31 March, 2012

Memory Lane: La Liga 1989-90.

Ratings: Don Balón.

7,30 Martín Vázquez (Real Madrid)
7,10 Ablanedo II (Sp. Gijón)
7,00 Hugo Sánchez (Real Madrid)
6,90 Vinyals (Oviedo)
6,88 Polster (Sevilla)
6,86 Penev (Valencia)
6,84 Pardeza (Zaragoza)
6,80 Fradera (Mallorca)
6,80 Juanito (Zaragoza)
6,75 Zubizarreta (Barcelona)
6,70 Fernando (Valencia)

Ideal XI:
Ablanedo II (Gijón) - García Cortés (Mallorca), Juanito (Zaragoza), Fradera (Mallorca), Chano (Málaga) - Fernando (Valencia), Vinyals (Oviedo), Rafa Paz (Sevilla) - Martín Vázquez (R. Madrid), Polster (Sevilla), Hugo Sánchez (R. Madrid).

Today 14 years ago: Atlético Madrid 0, Lazio 1

UEFA Cup quarterfinal:

0-1 34' Jugovic. Att: 51.000.
Atlético: Molina 6,00 — Aguilera 6,25, Santi 6,50, Andrei 5,00, Prodan 5,50 — Pantic 6,00 (87' Paunovic 6,00), Bejbl 6,00, Vizcaíno 5,50 (57' José Mari 6,00), Lardín 6,50 (73' Nimny) — Vieri 6,25, Caminero 5,50. — coach: Antic. = average: 5,92.
Lazio: Marchegiani 7,50Grandoni 5,50, Chamot 6,00, Negro 6,75, Favalli 5,75 — Fuser 6,00, Venturin 6,50, Jugovic 6,75, Nedved 6,50 — Boksic 6,50 (68' Casiraghi 5,50), Mancini 6,00 (79' Gottardi). — coach: Eriksson. = average: 6,27.

30 March, 2012

Memory Lane: La Liga 1988-89.

Ratings: Don Balón.

6,97 Ruggeri (Logroñés) -photo-
6,78 Fernando (Valencia)
6,72 Sanchís (Real Madrid)
6,60 Giner (Valencia)
6,52 Aloísio (Barcelona)
6,51 Carmelo (Cádiz)
6,50 Quique (Valencia)
6,49 N'Kono (Español)
6,49 Roberto (Barcelona)
6,47 Jaro (Málaga)
6,47 Bermell (Cádiz)

Ideal XI:
N'Kono (Español) - Cortijo (Cádiz), Sanchís (R. Madrid), Ruggeri (Logroñés), Quique (Valencia) - Roberto (Barcelona), Fernando (Valencia), Abadía (Logroñés) - Martín Vázquez (R. Madrid), Baltazar (Atlético), Butragueño (R. Madrid).

Today 2 years ago: Bayern Munich 2, Man United 1.

0-1 2' Rooney, 1-1 77' Ribéry, 2-1 92' Olic. Att: 66.000.
Bayern: Butt 6,90 — Lahm 6,60, Van Buyten 6,20, Demichelis 5,20, Badstuber 6,00 — Altintop 6,60 (86' Klose), Van Bommel 6,90, Pranjic 6,50 (90' Tymoshchuk), Ribéry 7,30 — T. Müller 5,60 (74' M. Gómez 6,50), Olic 7,50. = average: 6,48.
Man United: Van der Sar 7,30Evra 5,10, Vidic 6,30, Ferdinand 6,00, G. Neville 5,70 — Fletcher 6,30, Carrick 5,60 (71' Valencia 5,30), Scholes 5,90, Nani 6,70 (83' Giggs), Park 5,70 (70' Berbatov 5,50) — Rooney 7,20. = average: 6,05.

29 March, 2012

Web polls

Gazzetta dello Sport (Milan):
Who was the best player in the quarterfinals first leg?
36,5% Bonera (Milan)
24,8% Kaká (Real Madrid)
13,1% Robben (Bayern)
10,2% Benzema (Real Madrid)
6,1% Marcelo (Real Madrid)
3,5% M. Gómez (Bayern)
3,3% Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
1,2% David Luíz (Chelsea)
0,7% Javi García (Benfica)
0,6% Cech (Chelsea)


El Mundo Deportivo (Barcelona):
Should Barcelona protest formally against the state of the pitch at San Siro?
79,1% Yes
20,9% No

Should penalties have been awarded for fouls on Alexis and Puyol?
67,7% Yes, in both occasions
12,9% For Puyol only
11,7% No
7,7% For Alexis only

0-0 in the first leg. Which team will qualify?
79,7% Barça
20,3% Milan

Player ratings Olympique Marseille 0, Bayern Munich 2.

0-1 44' M. Gómez, 0-2 69' Robben. Att: 31.683.
O.M.: Andrade 4,60 - Azpilicueta 6,30, Fanni 6,10, N’Koulou 6,10, Morel 5,30 - A. Diarra 5,80 (71' Benoît Cheyrou 5,80), M’Bia 5,90 - Amalfitano 5,50 (68' Brandão 5,30), Valbuena 6,10, A. Ayew 5,80 - Remy 5,70. - coach: Deschamps. = average: 5,72.
Bayern: Neuer 6,70 - Lahm 6,50, J. Boateng 5,70, Badstuber 6,30, Alaba 6,40 - Luíz Gustavo 6,40, Kroos 5,80 (63' Tymoschuk 6,00) - Robben 7,40, T. Müller 6,50 (71' Schweinsteiger 5,50), Ribéry 5,90 (78' Pranjic) - M. Gómez 7,30. - coach: Heynckes. = average: 6,34.

Player ratings Milan 0, Barcelona 0.

Att: 76.169 (4.689.255 euro; new San Siro record).
Milan: Abbiati 6,50 - Bonera 6,40, Mexès 6,20, Nesta 7,10 (75' Mesbah 6,00), Antonini 7,00 - Nocerino 6,20, Ambrosini 7,10, Seedorf 6,70 - K.P. Boateng 6,00 (67' Emanuelson 5,60) - Ibrahimovic 5,70, Robinho 5,10 (52' El Shaârawy 5,80). - coach: Allegri. = average: 6,24.
Barcelona: Valdés 6,10 - Dani Alves 6,30, Piqué 6,70, Mascherano 6,30, Puyol 6,30 - Xavi 6,90, Busquets 6,10, Keita 5,90 - Alexis 5,90 (77' Pedro), Messi 6,80, Iniesta 5,90 (65' Tello 6,40). - coach: Guardiola. = average: 6,30.

