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English Premier League

Graphic: Should Angel Di Maria be a PFA Players’ Player of the Year nominee ahead of Philippe Coutinho?

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Sounds like a daft suggestion, right? After all, Angel Di Maria has had a rubbish first season at Manchester United, while Philippe Coutinho has been...

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Louis van Gaal rejects long ball criticism by handing dossier to press [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal pulled out a dossier full of statistics at his press conference as he hit back at Sam Allardyce's claim that Manchester United are long-ball merchants.

West Ham boss Allardyce described Van Gaal's team as "long-ball United" after they scraped a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on Sunday.

Louis van Gaal rejects long ball criticism by handing dossier to press [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal pulled out a dossier full of statistics at his press conference as he hit back at Sam Allardyce's claim that Manchester United are long-ball merchants.

West Ham boss Allardyce described Van Gaal's team as "long-ball United" after they scraped a 1-1 draw at Upton Park on Sunday.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reveals he has started calling Eden Hazard ‘Eddie’

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Jose Mourinho says he has started calling Chelsea star Eden Hazard by the nickname 'Eddie'. Apparently, he's finding Eden tricky to pronounce. And the new name is likely to stick because the Belgium international hasn't seen fit to correct the Special One just yet. Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's match against Aston [.

Is Simon Mignolet really the difference between Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League or not?

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Liverpool completed the £9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.

Philadelphia Union

Defensive Statistics: Union 2-1 NYCFC

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A look at defensive stats from the Union's win over NYCFC.

Defensive Statistics: Union 2-3 KC

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Set piece defending and goalkeeping have been glaring weaknesses for the Union in 2015.

Defensive Statistics: Union 0-1 Fire

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Davis Russell looks at defensive stats from the Union's loss in Chicago.

Final Third Entries, Part 3 (FC Dallas)

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Kevin Kinkead's series looking at the Union's final third entries through the first three games concludes with the loss to Dallas

Final Third Entries, Part 1 (Colorado)

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Kevin Kinkead begins a series looking at the Union's final third entries through the first three games.

Projecting season points totals using roster turnover

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The Union have a new striker and new center back, but overall the squad looks very similar to 2014's team. Kevin Minkus looks at whether that roster stability can predict Philly's points total this season.

Defensive Statistics: Philadelphia Union vs Colorado Rapids

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A look at the defensive statistics from Saturday's draw with Colorado.

End of season review: Castrol Index vs. PSP Player Ratings

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With the endo fo the 2013 season, we compare how Union players ranked in the Castrol Index and PSP's player ratings.

Can’t stop this: A statistical look at Union goalkeepers

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Steve Holroyd uses hockey's perseverance rating to evaluate Union goalkeepers through the club's short history.

Cross talk

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The Union delivered 29 open play crosses against Houston, 96 since the last goal scored from one five games ago. What's going on?

Philadelphia’s tactical pragmatism equals points

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The Union may not play the prettiest ball, but when it comes to making the playoffs, it's results that matter.

Union player stat infographic for July

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Dan Stover and Jim Prestifilippo present their Union player stat infographic from July's games.

Arsenal

Graphic: Spurs fan enjoy stats comparing Ryan Mason and Arsenal star Jack Wilshere’s England careers

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Tottenham Hotspur fans can enjoy this Sky Sports graphic showing that their midfielder Ryan Mason was as productive in 15 minutes of football for...

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Arsenal 2 - 0 Liverpool: Match Report, Statistics and Player Ratings

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Haroun Hickman was at the Emirates as Arsenal went five points clear. His match report, player ratings, and and match statistics below.

Teams (player ratings in brackets /10)

Arsenal: Szczesny (8), Sagna (8), Mertesacker (8), Koscielny (8), Gibbs [off 78'] (7), Ramsey (8), Arteta (9), Rosicky [off 72'] (7), Ozil (7), Cazorla [off 84'] (8), Giroud (7).

The stats behind Arsenal’s magnificent away record

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Arsenal have extended their club record run to 10 consecutive away wins in all competitions ...

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Video: Arsene Wenger praises ‘patient’ Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised the patience of his side as they secured a 1-2 away win against Marseille in their Champions League opener. The Frenchman was happy to see his players ride out a strong performance from the home team in the first-half, then take their own chances in the second-half.

analytics

Soccer Analytics – Do They Belong in the “Beautiful Game”?

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There is a revolution happening in the world of sports, but it is not happening on a field or a court. Rather, the revolution is happening in the Excel sheets and the computers of statisticians and analysts who are tracking every play in sports today. In an age where the accessibility of data and the ability to analyze it quickly has reached team managers and coaches, the question remains, "How will analytics affect the sport of soccer?

