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The highest-scoring teams in Europe

Published: Friday 6 December 2013, 9.30CET
UEFA.com hails Europe's most prolific scorers this season – Real Madrid CF and Manchester City FC rubbing shoulders with FC Lusitans and The New Saints FC on the top table.

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Published: Friday 6 December 2013, 9.30CET

The highest-scoring teams in Europe

UEFA.com hails Europe's most prolific scorers this season – Real Madrid CF and Manchester City FC rubbing shoulders with FC Lusitans and The New Saints FC on the top table.

4.50 goals a game: FC Lusitans (AND) 8 games/36 goals
On a mission to lift a third straight Andorran Premier Division title, Lusitans have hared out of the blocks with seven wins in their first eight games, 36 goals scored and just three conceded. The team formed by Portuguese expatriates in 1999 prevailed last term due to a "combination of strength, fighting spirit and commitment" according to coach Carlos Sánchez. This season, Luis Dos Reis (7), Cristian Martínez (6), Bruninho (5), Rafael Santos (5), Manuel Machado Riera (5) and Pedro Reis (4) are battling to be their top marksmen.

3.15: Olympiacos FC (GRE) 13/41
"Anyone who wants to start must give their all on the pitch," said Olympiacos coach Míchel. "We have a quality squad and several alternatives when we need them." Tellingly, the Greek Super League pacesetters have also scored seven times in their last two matches despite the absence of 14-goal leading scorer Kostas Mitroglou. The current vintage are on target to equal their 1973/74 predecessors – who became the only side to reach three figures in a campaign, registering 102 times. "I admire my players," Míchel added. "It's them who are setting a record-breaking pace, not me."

3.00: The New Saints FC (WAL) 15/45
The Welsh Premier League champions have been in rampant form, especially at home where they have scored 28 without conceding in seven games, including two 6-0 victories. "Twelve different goalscorers this season shows we are reaping the benefits of having competition in every position," New Saints director of football Craig Harrison told UEFA.com. "We have tweaked our game slightly in terms of passing the ball and rotating players into different positions, and we have really worked hard on improving our set plays."

2.94: FC Salzburg (AUT) 18/53
Jonathan Soriano (12 goals), Alan (12), Sadio Mané (8) and Kevin Kampl (7) have contributed 39 towards Salzburg's club-record total of 53 Austrian Bundesliga goals at this stage – with Soriano's haul (not to mention his 11 assists) all the more impressive given he has been sidelined through injury since October. Coach Roger Schmidt likes to send his team out to savage opposing sides and feels that a tally of pretty much three strikes a game is not quite enough. "You get the feeling that we've scored 30 goals too few," the 46-year-old said.

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2.93: Real Madrid CF (ESP) 15/44
Top scorers in both the Spanish Liga and the UEFA Champions League, Madrid's offensive trident of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – 'BBC' as they are collectively known – have developed into a fearsome force, sharing 24 of the club's 30 goals in their last seven outings in all competitions. "We are attacking well right now," coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "I'm not all that happy with the defensive work but you can't forget that we scored 44 goals in our first 15 games [of the season]."

2.86: Manchester City (ENG) 14/40
Manuel Pellegrini's men have been mighty on home soil, with 29 goals in the course of seven straight English Premier League wins – an average of 4.14 goals per home fixture. "All my teams normally score a lot of goals – I cannot forget about Real Madrid where we scored more than 100 goals in a season [2009/10]," said Pellegrini. "But here we not only have Sergio Agüero and Álvaro Negredo, who are both incredible players, we also have Edin Džeko and Stevan Jovetić, who is injured. You cannot forget about Fernandinho and Samir Nasri either."

2.82: FC Sheriff (MDA) 17/48
Having landed 12 of the last 13 championships in Moldova, Sheriff know how to score goals in their First Division – but this term has been a particularly strong one for the Tiraspol-based UEFA Europa League contenders. Witness eight victories by three goals or more. Naturalised Brazilian forward Luvannor Henrique has netted a third of their goals, yet with 14 different players having got on the scoresheet, they are coming from all angles. "We have a good attacking line," explained Sheriff coach Veaceslav Rusnac. "The boys work well in training – that's why we score so many."

2.80: FC Barcelona (ESP) 15/42
2.66: Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 15/40

2.66: FC Astra (ROU) 15/40

2.56: AC Sparta Praha (CZE) 16/41

2.55: Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) 11/28

2.52: HB Tórshavn (FRO) 27/68

2.52: Skonto FC (LVA) 27/68

2.50: FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 18/45

This list features all the teams in action this season who have averaged 2.50 goals or more a game.

Last updated: 06/12/13 12.48CET

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