Are Portugal European Champions material? | Opta Stats

Are Portugal European Champions material? | Opta Stats

If you watched their opening Group B game with Germany there is a simple answer - No. A 1-0 defeat to a German side, widely tipped to become the next European Champions, is no embarrassment. However, their performance was one to forget if you can recall Portugal's run to the final back in 2004, where the hosts were ultimately beaten by Greece in the final. The Portugal side is known for attacking flair and style, especially from a midfield that …
Low's Gamble Pays off | Germany Euro 2012 Stats

Low's Gamble Pays off | Germany Euro 2012 Stats

Germany got off to an uninspiring start at Euro 2012 against a well organised but toothless Portugal. Jogi Low opted to start Mario Gomez and Mats Hummels ahead of Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker. Gomez was rather quiet and accused of laziness by some, but he is capable of pulling a goal from nowhere and his header into the far corner of Rui Patricio's net was inch-perfect. Boateng started at right-back and performed well against Cristiano Ronaldo, who yet again …
Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

There is no denying that Robin van Persie experienced a career year this season. At age 28 he played his first injury free Premier League campaign, leading the league in goals and kept Arsenal in the top 4 with his impressive form.  In the following pages we'll take a look at the Dutch forward compared to the rest of the Arsenal squad, looking at the team's total numbers as well as their numbers once van Persie is discounted. We'll also examine the …
Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Yesterday it was confirmed that Andrey Arshavin would rejoin Zenit St Petersburg on loan until the end of the season. This appears to be the final nail in the coffin of Arshavin's career at Arsenal that has seen him swing from being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo to making an appearance for Arsenal Reserves last week. The Russian was one of my favorite footballers to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt. His ability to make me grin from ear to ear …
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