World Soccer

Themonth in numbers

The facts and stats that have caught our eye in the world of football this month...



scoring three goals for Barcelona against Valencia, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the first player this century to hit a hat-trick in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue1 and La Liga.


African FAs that have been suspended by FIFA for government interferen­ce – Kenya and Zimbabwe.


Value of settlement for the US Women’s soccer team in their case against their governing body.


Matches that Morton manager Dougie Imrie will be banned for (four of them suspended) after being found guilty of historic betting offences by the Scottish FA.


Premier League goal combinatio­ns between Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min after hammering Leeds United 4-0 in February, taking them past the all-time record held by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.


CONMEBOL teams beaten by Argentina under manager Lionel Scaloni – making him the first Albicelest­e coach in history to beat all nine South American nations.


Years since Bayern Munich last conceded four goals in one half – a sequence that was ended by newly-promoted Bochum in a 4-2 defeat in February.


Touches taken by Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku during Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace – one of which was directly from the kick-off.


Players to have scored150 goals for Liverpool after Mohamed Salah became the latest player to add his name to the list.

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Agreed compensati­on package that Ajax will pay to the family of Abdelhak Nouri, after “inadequate” medical treatment left the midfielder with serious permanent brain damage.


Squad size that will be permitted at the Qatar World Cup, if recent FIFA propositio­ns are approved. Five substituti­ons are also under considerat­ion.


Cups won by Liverpool after their final victory over Chelsea, taking them back above Manchester City as the competitio­n’s most successful club.


Number of days between Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 and his remarkable return to action for Brentford in the Premier League in February.


Percentage stake that Stephen Pagliuca, the owner of basketball team Boston Celtics, has acquired in Serie A outfit Atalanta.


Losses recorded by Arsenal for the financial year ending May last year, the highest-ever losses in the club’s history.


Seconds it took Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic to score against Villarreal – the quickest-ever debut Champions League goal.


Argentina players banned by CONMEBOL after September’s abandoned qualifier against Brazil. Emiliano Buendia, Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso will miss the nation’s final two qualifiers.


Years that Tite will have managed the Brazil national team when he steps down from the role at the end of the year after the 2022 World Cup.


The UK and Republic of Ireland FAs have agreed not to bid for the 2030 World Cup so they can instead focus on a jointbid to host Euro 2028.

 ?? ?? Emotional comeback… Christian Eriksen
Emotional comeback… Christian Eriksen
 ?? ?? Carabao Cup champions…Liverpool players celebrate their penalty-shootout victory
Carabao Cup champions…Liverpool players celebrate their penalty-shootout victory
 ?? ?? Stepping down… Brazil boss Tite
Stepping down… Brazil boss Tite
 ?? ?? Hat-trick hero… Barca new boy Aubameyang
Hat-trick hero… Barca new boy Aubameyang

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