Can Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard Play Together? | Stats Analysis

Can Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard Play Together? | Stats Analysis

For many years, pundits and fans alike have claimed that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are too similar to play together for England and it should be one rather than both that make the starting line-up. However, after playing the second half together against Brazil, and with both player's changing their role this season, is this still the case? Frank Lampard has played in a much deeper role this season along-side a defensive midfielder in Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation, compared to previous years …
Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

The key is to control the game. If we have the ball, he'll participate less and cause us fewer problems.
The above quote by Gerard Piqué about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the semi-final with Portugal summed up Spain's approach during Euro 2012. In a typically excellent piece by Sid Lowe for the Guardian (from which the above quote is taken), Spain's approach is described as being anaesthetic rather than aesthetic. The crux is that by controlling the ball, Spain are able to …
England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England were always up against it with one win over Italy in 35 years. Despite their record, the opening stages suggested England might end Italy’s stranglehold. However, despite the early signs of life, the game settled into a familiar pattern with Italy dominant. De Rossi’s early volley left Hart stranded as the post rescued England. Roy Hodgson’s side came close, soon after, with Johnson forcing an instinctive save from Buffon. Rooney nodded a Johnson cross over as England started well. Buffon’s anger was …
Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Sweden began their final game at Euro 2012 looking to exit the competition with some pride salvaged and some hope for the future restored. They faced a French side they had not beaten in a competitive game since October 1949 in Stockholm and a team that was looking to finish the group stages at the top of the group and avoid a game against Spain in the quarter finals. Sweden defended well throughout the game and prevented France from having …
England Player Stats - Accumulated Euro 2012 Opta Stats

England Player Stats - Accumulated Euro 2012 Opta Stats

Here at EPLIndex.com we've spent some time over night collating the stats for you for England's players over the three games. We've covered tackling, shooting, passing and creativity. Let's take a brief look at the stats. [caption id="attachment_15793" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="England Euro 2012 Tackling Stats so far - click to enlarge"][/caption] As you can see from above John Terry has the highest tackle win percentage for any player of the defenders and only second in the squad for any players …
England 3 - 2 Sweden: The Talking Points & Stats Analysis

England 3 - 2 Sweden: The Talking Points & Stats Analysis

With 60 minutes on the clock, Olof Mellberg put Sweden ahead as England wasted a lead for a second successive match. Luckily, for Roy Hodgson, Theo Walcott’s introduction, for the ineffective Milner, turned the game in England’s favour. England began the match in positive fashion with a Scott Parker effort forcing a good save from Andreas Isaksson. Andy Carroll justified his inclusion, giving England the lead with a towering header from a Steven Gerrard cross. Half time came with England in control despite looking nervy in possession. The second …
England Player Stats for Euro 2012 | Passing, Creativity & Shooting...

England Player Stats for Euro 2012 | Passing, Creativity & Shooting...

England had to come from behind in their second group game against Sweden after initially taking the lead. They led through Andy Carroll's powerful header, expertly supplied by, club and now also country captain, Steven Gerrard. This was Gerrard's second assist (fourth chance created overall) of the tournament after supplying the cross for Lescott's goal against France. Creativity stats can be seen on the left with only Gerrard and Walcott managing assists. England's overall total of chances created is not …
Euro 2012: Analysing the Winning Formula | Champions Analysis

Euro 2012: Analysing the Winning Formula | Champions Analysis

With Euro 2012 nearly upon us, a lot of money is exchanging hands between punters and bookmakers to predict the outcome of this prestigious event. Favourites to win Euro 2012 include, World Cup '10 winners and current European Championship holders, Spain as well as 3-time Euro winners Germany. Both Spain and Germany posted 100% win percentages during qualification and are seen as hot favourites  to take the 14th European Football Championship. Armed with this information, it would appear to be a …
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