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.
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.
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 [.
If a club wins both the home fixture and the away fixture during a league season then they are said to have "done the double" over that side. In the Premier League during the 2012/2013 season 16 of the 20 sides did the double over a rival.
The following lists show the teams that each club in the Premier League managed to do the double against.
At the beginning of the season, it looked like Olivier Giroud would be a complete flop when he missed sitter after sitter in Arsenal first five or six games, but he is under the impression that he has settled in rather well for his first season, and he promises to improve even further in the next campaign.
There is a good chance that the goalkeeping situation at Arsenal will stay the same; and to be honest the topic is becoming more and more redundant as time goes on because Szczesny is a great keeper, and will be one of the best in the world (only an idiot would say otherwise).
Fabianski might be content with staying as Arsenals #2 keeper considering he is getting chances to start matches here and there, looking eager to overtake his young Polish compatriot, but who knows what decisions will be made by him or management during the summer.
Manchester United were the club who picked up the most Premier League points during 2012. They are followed by their city rivals Manchester City who despite losing the same number of games as United, couldn't convert many of their draws to wins.
Premier League table for the calendar year 2012
Interestingly Everton picked up more points than both Chelsea and Arsenal during 2012 though this may have something to do with the fact that Everton played more games than both Chelsea and Arsenal during the year.
Liverpool completed the Â£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 [.
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.
Cardiff City: Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Blackpool, Birmingham City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.
The vast majority of clubs in the Championship supplement their squads with players on loan from the Premier League or further afield. In fact, many clubs depend on taking a few players on loan at the start of every season and often pay substantial loan fees in order to do so. It's a fact of life in the Championship.
Unsurprisingly Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated Spanish football in 2012. Barca accumulated over 100 points, whilst Real Madrid were ten points behind their bitter rivals. Interestingly during 2012 Valencia and Rayo Vallecano picked up the same number of points as each other, however Valencia drew 10 of their games, Vallecano drew just one a goalless game with Sevilla in September.
With German football currently taking a winter break, Eintracht Frankfurt can look back on 2012 with a satisfaction that few other clubs can match. Since their promotion to the Bundesliga last May they have accumulated an impressive thirty points and currently sit fourth in the table, behind only Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.
As the calendar year 2012 comes to an end and with French football all wrapped up for another year, it's unsurprising to see that "Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ‡'sParis St. Germain" are the club that have topped the French charts during 2012.
It's quite interesting to note that the three promoted sides Bastia, Reims and Troyes haven't performed very strongly in the first half of the 2012/2013 season.
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.
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 [.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Orlando City's Dom Dwyer (left, courtesy orlandocitysoccer.com) broke the USL Pro single-season goal-scoring record Friday night with his 14th in a 2-0 win over the Phoenix FC Wolves. It's a remarkable accomplishment, no question, but not a record-setting one for the level of play.
I was perusing the interwebs today, and decided I'd scan through some of the squad statistics this year. I found a few that jumped out at me, and I think they're worth commenting on. All statistics are from ESPN.com
Eden Hazard â€“ He has suffered 133 fouls in all competitions this year.
With the Africa Cup of Nations a fading memory and the European leagues back in full swing I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Africans represented in five of Europe's top leagues: Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.
Despite their non qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013, Senegal have the most players playing in the five European leagues mentioned in the introduction.
The Italians are about to embark on their rather civilized Christmas break. Aball won't be kickedin anger until Serie A re-starts on the 6th January. So whilst we have the maudlin feelings associated with the end of Christmas, we'll at least have the delights of Italian soccer to keep us warm on those dark winter nights.