Welcome back to footballtoptens for your next filling of 10 stories from around planet football. I’ll start with a disclaimer, the vast majority of this has been written in São Paulo airport at 4 am after coming off a six hour flight from Caracas so apologies for any spelling mistakes or odd grammar that may appear further down the page. In Caracas I did get to watch the Demonios Rojos, Caracas FC lose to Universidad Católica of Chile 2-0. Not impressed by the 1 hour queue to get into the car park or the lack of numbered seating even in the most expensive seats (found myself sitting on stairs). Was impressed and slightly scared by the fans who made huge flames with lighters and aerosol cans and the Católica player I saw leaving my hotel to celebrate the win with his training top on (Brave or Stupid?). Onto this week and we visit Germany, Italy, United States but also Liberia, Ghana, Argentina and El Salvador among others. The top ten is the Top Ten Budesliga goalscorers (in a season) to see where Mario Gomez (who scored again to reach 19 goals) needs to set his sights.
Last Week’s Stories
Belshina of Belarus were unable to overturn a one-goal deficit in their semi-final 2nd leg, so this year’s Belarus cup final will be between Neman Grodno and Gomel in May. Pumasdrew 0-0 so remain unbeaten in Mexico. Bebeto’s son has taken a back seat in the Sudamericano U-17s, instead it is a famous(ish) Paraguayan son Mauro Caballero (son of Mauro Caballero!) taking centre stage. He scored a late winner against Brazil followed by a brace against Chile to qualify Paraguay for the final stage. IturbeWatch:Eeeerrrr….didn’t watch him last weekend as in Argentina (but apparently played ok before being substituted).
This week’s stories
Violence returns to Argentine football
Tragic news from Buenos Aires last Sunday when a San Lorenzo fan died in mysterious circumstances outside the stadium before their game with bitter rivals Vélez Sarsfield. Once San Lorenzo fans heard one of their own had died they decided to abandon the game by ripping up fences as they tried to enter the pitch. This was matched by Velez fans fighting with police before the game and hurling objects at San Lorenzo’s brave goalkeeper. During the course of the week a video has sinced emerged of the victim, Ramón Aramayo, being led away by police. He was then found dead. Draw your own conclusions, or take the general one he was beaten so hard by the police he had a heart attack and died. Coincidentally yesterday marked 35 years to the day since the start of military rule in Argentina – but the legacy still exists.
Mysterious death in Liberia
I promise this blog get’s more positive after this but…more grim news emerged from West Africa on Tuesday when Liberia striker Patrick Doeplah was found dead in his hotel room in the country’s capital Monrovia. The 20-year-old striker was representing his Olympic Team but had just been dropped for tomorrow’s encounter with Ivory Coast. No cause of death has been established.
Winless run reaches a year in Colombia
Deportivo Pereira of Colombia (the same club of owl-kicker Luis Moreno who is getting regular mentions in this blog) will comiserate a year without a league win this Sunday when they take to the pitch in Medellín against Independiente Medellín. If they fail to win that game it will mark 34 games without a win since 27 March 2010, if they do win it might confirm some kind of jinx that sees them only win games on 27 March of each year! More details in an excellent article by Juan Arango.
Broken Hearts of Oak
The Ghanaian derby between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in Accra had seen a victory for the latter team in the last 2 seasons. The game is the biggest fixture in the Ghanaian football calendar and incites some serious passion and unfortunately more pitchside animal murder – a cat that got onto the playing field was then lynched by home fans worried it was a juju spell from their rivals. The idea was that Hearts of Oak would win once again in their centenary year, but Kotoko had other ideas. The away side triumphed 2-0 with goals from Ahmed Toure and Daniel Nii Adjei.
Zé Roberto equals Bundesliga record
The Brazilian veteran left winger turned out for Hamburg last weekend which marked his 330th Bundesliga appearance and equalled a Budesliga record. He is not made the most appearances of all-time, that is Karl-Heinz Körbel with 602 all with Eintracht Frankfurt, but he has made the most by an overseas player. He equals Sergej Barbarez’s record and capped it off perfectly with a goal as Hamburg ran out 6-2 winners.
