- A Brazilian’s 15 invincible hours
- An American empress and a costly Frenchman
- A Malagasy miracle
caps is what Michael Bradley became the third USA player to reach after Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157). The Concacaf Gold Cup final was, however, a blot on a magical day for American soccer as Jonathan dos Santos’s third goal for Mexico in the last three-and-a-half months – he took nine-and-a-half years to break his international duck – settled a fiesty clash in Chicago.
points is the biggest-ever lead on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking USA sprinted into after they won the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and second-placed Germany lost in the quarter-finals.
million euros is what Barcelona paid Atletico Madrid to make Antoine Griezmann the joint-fourth most expensive signing in history alongside Philippe Coutinho. Only Joao Felix (€126m), Kylian Mbappe (€135m) and Neymar (€222m) were costlier.
places is the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking deficit Madagascar overcame to eliminate Congo DR and reach the CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. The 108th-positioned minnows, appearing in the continental finals for the first time and with players based on Reunion and in Thailand, also beat Nigeria in the group stage before falling to Tunisia, who reached the semi-finals for the first time in eight attempts.
minutes is all it took Megan Rapinoe to average a goal or an assist at France 2019 (nine in 428 minutes) – the best ratio of any player to play at least 100 minutes. The 34-year-old’s goal in the Final victory over the Netherlands helped USA finish the tournament with 26 goals, breaking the 25-goal record for a Women’s World Cup shared by the Americans of 1991 and the Germans of 2003.
goals in 20 appearances for Guangzhou R&F and Israel is, remarkably, what Eran Zahavi has scored in 2019. With 20 goals in the first 17 rounds, the 31-year-old is just eight shy of tieing the all-time record for goals in a Chinese Super League season set by Elkeson in 2014.
hours and 59 minutes without conceding for Liverpool or Brazil was what Alisson went until he was finally beaten by a Paolo Guerrero penalty. It was, however, insufficient to stop Brazil winning the fifth consecutive Copa America final in which they’ve appeared. A Seleção have now conquered five of the last nine editions of the competition, after only winning three of the first 33.
games unbeaten in all competitions was the New York City run snapped by Portland Timbers on Saturday. The Timbers, who hadn’t won 1-0 in over a year, have now recorded three consecutive 1-0 victories.