Downs' 'big four' dominance revealed


Mamelodi Sundowns’s dominance of domestic football through the 25 years of the PSL era is boldly reflected in all the numbers.

The most important statistic is that Sundowns have won a record 11 league titles over the last quarter of a century, with the last four coming in consecutive years.

Another eleven have been shared by the trio of Kaizer Chiefs (4), Orlando Pirates (4) and SuperSport United (3) – who complete the list of four ever present clubs since 1996/97.

The three occasions when the title didn’t land on the laps of these four clubs was when it was won by Manning Rangers (1996/97), Santos (2001/02) and Bidvest Wits (2016/17).

All four clubs have now played 774 league games since August 1996, when they all first got going upon the rebranding of what was the NSL first division into what is now known as the PSL Premiership.

The Brazilians have recorded the most victories with 404 wins since their first match against Vaal Professionals on August 18, 1996 when Joel 'Fire' Masilela scored the solitary goal.

From that goal by Masilela, the Tshwane outfit have gone on to score 1153 more – the most of any other club, with Peter Shalulile having netted their latest against Cape Town City last weekend.

Downs also sit on the highest goal difference and have totalled the most points in the all-time PSL standings, amassing 1419.

For all the troubles that Chiefs have had in the league this past season, they have the least number of defeats (154), while they have also conceded the least at 641 goals.

Pirates have drawn the most games with 255, which accounts for one third of their total games in the PSL era.

SuperSport, meanwhile, have won the least, lost the most and scored the least. 

                                  P              W         D          L          GF         GA        GD          PTS

Mamelodi Sundowns     774         404       207      163      1153       643       510         1419   

Kaizer Chiefs                774        369       251      154      1056        641       415         1358

Orlando Pirates            774         358       255      161      1060       680       380         1329

SuperSport United        774         310       248      218      1014       805       209         1172  

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