28 March, 2012

Player ratings APOEL 0, Real Madrid 3.

0-1 76' Benzema, 0-2 82' Kaká, 0-3 90' Benzema. Att: 22.500.
APOEL: Chiotis 6,60 - Poursaitidis 5,80, Oliveira (13' Kaká 6,20), Paulo Jorge 6,20, Boaventura 6,40 - Nuno Morais 5,80, Hélio Pinto 5,80 (72' Solari 5,80), Charalambidis 5,90, Trickovski 5,60, Alexandrou 5,50 (46' Sousa 5,40) - Aílton 6,40. = average: 5,95.
Real Madrid: Casillas 6,30 - Arbeloa 5,80, Pepe 6,30, Sergio Ramos 6,40, Fábio Coentrão 6,30 (63' Marcelo 6,90) - Khedira 6,10, Sahin 6,70 (84' Granero), Özil 6,70 - Cristiano Ronaldo 6,50, Higuaín 5,80 (63' Kaká 7,60), Benzema 7,10. = average: 6,50.

Player ratings Benfica 0, Chelsea 1.

0-1 75' Kalou. Att: 60.000.
Benfica: Artur 6,20 - Maxi Pereira 6,40, Luisão 5,50, Jardel 5,60, Emerson 5,00 - Javi García 6,40 (80' Nolito), Witsel 6,10 - Gaitán 6,10, Aimar 6,00 (68' Matic 5,60), Bruno César 5,80 (68' Rodrigo 5,70) - Cardozo 6,40. = average: 5,91.
Chelsea: Cech 6,80 - Paulo Ferreira 6,40 (80' Bosingwa), David Luíz 7,40, Terry 6,90, Ashley Cole 6,70 - Ramires 6,80, Obi Mikel 6,50, Raul Meireles 6,20 (67' Lampard 6,10) - Mata 5,90, Kalou 6,90 (81' Sturridge), Fernando Torres 7,10. = average: 6,64.

27 March, 2012

Champions League: topscorers 1991-2012 (knockout matches only).

24: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
18: Raúl (Schalke 04, Real Madrid)
17: Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea, Milan, Dinamo Kyiv)
16: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Man United), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan, Juventus)
14: Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Man United)
12: Thierry Henry (Barcelona, Arsenal, Monaco)
11: Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Marseille)
9: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Samuel Eto'o (Inter, Barcelona, Mallorca), Fernando Morientes (Valencia, Liverpool, Monaco, Real Madrid)
8: Kaká (Real Madrid, Milan), Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid, Juventus), Jari Litmanen (Ajax, Liverpool), Michael Ballack (Chelsea, Bayern, Leverkusen)
7: Arjen Robben (Bayern, Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSV), Diego Milito (Inter)
6: Giovane Élber (Lyon, Bayern), Emmanuel Adebayor (Real Madrid, Arsenal, Monaco), Sylvain Wiltord (Lyon, Arsenal, Bordeaux), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid, Man United, PSV), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), David Trezeguet (Juventus, Monaco), Ryan Giggs (Man United), Mario Gómez (Bayern, Stuttgart).

European league stats, 2011/12.


Points average:
86,2% of max points: Real Madrid
81,1% Man City
79,3% Barcelona
77,8% Man United
76,5% Bor. Dortmund
72,4% Milan


Home:
100% Man City
95,2% Barcelona
88,9% Real Madrid, Montpellier
85,7% Bayern


Away:
83,3% Real Madrid
80,0% Man United
71,1% Milan
66,7% Bor. Dortmund
64,4% Barcelona


Draws:
51,7% Brest
48,3% Juventus
44,8% Racing, Atalanta
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10,3% Real Madrid
7,4% Schalke
6,9% Bolton


Attack:
3,28 Real Madrid
2,90 Barcelona
2,47 Man United
2,44 Bayern
2,40 Man City


Home:
4,14 Barcelona
4,00 Real Madrid
3,21 Bayern
2,93 Man City
2,79 Schalke


Away:
2,50 Real Madrid
2,27 Man United
2,00 Milan
1,87 Man City
1,86 Bor. Dortmund


Defence:
0,59 Juventus
0,63 Bor. Dortmund
0,67 Bayern, M'gladbach
0,73 Man City


Home:
0,36 Bayern
0,47 Man City
0,50 Milan
0,53 Montpellier, Toulouse


Away:
0,53 Juventus
0,62 M'gladbach
0,64 Bor. Dortmund, Real Madrid
0,80 Man United, Lille


Goal difference:
2,38 Real Madrid
2,14 Barcelona
1,78 Bayern
1,67 Man City
1,57 Man United


Home:
3,57 Barcelona
2,87 Real Madrid
2,86 Bayern
2,47 Man City
1,93 Schalke


Away:
1,86 Real Madrid
1,47 Man United
1,21 Bor. Dortmund
0,87 Man City, Milan.


Includes Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.

Today 4 years ago: France 1, England 0.

1-0 32' Ribéry penalty. Att: 78.500.
France: Gregory Coupet 6,00 — Eric Abidal 6,25, Francois Clerc 6,50, William Gallas 6,00, Lilian Thuram 6,50 — Claude Makelele 6,25, Florent Malouda 5,75, Franck Ribéry 6,75, Jeremy Toulalan 6,12 — Nicolas Anelka 6,25 (80' Djibril Cissé), David Trezeguet 5,25 (64' Sidney Govou 5,88). — coach: Domenech 6,33.
England: David James 5,62 — Wes Brown 5,50 (64' Glen Johnson), Ashley Cole 5,38, Rio Ferdinand 6,25, John Terry 5,50 (46' Joleon Lescott 6,17) — Gareth Barry 6,12, David Beckham 5,62 (64' David Bentley), Joe Cole 5,38 (46' Stewart Downing 5,50), Steven Gerrard 6,00 (46' Michael Owen 5,12), Owen Hargreaves 6,00 — Wayne Rooney 5,25 (46' Peter Crouch 5,62). — coach: Capello 5,67.

26 March, 2012

Memory Lane: average ratings Bayern Munich 1973/74.

Bundesliga matches only.

7,91 Beckenbauer (rated 33 times)
7,20 Breitner (25)
7,15 Maier (34)
7,00 U. Hoeness (34)
6,58 J. Hansen (32)
6,53 Schwarzenbeck (33)
6,41 F. Roth (32)
6,35 Kapellmann (20)
6,29 G. Müller (34)
6,25 Dürnberger (28)
6,20 V. Jensen (5)
5,93 Zobel (28)
5,92 Gersdorff (12)
5,81 Torstensson (16)
5,67 Hadewicz (9)
5,47 W. Hoffmann (15)
5,00 E. Schneider (6).

