NEWS AND STATISTICS OF THE WEEK 48
FLAMENGO ON THE TOP !
One day after winning the Libertadores Cup, Rio de Janeiro’s most popular soccer club, Flamengo, won the Brazilian National Championship four rounds in advance, after the only team which could outnumber them in the tournament, Palmeiras, lost its match against Grêmio.
On Saturday, Flamengo played a thrilling match against Argentina’s River Plate in Lima. Striker Gabigol managed to strike two goals during the frantic last ten minutes of the game. Huge crowds took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to welcome the team on Sunday (picture).
What a great achievement for Flamengo, winner of the Copa Libertadores (for the second time after 1981) and of the Brazil’s National Championship (for the sixth time after 1980, 1982, 1983, 1992, 2009) in less than 24 hours !
VIVIANNE MIEDEMA WRITES HISTORY IN ARSENAL’S 11-1 VICTORY.
Dutchwoman Vivianne Miedema has written an unprecedented page of history in the Women’s Super League, WSL, scoring six goals and offering four assists as Arsenal trounced Bristol City 11-1 in the heaviest score in the nine-year old history of the league. The former record stood at 9-0 when Liverpool nailed Doncaster Belles six years ago.
The goal-scoring machine, Vivianne Miedema who was top scorer last season, now tallies 23 goals in all her individual achievements has overtaken Ji So-yun of Chelsea in the ranking of non-British players in the Women’s Super League. Her achievement in the large victory against Bristol City at Meadow Park is capturing headlines the world-over as this iconic statistic therefore becomes one to beat in the exciting league.
Miedema is only 23 years old. She has scored 189 goals in 208 matches (Heerenveen, FC Bayern München, Arsenal FC) and already 69 goals in 89 matches with the Dutch National team, finalist of the World Cup 2019 in France !
Arsenal who have won seven of their eight matches so far are now on top of the league ahead of Manchester.
CAMEROON SPORTS MINISTER DISMISSES CHAN 2020 TOURNAMENT MANAGER.
The Cameroon Minister for Sports and Physical Education has abruptly dismissed the Tournament Organizing manager of the 2020 Africa Football championships slated to run from April 5-25 next year. Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, who is also the President of the Local Organizing Committee of the competition did not give any explanations why Michel Dissake Mbarga is substituting David N’hanack Tonye appointed to that position of responsibility just three weeks ago.
Speculations on the reasons for the move by the Minister are beginning to run riot in football circles in the country just days after the Confederation for African Football, CAF, confirmed the dates of the holding of the tournament earlier announced by Professor Kombi when he installed members of the Local Organizing Committee of the Total CHAN Cameroon 2020. On that occasion, members of the Organizing Committee of the tournament had been urged to demonstrate loyalty, devotedness, patriotism, and probity in the execution of assigned tasks ahead of the hosting of the event. Would it therefore mean David N’hanack Tonye, one-time president of the Cameroon Nanbudo federation, has been found gravely wanting somewhere ?
LEWANDOWSKI IN GUINESS WORLD RECORDS
Robert Lewandowski , the Goal Scorer of FC Bayern München and of the National Team of Poland, holds 4 official World Records in the GUINESS WORLD RECORDS :
1 – The most goals scored by substitute in the Bundesliga (FIVE)
2 – The fastest Bundesliga Hat Trick (THREE MINUTES AND 22 SECONDS)
3 – The fastest four goals in a Bundesliga match (FIVE MINUTES AND 42 SECONDS)
4 – The fastest five goals in a Bundesliga match (EIGHT MINUTES AND 59 SECONDS)
Last week, he continued to break records, scoring four goals in the UEFA Champions League game against Belgrad, THE FASTEST QUADRUPLE IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HISTORY (14 minutes and 31 seconds) !
He is currently the Top Goal Scorer in Europe’s Top leagues, Poland’s all-time leading goal scorer. In the Bundesliga, he has the records of – the most goals scored by an overseas player (215) and – the fastest foreigner to reach 100 goals (168 games). In Poland, he scored the most goals in a World Cup qualification campaign (16), in a UEFA Euro qualification campaign (13) and the most hat tricks in a World cup campaign (3) !
Robert Lewandowski has already scored 27 goals in 20 matches since the beginning of the season, what a fantastic year !
NIPPON TV BELEZA THE FIRST !
Champions of Asia ! The Nippon TV Beleza Club lift last week the first AFC Women’s Club Championship in South Korea, winning the final against China’s Jiangsu Suning. The Japanese Club is the first winner of this competition , which will be so popular in the future than the UEFA Champions League .
FIDELITY SINCE 1931 !
He is the greatest FAN in the WORLD ! Derek Eley (102 years old) supports his english club DERBY COUNTY since 1931 ! He saw 1800 home games of his club, covered more than 210 000 km to support his club in the external matches and has missed only ONE GAME since 1931 !
FORMER NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER SHUNS CAMEROON MEDIA JOB
Former Cameroon National Team player, and Sydney 2000 Olympics golden goal scorer, Modeste Mbami has politely turned down his appointment as media officer for the Cameroon Intermediate National Team.
In a letter, addressed to the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Mr. Mbami primarily regrets the choice of social media channel through which the federation made known the appointment to him, without even as much as seeking his consent, let alone negotiate the terms of the now abortive contract, describing the move as a classical example of the low-handedness with which otherwise, important matters are treated by the football institution. He noted with dismay that many others before him had been appointed to coach other levels of the national teams, only to be disgraced during their exercise of such functions and ultimately sacked. Therefore, he refused to condone what he described as unethical approach to things, and hopes FECAFOOT would reconsider her modus operandi for the betterment of Cameroon football which, he says, needs a thorough overhaul and not just intemperate appointments to positions of responsibility in the various levels of the national teams.