The feats of Alberto Bueno, Arjen Robben and Leo Moura illuminate FIFA.com's latest stats review, which also reflects on the end of one run in London and the continuation of another in Rome.
days without a trophy was the drought that came to an end for Jose Mourinho at Wembley on Sunday. The Portuguese's Chelsea side beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win the League Cup and, in doing so, made history for their manager. The League Cup has, after all, now been won by Mourinho on three separate occasions, making him the first non-British manager to achieve this feat. Chelsea had only won the tournament twice before the Special One's arrival, but with five League Cups overall are now second only to Liverpool (8) in the tournament's all-time standings.
appearances was the tally on which Leo Moura bid farewell to Flamengo on Sunday, ending a distinguished decade-long spell. The 36-year-old wingback heads for the USA and Ronaldo's Fort Lauderdale Strikers having established himself at seventh in O Mengão's all-time list. This is itself is a remarkable achievement as every other member of the top ten debuted in or before 1976. Nor did Leo Moura's history suggest that such a record of devoted service was likely; when he moved to Flamengo in 2005, the club was his tenth in the space of just six years. There was certainly no shortage of appreciation on show, with a crowd of 50,000 - all but unheard of for a first-phase Taca Guanabara match - having turned out on Rio de Janeiro's 450th birthday to pay tribute to the departing veteran. Sadly for the star attraction, there was no happy ending as Botafogo emerged 1-0 winners to stay top, leaving Flamengo fifth and just outside the play-off places.
Bundesliga goals have been scored by Arjen Robben this season, already enough to set a new personal best for the Dutchman in a single top-flight campaign. Never before in the Netherlands, England, Spain or Germany has the winger enjoyed such a prolific season, with his current tally enough to see him lead the Bundesliga top-scorer race. Robben had also never previously scored in five successive league matches - another record ripped up after he found the net against Cologne on Friday, this with his seventh goal in his last five top-flight games. Yet if there is one Bundesliga player who can claim to be on an even better run of form, it is Bas Dost. Robben's fellow Dutchman has 14 goals in his last nine appearances after scoring twice again at the weekend, and he has found the net with nine of his last ten efforts on goal. By notching eight goals in his three most recent Bundesliga appearances, Dost has also equalled a league record set by Robert Vittek for Nurnberg in 2006.
successive home draws - the longest such run by any team in Serie A history - is the streak that has left a major dent in Roma's title challenge. I Giallorossi's latest dropped points on Monday evening were arguably the most significant as they came against league leaders Juventus - a team currently on the longest unbeaten run in any of Europe's top five leagues (16 matches). Yet it could have been worse for Rudi Garcia's side, who fell behind to a 15th league goal of the season from Serie A top scorer Carlos Tevez - his first direct from a free-kick since moving to Juve in 2013. Roma had also gone down to ten men just moments before, with Vasilis Torosidis ensuring that there have now been four red cards for Giallorossi players in the last four Serie A meetings with Juventus.
goals were scored by Alberto Bueno in Rayo Vallecano’s 4-2 victory over Levante on Saturday. It was the first time in Rayo's history that any of their players had notched four in a single game, and secured the club back-to-back home league wins for the first time this season. All four of Bueno's goals came in a thrilling 15-minute spell in the first half, and included a hat-trick that was both 'perfect' (comprising goals scored with right foot, left foot and head) and 'flawless' (three goals in the same half without interruption from another scorer). The last player to score a hat-trick that qualified under both criteria had been Cristiano Ronaldo against Getafe in January 2013. Bueno also became the first Spaniard to score a perfect hat-trick in La Liga since Getafe's Sergio Pachon in October 2004.