David Silva Vs Juan Mata | Stats Comparison 2010-12

David Silva Vs Juan Mata | Stats Comparison 2010-12

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 …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
England 1 - 0 Ukraine: The Talking Points | Stats Analysis

England 1 - 0 Ukraine: The Talking Points | Stats Analysis

Winning is what matters and winning is what England are doing. Another hard-fought, battling win came on Tuesday as England recorded their first win over a Euros host. This is becoming a tournament for English firsts with a first competitive win over Sweden already in the bag. The all-important Group D decider pitted England with Ukraine. England struggled with only Steven Gerrard approaching his best. Fortunately, the result is most important thing and England achieved the right one. Whilst England …
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 …

Russia fire blanks against the Greeks | Stats Report

Greece pulled off an incredible 1-0 victory over hot favourites Russia in Group A on Saturday. The result meant Greece qualified ahead of Russia based on their head-to-head result, rather than the traditional method using goal difference (Russia would've qualified if this was used). Russia will only have themselves to blame for their exit though. After a bright opening 10 minutes from Greece, Russia slowly took hold of the game and began to dominate their opponents. Slow starts have been a …
Rain in the Ukraine only adds to their Pain | Ukraine match stats report

Rain in the Ukraine only adds to their Pain | Ukraine match stats report

Following a convincing display in Ukraine's opening fixture versus Sweden, opinions were optimistic going into the match against France. After the attacking minded mentality of the Ukraine and their ability to stretch play, some thought there might be another Denmark vs. Holland on the cards. An achilles heel shown by the Ukraine during the Sweden game was their back four's fragility, a supposed area to work on and take forward to the France game. The match failed to live up …
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