Average ratings Arsenal 2011/12.

Includes all EPL and Champions League matches and FA cup 1/8 final vs Sunderland.

6,93 Van Persie (rated 39 times)
6,62 Song (36)
6,55 Oxlade-Chamberlain (11)
6,53 Vermaelen (28)
6,44 Arteta (33)
6,39 Koscielny (32)
6,38 Gervinho (27)
6,29 Szczesny (39)
6,28 Ramsey (33), Sagna (21)
6,22 Walcott (38)
6,20 Rosický (26)
6,11 Gibbs (14)
6,10 Mertesacker (26)
6,07 Benayoun (11)
6,01 André Santos (14)
5,87 Coquelin (11)
5,72 Arshavin (17)
5,70 Jenkinson (9)
5,49 Djourou (17)

Needed: France Football and L'Equipe ratings.

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Memory Lane: European league topscorers 1980-81.

Albania
12: Dashnor Bajaziti (Besa)
10: Skuro (Neftëtari), Vassilaq Zeri (Dinamo)


Austria
20: Gernot Jurtin (Sturm Graz)
16: Alfred Drabits (Wiener SK), Christian Keglevits & Hans Krankl (Rapid)


Belgium
22: Erwin Vandenbergh (Lierse), Kenneth Brylle (Anderlecht), Preben Elkjær (Lokeren).


Bulgaria
31: Georgi Slavkov (Trakia) -photo-
17: Spas Jevizov (CSKA)
16: Aliosha Dimitrov (Akademik)


Cyprus
14: Sotiris Kaiafas (Omonia)
11: Andreas Kanaris (Omonia), Andros Savva (Omonia)


Czechoslovakia
16: Marián Masný (Slovan)
15: Marian Tomčák (Inter Bratislava)
13: Jozef Salka (Tatran Prešov)


Denmark
28: Allan Hansen (OB Odense)
22: Gert Jørgensen (B 1901 Nykøbing Falster)
18: Flemming Christensen (Lyngby)


East Germany
20: Joachim Streich (Magdeburg)
17: Klaus Havenstein (Chemie Böhlen), Wolf-Rüdiger Netz (Dynamo Berlin)


England
20: Steve Archibald (Tottenham), Peter Withe (Aston Villa)
19: Justin Fashanu (Norwich), Mick Robinson (Brighton)


Finland
21: Juhani Himanka (OPS Oulu)
17: Mickey Bellfield (KPT Kuopio)
12: Pasi Jaakonsaari (HJK Helsinki)


France
24: Delio Onnis (Monaco)
23: Uwe Krause (Laval)
22: Simo Nikolic (Lyon)


Greece
21: Dinos Kouis (Aris)
15: Grigoris Charalambidis (Doxa)
13: Thomas Liolios (Kastoria)


Holland
22: Ruud Geels (Sparta)
21: John Eriksen (Roda)
20: Kees Tol & Kurt Welzl (AZ '67)


Hungary
30: Tibor Nyilasi (Ferencváros)
25: László Kiss (Vasas)
19: György Kerekes (Debrecen)


Iceland
12: Larus Gudmundsson (Vikingur), Sigurlas Thorleifsson (Vestmannaeyar)
9: Thorsteinn Sigurdsson (Valur)


Ireland
23: Eugene Davis (Athlone)
18: Brendan Bradley (Sligo)
17: Padraig O'Connor (Athlone)


Italy
18: Roberto Pruzzo (Roma)
13: Massimo Palanca (Catanzaro)
12: Alessandro Altobelli (Inter)


Luxembourg
20: Albert May (Progrès)
16: Marcel Di Domenico (Red Boys)
15: Manou Scheitler (Jeunesse d'Esch)


Malta
13: Ernest Spiterigonzi (Hibernians)


Northern Ireland
18: Gary Blackledge (Glentoran)
13: Dickinson (Bangor)
11: Campbell (Ards)


Norway
16: Pål Jacobsen (Vålerengen)
12: Svein Mathisen (Start)
9: Per Egil Ahlsen & Vidar Hansen (Fredrikstad), Geir Henæs (Moss), Odd Iversen (Rosenborg), Bernt Mæland (Bryne)


Poland
18: Krzysztof Adamczyk (Legia)
16: Kazimierz Kmiecik (Wisła Kraków)
14: Roman Ogaza (Szombierki)


Portugal
20: Nené (Benfica)
17: Jacques (Braga)
14: João Alves (Benfica)


Romania
28: Marin Radu (Argeş Piteşti)
23: Rodion Cămătaru (Uni Craiova)
20: Mircea Sandu (Sportul)


Scotland
23: Frank McGarvey (Celtic)
16: Charlie Nicholas (Celtic)
14: David Dodds (Dundee United)


Soviet Union
23: Ramaz Shengelija (Dinamo Tbilisi)
21: Jurij Gavrilov (Spartak)
19: Oleg Blokhin (Dinamo Kiev)


Spain
20: Quini (Barcelona)
19: Juanito (Real Madrid)
17: Dani (Athletic Bilbao), Herrera (Zaragoza)


Sweden
20: Torbjörn Nilsson (IFK Göteborg)
14: Thomas "Poletten" Larsson (Örgryte)
13: Håkan Sandberg (IFK Göteborg), Thomas Sjöberg (Malmö FF)

Switzerland
18: Peter Risi (Luzern)
15: Robert Kok (Lausanne)
14: Walter Seiler (FC Zürich)


Turkey
15: Bora Öztürk (Adanaspor)
14: İbrahim (Boluspor)
12: Sinan (Trabzonspor)


West Germany
29: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern)
27: Manfred Burgsmüller (Bor. Dortmund)
19: Klaus Allofs (Fortuna Düsseldorf)


Yugoslavia
26: Milan Radović (Rijeka)
15: Mojaš Radonjić (Budućnost)
14: Dragoljub Kostic (Napredak), Kovačić (Dinamo Zagreb), Zvonko Živković (Partizan).

Player ratings Juventus 2, Inter 0.

