Every week, David Smith will provide unusual, impressive, and sometimes obscure stats from the world of sport.
An Offaly Long Time
Offaly beat Longford to 2-21 to 2-13 last weekend in the Leinster Championship at O’Connor Park.
Amazingly, this is Offaly’s first Championship win in 9 years. Their last Leinster Championship win came in the 2007, and it was Longford who knocked them out last year.
Pat Flanagan’s team will now take on Westmeath in the quarter final.
If you think your team or city endured a tough year, have some consideration for Stuttgart.
Not one, not two, but three Stuttgart football teams were relegated on the final day of the German season.
VfB Stuttgart were relegated from the Bundesliga, Stuttgart II finsihed 20th of the third division after a 3-1 defeat, and Stuttgarter Kickers were also relegated from the third tier.
Not the best day for the German city.
League seasons around Europe drew to a close recently, and left us with a host of impressive goal scoring stats.
Harry Kane clinched the Premier League Golden Boot award, and became the first Englishman to win the award since Kevin Philips in the 1990/00 season. The Spurs striker netted 25 goals in just 28 appearances.
In Germany, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski became the first player to reach the 30-goal mark in the Bundesliga since Dieter Müller in 1976/77.
In Italy, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain scored 36 goals in this season’s Serie A campaign, and is the first player to do so (the previous record was 35).Check out the Argentinian’s stunning record breaking goal below…
Sixth Time Lucky?
Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 on Wednesday to claim their third successive Europa League title, creating a new record.
Jurgen Klopp has lost two cup finals in his first season at Anfield, after his side lost the League Cup final to Man City on penalties.
The German has now lost five consecutive finals, after losing three in a row to Bayern Munich during his career as Dortmund boss.
Klopp will be hoping that the Reds can go one further next year.
David Haye will take to the ring on Saturday night to face Arnold Gjergjaj at the 02. It is Haye’s second fight since his comeback from his career threatening shoulder injury.
Before tonight’s fight, by his own admission, Haye has only had two competitive minutes in the ring in four years, after dismantling Marco de Mori in his previous fight. The Englishman will be hoping for another victory tonight to take a step closer to a potential title bout.
Could rustiness cost Haye on Saturday?