defenders find the net for the first time. The triumph was particularly sweet for Carlo Ancelotti, who became just the second coach – after Liverpool legend Bob Paisley – to win this trophy on three different occasions. And there were further milestones for Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Velibor Vasovic (Partizan Belgrade and Ajax) as the only player to score for different teams in the European Cup final, and Iker Casillas, who became just the third man - after Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps - to captain his teams to glory in this tournament as well as the World Cup and UEFA European Championship.

8

out of 13 seasons of the UEFA Women’s Champions League have now ended with German winners after Wolfsburg retained the title last Thursday. A thrilling 4-3 win over Tyreso saw Ralf Kellerman’s side become their first German team and third overall – after Umea of Sweden and France’s Lyon – to win the trophy in successive seasons. Frankfurt, one of three other Bundesliga sides to have lifted Europe’s top club prize in women’s football, remain the tournament’s record winners with three titles, although a new benchmark was set by one of their former players. Conny Pohlers was an unused substitute for Wolfsburg, but still picked up a record fourth winner’s medal and will also head into retirement having scored more Champions League goals (48) than anyone else. The heroine on this occasion, though, was Martina Muller, who struck twice to emulate her match-winning performance against Lyon in the same fixture last season.

3

successive Ghanaian league titles have now been won by Asante Kotoko after they clinched their latest crown with two games to spare last Wednesday. It was the Porcupine Warriors’ 24th championship overall, strengthening their hold on the national record, with old rivals Hearts of Oak five behind on the all-time list. They were also able to equal the west African record, which they now share with Côte d’Ivoire’s 24-time champions ASEC Mimosas. Asante Kotoko were not the only team who made it three-in-a-row over the past week, with Colombia’s Atletico Nacional also extending their recent run of domestic dominance. It took a 4-2 win on penalties over Barranquilla to secure this latest crown and, with 14 overall, the Medellin club have now equalled the national record previously held by Millonarios of Bogota.