CARLOS VELA IS A RECORD BREAKER
Former Arsenal and Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela has been in sensational form this season for LAFC, and at the weekend he broke MLS' scoring record by netting his 32nd, 33rd and 34th goals of the season against Colorado Rapids. Orlando City's Josef Martinez had set the record in 2018, netting 31 goals in 35 games. LAFC will be hoping Vela can take this form into the post-season.
FIREWORKS IN SWEDEN
Djugarden against Hammarby is one of the more understated local derbies in world football, but in Sweden it's a pretty big deal. There is an intense rivalry both on and off the field and is often fill with pyro in the stands. This clip of their clash from the weekend only begins to do it justice.
Just in case it’s unclear. This reporting won’t be entirely unbiased... pic.twitter.com/PATC6aHVe3— Twelve (@twelve_football) October 6, 2019
663 club appearances, 121 full international caps, eight Bundesligas, seven Pokals, numerous individual accolades and, of course, a World Cup. Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement, and we say goodbye to one of the finest, longest lasting German midfielders of his generation. Enjoy your rest, Bastian.
The Time has now come: I would like to thank both, you and my teams @FCBayern, @ManUtd, @ChicagoFire and @DFB_Team and of course @AnaIvanovic and my family for their support!— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) October 8, 2019
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/jNSrXGNpxF
As the international break has arrived, it's the perfect time for club directors to assess the relative performance of their teams and it's fair to say that some of them weren't impressed. The highest-profile exit was Marco Giampaolo from AC Milan, ruthlessly dismissed just three months into his reign at the Italian giants. And in the Championship in England, Daniel Stendel was dismissed from Barnsley, Jose Gomes binned by Reading and Jack Ross let go by Sunderland, all in the space of 24 hours. As international breaks arrive in future, under-pressure coaches will be avoiding the phone for two weeks.
OFFSIDE FROM A THROW???
The standard of officiating these days seems to be worse than ever, and made ever more confusing by the use and mis-use of VAR in certain countries. But it's pretty much always been a rule that you can't be offside from a throw-in. Apart from, that is, at the Anoeta in the weekend's Real Sociedad against Getafe match. This is just... stupid.