Performance Analysis – Bundesliga Top 20 Goalscorers

May 16, 2013

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“829 goals have been scored in the Bundesliga so far this season. That is an average of almost three goals a game in another season of high octane attacking football and goals galore. Last year was a prolific season for many of the league’s top strikers and it is no different this time around. 356 of those 829 goals have been scored by strikers, a little under 50% of the total. Of course, in today’s game, the line between striker and midfielder is blurrier than ever before and many of the league’s outstanding players and biggest goal threats are players usually classified as midfielders. In fact, more goals were scored by midfielders this season than by strikers. 360 goals to be exact.” Bundesliga Fanatic


We Are The Champions?

May 16, 2013

“The prospect of an all-German Champions League final provided material for Germany’s tabloid Bild-Zeitung for some crude reporting. Under the headline ‘We Are The Champions’ the sub-heading reads: but not every one likes it. In fact, level-minded Germans are aware of the fact that Germany’s image throughout this current crisis in Europe has suffered severely, yet the article is a reminder of some dark thoughts from the not so distant past.” Do not mention the war


Chelsea 2-1 Benfica: Chelsea outplayed in the first half, but improve after the break

May 16, 2013

“Chelsea won the Europa League thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s stoppage time header. From the side that lost to Porto at the weekend, Jorge Jesus left out Lima and Ola John, bringing back Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo to the starting line-up. Lorenzo Malgarejo replaced for the suspended Maxi Pereira, with Andre Almeida switching flanks. Rafael Benitez was without Eden Hazard, so used Ramires in a wide position, with Frank Lampard and David Luiz in the centre of midfield. Benfica were better in terms of pressing and passing, outplaying Chelsea for long periods – but they wasted some excellent first-half opportunities.” Zonal Marking


We All Dream Of A Team Of Carraghers

May 16, 2013

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“On the 8th of January 1997, Liverpool went out of the League Cup with a whimper, losing 2-1 away at Middlesbrough. Three weeks before his 19th birthday, Jamie Carragher made his Liverpool debut as a substitute that night, ensuring that a largely forgettable match has subsequently had a sheen of importance added to it in the context of the history of Liverpool Football Club.” Tomkins Times


Should Manchester United simply sever ties with Wayne Rooney?

May 16, 2013

“For many, Wayne Rooney is already a Manchester United legend. Since joining the club in 2004, the England international has scored 177 goals for the Red Devils in 400 appearances, a glancing feat for any modern-day footballer. In his time at the club he has also enjoyed an incredible trophy haul winning five league titles as well as the Champions League. However, according the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney has asked for a second transfer request in three years and although United are reluctant to sell their prized asset, they might have to give in to the 27-year-old’s demands eventually. His first transfer request was met with a bumper new contract, angering many fans who questioned his loyalty. The second request has led to a divergence of opinions amongst United fans about whether he is worth the hassle.” Think Football


Ferguson rightly lauded, but even he made mistakes

May 16, 2013

“How splendidly ironic that Callum McManaman’s dynamic performance for Wigan against Manchester City at Wembley should almost coincide with the announcement that David Moyes would inherit the formidable mantle of Alex Ferguson.” World Soccer