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PSV, Pizarro and Rosenborg take the plaudits

Published: Friday 29 October 2010, 10.54CET
Ten goals for PSV Eindhoven, a record for Claudio Pizarro and sad news about one of this summer's FIFA World Cup stars all make UEFA.com's sideways glance at the week's events.
by Sam Adams
PSV, Pizarro and Rosenborg take the plaudits
Bremen striker Claudio Pizarro finally reached his goal ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 29 October 2010, 10.54CET

PSV, Pizarro and Rosenborg take the plaudits

Ten goals for PSV Eindhoven, a record for Claudio Pizarro and sad news about one of this summer's FIFA World Cup stars all make UEFA.com's sideways glance at the week's events.

Team: Rosenborg BK
Confirmed as Norwegian champions for the 22nd time on Sunday, Rosenborg retained their crown in style having remained unbeaten all season. For Nils Arne Eggen, it was his 15th domestic title and although he is the most successful coach in the league's history, he passed on praise to the players and the man whose role he assumed midway through the campaign. "I'll leave it to the youngsters to celebrate. I would also like to share this with Erik Hamrén, who really contributed before he left. We hope he will be here for our last home game."

Player: Claudio Pizarro (SV Werder Bremen)
Pizarro's goal in Bremen's 4-1 win at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach was his 134th top-flight strike in Germany. That put the former Peruvian international one ahead of the previous most prolific foreign player in Bundesliga history – former VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern München striker Giovane Elber. It was a record that had been preying on the mind of the 32-year-old forward for some time, being his first league goal this season. "Finally I did it," he said. "I've had to wait a while for this, as I had already equalled Elber's record last season." Pizarro celebrated by watching a DVD of all his Bundesliga goals with his kids.

Goal(s): Mounir El Hamdaoui (AFC Ajax)
El Hamdaoui has been in pretty prolific form this season with ten goals in 11 Eredivisie appearances, but it is the manner of his strikes that have caught the eye – this week being no exception. Against SC Heerenveen on Wednesday, the Moroccan international wowed the crowd not once, but twice: dinking a 20-metre chip over Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard and then hitting a measured volley from the edge of the box that had coach Martin Jol shaking his head in disbelief.

Quote: S.S. Lazio president (Claudio Lotito)
"It didn't look like a good omen for us. The eagle played a little trick on us but fortunately the game went well."
Lazio's new mascot, Olimpia the Eagle, reneged on her now traditional – and lucky – flight over the stadium, but the hosts still managed victory, much to their president's relief.

Number: ten (PSV Eindhoven)
Eredivisie fans would have been forgiven for thinking "typo" when seeing Sunday's results roll in, but unfortunately for Feyenoord's faithful, the scoreline never updated. PSV ran riot against one of their traditional rivals with Jonathan Reis claiming a hat-trick and six different players finding the target, leaving coach Fred Rutten to revel in his side's "enormous drive". If joy was unconfined in Eindhoven, Feyenoord boss Mario Been summed up the mood in his team's camp after their worst ever loss. "This is a black page in our history," he said.

Long-ball game: Mile Krstev (FK Metalurg Skopje), Uwe Möhrle (FC Augsburg), Michael Stahl (TuS Koblenz)
Three weeks after Chris Maguire scored from the halfway line for Scotland against Iceland in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs, the craze seems to be catching. Krstev struck from 60 metres in Metalurg Skopje's 3-0 Macedonian First League victory against FK Turnovo and called it "a once-in-a-lifetime goal". Little did he know of the goings on in Germany, where Möhrle's hopeful punt last Friday bounced over 1. FC Union Berlin goalkeeper Jan Glinker, whose coach Uwe Neuhaus could only say: "There's no need to talk about it; he simply has to stop that ball."

Just four days later in a German Cup win against Hertha BSC Berlin, TuS Koblenz's Stahl topped even that when he went in to win a 50-50 ball and ended up driving it 61 metres over opposing keeper Marco Sejna's head. "The coach told me before the match to simply put the ball in the goal if I did not know what to do with it, so that's what I did," said the goalscorer.

Dying art: Paul the Octopus
One of the stars of this year's FIFA World Cup passed away this week, with Paul the Octopus moving on to the great aquarium in the sky after two and a half years as more than just your mere mollusc. Housed at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Paul inked his place in football's history by correctly predicting the results of all Germany's World Cup games and backing Spain to win the final for good measure: eight in a row for the eight-legged phenomenon.

The tentacled tipster's predictions – he chose between mussels in two boxes bearing the flags of the competing nations – earned him worldwide fame, but do not fear prophetic cephalopod fans, plenty of suckers will be on display once again after it was announced that a successor (also called Paul) has been lined up.

Celebration: Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Time was when a handshake was considered adequate congratulation on scoring a goal and, if it was a really important strike – say to win the title – perhaps a pat on the back. Times move on, though, and, following the recent efforts of Icelandic outfit Stjarnan, the evolution of the celebration became even more elaborate this week at Real Sociedad.

After heading his side into a two-goal lead against RC Deportivo La Coruña, Antoine Griezmann hurdled the advertising hoardings (OK – nothing unusual there) and proceeded to sit in the driver's seat of a parked car on the stadium's running track. He was soon joined by his team-mates and was honking away merrily before the referee took on the part of traffic warden…

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