Why you should care about Moldovan football

Who pops into your head when you think of football’s leading goalscorers at the moment? Perhaps, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani, and more than likely the answer will be just as predictable what clubs have scored the most. Have you ever thought of Moldova? Do you even know where in the world Moldova is located? There is some impressive stuff to be found in Moldova. 

Competition leaders FC Sheriff have scored 34 goals in their opening 11 matches to lay claim to being Europe’s top goal scorers so far this season, and as you can see from the list below they are a fair way in front of all the teams you were in-visioning earlier. Albeit having played a handful more matches than the likes of Napoli and Manchester City and not being in a high profile league.

Top five most goals scored around Europe

  • FC Sheriff (Moldova) 34
  • CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) 28
  • Glenavon (Republic of Ireland) 27
  • FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark) 24
  • Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka (Croatia) 23

Top Five in Europe’s top five leagues

  • Napoli 22
  • Manchester City 21
  • Paris St-Germain 21
  • Monaco 21
  • Barcelona 20

They are yet to be held scoreless this season with a 1-1 draw against Dacia Chisinau being their lowest score. Some of their results have included:

  • 6-3 win over Dacia Chisinau
  • 5-0 win over Zaria Balti
  • 5-0 win over Spicul Chiscareni

That’s 16 goals in just three matches! Those goals have been shared between Montenegro international Stefan Mugosa who has five in his first six matches for the club, while Vitalie Damascan is the real threat. At just 18 years of age the Moldovan youth international has netted 10 goals in 10 matches this season. Putting big name signings like Neymar, Alvaro Morata, and Romelu Lukaku to shame.

A little back story on FC Sheriff, the club was formed in 1997 and has quickly won 15 league titles including two in a row, and five since 2011, and they have seven more titles than the second placed club. Unfortunately they missed on qualifying for the UEFA Champions League but can be seen in Group F of the Europa League alongside FC Copenhagen, Fastav Zlin, and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Obviously Europe’s top five leagues are going to catch up by the end of the season then we can come back and make a true comparison but at the moment it’s FC Sheriff and Vitalie Damascan leading the way.

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