Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

Which Team Relies The Most On Their Strikers? | Stats Comparison

With the 2012/2013 Premier League season kicking off in a matter of days and teams desperately searching for that striker who scores 20+ goals a season, we look at just what percentage of each teams goals are scored by their strikers. We have looked at what percentage of each teams overall goals were scored by their strikers last season and what percentage of their goals have been scored by their strikers in the last four seasons.  The headings in each …
Who are the most fouled players in the League? An Opta Stats Comparison

Who are the most fouled players in the League? An Opta Stats Comparison

The new season is almost upon us and with there being a plethora of blogs on who could win the league (and Football Betting Tips sites all favouring Manchester City to retain) we thought we'd do something different and analyse a metric that isn't usually covered: the most fouled players in the league. Whilst the topic of the most fouled player has been covered elsewhere already, albeit very briefly, we thought we'd go into a bit more detail courtesy of …

Team GB 1 South Korea 1 - Ji's Goal Analysis

Somewhat predictably, Team GB lost on penalties to South Korea last night in yet another quarter-final exit. This article is not meant to be a review of the game as such; what it attempts to provide is an understanding of how Team GB conceded the opening goal (scored by a Premier League player) from South Korea. The move for the opening goal began just inside the South Korean half. Sturridge didn't press the defender very hard, which allowed the South Korean …
Systems Football: 'Defence' Part III – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: 'Defence' Part III – Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Introduction: the foundations (part 3/5) – Defence
This is a five-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity.
Part three of this series promised an illustrative insight into the defensive components that make up a successful systems football approach. In truth, each part of this series of articles are overlapping and …
Do the ‘crossing’ teams score more goals? – EPL 2011/12

Do the ‘crossing’ teams score more goals? – EPL 2011/12

We all know the modern day game is evolving/has evolved – players are getting fitter, stronger and generally more athletic, recovery/rehab is shorter and the tempo and strategic nature of the game continues to change dramatically. However, football still remains about scoring goals. The question here is, ‘is crossing still as an effective a tool as it once was?’. Take the top team in the world for instance – Spain played in the European Championships without a recognised striker, thus …
Who Is The Most Two-Footed Shot Taker? Opta Stats Analysis

Who Is The Most Two-Footed Shot Taker? Opta Stats Analysis

[caption id="attachment_16861" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="Total Shots With Feet - Last 4 Seasons"][/caption] “Ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both left and right appendages (such as the feet). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are naturally ambidextrous are rare, with only one out of one hundred people being naturally ambidextrous.The degree of versatility with each foot is generally the qualitative factor in determining a person's ambidexterity”. But who has been the …
Systems Football: Positioning Part II - Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Systems Football: Positioning Part II - Tiki Taka / Totaal-Voetbal

Introduction: the foundations (part 2/5) - Positioning This is a five-part series of articles that aims to introduce football coaches and fanatics to basic concepts in a systems football approach (such as tiki-taka). The systems approach to football is founded upon a system of complexity and unity Please read both the Andre Villas-Boas approach and Brendan Rodgers philosophy articles to compliment what you may read here. Read Part One Here: The Basics --------- Part two of this series briefly explores the complexities …
Premier League Wide Midfielders | 11/12 Stats Comparison

Premier League Wide Midfielders | 11/12 Stats Comparison

With vast sums of money being spent on wide midfielders in the past few seasons we look at how all of the wide midfielders fared last season. We have done this by breaking their statistics from last season intro three sections - how creative each player was, how well each player performed defensively and how impressive their overall play was. We have included all the raw statistics from last season but to make this a fair comparison we have divided …
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