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 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 …