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Gunners

Mesut Ozil: I’d have joined Arsenal for free

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New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil says he would have joined Arsenal for free. He says a phone call from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sold him on a move to the Emirates to the extent that he would have gone even without all the financial trappings that came with his £42.4m transfer. He told German newspapier [.

The Return Of Sexy Football

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Gunners we all have to admit that our football didn't live up to its reputation last season, we weren't as good to watch as we were when we had Fabregas, Nasri and Jack Wilshere in the team.
I'm not complaining but -In My Opinion- our football wasn't as entertaining as before.

Videos

Video: Arsenal new boy Mesut Ozil records 99% pass accuracy (Germany 3-0 Austria)

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil was on international duty for Germany last night. And he gave Gooners something to whet their appetites: a near perfect individual display featuring 99 per cent pass accuracy. Ozil helped his team to a 3-0 win over neighbours Austria in last night's World Cup qualifier.

Video: Jordan Henderson drives Liverpool team-mates Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Alberto around in a tuk tuk

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Liverpool players Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Alberto took time out from pre-season training to bomb around in a Reds-themed tuk tuk. Midfielder Henderson took the handlebars of the engine-powered rickshaw to drive it round a short course in Bangkok. Supporters will not be overly surprised by Henderson's lack of accuracy as [.

Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs not very good at kicking a ball in a bin

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs took on BT Sport's Beat The Bin challenge and failed miserably. It looks like the broadcaster might have slightly miscalculated the difficulty of the challenge they were setting judging by the results. Pass-master Wilshere looks like he's got the right line with a couple of his efforts but [.

Video: Hulk signs off at Porto with shameful Fair Play FAIL

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Hulk has now left Porto to join Zenit St Petersburg. Before completing his transfer, he decided his parting gift to the club could be a final goal and winding up every non-Porto fan in Portugal. With Porto trailing 1-0 in Hulk's final match, a drop-ball restart after an injury which usually protocol dictates should [.

Sam Cronin's miraculous recovery struck by Beckham's shot

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Sam Cronin of the San Jose Earthquakes lying prostrate on the pitch makes a miraculous recovery after getting struck by a ball kicked right at him by David Beckham. Those Herbalife jerseys worn by the LA Galaxy do have magical healing powers.

Becks was angry at Cronin's time wasting tactics as the Galaxy trailed 3-4 with about a minute to go.

Sam Cronin struck by Beckham's shot makes miraculous recovery

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Sam Cronin of the San Jose Earthquakes lying prostrate on the pitch makes a miraculous recovery after getting struck by a ball kicked right at him by David Beckham. Those Herbalife jerseys worn by the LA Galaxy do have magical healing powers.

Becks was angry at Cronin's time wasting tactics as the Galaxy trailed 3-4 with about a minute to go.

Video: David Beckham’s amazingly accurate, long-range petulance

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David Beckham celebrated being left out of the Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympics by picking a fight with just about anybody he could during LA Galaxy's match against San Jose Earthquakes. Typically of the man, he couldn't even give a petulant display of dissent without showing off the accuracy of his passing.

Rafael Van Der Vaart Practises Golf Swing By Whacking Balls At Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Face (Video)

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By Chris Wright

It's fairly common knowledge that Rafael van der Vaart and Zlatan Ibrahimovic despise each other, stemming back from an incident years ago during an international friendly in 2004 where the latter went through the former with a horrendous tackle that left the pair teetering dangerously on becoming 'mortal enemies' with Zlatan even once going on record as saying he 'wished he'd broken Van der Vaart's legs.

Sniper Keeper Hits Overhead Camera From 50 Yards Away Twice Inside 30 Seconds (Video)

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By Chris Wright

During an Asian Champions League match last night, Al Jazira 'keeper Ali Khaseif managed to ping a clearance off the 'spider' camera winching away overhead.

The game was duly restarted with a drop-ball, with an Esteghlal player returning the ball to Khaseif in a sportsmanlike fashion, only for the dead-eye 'keeper to pick out the spider cam again!

money

Mousa Dembele is good

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Whoscored.com tells us that Mousa Dembele had a game for the ages against United. Thus:

  • 53 passes, 96% accuracy
  • 9 completed dribbles (he beat someone)
  • 8 tackles
  • 3 key passes

Oof.

Also, he's just a pleasure to watch.

I'd bet money that Sir Alex will buy him this week.

Mousa Dembele is good

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Whoscored.com tells us that Mousa Dembele had a game for the ages against United. Thus:

  • 53 passes, 96% accuracy
  • 9 completed dribbles (he beat someone)
  • 8 tackles
  • 3 key passes

Oof.

