The Week in Numbers
Reggae jumps to the beat
Mind-blowing goal ratios
100-per-cent records fall across Europe
places is what Jamaica have jumped in just three editions of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking to reach their best-ever position of 53rd heading into Saturday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Draw. Panama’s consolation for a heroic but ultimately unsuccessful qualification campaign was elevation to a personal peak of 54th.
Ecuadorian top-tier goals in 2018 is what Universidad Catolica’s Jhon Cifuente reached in his 42nd appearance to surpass Angel Liciardi (36 for Cuenca in 1975) and go second on its list of leading marksmen in a calendar year. Ivan Kaviedes, whose goal qualified Ecuador for their first FIFA World Cup™ at Japan/Korea 2002, hit 43 for Emelec in 1998.
years after Kilmarnock last sat at the top-flight summit, Scotland’s oldest professional club returned there. Rangers assumed the Premiership pole for the first time in seven years on Sunday, but Alfredo Morelos failed to score for the first time in eight league games three days later – he was sent off for the second time in two meetings with Aberdeen this season – as the Dons won at Ibrox for only the second time in 27 years.
successive victories in all competitions – during which they had scored 81 goals and conceded two – was Wolfsburg women’s record until they failed to win for the first time in 2018/19 in a 1-1 draw at Turbine Potsdam. Arsenal’s women also lost their season’s 100-per-cent record, in their 12th appearance, as England forward Georgia Stanway, 19, made it eight goals in her last six games for Manchester City to inspire a 2-0 success.
seconds is all Grace Wisnewski required to score the fastest goal in the history of FIFA women’s competitions. The 16-year-old completed her brace in the 13th minute as New Zealand upset Canada 2-1 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup bronze-medal match to improve what was already the finest finish by a Kiwi side in a men’s or women’s FIFA competition.
consecutive Ligue 1 victories was the Paris Saint-Germain run ended by back-to-back draws with Bordeaux and Strasbourg. Although it was a single-season record, PSG fell two short of matching Monaco’s overall record for successive French top-flight wins, which Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Kylian Mbappe, Falcao and Co set in August 2017.
matches is what it took PSV to lose their 100-per-cent start to the 2018/19 Eredivisie. ‘Samba’ Sam Larsson’s 16th goal from outside the box in the competition since he moved to the Netherlands a little over three years ago – only Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech has more during the period (18) – saw Feyenoord edge victory and end PSV’s 20-game unbeaten league run.
Bundesliga goals is what Borussia Dortmund No9 Paco Alcacer reached in only eight appearances. It made him the joint-fastest player to hit double figures alongside Charly Dorfel, who did it, helped by the Seeler brothers, for Hamburg in 1963. Alcacer has, exceptionally, averaged a goal every 28 minutes in the German top tier.
goals is what Spain’s Claudia Pina became only the fourth player to score in a FIFA women’s tournament final after USA’s Tiffeny Milbrett (Olympics in 2000), Korea DPR’s Kim Songhu (U-20s in 2006) and USA’s Carli Lloyd (Olympics in 2012 and World Cup in 2015).
gave Marcao the highest goals-per-game ratio of every golden boot winner in the K-League’s 35-year history. The giant Brazilian’s 26 goals helped Jeonbuk Motors finish 21 points clear of runners-up and with a +44 goal difference – both K-League records.