David de Gea – Future United Legend | Statistically compared to rivals

David de Gea – Future United Legend | Statistically compared to rivals

Signed for a British record fee for a goalkeeper at around £17 million, David de Gea joined Manchester United last season with an enviable reputation. He helped Athletico Madrid win both the UEFA Europa League 2009-2010 and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010 and before that, won Spain's U17 2007 European Championship and finished second at the subsequent 2007 World Cup. He also played in the Spain U21 team that won the 2011 European Championship and is currently captain of …
Can Friedel Survive Villas-Boas at Tottenham? Compared to Petr Cech

Can Friedel Survive Villas-Boas at Tottenham? Compared to Petr Cech

Brad Friedel is a survivor. The American international has started every Premier League match for his club side since the start of the 2004-05 season with Blackburn Rovers and holds the EPL record for most consecutive appearances - a run he maintained  through moves to Aston Villa and Tottenham. He played for the United States Men's National Team 82 times before his retirement from International football in 2005.   Born May 18, 1971, Friedel will turn 42 at the end of the …
Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Since Newcastle United arrived in the Premier League in 1993, there really is only one goalkeeper that springs to mind. Shay Given made 462 appearances in his 12 year illustrious stint at ST JAMES’ PARK, earning him the very worthy title of one of Newcastle United's all time best ‘keepers. During the Premier League era, personnel such as Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Steve Harper and Mike Hooper have donned the No. 1 shirt at Newcastle, but none have ever shown …
Given v Friedel | Villa's gain or loss?

Given v Friedel | Villa's gain or loss?

[caption id="attachment_1917" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Friedel joined Spurs"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignright" width="305" caption="Given now at Villa Park"][/caption] Aston Villa lost Brad Friedel to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of June, leaving a huge void in the Aston Villa team. Friedel had been ever present in the Premier League for Aston Villa since they signed him in July of 2008. Even then there were question marks over his age, people questioning whether this was a step forward or a step back due …