Totti Two Hundred
It’s rare that we cover the big leagues here on footballtoptens but Francesco Totti is one of my favourite players, not just for his jokes, andI wanted to make sure he got a mention. The Roman striker had scored two in the Rome derby against Lazio to take him to 199 goals in Serie A two weeks ago. Then on Sunday he bagged another brace to save the game against Fiorentina and surpass the 200 mark. He becomes only the sixth player to achieve that feat and the 1st since Roberto Baggio in 2004. If you really really love Totti then all of his 201 goals are on this video on 101greatgoals.
Juninho lighting up MLS
The MLS has got underway in the United States and it is a young Brazilian midfielder grabbing the headlines rather than David Beckham. São Paulo loanee, 22-year-old Juninho, has scored 2 goals in Galaxy’s openingntwo games, firstly to beat Seattle Sounders and then to equalise against New England Revolution. Beckham has played all 180 minutes so far with Landon Donovan and Trinidadian Chris Birchall making up a pretty formidable midfield. Over in New York Thierry Henry (I still miss him, sob) missed a penalty against old foe Kasey Keller – luckily for TH14 it didn’t have a bearing on the game as they eventually won 1-0.
Aguila hunted in El Salvador
A 3-3 draw at the weekend saw Aguila’s lead at the top of the El Salvador cut to just two points. The chasing pack are Luis Angel Firpo and Vista Hermosa who both won at the weekend. Isidro Metapán are just 3 points off top despite having lost as many games (5) as bottom club Once Municipal! Things could get even closer as Metapán meet Aguila at home on Wednesday after the international break.
No win for Wales, why not Wrexham?
History suggests Wales are going to have a tough time in their Euro Qualifer against England, the last seven games in Cardiff have seen England run out winners, a streak dating back to 1972 with England scoring 12 goals to Wales’ 1. The last time they lost in Cardiff was 1955 in a friendly. England’s overall record in the Welsh capital is P 29 W 18 D 8 L 3 but in North Wales at the Racecourse England have suffered losing their last two games there.
Goal of the Week
I thought I should stay away from South America as most winners seem to come from there. Instead this is a cracking free-kick in Africa by Algeria’s Roberto Carlos – Nabil Hemani for ES Setif against Burkina Faso club, Asaf Yennenga.
We’ll follow up from this week as always but also with international weekend we’ll see if David Villa can score his 45th goal for La Roja to pass Raúl and the Top Ten will be one I’ve been working on for a while, the Top Ten International Teams record in their capital. Stay tuned. We finish off with this week’s Top Ten as I sign out from São Paulo before boarding!
Top Ten of the Week
Mario Gomez has reached 19 goals this season in the Bundesliga but looking at the golden boot winners in the German Top Divison we see who are the Top Ten goalscorers in one season (with the caveat that they finished top scorer that year). Mario set your sights on these gentlemen and one in particular.
= 9. Karl Heinz-Rummenigge (Bayern Munich 1980/81) – 29 goals
= 9. Klaus Fischer (Schalke 1975/76) – 29 goals
=6. Jupp Heynckes and Gerd Müller (Borussia Monchegladbach and Bayern Munich 1973/74) – 30 goals
=6. Uwe Seeler (Hamburg 1963/64) – 30 goals
=6. Gerd Müller (Bayern Munich 1968/69) – 30 goals
5. Lothar Emmerich (Borussia Dortmund 1965/66) – 31 goals
4. Dieter Müller (Cologne 1976/77) – 34 goals
3. Gerd Müller (Bayern Munich 1972/73) – 36 goals
2. Gerd Müller (Bayern Munich 1969/70) – 38 goals
1. Gerd Müller (Bayern Munich 1971/72) – 40 goals
At least 10 more goals to go and a long long way to try and beat Bomber der Nation!
By Ralph Hannah