1-0  57' Cáceres, 2-0 71' Del Piero. Att: 40.102 (1566 away fans).
Juventus: Buffon 7,30 - Cáceres 7,30, Barzagli 6,10, Chiellini 6,60, De Ceglie 5,90 - Vidal 6,70, Pirlo 6,20, Marchisio 6,10 - Pepe 5,20 (53' Bonucci 6,10), Matri 5,00 (53' Del Piero 7,00), Vucinic 5,00 (74' Quagliarella 5,80). = average: 6,16.
Inter: Júlio César 6,70 - Maicon 5,90, Lúcio 5,40, Samuel 5,70, Nagatomo 5,00 - J. Zanetti 5,80, Poli 6,10 (67' Faraoni 5,30), Stankovic 5,70, Obi 6,20 (67' Pazzini 5,20) - D. Milito 5,50, Forlán 5,00. = average: 5,65.

Today 6 years ago: Italy 2, Scotland 0 [WC qualifier]

1-0 35' Pirlo, 2-0 Pirlo freekick. Att: 40.745 (in Milan, 15.000 Scottish fans).
Italy: Buffon 6,50 — Bonera 6,00, F. Cannavaro 6,17, Materazzi 6,00, Chiellini 6,50 — Camoranesi 6,17, Pirlo 7,83, Gattuso 6,33 — Totti 6,67 (72' De Rossi 6,25) — Gilardino 6,17, Cassano 6,00 (83' Toni). — coach: Lippi 6,50.
Scotland: Douglas 5,33 (40' Gordon 5,67) — McNamara 5,50, Pressley 5,67, Weir 5,83, Naysmith 5,67 — Caldwell 5,33, Hartley 5,67 (76' Crawford), Ferguson 5,67, Quashie 6,00, McCulloch 5,67 — Miller 5,17 (86' O'Connor). — coach: Smith 5,75.

25 March, 2012

Average ratings Barcelona 2011/12.

Includes all Liga, Champions League, World Club Ch'ship and Copa del Rey matches.

7,23 Iniesta (rated 26 times)
7,21 Messi (42)
7,02 Xavi (44)
6,96 Puyol (28)
6,91 Fàbregas (35)
6,85 Mascherano (34)
6,78 Busquets (32)
6,73 Valdés (37)
6,67 Alexis (27)
6,61 Cuenca (18)
6,60 Abidal (35)
6,58 Alves (38)
6,55 Villa (20)
6,52 Thiago (33), Pedro (29), Adriano (23)
6,48 Piqué (27)
6,43 Keita (23)
6,30 Maxwell (10)

Today 6 years ago: top rated coaches La Liga.

6,44 Frank Rijkaard (Barcelona)
6,37 Quique Sánchez Flores (Valencia)
6,37 Javier Aguirre (Osasuna)
6,22 Joaquín Caparrós (Deportivo)
6,15 Manuel Preciado (Racing)
6,12 Javier Clemente (Athletic)
6,07 Fernando Vázquez (Celta)
6,04 Bernd Schuster (Getafe)
5,93 Juande Ramos (Sevilla)
5,81 Manuel Pellegrini (Villarreal)

Recent web polls, Gazzetta dello Sport.

Who deserves the title 'Gentleman of Serie A'?
46,1% J. Zanetti
20,5% Del Piero
10,0% Legrottaglie
8,6% Thiago Silva
5,8% Seedorf
3,0% Balzaretti
2,0% Di Natale
1,2% De Sanctis
0,9% Cambiasso
0,8% Pellissier
0,6% Giovinco
0,4% Rocchi


With Ibrahimovic in splendid form, can Milan defeat Barça in Champions League?
72,1% No, the Catalans are too strong
27,9% Yes, he is 'stratospheric' right now


Del Piero will probably play abroad next seasong. Where should he go?
54,3% Major League Soccer
22,2% Premier League
9,4% La Liga
8,3% Ligue 1
5,8% Bundesliga.

Today 8 years ago: Inter 4, Benfica 3.

UEFA Cup, quarterfinal. Agg: Inter 4-3.

0-1 36' Nuno Gomes, 1-1 45' Martins, 2-1 61' Recoba, 3-1 64' Vieri, 3-2 68' Nuno Gomes, 4-2 70' Martins, 4-3 77' Tiago. Att: 27.608.
Inter: Toldo 6,25 — Córdoba 5,00, Adani 5,00, Gamarra 5,50 — Lamouchi 5,25, J. Zanetti 6,50, Karagounis 6,50 (73' Brechet 5,50) — Okan 5,75 (59' Recoba 8,00), 'Kily' González 5,75 — Martins 6,75 (85' Almeyda), Vieri 6,50. = average: 6,02.
Benfica: Moreira 5,75 — Miguel 5,75, Luisão 5,25, Ricardo Rocha 5,50, Armando 6,25 — Petit 6,25 (85' Geovanni), Tiago 6,25, Zahovic 5,25 (64' Manuel Fernandes 6,00), João Pereira 5,00 (64' Sokota 6,00) — Simão 6,00 — Nuno Gomes 7,00. = average: 5,87.

23 March, 2012

Average ratings Barcelona 2009/10.

Includes all Liga and Champions League matches.

7,15 Messi (rated 46 times)
7,02 Piqué (43)
6,98 Puyol (41)
6,94 Valdés (50)
6,93 Xavi (41), Iniesta (35)
6,85 Pedro (40)
6,80 Alves (40)
6,79 G. Milito (14)
6,72 Abidal (25)
6,62 Y. Touré (29)
6,61 Busquets (41)
6,59 Ibrahimovic (37)
6,57 Bojan (23)
6,56 Keita (36)
6,32 Maxwell (31)
6,30 Jeffren (10)
6,00 Chygrynskiy (10)
5,94 Márquez (18)
5,88 Henry (25).

22 March, 2012

Average ratings Valencia 2011/12.

Includes Liga and CL matches and Copa del Rey semifinals.

6,59 Diego Alves
6,44 Banega
6,41 Jordi Alba & Soldado
6,22 Mathieu
6,21 Guaita
6,19 Jonas
6,12 Albelda
6,11 Canales, Rami & Piatti
6,06 Miguel
6,05 Tino Costa
6,04 Feghouli
6,00 Dealbert
5,96 Víctor Ruiz
5,93 Aduriz
5,92 Topal
5,89 Bruno Saltor & Pablo
5,75 Barragán
5,50 Parejo.

Average league attendance, 2012 vs 2002.

+108% Poland
+71% Switzerland
+66% Serbia
+44% Norway
+38% Germany
+35% Portugal
+28% Belgium
+21% Holland
+19% Denmark, Luxembourg
+16% Cyprus, Slovenia, Austria
+12% Greece
+11% Bosnia
+10% Russia
+8% Spain
+4% Iceland*
+1% England
-3% Czech Republic, Finland*, Ukraine
-4% Hungary
-5% Israel
-6% Ireland
-7% Croatia
-12% Italy
-13% Scotland
-14% France, Sweden*
-17% Lithuania, Romania, Belarus*
-25% Moldova
-26% Albania
-28% Kazakhstan
-35% Slovakia
-36% Latvia
-45% Bulgaria

*) 2011 vs 2001.

