Player: Edinson Cavani (SSC Napoli)
On Sunday, Cavani played his 100th game for Napoli in a 0-0 draw at Calcio Catania. Three days later, he celebrated his century with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win against S.S. Lazio that moved Napoli level with Juventus at the top of Serie A. "It's way too early in the season to talk about winning the Scudetto," said the Uruguayan striker, filled with party spirit.
Team: Eintracht Frankfurt
Footballing success in Germany's financial capital has tended to come from three-time European women's champions 1. FFC Frankfurt rather than Eintracht, but in the week the UEFA Women's Champions League knockouts began without its most successful campaigners, so Eintracht – whose sole national title came in the pre-Bundesliga days of 1959 – have been breaking records. On Friday, a 2-1 victory at 1. FC Nürnberg made Frankfurt the first newly-promoted side to win their first four fixtures since the league's inception 50 years ago, and they followed that on Tuesday with a 3-3 draw against champions Borussia Dortmund. "In terms of turning defence into attack, this is the best I have ever seen from a Frankfurt side," said Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. "That is real quality."
Goal: Romain Alessandrini (Stade Rennais FC)
It has not been the greatest start to the Ligue 1 season for Rennes and their French League Cup bid looked doomed in the last 32 when they fell behind at home to AS Nancy-Lorraine on 14 minutes. However, almost immediately they were level and on their way to a 3-2 win when Vincent Pajot sent a cross from the left into the box and Alessandrini leapt in the air, swivelled and sent in a seemingly impossible flying back-heeled volley.
"I had a brainwave that I was going to score and then go see the fans."
Toulouse FC's 21-year-old goalkeeper Ali Ahamada celebrates scoring an equaliser against Rennes on Sunday, heading in a free-kick to become the first No1 to score in Ligue 1 since Nancy's Grégory Wimbée 16 years ago.
Michael Mifsud has always had a natural eye for a goal in a diverse career that has taken him to Germany, Norway and England, and back in his native Malta he hit top form at the weekend, scoring six times in an 8-2 win against Hamrun Spartans FC for leaders Valletta FC, who are yet to drop a point. "I'm very happy with my form," Mifsud told UEFA.com. "I hope I continue to show this astounding form." It was not his first six-goal display; 'the Mosquito' managed another 16 years ago, aged 16, for hometown club Sliema Wanderers FC against Xghajra Tornadoes FC.
Substitution: Milan Kuljić (TB Tvøroyri)
The goal was not spectacular, but the circumstances made it special. TB were drawing 0-0 with NSÍ Runavík with 19 minutes to go, a result that would have left them in severe relegation peril in the Faroese First Division. So coach Kuljić did the only logical thing – brought himself off the bench. Within two minutes, he had scored a winner that left them three points ahead of ninth-placed B68 Toftir with two games left; some goal considering Kuljić, 36, had not intended to play this season following his appointment as coach. However, with things going against TB he had put himself on the bench and made two brief appearances before his decisive arrival against NSÍ.
Mascot: Nico Yennaris (Arsenal FC)
When Arsenal FC welcomed Coventry City FC in September 2000, a seven year-old named Nico Yennaris was the Gunners' mascot. Coventry's relegation that season meant they never returned to Highbury and their next away game at Arsenal was not until Wednesday in the English League Cup, when lining up against them was Yennaris, now a 19-year-old midfielder, who played his part in a 6-1 Arsenal win. "Dreams do come true sometimes when you really want it, you have to be lucky as well, but first of all you must really want it and Nico is one of these guys who has that," said Arsène Wenger.
Sportsman: Miroslav Klose (S.S. Lazio)
Lazio lost 3-0 to Cavani's Napoli on Wednesday but it could have all been so different. Three minutes in, Klose had the ball in the net and the goal was given, but at Diego Maradona's former San Paolo Stadium home, the Germany forward had handled the ball and admitted as much to the referee, who gave a free-kick, and it then turned sour for Lazio. "Klose proved to be a real man," said Lazio coach Vladimir Petković. "He should be rewarded for his gesture," added Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro.
Expensive beer: Domagoj Vida (GNK Dinamo Zagreb)
Dinamo had just left Zagreb on Monday on their way to NK Varsar for a Croatian Cup tie the following day when defender Domagoj Vida decided to open a can of beer. Coach Ante Čačić heard the sound and saw him with a beer in his hands, and proceeded to throw Vida off the bus and fine him €100,000. A pity Vida did not wait until his return to Zagreb; he could have got 50,000 beers for that price in Zagreb's bars.
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