Also, he's just a pleasure to watch.

I'd bet money that Sir Alex will buy him this week.

possession

On Joe Allen

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Well, that took long enough. All that haggling, only to eventually, finally, reportedly meet Joe Allen's £15m release clause. Well done, Ian Ayre, you shrewd so and so.

Now then. I truly hate the "if he wasn't British..." or "if he were Brazilian/Spanish/nationality du jour..." aphorisms that frequently fly around whenever Liverpool – or some other club – buy a British player.

Pass Accuracy and Possession Supremacy At Euro 2012

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Preface
With Spain's (and Barcelona's) successes in recent years, possession is one of those concepts that people have been spending a lot of time talking about - though what exactly possession is or how it should be measured is less clear. In the post below, Andrew Brocker takes a look at two dimensions of possession-based analyses: the amount of possession and pass accuracy.

Dynamo v Sporting KC: Post Match Analysis

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So I have the joy of writing the post match for a game one of our beloved readers labelled as "b-o-r-i-n-g". I could probably sum this match up in just a few words, but that's not exactly my style, now is it? Read on after the jump for my half-asleep analysis and opinions. You know you want to.

Inside Reading: Training for gameday

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(Editor's Note: Our series of posts from Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy continues as he gives an inside look at training in the lead-up to gameday on one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country.)

Last week I covered the events of a typical gameday experience, so it's only fair that I mention the hard work and effort that we go through building up to that moment.

Revs by Numbers: Revs 2, TFC 2

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When you look at the numbers of this weekend's Revolution match against Toronto FC you realize one thing very quickly: New England dominated the hosts in just about every major stat category. Not only did the Revs LOOK like they dominated the game, the numbers back it up too.

The Revs had possession, loads of it actually, as well as more than a healthy share of attempts on goal.

New England 2, Houston 2: Sene Nets Two, But Same Issues Plague Revs

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The Revolution took to the pitch at Gillette Stadium tonight looking for their first victory of the 2012 season against an Eastern Conference opponent. In the end, they settled for a point-undone yet again by poor defending on set pieces and a late goal. Tonight's result brings the Revs to 4-6-1 on the season, with 13 points, tied with Houston (3-3-4) in the standings.

FC Barcelona

Barcelona striker David Villa bruises keeper Jose Manuel Pinto, signs his injury

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David Villa's long injury layoff doesn't seem to have affected his shooting power. The Barcelona star, out of action since breaking his leg last December, has been back in training and pelting the ball at reserve keeper Jose Manuel Pinto. He might not yet have his accuracy, but he's got the power. A shot that [.

Barcelona striker David Villa bruises keeper Jose Manuel Pinto, signs his injury

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David Villa's long injury layoff doesn't seem to have affected his shooting power. The Barcelona star, out of action since breaking his leg last December, has been back in training and pelting the ball at reserve keeper Jose Manuel Pinto. He might not yet have his accuracy, but he's got the power. A shot that [.

El Clasico Stats: Messi v Ronaldo, Valdes v Casillas and Mesut Ozil

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El Clasico Stats: Messi v Ronaldo, Valdes v Casillas and Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Barcelona v Real Madrid this Saturday, we look at key stats and performers that will feature in El Clasico. The analysis looks at Messi v Ronaldo, Valdés v Casillas and Mesut Özil.

Most efficient football clubs in England, Spain, Italy and Germany in 2011/2012

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The study of football, and its players, is perhaps best accomplished by evaluating efficiency. Of course there are many methods of such evaluation – ranging from weekly player ratings on the typical "start at 6" scale to full scale statistical analysis.

In this article we look at football clubs in Europe's top four leagues the English Premiership, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga and analyse their offensive and defensive efficiency so far this season.

Philadelphia

DC United falls 2-1 to Philadelphia’s tighter play

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To judge from post game comments by DC United coaches and players you might think the team's major problem was that they didn't work hard enough. That description of events doesn't quite capture what really happened. While Philadelphia may have played marginally harder than DC, the real key was execution.

Union passing numbers so far

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Since MLS made available detailed match statistics provided by OPTA early in the 2012 season, PSP has published a number of posts in which we try to better understand what was happening on the field with the Philadelphia Union through the use of various statistics. These posts have been something of an evolution, ranging from a closer examination of what happened in a particular match in order to better understand what went right or wrong, to trying to understand larger trends, be they for the team as a whole, across positions, or for individual players.

Timbers 3-1 Union: Looking at some numbers

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Well, that wasn't very pretty, was it?