Today 4 years ago: Man United 3, Liverpool 0.

1-0 34' Brown, 2-0 79' Cristiano Ronaldo, 3-0 81' Nani. Sent-off: Mascherano. Att: 76.000.
Man Utd: Edwin van der Sar 6,00 — Wes Brown 7,00, Patrice Evra 6,67, Rio Ferdinand 7,33, Nemanja Vidic 7,00 — Ânderson 6,67 (Carlos Tévez 6,50), Michael Carrick 6,33, Ryan Giggs 6,33 (Nani 7,00) — Cristiano Ronaldo 6,67, Paul Scholes 7,00, Wayne Rooney 7,67. = average: 6,78.
Liverpool: José Manuel Reina 4,33 — Álvaro Arbeloa 5,00, Fábio Aurélio 5,33, Jamie Carragher 5,00, Martin Skrtel 4,67 — Xabi Alonso 5,00, Steven Gerrard 5,00, Javier Mascherano 3,33, Ryan Babel 4,67 (Yossi Benayoun 4,67) — Dirk Kuyt 5,67, Fernando Torres 5,00 (John Arne Riise). = average: 4,81.

Player ratings Man City 2, Chelsea 1.

0-1 60' Cahill, 1-1 78' Agüero penalty, 2-1 85' Nasri. Att: 46.234.
Man City: Hart 6,20 - Zabaleta 6,80, Richards 6,80, K. Touré 6,30, Clichy 6,20 - Silva 5,90 (76' Dzeko 6,00), Y. Touré 7,10, De Jong 6,20 (66' Tevez 7,20), Nasri 7,80 - Agüero 7,00, Balotelli 5,60 (46' Barry 6,60). = average: 6,55.
Chelsea: Cech 6,60 - Ivanovic 5,70 (20'  Bosingwa 5,30), David Luíz 6,90, Cahill 6,90, A. Cole 6,20 - Mikel 5,80, Raul Meireles 5,30 (58' Essien 5,80), Ramires 5,80, Lampard 5,60 - Mata 6,40, Fernando Torres 6,30 (73' Drogba 6,00). = average: 6,04.

21 March, 2012

Average ratings Athletic de Bilbao 2011/12.

Includes La Liga matches, Copa del Rey semifinals and Europa League 1/8 finals.

6,38 De Marcos
6,33 Ander Herrera
6,32 Javi Martínez
6,31 Llorente
6,21 Iraola, Muniain
6,15 Amorebieta
6,12 Itarruspe
6,11 Ekiza
6,07 Iraizoz
6,06 San José
6,00 Gurpegi, Susaeta, Toquero
5,96 Aurtenetxe
5,75 David López
5,70 Iñigo Pérez
5,45 Gabilondo.

Average ratings in Clásicos 1970-76.

Only Liga matches. Minimum 5 rated matches. Maximum point: 5. Barcelona players in bold text.

4,25 Cruyff (rated 8 times)
4,00 Migueli (10)
3,90 Rifé (10)
3,89 Neeskens (9)
3,83 H. Jensen (6)
3,80 Olmo (5)
3,62 Gallego (8)
3,60 Reina (5)
3,55 Miguel Ángel (11)
3,50 Torres (8)
3,47 Asensi (17)
3,44 Juan Carlos (9)
3,38 Zoco (8)
3,36 Rexach (14), Marcial (11)
3,29 Pirri (14), Camacho (7)
3,27 Amancio (11)
3,24 Benito (17)
3,20 Del Bosque (10)
3,14 Costas (7)
3,00 De la Cruz (12), Sol (7), García Remón (6), Artola (5)
2,80 Rubiñán, Guerini & Netzer (5)
2,70 Velázquez (10)
2,67 Grosso (6)
2,60 Touriño (5)
2,43 Santillana (14), Aguilar (7)
2,20 Verdugo (5)

Players rated four times: 4,50 Stielike, 4,25 Heredia, 4,00 Juanito & Wolff, 3,75 Mora & Sadurní, 3,50 Zabalza; San José, 3,25 Breitner, 3,00 Sánchez & Ramos.


Match stats (Real Madrid's figures first):
At Bernabéu : 3 3 3 10-11
At Camp Nou : 2 2 5 6-11
Total : 5 5 8 16-22

Average ratings Atlético de Madrid 2011/12.

Liga matches only.

6,55 Diego
6,50 Juanfran
6,53 Adrián
6,43 Courtois, Arda Turan, Falcao
6,42 Reyes
6,40 Domínguez
6,24 Miranda
6,16 Gabi
6,07 Tiago
6,00 Perea, Filipe Luís
5,94 Mario Suárez, Godín
5,79 Salvio

20 March, 2012

Average ratings Tottenham 2011/12.

EPL matches only.

6,82 S. Parker (rated 23 times)
6,77 Bale (26)
6,68 Modric (26)
6,59 Adebayor (25)
6,57 Friedel (28)
6,48 L. King (18)
6,43 Gallas (7)
6,38 K. Walker (27)
6,36 Assou-Ekotto (28)
6,31 Van der Vaart (23)
6,27 Defoe (18)
6,21 Lennon (14)
6,20 Dawson (6)
6,15 Kaboul (24), Kranjcar (8)
6,05 Sandro (13)
6,02 Saha (5)
5,98 Livermore (12).


Ratings: The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Goal.com, ESPN, Gazzetta dello Sport.

Highest individual ratings: 8,50 Adebayor vs Newcastle (5-0), 8,20 Parker vs QPR (3-1).
Lowest individual ratings: 4,00 King vs Arsenal (2-5), 4,30 Kaboul & Van der Vaart (same match).
Highest team average: 7,26 vs Liverpool (4-0).
Lowest team average: 4,89 vs Arsenal (2-5).

Today 6 years ago: top rated players La Liga.

Ratings: Don Balón.

