World Football

The Week in Numbers

Alphonso Davies #12 of Canada celebrates a goal with Jonathan Osorio #21 during a CONCACAF Nations League game against USA
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  • Barkley, Hegerberg, Ramos, Ronaldo & Wijnaldum feature
  • Pozzo’s double world champions are emulated
  • A coach sets a huge landmark
700

career goals is what Cristiano Ronaldo became the sixth player to record after Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas, Pele, Gerd Muller and Romario. Two recent goals moved him on to 95 for Portugal – more than double what second-placed Pauleta registered (47) and 14 shy of the men's international record held by Iranian Ali Daei.

200

games in charge of one national team was what Oscar Tabarez, who has guided Uruguay since 2006, became the first coach to register. Joachim Low is next, having led Germany 179 times, with his predecessor Sepp Herberger next on 167.

168

appearances for Spain is what Sergio Ramos made it to become the most-capped European ever, outranking former team-mate Iker Casillas and Latvian Vitalijs Astafjevs.

100

caps is what Tomas Rincon became the third Venezuelan to reach after Jose Manuel Rey (111) and Juan Arango (128). The 31-year-old helped La Vinotinto to back-to-back victories that ensure they have lost just one of their last eight outings, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

80

years have passed since Italy won nine successive games until Roberto Mancini’s men equalled their all-time record. The run of Vittorio Pozzo’s legendary side, inspired by Giuseppe Meazza and Silvio Piola, included four victories at the 1938 FIFA World Cup France™ and ended in a 2-2 draw with then fierce rivals England in Milan.

56

matches, 56 defeats: that was Andorra’s record in UEFA EURO qualifying until they avoided defeat for the first time ever with a 1-0 win over Moldova.

51

goals in UEFA women's club competition is what Ada Hegerberg made it to equal Anja Mittag’s record. The 24-year-old Norwegian scored a brace to help Lyon win 4-0 at Fortuna Hjorring as they became the first team to play 100 matches in UEFA women’s club competition – Arsenal are second on 81.

35

yards was the distance from which Lucao volleyed home one of the greatest goals in beach soccer history. It helped Brazil batter rivals Russia 9-3 in the World Beach Games final to record the second-biggest victory in the fixture as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 approaches.

34

and-a-half years had passed since Canada beat USA until John Herdman’s men produced a stunning upset on Tuesday. The Stars and Stripes went into their Concacaf Nations League clash having won ten and drawn eight of their last 18 games against the Canucks, while they had leaked only one goal in their last 12 meetings, but goals from Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini secured a 2-0 win.

31

passes, involving all ten outfield players, is what England put together en route to Ross Barkley’s goal against Bulgaria. All six of the 25-year-old midfielder’s international goals have, surprisingly, been scored in away matches.

12

Frauen-Bundesliga matches was the goal drought Rebecca Knaak ended with a hat-trick, her last-gasp scorcher snatching Freiburg a thrilling 5-4 win at Turbine Potsdam. It was the first time both sides scored over three goals in a game in the competition in four years.

4

successive wins in competitive games is what the Netherlands recorded for the first time since a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014 gave them a seventh consecutive competitive win. Georginio Wijnaldum has scored four goals in his last four internationals, having taken 33 caps to net his first four Oranje goals.

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