What do those statistics really mean, anyway? "Within a single...

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What do those statistics really mean, anyway?

"Within a single match a 92% pass accuracy stat looks great, but it needs context. As in: how many passes did the player attempt? Where on the pitch did the player attempt their passes?

Chelsea

Graphic: Is Juan Cuadrado or Willian the man for Chelsea’s right wing?

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After Chelsea wrapped up the signing of Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado in a £26.1m deal, the next question is, will he play for them? It looks like...

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Academy: Half Season Report

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So at the half way stage of the 2013/14 season and while the academy is on a short break it is time to sum up how things have gone so far and to take a look at how the stats are standing up.

As things stand the U18's are currently in 5th place out of 11 in the Southern Premier League bearing in mind that only the top 2 from the Southern will progress to the play offs it may not look ideal but the table is a very close one.

Sidekicks

By the Numbers: The Sidekicks Next Generation Moving Up the Chart (with a bullet)

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Just how important was Tatu to the original-era Sidekicks? Of the 3,642 goals the original team scored, Tatu's 736 goals represented 20.2% of the grand total. Add David Doyle to the mix and 31.4% of every goal ever scored in the original era came from 2 men.

Which means that it is not surprising that the PASL-era Sidekicks' best offensive weapons are moving quickly up the all-time goal scoring leader charts.

By The Numbers: Sidekicks milestones entering 2013-14

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Here are the milestones that could conceivably be reached by members of the Dallas Sidekicks as they open their 21st season of professional indoor soccer:

Player Milestones:

  • If Nick Stavrou plays 4 games, he will pass David Doyle for 4th all-time in Dallas history.

The Rest

Defensive Statistics: Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas

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Davis Russell looks at the defensive stats from Saturday's loss to Dallas.

Disparité: L’assistance de matchs féminins

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Apres avoir lu In a League of their Own, écrit par Gail Newsham, et en apprenant la riche histoire de l'équipe Dick, Kerr de Preston, j'étais frappé par l'immensité du public qui la suivait. Chaque fois qu'elles jouaient un match, il y avait vingt, trente, ou presque soixante milles spectateurs qui venaient pour regarder cette équipe d'onze femmes.

Graphic: Man Utd’s stats with a back-three vs a back-four

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Manchester United have performed better with a back-four than Louis van Gaal's preferred back-four this season, according to statistics from...

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The Beauty that lies in Unpredictability

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Some of the most wonderful memories that I have of my own childhood were the countless weekends I spent watching soccer match after soccer match from the comfort of my own living room. The English Premier League was a constant in my world. My dad would sit next to my sister and I making the most profound and perceptive comments that we could only hope one day to truly understand!

Spurs ran further against Everton than any other Premier League side

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121.6 Spurs' players ran 121.6km in their Premier League game against Everton; 5km further than any other side at the weekend. Press....

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling is pretty useless on the right

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Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is being wasted on the right wing, according to statistics comparing his performances in each of his regular...

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Ruiz and running

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On message boards sometimes people have had a dig at me for using statistics. I do understand the limitations of statistics in football, honestly I do. But I also understand that sometimes they tell us things that we wouldn't otherwise know. They supplement what we see with our eyes. I understand that most people aren't after "the truth" and aren't that bothered that they need to see a statistical counterpoint to their dearly held belief, but while we have all these debates it always seems worth considering a variety of angles.

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How do you scout a Striker?

A good Striker might be worth his weight in gold, but a recent study by 11tegen11 seems to indicate that judging forwards strictly by their goal tally might be more than a bit deluded.

Goals scored is an easy statistic to default to when considering the merits of any player, but it's also one that can be unreliable.

EPL fans vs NFL fans: which are the best?

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In the global showdown between American football and European football, which sport has the bigger following? Football is one of the most popular sports in the entire world, but Americans play the sport much differently from the rest of the world. Although there are major differences in how the sports are played, are there also [.

World Cup 2014 UEFA Qualification – Average Attendances

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Despite many English football fans claiming to be disgruntled with their national side, they are the best supported side in Europe. Although England didn't always fill Wembley Stadium during qualification for the World Cup, they normally got pretty close and come out top of the attendances ladder for Brazil 2014 qualification.

Organic Shooting Machine

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Still too early to be talking about statistics for the season but it never really hurts. So I dug a few statistics about players who like to shoot a lot. Obviously Ronaldo and Bale are two players who come to mind whenever there is talk about shooting the heck out of the ball. Both are [...]

Championship: Doing the Double

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The following list shows the number of times each club in the Championship won home and away against one of their rivals during the 2012/2013 Championship season. Every single one of the 24 clubs managed to achieve this feat against at least one of their opponents during the season.

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  • Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.