7,09 Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
7,00 Riquelme (Villarreal)
6,83 Riki (Getafe)
6,74 Munitis (Deportivo)
6,73 Cañizares (Valencia)
6,71 Eto'o (Barcelona)
6,65 Diego Rivas (Getafe)
6,59 Ricardo (Osasuna)
6,58 Costanzo (Alavés)
6,58 Vicente (Valencia)
6,58 Albiol (Valencia)
6,54 Aimar (Valencia)
6,52 Puyol (Barcelona)
6,50 Pinto (Celta)
6,46 Pernía (Getafe)
6,44 Pablo (Atlético)
6,42 Zidane (Real Madrid)
6,42 Gavilán (Getafe)
6,42 Albelda (Valencia)
6,40 Ayala (Valencia)
6,39 Felipe Melo (Racing)
6,39 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
6,38 Sergio (Celta)
6,36 Márquez (Barcelona)
6,35 Borja Oubiña (Celta)
6,33 Armando (Cádiz)
6,33 Jorge Andrade (Deportivo)
6,31 D. Milito (Zaragoza)
6,30 Marcos Senna (Villarreal)
6,30 Molina (Deportivo)
6,27 Milošević (Osasuna)
6,27 Ángel (Celta).

Bundesliga, top rated players 2011/12.

Ratings: Kicker.

7,65 Mario Götze (Bor. Dortmund)
7,44 Marco Reus (Bor. M'gladbach)
7,42 Franck Ribéry (Bayern München)
7,39 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München)
7,35 Mats Hummels (Bor. Dortmund)
7,34 Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
7,29 Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen)
7,24 Roman Weidenfeller (Bor. Dortmund)
7,24 Sven Bender (Bor. Dortmund)
7,23 Sebastian Kehl (Bor. Dortmund)
7,21 Roel Brouwers (Bor. M'gladbach)
7,21 Sven Ulreich (Stuttgart)
7,21 Jakub Blaszczykowski (Bor. Dortmund)
7,17 Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
7,17 Patrick Herrmann (Bor. M'gladbach)
7,13 Marc-André ter Stegen (Bor. M'gladbach)
7,12 Simon Jentzsch (Augsburg)
7,12 Dante (Bor. M'gladbach)
7,08 Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg)
7,08 Michael Rensing (Köln)
7,07 Martin Stranzl (Bor. M'gladbach)
7,07 Lars Unnerstall (Schalke 04)
7,07 Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)
7,06 Christian Wetklo (Mainz)
7,06 Lukasz Piszczek (Bor. Dortmund)
7,06 Holger Badstuber (Bayern München)
7,06 Thomas Kraft (Hertha BSC)
7,06 Robert Lewandowski (Bor. Dortmund)
7,04 Toni Kroos (Bayern München)
7,02 Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen).

Today 18 years ago: Milan 2, Inter 1

1-0 46' og Bergomi, 1-1 86' Schillaci, 2-1 89' Massaro. Att: 76.348.
Milan: S. Rossi 5,75 — Panucci 6,00, Maldini 6,00, F. Galli 6,00, F. Baresi 7,00 Donadoni 7,00, Albertini 6,25, Desailly 6,00, Boban 5,00 (62' Massaro 6,75) — Savicevic 6,25, Simone 5,00 (84' Eranio). — coach: Capello. = average: 6,08.
Inter: Zenga 6,00 — Bergomi 6,75, Orlando 6,00, A. Paganin 4,50, Battistini 6,00 — Berti (14' M. Paganin 5,00), Manicone 6,25, Jonk 5,75, Shalimov 4,50Bergkamp 4,50, Fontolan 5,00 (75' Schillaci 6,75). — coach: Marini. = average: 5,58.

19 March, 2012

Player ratings Hertha 0, Bayern 6.

0-1 9' T. Müller, 0-2 12' Robben, 0-3 19' Robben penalty, 0-4 50' M. Gómez, 0-5 51' Kroos, 0-6 67' Robben penalty. Att: 74.244.
Hertha: Kraft 5,50 (46' Burchert)  - Perdedaj 4,25 (46' Morales), Hubnik 4,50, Janker 3,25, Bastians 5,00 - Niemeyer 5,00 - Rukavytsya 4,50, Lell 5,25, Ottl 4,50, Ramos 4,75 (72' Lasogga) - Raffael 4,75. - coach: Rehhagel. = average: 4,66.
Bayern: Neuer 6,75 - Lahm 7,75, J. Boateng 6,25, Badstuber 6,75, Alaba 6,25 - Luíz Gustavo 7,25, Kroos 8,00 - Robben 8,50 (70' Pranjic), T. Müller 8,50 (61' Tymoshchuk), Ribéry 8,50 (73' Rafinha) - M. Gómez 6,75. - coach: Heynckes. = average: 7,39.
 

Ligue 1, top rated players 2011/12.

Ratings: L'Équipe.

6,11 Salvatore Sirigu (Paris-SG)
6,05 Jonathan Zebina (Brest)
6,00 Stéphane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne)
6,00 Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)
5,96 Steeve Elana (Brest)
5,94 Cédric Barbosa (Evian TG)
5,82 Alexis Thébaux (Caen)
5,80 Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
5,80 Younes Belhanda (Montpellier)
5,78 Henri Bédimo (Montpellier)
5,77 Etienne Capoue (Toulouse)
5,75 Willy Boly (Auxerre)
5,75 Johan Cavalli (AC Ajaccio)
5,74 Rio Mavuba (Lille)
5,72 Eden Hazard (Lille)
5,65 Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille)
5,63 Mathieu Debuchy (Lille)
5,55 Loïc Rémy (Marseille)

Player ratings Wolves 0, Man United 5.

0-1 21' Evans, 0-2 43' Valencia, 0-3 45' Welbeck, 0-4 56' Hernández, 0-5 61' Hernández. Sent-off: 39' Zubar. Att: 27.290.
Wolves: Hennessey 5,50 - Zubar 4,20, Stearman 5,10, S. Bassong 5,00, Ward 4,40 - Foley 5,30, Edwards 5,60, Davis 5,40 (43' E. Jonsson 5,30), Jarvis 6,50 - Doyle 5,50 (58' Kightly 5,70), Fletcher 5,50 (77' Ebanks-Blake). = average: 5,31.
Man United: De Gea 6,40 - Rafael 6,50, Ferdinand 6,60, Evans 7,30 (74' Smalling), Evra 6,20 (63' Fábio 6,00) - Valencia 7,80, Carrick 6,70 (58' Pogba 5,90), Scholes 7,30, Welbeck 7,50 - Hernández 7,40, Rooney 7,60. = average: 6,86.

Player ratings Fiorentina 0, Juventus 5.

