“Andreas Weimann scored his first senior goal in Austria against France last week at the age of 30,” Notes by Niall McVeigh. “Are there any players who were older when breaking their international duck?”
“Italy have at least 13 players who scored their first international goal after their 30th birthday, including Fabio Cannavaro,” begins Andrea Ferrioli. Here are the top three: Marco Materazzi, first goal at 32 years and 307 days (Czech Republic 0-2 Italy at the 2006 World Cup – second goal in the final); Daniele Massaro, first goal at 33 years and 26 days (Italy 1-1 Mexico at the 1994 World Cup, his only international goal in 15 caps); and Francesco Caputo, first goal in 33 years and 62 days (Italy 6-0 Moldova, friendly match 7 October 2020).
Elsewhere, Frank Hoekman offers Cees van Kooten, “who was 32 when he scored his first game in the Netherlands against Cyprus in 1981”. Tom Aldous points out that “Marcos Senna scored his first goal for Spain at the age of 32”. And Paul Brack can offer a promotion: “Kjell Moe scored on his first game in Norway when he lost 4-2 to Denmark on 26 August 1945. He was 35 years and 305 days old.”
“The famous Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz is a great example,” writes Adi Zalmanowicz. “He was very lucky to be a goal scorer in Spain while Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente, Pedro and David Villa were around, so he did not win his first cap at 29. Retiring from his career. , he was brought back into the squad. before Euro 2016, and scored his first goal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Italy on March 24, 2016, when he was 35 years old and 41 days old. His second and final goal, in a 4-0 World Cup qualifier against Macedonia North 12 November 2016, was Spain’s oldest ever scorer in 35 years and 275 days. ”
We can go higher, though. “The ‘Fatherfather of South Korean football’, Kim Yong-sik, scored his only international goal at the age of 39 and 265 days,” tweets Steve Hyde. “Jocelyn Angloma scored his first goal for Guadeloupe at the age of 41, although he had scored for France ten years earlier.”
Chai from Atlanta offered us a thorough review of more names to eclipse Weimann. It’s fitting that 31 – year – old Rickie Lambert (v Scotland) makes a quick start, like his first ever goal from his first contact. That’s the same age as Peter Withe (v Hungary) and former England manager Alf Ramsey (v Austria). Another surprise was Spurs’ former Ramsey partner Bill Nicholson (v Portugal). He leads 32-year-olds such as Len Shackleton (v Germany), Vincent Matthews (v Belgium), Charlie Alcock (v Scotland), Frank Roberts (v Wales), and Jack Smith (v. Ireland).
“34-year-old Jimmy Moore (v Sweden) and 37-year-old Singapore international Aleksandar Duric (vase of Tajikistan) are raising the bar even more. But the player who takes the cake is Keithroy Cornelius (v Curaçao). He broke his international duck at 43 during the 2014 World Cup qualifier. ” We need to know more about those forty impressive things and Pete Tomlin can do that. “Cornelius was a cricketer who played one Twenty20 game for the Virgin Islands in the United States, where he bowled two very expensive goals, took no wick and was dismissed for a duck,” he notes. “He also played six internationals for the US Virgin Islands football team and scored his only last goal – a World Cup qualifier which they lost 6-1. The game was played on November 15, 2011 at the age of 43 and 196 days. ”
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“Is Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale the most expensive substitute ever used in a European Cup final,” asks Albert from Vienna.
“Yes and no,” says Jim Hearson. Lots of stuff covered there, Jim. “While he and his 2022 benchwarmer counterpart Eden Hazard cost Madrid € 100m, foreign exchange fluctuations mean that while Spurs received £ 86m for the Welshman in 2013, Chelsea spent £ 89m for Belgium in 2019.”
A busy day for the Armband
“Newell had four captains against San Lorenzo tonight,” Jamie Ralph tweets. Pablo Pérez (injured 15 minutes), Cristian Lema (red card for 62 minutes), Julián Fernández and Leonel Vangioni (given to the armband by Fernández when he came on as a 77th minute employee). Was there more in one game? ”
“England can equal a captain’s quartet against Serbia and Montenegro in 2003,” Jonny Sharples replied. “Michael Owen started the game as captain, Emile Heskey emerged with the wristband after half time, it was passed to Phil Neville in an hour, before Jamie Carragher took possession in the final few minutes.”
Sailing for a long time
“When Grimsby Town start the season on July 30, will they be the first club to play competitive league games for 12 consecutive months,” Cod Almighty tweets, Mariners fanfare.
Graeme Atkinson kicks us off, posting to say “Both Brentford and Fulham did it from June 2020 to May 2021”. Andy Wright can twist the question and change it a bit. “Calling for competitive league playoffs is a small extension,” he writes. “but if knockout games are included, I will offer Wolves’ 14-month, 383-day Europa League season that started on 25 July 2019 (v Crusaders, first qualifying match) and ended on 11 August 2020 (v Sevilla, quarter-finals ). ”
“What is the longest unbeaten run by any club against their city rivals (or other local rivals) in official matches?” Adrian Rogstad wondered in February 2009, after delight that his teammate, Lyn, recently celebrated 10,000 days since the last defeat of their rivals Oslo Vålerenga city. “To make matters worse, we were not in the same division between 1981 and 2002, but since that season there have been 14 Oslo derbies in the league, Lyn winning 10 and four in the draw.”
If we discount Bradford City, who have not lost Derby since the late 1960s due to the liquidation of their notorious rivals Bradford Park Avenue in 1974, it may be taken by Edinburgh warbler Calum White: “It’s magical, you know, 22 games i. apart!”
That was apparently “the song that Hearts fans sang at the Edinburgh derbies in the early 1990s” and Calum’s right: Hearts did not beat their Hibernian city rivals for 22 games during the period that, starting with a 1-0 win at Tynecastle at the start of the 1989-90 season and not ending until August 1994, when Gordon Hunter’s goal for the Hibees ended with five years of maroon dominance in Auld Reekie.
Since then, Liverpool have beaten Hearts in a game, with an unbeaten 23-game streak against Everton that ended in February 2021.
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“Denmark will play France in the groups for the fourth time in six World Cups having previously met them in 1998, 2002 and 2018,” writes Glenn McConnell. “Has anyone else faced the same team at such a high percentage of the World Cup they have played, and what was the most final played in the tournament?”
“Between June 8-20, Anfield hosted The Rolling Stones, Elton John and The Eagles. Are there more solo gigs at a football pitch in a shorter time (not including festivals)? ” asks George Jones.