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  08/04/2011: Top Assists Players
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An assist is a contribution by a player which helps to score a goal.  Most commonly, an assist is credited to a player for passing or crossing the ball to the scorer. It may also be awarded to a player whose shot rebounds (off a defender, goalkeeper or goalpost) to a teammate who scores; or to a player who wins a penalty kick for another player to convert. An attacking player may be awarded an assist for contributing to an own goal. Players cannot be awarded an assist for a goal they themselves score.

Record of assists was virtually not kept at all until the end of the 20th century.
FIFA started officially keeping track of assists in World Cup 1994. This was popularly ascribed to the popularity of detailed sports statistics among American fans. 1994 was also the first World Cup in which assists were used as a tie-breaker in determining the Golden Shoe award for top scorer. In the event, both Hristo Stoichkov and Oleg Salenko finished with 19 points, from 6 goals and 1 assist.

In fact, players capable to create good assists are more valuable for the team compare to goalscorers. The following are serie A above 5 Assists players until week 31 season 2010/11:


 

Player

Team

Assists

1

Andrea Cossu

Cagliari

12

2

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

AC Milan

11

3

Ezequiel Lavezzi

Napoli

11

4

Stefano Mauri

SS Lazio

8

5

Antonio Cassano

AC Milan

7

6

Antonio Di Natale

Udinese

7

7

Samuel Eto'o

Internazionale

6

8

Maicon

Internazionale

6

9

Milos Krasic

Juventus

6

10

Gianni Munari

Lecce

6

11

Marek Hamsik

Napoli

6

12

Francesco Totti

AS Roma

6

13

Mauricio Isla

Udinese

6

14

Hernanes

SS Lazio

5

15

Cristian Ledesma

SS Lazio

5

16

Dejan Stankovic

Internazionale

5

17

Clarence Seedorf

AC Milan

5

18

Giampiero Pinzi

Udinese

5

19

Sergio Pellissier

Chievo

5

20

Federico Balzaretti

Palermo

5

21

Wesley Sneijder

Internazionale

5

22

Alexis Sánchez

Udinese

5

23

Josip Ilicic

Palermo

5





































































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