World Football

The Week in Numbers

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United.
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  • A 16-year-old and the Brazilian Yaya Toure
  • A bizarre own goal and a 31-second curse
  • Courtois, Lewandowski, Oblak, Pukki and Vela feature

combined goals and assists – a record for an MLS season – is what Carlos Vela sprinted on to this week. The Cancun native stole it from Sebastian Giovinco (38). Vela, with 26 goals in 25 appearances in 2019, requires another six from LAFC’s remaining eight games to break Josef Martinez’s record for goals in a season.


seconds into their Bundesliga campaign is, astonishingly, when Borussia Dortmund have fallen behind in back-to-back years. Jean-Kevin Augustin put Leipzig ahead in a 4-1 defeat in Dortmund in August 2018, and Florian Niederlechner flew Augsburg into the lead in a 5-1 loss there on Sunday.


successive competitive victories was the world record Corinthians women set by edging Sao Jose on Wednesday. Welsh men’s outfit The New Saints had held it since 2016, when they broke the landmark recorded by a Johan Cruyff-inspired Ajax in 1972.


years is the staggering age difference between the oldest and youngest members of Pia Sundhage’s first Brazil squad. Formiga, 41, had been an international for seven years and been to two FIFA Women’s World Cups™ by the time Yaya – named after Yaya Toure and now 17 – was born.


hours and seven minutes is what, with Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak in goal, Atletico Madrid have gone without conceding against Getafe in La Liga – a record for one team against another in the competition’s 90-year history.


years and nine months was the age at which Eduardo Camavinga became the youngest player to register an assist in Ligue 1 this century. It helped Rennes win their first two games of a Ligue 1 season for the first time since 1971 and ensured Paris Saint-Germain lost one of their first two outings for the first time in eight years.


seconds was all it took Sporting U-17s to go ahead in their first match of the season – and they didn’t even touch the ball! Uniao Almeirim played the ball back from kick-off and, following a few passes, their goalkeeper mis-kicked an attempted clearance, enabling it to slowly roll into the bottom corner.


successive opening matchdays in the Bundesliga is what Robert Lewandowski became the first player in which to score. Despite netting twice, however, the 31-year-old’s run of emerging victorious in eight straight Round 1s – a Bundesliga record – ended as Bayern Munich drew 2-2 at home to Hertha Berlin.


goals is what Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves has scored in the Premier League – despite, incredibly, having only three touches in the opposition box over 37 appearances.


goals in his first two Premier League appearances is what Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki became the first player in history to register. Another promoted player, Sheffield United’s John Lundstram, completed the feat of scoring in each of England’s top four divisions.

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