Football News

Coutinho joins exclusive group of players after first Bayern Munich goal

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:38, 21 September 2019

Philippe Coutinho capped off his fourth league appearance for Bayern Munich by entering an exclusive club.

The 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder would register his first Bundesliga goal for Germany’s most decorated club against FC Koln thus becoming only the ninth footballer to score in each of Europe’s top four leagues.

Coutinho makes history: Five key things to know…

  • Philippe Coutinho scored against FC Koln as Bayern Munich ran out 4-0 winners at home.
  • It was the Brazilian’s fourth league appearance for the German giants following his loan move from Barcelona.
  • His effort, a converted penalty, just after the hour mark saw him join an exclusive club.
  • Coutinho is the ninth footballer to score in each of Europe’s top four leagues (La Liga, Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga).
  • Romanian striker Florin Răducioiu, who achieved that feat first, is the only man to score in those aforementioned leagues plus Ligue 1.

Bayern had been 2-0 up, both efforts scored by leading marksman Robert Lewandowski, before Coutinho stepped up to convert a penalty. Ivan Perisic would grab their fourth late on giving Niko Kovac’s men a third win of this young campaign.

As for Coutinho, who joined on loan from Barcelona, he follows eight men into the record books. Having started his European journey at Inter Milan the Rio de Janeiro-born footballer has now bagged at least one goal in Serie A, Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga.

He’s the first Brazilian to achieve this feat which Romanian striker Florin Răducioiu first completed. The Romanian also happens to be the only footballer to score in those aforementioned leagues plus Ligue 1.

Since then Gheorghe Popescu, Jon Dahl Tomasso, Pierre Womé, Obafemi Martins, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Bojan Krkić and Jonathan de Guzmán have trodden on the same path as him before Coutinho stepped through the club door to join them.

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