Another unwanted record for under-pressure Sunderland bos David Moyes! His side lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside in midweek, with the latter thus becoming the last English team among the top four domestic leagues (20 Premier League teams and 24 each from the Championship, League One and League Two) to pick up a win this year.
Overdue for Boro, and secured for the club thanks to De Roon’s goal, but it looks like both the North-East clubs will be playing in the Championship next season (they’re 19th and 20th in the Premier League currently) while rivals Newcastle will return to the top flight. Continue reading “Last English club to win in 2017 (Middlesbrough- 92/92)”
Feyenoord won the Eredivisie after a gap of 18 years following a 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo at De Kuip, sparking massive celebrations in Rotterdam. There were fears that Feyenoord would bottle the title Continue reading “Feyenoord win Eredivisie after 18 years | Dirk Kuyt’s role in trophy win”
With Isco’s goal against Atletico Madrid, Real not only knocked out their cross country rivals from the competition, but also equalled Bayern Munich’s record of most consecutive competitive games with at least one goal scored in each of them (61)
Real Madrid’s last game without a goal was April 26, 2016 when they drew away at Man City. Since then, their 61 games have included 38 league games Continue reading “Isco’s goal v Atletico Madrid | Real equal record for goals scored in most consecutive games (61)”
While Rudy Gestede has been in the news after relegated with a Premier League club for the third time after Boro’s defeat at Stamford Bridge last night, here is the curious case of Darlington Omodiagbe, who got relegated for five consecutive seasons with clubs in Germany
2007- Relegated from 2.Bundesliga with Unterhaching
2008- Relegated from 2.Bundesliga with Jena
2009- Relegated from 2.Bundesliga with Osnabruck Continue reading “The curious case of Darlington Omodiagbe- Most consecutive relegations with different teams?- 5 in five years”
Today’s fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford (April 16, 2017) saw Chelsea fail to register a single shot on target (yes zero) as Jose Mourinho’s tactics worked wonders for the home side, who prevailed 2-0 to cut the Blues’ lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.
The last time Chelsea didn’t register a shot on target in the modern Premier League era was ALSO against Manchester United (September 2007)
For a nation of over a billion people, India somewhat surprisingly, lag behind in football. However things seemed to have looked up in the last couple of years, and with recent wins against Myanmar, Puerto Rico and Cambodia, the national team are now at 101 in the latest FIFA rankings, their second highest ever rating since the introduction of the rankings.
India were ranked as low as 173 in March 2015 and were 132nd last month, but are now the 11th best team in Asia as per the current rankings.
What is India’s highest ever FIFA ranking?- It is 94, which they achieved in February 1996.
They achieved this 101 ranking last in May 1996 and have been on a downslide since then, which makes this ranking their highest in the last 20 years. Continue reading “India’s highest ever FIFA ranking in the last two decades- (101) in latest ratings”
Here is a piece of great skill from Tottenham’s Kyle Walker in England’s 2-0 win over Lithuania. Walker produces a fantastic leap to control Michael Keane’s pass and prevents it from going out and then recovers to produce a cross into the box Continue reading “Kyle Walker vs Lithuania | Video of skill & great jump to control Michael Keane pass”
Theo Walcott has become the 18th player to score 100 career goals for Arsenal. He achieved this feat with his goal in the Gunners’ FA Cup tie against Sutton United and has taken 370 games to reach the landmark (Ian Wright in the fastest with 143, while Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie needed 181 and 238 respectively
Distribution of Walcott’s 100 goals for Arsenal (updated till Sutton United game)
Champions League: 11
FA Cup: 11
League Cup: 11
Cl Qualifiers: 3 Continue reading “Theo Walcott 100 Goals for Arsenal- 18th player to hit landmark”
Another nice little stat from our friends at OptaJoe- Paris Saint-Germain have become the sixth team to score four goals against Barcelona in a Champions League game following their fantastic win at Parc des Princes.
The other five teams are AC Milan, Dynamo Kiev, Valencia, Chelsea and Bayern Munich
Four goals v Barcelona in the modern Champions League era
Milan 4-0 Barcelona (1994- also the Champions League final)
Dynamo 4-0 Barcelona (1997)
Valencia 4-1 Barcelona (2000)
Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona (2005)
Bayern 4-0 Barcelona (2013)
Manchester United have become the first team in the history of the modern Premiership era to reach 2000 points. The Red Devils achieved this feat when they beat Watford 2-0 on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Here is a year by year break-up of United’s points in the Premier League since it started in 1992/93 (till the Watford game)
They hit the 1000 point mark in 2004/05.
MUFC every Premier League season by points & cumulative total
1992/93 | 84
1993/94 | 92 | Cumulative total 176
1994/95 | 88 | Cumulative total 264
1995/96 | 82 | Cumulative total 346
1996/97 | 75 | Cumulative total 421
1997/98 | 77 | Cumulative total 498
1998/99 | 79 | Cumulative total 577
1999/00 | 91 | Cumulative total 668
2000/01 | 80 | Cumulative total 748
2001/02 | 77 | Cumulative total 825
2002/03 | 83 | Cumulative total 908
2003/04 | 75 | Cumulative total 983
2004/05 | 77 | Cumulative total 1060 Continue reading “First Premier League team to reach 2000 points | Manchester United 2016/17”