With the second round of the group stage completed, it’s time for an update to our World Cup scoring-by-club-league table.
The clustering of the big boys is a lot more clear as we head into the last group matches. The English Premier League maintains its spot on top of the charts, but will certainly be challenged later in the tournament with England having already been eliminated from the tournament.
In fairness, though, the Premier League should not have topped the first release of these rankings. Jean Beausejour’s goal for Chile against Australia was erroneously tallied for England’s top division, failing to recognize that Wigan Athletic, where Beausejour plays, is currently a member of England’s second tier. With that corrected, the Bundesliga and Premier League were level on total points, with the decision given to Germany’s top flight based on superior goal total.
Incidentally, Beausejour is the only scorer to currently toil in a second division.
Portugal’s Premeira Liga and Tunisia’s Ligue Professionnelle each got on the scoreboard for the first time in the tournament, each partially propelled to a degree by Algeria’s 4-2 victory over South Korea. Greece and China each also get their individual versions of “Super League” on the board, but only with assists. Russia’s Premier League was the only league to post a ‘zero’ for the second round after having had a goal in the first. The top leagues of Denmark, Australia, and Japan arrive at the third round with only a lone first-round assist to their credit.
On the Bundesliga’s club table, you will see that it’s the defending champions dominating the rest of the league, while VfL Wolfsburg, powered largely by their huge contingent of Croatian forwards, is maybe a slightly surprising clear second. Mainz got a goal and assist in the second round of matches, to surpass several teams with just one tally thus far. Interestingly, all but one of the ten Bundesliga clubs with a rostered player contributing in Brazil are credited with a goal-scorer. Schalke 04’s Benedikt Höwedes, however, is the only Germany-based player to have an official statistic on Miroslav Klose’s record-tying goal from Saturday.
But, that’s enough of me telling you things you already mostly knew or can see for yourself by simply referring to the table below.
As always, questions, comments, and concerns are welcomed in the comments section, though are more likely to get response via Twitter (@odroku). Enjoy the last of the group stage and get ready for the knockouts.
|League||Nation||Round 1 Goals||Round 2 Goals||Round 1 Assists||Round 2 Assists||Total|
|Arabian Gulf League||UAE||0||1||1||0||2|
|Club||Round 1 Goals||Round 2 Goals||Round 1 Assists||Round 2 Assists||Total|
|FC Bayern München||5||4||1||1||11|
|1. FSV Mainz 05||0||1||0||1||2|
|Bayer 04 Leverkusen||0||1||0||0||1|
|FC Schalke 04||0||0||0||1||1|
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