In many ways, football is a simple game: the team that scores the most goals, wins. Yet in every week, in every league and in every single match, there are intriguing statistical sub-plots that help make the beautiful game the fascinating spectacle that it is.
That's why, every week, we at FIFA.com take a look at the numbers behind the results, highlighting football's biggest winners and losers from the week just past. In this, the second of our regular round-ups, we bring you the good, in the shape of Djibril Cisse, Bojan Krkic and Adrian Mutu's scoring exploits, the bad - a week to forget for Dutch side VVV-Venlo - and the downright ugly from Mauritian strugglers Olympique Moka.
61 was the total number of goals scored in the Dutch Eredivisie between 22 and 27 January, the highest of any of the 174 league's analysed. Headline-grabbing results including Ajax's potentially costly 2-2 draw away at Vitesse, a scoreline that helped PSV Eindhoven stretch their lead at the top to five points, though only thanks to a last-minute Danny Koevermans winner against Excelsior. The Netherlands' top flight also benefited in the scoring stakes from the struggling VVV-Venlo, who played two matches within the space of five days - and conceded five goals in each.
29 minutes was all it took for Marseille's Djibril Cisse and Burak Yilmaz of Vestel Maniaspor to chalk up hat-tricks for their respective clubs at the weekend. The former, who has endured a stop-start stint at the Velodrome thus far, claimed his treble between minutes 28 and 57 in his team's emphatic 6-1 win over Caen, a result that took Marseille up to ninth in Ligue 1, 13 points behind leaders Lyon. Yilmaz's goals, meanwhile, proved the difference in a five goal thriller against Denizlispor on Sunday, his opportunistic hat-trick sealing a 3-2 win that took Vestel above fellow strugglers Genclerbirligi to third-bottom and 11 points clear of basement boys Kasimpasa.
26 matches is the remarkable unbeaten streak being protected by Pakistan's WAPDA. FIFA.com featured the Lahore-based outfit in last week's statistical review, reflecting with amazement that their then 23-match unbeaten run had not been enough to knock defending champions Pakistan Army off the top of the table. Two wins and a draw within the space of five days has changed all that, however, with WAPDA now protecting a slender one-point lead at the summit of the Pakistani Premier League. Second only to the Asians once again, despite conceding ground at the top of Serie A with a 0-0 draw against Udinese on Sunday, are Inter Milan, now unbeaten in 20 league fixtures.
17 years and 152 days made Barcelona's Bojan Krkic the week's youngest goalscorer when he found the net for the Catalans at the intimidating home of Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Spanish prodigy and his team-mates, however, their Basque hosts hit back to draw 1-1, leaving the way clear for Real Madrid to stretch their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points. As for the weekend's oldest goalscorer, that honour fell to Toulouse's 36-year-and-260-day-old Dominique Arribage, whose 33rd-minute opener in his side's 1-1 draw with Nice further dented the visitors' unlikely title challenge.
15 was the winning margin that brought yet more woe upon the already-unfortunate Olympique Moka. The hapless Mauritian outfit featured in last week's round-up by virtue of their 11-game losing streak, a run that has since been extended by one in the most dispiriting manner imaginable. Losing at home is bad enough, after all, but going down 15-0 to Pamplemousses on Saturday was most certainly not the pick-me-up that Moka had required. The Barclays League's bottom side now have a record of played 12, lost 12 and a goal difference of minus-50.
6 different goalscorers - a high for the week just past - were on target in SC Heerenveen's 5-1 home win over VVV-Venlo. Gerald Sibon, Jakob Poulsen, Danijel Pranjic, Michael Bradley, Miralem Sulejmani all netted for the in-form hosts, while Sandro Calabro claimed the visitors' solitary consolation strike. This win - coupled with a 3-0 away victory at De Graafschap three days later - took Heerenveen to within six points of leaders PSV and left them very much involved in the Dutch title race.
5is the number of consecutive matches in which the names of Fiorentina's Adrian Mutu, Francisco Aguirre of Switzerland's FC Sankt Gallen and Cercle Brugges' Oleg Iachtchouck have appeared on the scoresheet. Of the three, the in-form Romanian leads the way with seven goals in those matches, followed by Argentinian Aguirre with six and Jasjtsjoek, a nationalised Belgian, with five.
4.33 goals-per-match makes New Caledonia's AS Magenta the highest average scorers in all the 174 leagues analysed. The Division Honneur leaders have racked up 52 goals in 12 unbeaten matches so far this season and, in doing so, have established a two-point cushion between themselves and nearest challengers JS Baco.