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”
Poland have been ranked 14 in the most recent FIFA World rankings (February 2017). This is the highest ever ranking for the Polish national team and marks a remarkable turn around under coach Adam Nawalka (they were 78th in the world when he took over in late 2013) Continue reading “Poland’s highest ever FIFA world ranking in the modern era”
Here is a list of all the players named La Liga Player of the Month for the 2016/2017 domestic season in Spain.
So far, six different players from six different clubs have won it in the 16/17 season. The list comprises of 3 Spanish players (Serantes, Lopez and Aspas), two French (Griezmann, Nzonzi) and one Romanian (Andone) Continue reading “(LIST) La Liga Player of the Month 16/17 season”
Non-League Sutton Town have been given a glamour tie at home against Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup after upsetting Leeds United.
Like the Gunners, Chelsea and Manchester United also face away trips to Championship outfits- Wolves and Blackburn Rovers respectively Continue reading “Sutton get Arsenal, Rovers drawn against Manchester United”