0-1 15' Vucinic, 0-2 28' Vidal, 0-3 55' Marchisio, 0-4 67' Pirlo, 0-5 72' Padoin. Sent-off: 20' Cerci. Att: 36.387.
Fiorentina: Boruc 5,30 - Cassani 4,50, Natali 4,90, Nastasic 5,20, Pasqual 5,10 - Olivera 4,50 (46' De Silvestri 4,90), Montolivo 5,90, Lazzari 5,60 - Cerci 3,60, Amauri 4,60, Vargas 5,90.  - coach: Rossi. = average: 5,00.
Juventus: Buffon 6,50 - Lichtsteiner 6,10, Bonucci 6,40, Cáceres 6,30, De Ceglie 6,50 - Vidal 7,10 (70' Padoin 6,40), Pirlo 7,30, Marchisio 6,90 - Pepe 6,20, Matri 5,70 (59' Quagliarella 5,80), Vucinic 7,90 (69' Borriello 5,90). - coach: Conte. = average: 6,50.

Average ratings Arsenal 2011/12.

Includes all EPL and Champions League and FA Cup match vs Sunderland. At least eight rated appearances.

6,96 Van Persie (rated 37 times)
6,58 Song (34)
6,55 Oxlade-Chamberlain (11)
6,50 Vermaelen (26)
6,45 Szczesny (37)
6,41 Arteta (31)
6,39 Koscielny (31), Gervinho (25)
6,30 Ramsey (31)
6,24 Sagna (19)
6,19 Walcott (36)
6,15 Rosický (24)
6,10 Mertesacker (26)
6,07 Benayoun (11)
6,05 André Santos (13)
6,02 Gibbs (12)
5,87 Coquelin (11)
5,72 Arshavin (17)
5,70 Jenkinson (9)
5,42 Djourou (16)


Ratings: The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Goal.com, ESPN, Gazzetta dello Sport.

Highest individual ratings: 9,50 Van Persie vs Blackburn (7-1), 8,80 Oxlade-Chamberland (same match).
Lowest individual ratings: 3,80 Djourou & Jenkinson vs Man United (2-8).
Highest team average: 7,28 vs Tottenham (5-2), 7,11 vs Blackburn (7-1).
Lowest team average: 4,64 vs Man United (2-8), 5,10 vs Milan (0-4).

18 March, 2012

Average ratings Man United 2011/12.

Includes all EPL, Champions League and Europa League matches and FA Cup matches vs Man City and Liverpool. At least eight rated appearances.

6,99 Rooney (rated 31 times)
6,81 Scholes (9)
6,58 P. Jones (28)
6,55 Valencia (21)
6,54 Vidic (8)
6,48 Nani (30), De Gea (25)
6,45 A. Young (20)
6,35 Giggs (22)
6,33 Lindegaard (11)
6,30 Smalling (21)
6,29 Welbeck (26)
6,23 Anderson (15)
6,17 Carrick (25)
6,14 Berbatov (11)
6,13 Fletcher (9)
6,10 Evra (35), Ferdinand (24), Hernández (20)
6,08 Evans (29)
6,02 Park (18)
5,74 Rafael (9)


Ratings: The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Goal.com, ESPN, Gazzetta dello Sport.

Highest individual ratings: 9,20 Rooney vs Arsenal (8-2) and 9,00 vs Bolton (5-0).
Lowest individual ratings: 3,70 Evans vs Man City (1-6), 4,20 Rafael vs Athl. Bilbao (2-3).
Highest team average: 7,39 vs Arsenal (8-2), 7,03 vs Bolton (5-0).
Lowest team average: 5,02 vs Man City (1-6), 5,26 vs. Athl. Bilbao (1-2).

17 March, 2012

Average ratings Man City 2011/12.

Includes all EPL, Champions League and Europa League matches and FA Cup derby vs Man United. At least five rated appearances.

6,85 Silva (rated 36 times)
6,72 Agüero (32)
6,60 Y. Touré (30)
6,59 Balotelli (19)
6,58 Milner (22)
6,55 Kompany (29)
6,48 Richards (25)
6,46 Hart (36)
6,36 Barry (28)
6,34 A. Johnson (20)
6,28 Džeko (25)
6,25 Lescott (28), Kolarov (17)
6,24 Zabaleta (16)
6,17 Clichy (22)
6,16 Nasri (28)
6,11 De Jong (15)
5,94 K. Touré (11)
5,84 Savic (10)


Ratings: The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Goal.com, ESPN, Gazzetta dello Sport.

Highest individual ratings: 9,60 Džeko vs Tottenham, 8,90 Silva vs Man United.
Lowest individual ratings: 4,00 Balotelli vs Liverpool, 4,70 Barry Swansea.
Highest team average: 7,50 vs Man United (6-1), 7,26 Swansea (4-0).
Lowest team average: 5,39 Swansea (0-1), 5,66 vs Bayern Munich (0-2).

Home (not so) Sweet Home.

Teams with no home advantage at all.

-16,7% West Bromwich
-16,2% Hamburger SV
-10,1% Lecce
-7,1% Wigan
-5,1% Rayo Vallecano
-2,4% Aston Villa
-0,7% Bologna
0.0% QPR, Wolves
0,5% Lazio
1,3% Inter
1,8% Lille
2,4% Man United, Blackburn, Bolton
4,0% Rennes.

Polls in 'Marca' this week.

Who is the best coach ever at Real Madrid?
59,3% Vicente Del Bosque
19,3%  Jose Mourinho
14,3% Miguel Muñoz
3,0% Fabio Capello
1,6% Luis Molowny
0,8% Leo Beenhakker,  Jupp Heynckes,  José Villalonga.

The best footballer in history?
50,2% Messi
27,5% Zidane
9,9% Maradona
7,1% Pelé
3,9% Di Stéfano
1,5% Cruyff.

Who would win a hypothetical CL final?
53,9% Barcelona
46,1% Real Madrid.

The best player of the Champions League second legs.
61,9% Messi (Barcelona)
13,5% Benzema (Real Madrid)
11,1% Mario Gómez (Bayern)
4,9% Drogba (Chelsea)
3,3% Chiotis (Apoel)
2,4% Robben (Bayern)
1,2% Rosicky (Arsenal)
0,8% Bruno César (Benfica)
0,5% Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
0,3% Inler (Napoli).

Average ratings Chelsea 2011/12.

Includes all EPL and Champions League matches. At least five rated appearances.

6,67 Mata (rated 32 times)
6,52 Sturridge (26)
6,48 Ramires (27), Terry (26)
6,41 Anelka (12)
6,34 Ivanovic (28)
6,32 Romeu (13)
6,27 Lampard (28), Essien (7)
6,24 A. Cole (33), Drogba (18)
6,18 Cech (33)
6,13 Fernando Torres (22)
6,07 Raul Meireles (25)
6,01 David Luíz (23)
5,95 Bosingwa (26)
5,90 Obi Mikel (17), Cahill (5)
5,80 Malouda (20)
5,71 Kalou (8)


Ratings: The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Goal.com, ESPN, Gazzetta dello Sport.

