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Chelsea’s height advantage over Arsenal proves to be crucial

February 7, 2010
Chelsea’s height advantage over Arsenal proves to be crucial

It’s been the story of the last three or four seasons in Arsenal v Chelsea clashes – a difference in physique. Didier Drogba has long had the measure of the Arsenal defence, seemingly regardless of which centre-backs he’s up against, but all over the pitch Chelsea tower over Arsenal. Games between well-matched sides often comes...
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Should we all start following the Allsvenskan?

February 3, 2010
Should we all start following the Allsvenskan?

This graph shows the number of different clubs who won the top division in the last decade – the 1999/2000 champions, right through to the 2008/09 champions. You wouldn’t want to judge a league’s entertainment value solely based upon the number of sides who have won the league in the past ten seasons, but this...
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League comparison #3: shooting and goals

January 30, 2010
League comparison #3: shooting and goals

In part one we looked at passing, in part two we looked at crossing. For the final instalment, we will look at what football is all about – goals. Firstly, a simple statistic – the average number of goals per game in the five leagues: The only major surprise here is that the Premiership is so far...
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League comparison #2: crossing

January 26, 2010
League comparison #2: crossing

In part one, we looked at the differences between the Premiership, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in terms of passing. Here, we turn to crossing. Firstly, the number of crosses attempted per game in the five leagues: Serie A sees by far the highest amount of crosses, with the Bundesliga trailing significantly. There’s...
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League comparison #1: passing

January 24, 2010
League comparison #1: passing

It’s often argued that the major European leagues are becoming increasingly similar, and there are no longer significant variations in tactics.  What are the reasons for this? An increased number of foreign players and managers? More television coverage of foreign competitions? A greater number of European matches? Globalisation in general? That debate is for another...
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