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Same old plot for Celtic's Swede

Published: Monday 11 February 2002, 15.09CET
Henrik Larsson reiterated his claim to the Golden Shoe with a hat-trick for Celtic FC.

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Published: Monday 11 February 2002, 15.09CET

Same old plot for Celtic's Swede

Henrik Larsson reiterated his claim to the Golden Shoe with a hat-trick for Celtic FC.

Swedish international Henrik Larsson underlined his claim to Europe's Golden Shoe at the weekend with a hat-trick for Celtic FC against Dunfermline Athletic FC in the Scottish Premier League.

Hat-trick hero
While Larsson seeks to retain the individual prize he won last year, so his goals look like taking Celtic to a repeat of their 2001 championship win. He struck three times in the first half to take the league leaders 13 points clear of rivals Rangers FC - and could even afford to miss a fourth-minute penalty.

Larsson on the rise
Consequently, the 30-year-old jumped four places in the Golden Shoe standings, from tenth to sixth. Joining him there - as well as on 23 league goals for the season - was KRC Genk's Wesley Sonck. The Belgian international grabbed a brace in his side's 4-4 draw with KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen.

Morientes moves up
The biggest mover, though, was Fernando Morientes of Real Madrid CF. Now eleventh in the rankings (he was 63rd last week) he hit five in Madrid's 7-0 thrashing of UD Las Palmas. Newcastle United FC's Alan Shearer, and Dario Hubner and Marco di Vaio of Piacenza FC and Parma AC, are level on points with the Spanish international. All scored at the weekend - with Hubner and Di Vaio's efforts taking them top of the Italian goal charts with 15 apiece.

Jardel leads the way
However, it is Mario Jardel who leads the pan-European table from Maksim Gruznov from the Estonian club JK Trans Narva. But with the Estonian season over, the Brazilian's nearest challengers remain the FA Premiership-based Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC), Ruud van Nistelrooij (Manchester United FC) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea FC).

Blank account
Like Jardel, who failed to find the target in Sporting Clube de Portugal's 1-1 draw with Gil Vicente FC, they all drew blanks at the weekend.

Latest standings (only league goals count):

Pos Name Club (Country) Gls Val Pts
1 Mario Jardel Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) 28 1.5 42
2 Maksim Gruznov Trans Narva (EST) 37 1 37
3 Thierry Henry Arsenal FC (ENG) 18 2 36
3 Ruud van Nistelrooij Manchester United FC (ENG) 18 2 36
3 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea FC (ENG) 18 2 36
6 Henrik Larsson Celtic FC(SCO) 23 1.5 34.5
6 Wesley Sonck KRC Genk (BEL) 23 1.5 34.5
8 Pauleta FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) 17 2 34
9 Ronald Brunmayr Grazer AK (AUT) 22 1.5 33
10 Christian Giménez FC Lugano/FC Basel (SUI) 21 1.5 31.5
11 Fernando Morientes Real Madrid CF (ESP) 15 2 30
11 Alan Shearer Newcastle United FC (ENG) 15 2 30
11 Dario Hubner Piacenza FC (ITA) 15 2 30
11 Marco Di Vaio Parma AC (ITA) 15 2 30
15 Michael Owen Liverpool FC (ENG) 14 2 28
15 Christian Vieri Internazionale FC (ITA) 14 2 28
15 Christophe Darcheville FC Lorient (FRA) 14 2 28
15 Cristiano Doni Atalanta BC (ITA) 14 2 28
15 David Trezeguet Juventus FC (ITA) 14 2 28
20 Dmitri Vyazmikin FC Torpedo Moscow (RUS) 18 1.5 27
21 Filippo Maniero Piacenza FC (ITA) 13 2 26
21 Andriy Shevchenko Milan AC (ITA) 13 2 26
21 Djibril Cissé AJ Auxerre (FRA) 13 2 26
24 Rune Lange Club Brugge KV (BLS) 17 1.5 25.5

Last updated 11 February 2002

  • Note that Dmitri Vyazmikin has transferred from FC Torpedo Moscow to newly promoted Uralan Elista in the Russian league.

  • Only the leading five countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England) on the UEFA Ranking after the 2000/01 season have 2 as their multiplier. This is to emphasise the difference in (international) performance level between the clubs from those countries and those from the other countries.

  • In a change from last season, a player cannot first play in a summer league (e.g. Norway) and then in a winter league (e.g. Spain) and combine the points total for each season. For example, last season John Carew played for Rosenborg BK and then moved to Valencia CF for the start of the Spanish season. From this season, he would have had two separate rankings.

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