First defender to score a Champions League Hat trick- Layvin Kurzawa (PSG 2017)

Paris Saint-Germain player Layvin Kurzawa has become the first defender to score a hat trick in the history of the modern Champions League as we know it . Kurzawa scored three goals in the space of 26 second half minutes as PSG thrashed RSC Anderlecht 5-0 to book their spot in the last 16 of the competition.

The 25 year old Kurzawa is also the second PSG player to score a CL hat trick after Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Parisians have now scored 17 goals in four CL group games, with no goals conceded in a group that also includes Bavarian giants Bayern Munich and Scottish champions Celtic.

Gareth Bale (Spurs) and Levian Kobiashvili (Schalke) have also scored CL hat tricks, but were playing at left wing in their respective games. Continue reading “First defender to score a Champions League Hat trick- Layvin Kurzawa (PSG 2017)”

The curious case of Darlington Omodiagbe- Most consecutive relegations with different teams?- 5 in five years

While Rudy Gestede has been in the news after relegated with a Premier League club for the third time after Boro’s defeat at Stamford Bridge last night, here is the curious case of Darlington Omodiagbe, who got relegated for five consecutive seasons with clubs in Germany

2007- Relegated from 2.Bundesliga with Unterhaching
2008- Relegated from 2.Bundesliga with Jena
2009- Relegated from 2.Bundesliga with Osnabruck Continue reading “The curious case of Darlington Omodiagbe- Most consecutive relegations with different teams?- 5 in five years”

India’s highest ever FIFA ranking in the last two decades- (101) in latest ratings

For a nation of over a billion people, India somewhat surprisingly, lag behind in football. However things seemed to have looked up in the last couple of years, and with recent wins against Myanmar, Puerto Rico and Cambodia, the national team are now at 101 in the latest FIFA rankings, their second highest ever rating since the introduction of the rankings.

India were ranked as low as 173 in March 2015 and were 132nd last month, but are now the 11th best team in Asia as per the current rankings.

What is India’s highest ever FIFA ranking?- It is 94, which they achieved in February 1996.

They achieved this 101 ranking last in May 1996 and have been on a downslide since then, which makes this ranking their highest in the last 20 years. Continue reading “India’s highest ever FIFA ranking in the last two decades- (101) in latest ratings”