Australia and the highest scoring nations in the A-League

Melbourne City’s strong start to the season continued downing rivals Melbourne Victory 2-1 to make it two wins from two matches for Warren Joyce’s men. Following his two-goal heroics against Brisbane, Bruce Kamau assisted the winning goal, an own goal by Carl Valeri, after Leroy George equalised earlier in the second half. City’s first however came on the stroke of half-time by marquee Marcin Buzdinski, the attacker became the first player from Poland to score in the A-League making the European country the 51st nation to score. With that in mind let’s take a look at which country has contributed to the most goals.

5. Spain (17)
Spanish players seem to be the flavour of the month in the A-League at the moment, and you can see why. Oriel Riera and Asdrubal have scored twice for Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners respectively. While Pablo Sanchez, Sergio Cirio, and Isaias all chipped in for goals during Adelaide United’s championship winning 2015-16 season. But it’s Diego Castro who has scored the most goals by any Spaniard he has 26 at the time of writing.

4. Netherlands (20)
There has only been one prolific Dutch goal scorer in the A-League’s 13 year tenure. Sergio van Dijk scored 50 goals during stints with Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United. Patrick Zwaanswijk, Youssouf Hersi, and Roly Bonevacia are also among the 20 goal scorers from the Netherlands.

Stat Attack

  • Melbourne Victory suffered two consecutive home losses to start a season for the first time
  • Melbourne City have now opened the scoring in the past seven Melbourne derbies
  • Carl Valeri became the ninth Victory player to score an own goal
  • Besart Berisha has not scored in the opening two rounds for the past two seasons
  • City goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic defeated Victory for just the fifth time in 27 attempts

3. Brazil (27)

Romario and Mario Jardel both had stints in the early seasons of the A-League. Two of the greatest strikers of their generation only Romario found the net and he only scored once. While Henrique, Gui Finkler, and Reinaldo had no trouble finding the back of the net. A high percentage of their countrymen found the net but only once. Kudos to you if you remember the likes of Maycon, Patrick, and Claudinho.

2. New Zealand (27)
It’s no surprise New Zealand are second highest on the list considering they’ve had the second highest number of participants in the league. But it’s more the number that is surprising only 35 Kiwis have found the back of the net in the A-League. Shane Smeltz and Jeremy Brockie are the most prominent. Noah Hickey, Che Bunce, and Jeremy Christie are some of the lesser known names.

1. Australia (305)

And the winner is… Malta. No, of course, it’s Australia. It’s the A-League. A whopping 305 Australians have scored in the A-League and that tally will only grow as the season goes on.

Speaking of goals, Melbourne Victory’s Carl Valeri became the ninth Victory player to score an own goal. Can you name the rest of them?


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