What can we learn using the match stats from the Chalkboard at mlssoccer.com's Match Center about the Philadelphia Union's 3–1 loss to Portland Timbers in Monday night's season opener?

Passing and shooting

Portland had a greater number of passes and a better passing accuracy percentage with 482 passes with a passing accuracy of 72 percent.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Online Football Fans: A Live Football Skills Challenge

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Online Football Fans: A Live Football Skills Challenge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last year Castrol EDGE presented Ronaldo Tested to the Limit, an award-winning documentary that showed the Portugal and Real Madrid forward showcase his strengths in a series of captivating challenges in the most scientific examination of a player ever undertaken.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores with a rocket from distance then shows off his leg

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Real Madrid dismantled Osasuna, winning 5-1 with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. His first was an absolute rocket blast from considerable distance and, in one of the most Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebrations ever, he pulled up the leg of his shorts and pointed to the thigh that just generated that impressive display of power and accuracy.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle it is, and we couldn’t be more proud. Montero, Alonso, Rosales, and the league’s biggest...

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Seattle it is, and we couldn't be more proud. Montero, Alonso, Rosales, and the league's biggest fan base? This isn't a desperation pick. This is destiny.
And if we're wrong – if you show us up, Seattle – there are 18 other teams more than willing to carry this flag. We'll change this up as needed (accuracy is our prime value).

Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo Scouting Report: Danger From the East

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You've probably read a hundred times by now that the MLS Western Conference is 9-2 versus the East so far this season. It's been less remarked that the two wins are by the Houston Dynamo and that Houston is a pretty tenuous Eastern Conference team. They're the westernmost team in the conference, are only a few miles east of the Western Conference's FC Dallas and they were in the West up until last season, when the MLS head office made the perverse decision to 'balance' the conferences by giving them an equal number of teams for exactly one season before the addition of Montreal unbalanced it again in favor of the East.

Manchester City

Why FA Cup Final loss could be a blessing in disguise

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A picture tells a thousand words

If John Henry is as serious about Liverpool being successful as we want him to be, he needs to be stark raving mad by now.During yesterday's match, I was in the middle of a conversation with a friend who asked what happened to the Liverpool that ended last season (2010-11).

Did City Run Out Of Luck? Diagnosing Manchester City's Season

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A lot has been said these last few days about the apparent "implosion" of Manchester City's title quest this season. And if The Guardian is to be believed, Roberto Mancini has six games to save his job. So what went wrong for Mancini and the Citizens?
Data can help settle arguments, so I thought I'd take another look at some basic performance indicators to see how the City's performance developed over the course of the season.

The Rest

GIF It: Chelsea’s Juan Mata is terrible at bowling

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Given Juan Mata's ability to thread a throughball you might have thought he'd be decent at 10-pin bowling. Not so. It turns out the Chelsea playmaker's accuracy goes out of the window entirely when he's using his hands instead of his feet. The outstanding GIF has emerged of the Spain international bowling straight into the [.

USWNT: USA vs. New Zealand: Be The Wolf!

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Maura Gladys, as usual, with pinpoint accuracy on the state of the USWNT

It's interesting what we talk about when we talk about the USWNT these days. The lineup is stable, their form has been great, and there is little room to nitpick their play on the field.

Adidas Predator Lethal Zones Football Boot

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Adidas Predator Lethal Zones Football Boot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Earlier this week, adidas finally launched the Predator® Lethal Zones boot after weeks of teasers and sneak previews. The new Predator® Lethal Zones boot, designed to be a complete ball control boot for shooting, passing and dribbling, is composed of five, super-light (SL) rubber and memory foam 3-D zones, each designed to support perfect ball control.

Why are White NBA Players Better Free-Throw Shooters?

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The top 3 NBA free-throw shooters of all-time are white guys, Steve Nash, Mark Price and Rick Barry. Five of the top 10 overall are white, with Larry Bird and Scott Skiles as part of the list. Many people would consider Peja Stojakovic as white; he is also in the top 10.

Visualizing Union passing stats

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Yesterday we looked a basic passing statistics over the first four games. In the scatter plot below, we can see a simple pattern emerge along positional bands, much as Rolando De Aguiar demonstrated in a post last December looking at passing statistics from 2011.

How are the referees doing? Untold is the only place to find out

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Untold Referees

Untold regularly publishes reviews of the effectiveness and accuracy of referees in the Premier League, giving each referee a percentage mark for his performance.

In addition we also publish regular articles on refereeing in the Premier League which have led us to the view that there is something not quite right [.