Penalties galore at Africa’s base and a wild final day in Europe’s east feature in FIFA.com's latest stats review, along with club legends hitting landmarks in England, Germany and the USA.
Bayern Munich appearances was the landmark Bastian Schweinsteiger became only the eighth man to reach on Saturday. The 30-year-old capped emulating Oliver Kahn, Sepp Maier, Gerd Muller, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Klaus Augenthaler, Franz Beckenbauer, Bernd Durnberger by scoring his 45th Bundesliga goal in a 2-0 win over Mainz – a strike that saw him outrank Beckenbauer on the club’s list of all-time leading marksmen in the competition. Meanwhile Bayern’s 22nd clean sheet of the season saw them surpass the Bundesliga record they themselves set in 2012/13.
Major League Soccer goals was the total Chris Wondolowski became only the ninth player to reach on Sunday. The 32-year-old had netted a mere seven goals in 57 MLS games heading into the 2010 season, but has since hit 93 in 157 games, winning the championship’s Golden Boot twice in the process. Wondolowski’s latest – his fourth in five appearances – grabbed the Quakes a 1-1 draw at home to Orlando City that extended their undefeated run to five games. The USA striker duly became the second-fastest player, after New England Revolution legend Taylor Twellman, to join the century club, which also includes Landon Donovan (144 goals), Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133), Ante Razov (114), Jason Kreis (108), Dwayne DeRosario (104) and Edson Buddle (100). Meanwhile Clint Dempsey missed the chance to tie the 11-game MLS record for consecutive appearances with a goal or assist – jointly held by Ronald Cerritos, Mauricio Cienfuegos and Roy Lassiter – after his Seattle Sounders side drew 0-0 at home to Sporting KC.
points was the tally for three teams at the conclusion of the Moldovan National Division, with the least fashionable of the trio seizing their first crown in dramatic circumstances. Milsami began the final round three points behind Dacia, whom they beat 2-1 thanks to a late own goal. Had just the two of them finished level at the top, a play-off would have ensued. However, defending and record 13-time champions Sheriff eked out a 1-0 victory at Dinamo-Auto, which meant the trophy went to the team with the superior head-to-head record between the trio. Therefore Milsami, courtesy of their final-day success, became just the fifth team to become Moldovan top-flight winners. Things got worse for Dacia a few days later, when they lost to Sheriff 3-2 after extra time in the Moldovan Cup final.
penalties was the staggering number taken in four wild COSAFA Cup quarter-finals this week. Namibia and Madagascar had been forced to overcome a gruelling three games in five days to seize their groups’ solitary ticket to the last eight, where they met continental giants Zambia and Ghana respectively, both of whom had received byes. However, following a goalless draw, the Namibians overcame the defending champions 5-4 on penalties, while an 11th-hour Olivier Simouri goal snatched the Malagasy a stunning 2-1 win over a team 124 places to their north on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. In a third huge upset, Botswana beat hosts South Africa 7-6 in a 16-penalty shoot-out to book their place in the semis. In the concluding quarter-final, Lambikani Mzava’s 90th-minute penalty seemingly snatched Malawi a 2-1 win over Mozambique, only for the same player to score an own goal – the second The Flames had conceded in the match – and send the tie to penalties. The Mozambicans trailed 2-0 in the shoot-out, but another fightback saw them emerge 5-4 victors in sudden death.
years after Manchester United’s Gary Pallister became the first man to play every minute of every game for a Premier League title-winning side, John Terry became the second. The 34-year-old centre-back allowed departing legend Didier Drogba to captain Chelsea in Sunday’s season-concluding 3-1 win over Sunderland, which ensured Jose Mourinho’s men finished the campaign with just four losses in all competitions – a record for an English top-tier side since the Premier League’s inception. Chelsea also topped the table for 274 days – another unprecedented total for a single season in the Premier League. Last season’s champions Manchester City spent just 15 days at the summit.