23
Oct

Bayern Munich record biggest-ever shot differential in Champions League

Bayern Munich beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 on Wednesday in the Champions League, but that scoreline doesn’t even begin to describe how dominant the reigning champions were. According to UEFA’s official match report, Bayern incredibly out-shot Plzen 35:0. Twenty-two of Bayern’s attempts were on target.

No, really. This is a fact:

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To be fair, stat services WhoScored.com and Opta both had it at 35:1 shots, crediting Plzen with one blocked attempt. But either way, this marks the biggest-ever shot discrepancy since such data was recorded:

Translation: “Bayern had 35-1 shots on goal against Plzen, such a difference has never existed in the [Champions League] in 90 minutes since data collection. Superiority.”

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Bayern have held an average possession advantage of 71% so far in the Champions League, the highest of any team. Their 76 shot attempts are also the most of any team, while they’ve conceded only five shots on target thus far, another top mark. And Wednesday’s win was Bayern’s eighth straight Champions League victory, a new club record.

In short, we’re thinking Bayern are still the team to beat in Europe.

20
Oct

Tim Cahill scores fastest goal in MLS history

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Tim Cahill scored just eight seconds into the New York Red Bulls’ match against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, setting a new MLS record for quickest goal scored.

In a game with huge implications in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, Cahill got the Red Bulls off to a perfect start. Taking a long ball straight off the kick-off, Cahill headed the ball over Jermaine Taylor before beating his marker to the ball, letting it drop and finishing with a stunning volley. A great goal at any point in a match, a fantastic one when it comes on the very first play!

New York would go on to win the game 3-0 and retain their lead in the overall points race. New York can now clinch the Supporters’ Shield with a win in next weekend’s season finale against Chicago.

Cahill beat the old record by a full three seconds. Dwayne De Rosario scored just 11 seconds into a match in 2003.

Ed. note: Initial reports had the goal listed as being scored in seven seconds, but the official time has been set at eight seconds.

15
Oct

English sides set PK shootout record by converting first 29 penalties

Taking penalty kicks in a shootout is a stressful enough affair. So imagine taking one after the previous 29 were converted, which had set a new English record in a PK shootout.

Andover Town forward Claudio Herbert was in just that undesirable position, before getting his second PK of the shootout saved.

"I didn’t realize the magnitude, it was a bit of a blur, the keeper pulled off a great save," 20-year-old student Herbert told BBC Sport. "I was just thinking ‘oh no, it’s going to be on TV - I’m going to miss a penalty on TV’."

Herbert became the involuntary footnote after English non-league sides Andover Town and Brockenhurst combined to score on their first 29 kicks in the shootout, which was confirmed by the FA as a new English record and believed to be a world record.

Despite his historic miss, Herbert says he would have no qualms about taking another spot-kick.

"I never thought I’d have to take the 30th penalty in a shootout. I’ve been involved in penalty shootouts before, but nothing like this. There was not so much pressure. I would definitely take another one. I’d never shy away from taking a penalty."

The previous English record was 27 consecutive spot kicks when Leyton Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge faced off in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first-round match in 2011.

H/T 101GG

12
Oct

Record breaker! Van Persie overtakes Dutch legend Kluivert

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(Photo: Getty Images)

Oranjeboom! Robin van Persie became the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer by scoring a hat-trick in the 8-1 annihilation of Hungary in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. Those three goals gave him 41 in an Oranje shirt,so who better to celebrate with than the man whose record you’ve just equaled?

Van Persie leapt into the awaiting arms of the Netherlands’ assistant manager Patrick Kluivert when he drew level with the former Dutch striker’s record of 40 goals with a great header from Arjen Robben’s cross to give his side a 4-0 lead. 

Van Persie then went one better when he latched on to Robben’s cushioned header for his third. This time RVP decided to celebrate with his teammates and leave PK to look on in admiration.     

18
Sep

Lionel Messi closes in on Raul’s Champions League record

Lionel Messi became the second player in Champions League history to score at least 60 goals, breaching that mark with this amazing free kick goal to open the scoring in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Ajax.

You could almost see the fear in goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer’s eyes as Messi stepped up to take it, and sure enough, the best player in the world did what we all expected him to.

Here, watch it again. Try not to drool.

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Messi would later add two more goals for a hat trick, further closing in on Raul’s record of 71 Champions League goals. It also was a nice response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick last night for Real Madrid.

He probably sang the tune “Anything you can do, I can do better” while he did it, too.

21
Jun

USWNT celebrates Abby Wambach record with the Tootsie Roll

The USWNT is at it again. After their 5-0 victory over Korea Republic which saw Abby Wambach break Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record, the squad decided a celebration was in order.

Rather than Sydney Leroux’s traditional postgame cool down of prancercising, the team stepped it up by doing The Tootsie Roll.

Keep the awesome celebrations coming ladies.

Bonus Abby Wambach congratulatory tweet:

21
Jun

Obama congratulates Abby Wambach on her record

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Notice on Barack’s twitter timeline how he hasn’t yet congratulated the Heat on the NBA championship? Priorities. Go #USWNT!

20
Jun

Abby Wambach breaks Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record

History!

Abby Wambach is now the all-time leading goal scorer in not only women’s, but all of international soccer! The USA star scored four goals in the first half of Thursday’s friendly against South Korea to match, and then surpass, Mia Hamm’s old record of 158 goals. Wambach now sits at 160 goals for her stunning international career.

Even more impressive: it took Wambach 68 fewer games than Hamm to reach the record!

Hamm, a teammate of Wambach’s as her own career was nearing the end in 2004, was quick to congratulate:

Here’s an iconic image of the current and the old record holder:

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She wasn’t the only one to tweet out some props. The President himself had a few words to say, er, tweet:

Indeed, the only ones not happy about this milestone might be jealous Mexico fans:

Congratulations, Abby!

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