PREVIEW: Spain – Netherlands full size World Cup preview

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IN THE NEWS: Huntelaar could complete Top 4 set

FOOTBALL – With Klaas-Jan Huntelaar high on the Christmas list of several Premier League sides, ‘The Hunter’ can become the first Dutchman to have played top flight football in Europe’s four highest ranked countries – England, Spain, Germany and Italy. Huntelaar has already represented Real Madrid, AC Milan and current employer Schalke 04. Click ‘Read More’ to see which players have completed the set.

Players that have played in Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga

CMR – Pierre Womé

DEN – Christian Poulsen

DEN – Jon Dahl Tomasson

NGA – Obafemi Martins

POR – Abel Xavier

POR – Maniche

ROU – Gheorghe Popescu

ROU – Florin Raducioiu

Idea for this statistic provided by our Facebook friend Bart van Raalte.

REVIEW: Huntelaar 1st Dutch Bundesliga top scorer

FOOTBALL – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ended the Bundesliga season on 29 goals for Schalke 04. He became the first top scorer in the Bundesliga from the Netherlands.

  • With two goals today, he equalled Klaus Fischer’s club record for most goals in a Bundesliga season. Fischer scored his 29 goals for Schalke in 1975/76.
  • The last player to score 29+ goals in a single Bundesliga season is Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who scored 29 goals for Bayern München in 1980/81.
  • Last season, Mario Gomez was the Bundesliga top scorer with 28 goals.
  • The only other Schalke players who had the most goals in a single Bundesliga season besides Huntelaar were Fischer in 1975/76 (29 goals) and Ebbe Sand in 2000/01 (22 goals).

REVIEW – Masterclass by Europe’s goalscoring elite

Europe’s goalscoring elite gave another masterclass today. Check out what the goals of Messi, Ibracadabra, The Hunter and SuperMario implied.> Messi scored in Barcelona’s 5th match in a row to reach 55 for the club this season.

> This was the 150 match in which Messi scored forBarcelonaand the 99th league match.

> Mario Gomez scored for Bayern München. This was his 36th goal for the club this season and Bayern have won all 20 matches in which Super Mario has scored.

> Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted twice to reach 40 for Schalke in 2011/2012. 40 seasons ago, the legendary Gerd Müller scored 67 for Bayern (72/73).

> Zlatan Ibrahimovic personally handed AC Milan a 2-1 victory vs AS Roma. The rossoneri have not lost their last 31 Serie A matches in which he scored, since losing 1-2 to Juventus in Nov 2010.