Highest individual ratings: 8,7 Lampard vs Bolton (5-1), 8,6 Drogba vs Valencia (3-0).
Lowest individual ratings: 4,0 A. Cole vs Swansea (1-1), 4,2 Drogba vs QPR (0-1). 
Highest team average: 6,97 vs Valencia (3-0).
Lowest team average: 5,34 vs Everton (0-2).

Today 13 years ago: Olympiakos 1, Juventus 1.

Champions League quarterfinals, second leg (aggregate: Juventus 3-2).

1-0 12' Gogic, 1-1 85' Conte. Att: 75.000.
Olympiakos: Eleftheropoulos 5,80 — Amanatidis 6,00 (89' De Souza), Anatolakis 6,20, Karataidis 5,80, Georgatos 6,70 (89' Alexandris) — Mavrogenidis 6,00, Poursanidis 6,20, Karapialis 6,30 (78' Amponsah), Djordevic 6,00 — Giannakopoulos 6,00, Gogic 6,50. — coach: Bajevic. = average: 6,14.
Juventus: Rampulla 5,50 — Mirkovic 5,90 (83' Birindelli), Iuliano 5,60, Montero 5,60, Di Livio 5,80 — Conte 6,50, Deschamps 5,60, Davids 5,90 — Zidane 6,10 (89' Tacchinardi) — F. Inzaghi 6,00, Esnaider 4,80 (69' N. Amoruso). — coach: Ancelotti. = average: 5,75.

Memory Lane: Denmark in the Euro 1992.

6,70 Henrik Larsen (rated 4 times)
6,55 Peter Schmeichel (5)
6,40 Brian Laudrup & Flemming Povlsen (5), Lars Elstrup (2)
6,39 Henrik Andersen (4)
6,35 John "Faxe" Jensen (5)
6,30 Torben Piechnik (3)
6,19 Kent Nielsen (4)
6,18 John Sivebæk (5)
6,16 Kim Vilfort (4)
6,14 Lars Olsen (5)
6,11 Kim Christofte (5)
5,40 Bent Christensen (2)

16 March, 2012

Serie A, top rated players 1997/98.

Average ratings, Gazzetta dello Sport.

6,63 Bierhoff (Udinese)
6,58 Totti (Roma), Winter (Inter)
6,57 R. Baggio (Bologna)
6,53 Pagliuca (Inter)
6,52 Buffon (Parma)
6,50 Konsel (Roma)
6,49 Nedved (Lazio)
6,48 Davids (Juventus).

Home Sweet Home.

Teams with the highest home advantage* in league matches 2011/12.

61,2% Palermo
52,8% Wolfsburg
46,2% Málaga
45,2% Udinese
44,9% Valenciennes
42,9% Man City
42,5% Fiorentina
41,0% Lyon
39,0% Genoa
38,9% Werder Bremen, Osasuna
38,5% Hannover, Villarreal
36,8% Montpellier
36,6% Siena
35,9% Barcelona, Atlético Madrid
35,2% Evian
35,0% Schalke.


*) Ex: Barcelona have won 37 points of 39 possible at Camp Nou (94,9%) and 23 of 39 on the road (59,0%). The difference is 35,9%.

Today 2 years ago: Chelsea 0, Inter 1.

0-1 79' Eto'o. Att: 38.107.
Chelsea: Turnbull 6,15 — Ivanović 5,60, Alex 5,65, Terry 5,75, Zhirkov 6,15 (74' Kalou) — Ballack 5,00 (62' J. Cole 5,15), Obi Mikel 5,70, Lampard 5,40 — Anelka 5,30, Drogba 5,50, Malouda 6,30. — coach: Ancelotti 5,10. = average: 5,64.
Inter: Júlio César 6,55 — Maicon 7,05, Lúcio 6,95, Samuel 7,40, J. Zanetti 6,75 — Cambiasso 7,05, Sneijder 7,90 (86' Mariga), Thiago Motta 6,65 (90' Materazzi), Pandev 6,05 (76' Stanković) — Eto'o 7,35, D. Milito 6,30. — coach: Mourinho 7,85. = average: 6,91.

Player ratings Man City 3, Sporting 2 [EL]

0-1 33' Mati Fernández, 0-2 40' Van Wolfswinkel, 1-2 60' Agüero, 2-2 75' Balotelli penalty, 3-2 82' Agüero. Att: 38.021.
Man City: Hart 5,90 - Richards 6,10, K. Touré 5,40, Savic 5,10, Kolarov 5,50 - D. Pizarro 5,40 (55' Dzeko 5,80), Y. Touré 6,40, A. Johnson 5,00 (46' De Jong 6,20), Silva 5,50 (66' Nasri 5,90) - Balotelli 5,60, Agüero 7,40. - coach: Mancini. = average: 5,80.
Sporting: Rui Patrício 6,70 - Carriço 6,20, Xandão 6,40, Ânderson Polga 6,20, E. Insúa 6,10 - Pereirinha 6,10, Mati Fernández 7,00 (64' Neto 5,50), Schaars 6,30, Capel 6,40 (64' Jeffrén 5,90) - Izmailov 6,90, Van Wolfswinkel 6,70 (68' Carrillo 5,50). - coach: Sá Pinto. = average: 6,28.

Player ratings Athletic Bilbao 2, Man United 1 [EL]

1-0 23' Llorente, 2-0 65' De Marcos, 2-1 80' Rooney. Att: 39.000.
Athletic: Iraizoz 6,40 - Iraola 7,00, Javi Martínez 7,20, Amorebieta 7,00, Aurtenetxe 7,00 - Iturraspe 6,50, Ander Herrera 6,80 (81' Íñigo Pérez), De Marcos 7,20 - Susaeta 7,40, Muniain 7,30 (88' San José), Llorente 7,70 (40' Toquero 6,40). - coach: Bielsa. = average: 6,99.
Man United: De Gea 6,30 - Rafael 4,70, Evans 5,40, Ferdinand 4,90 (63' Smalling 5,00), Evra 4,70 - Carrick 4,80 (63' Pogba 5,50), Cleverley 4,90, Park 5,60, A. Young 5,00 - Giggs 5,30 (68' Welbeck 4,90), Rooney 6,70. - coach: Ferguson. = average: 5,26.


Average ratings, both matches:
7,95 Llorente
7,60 Muniain
7,35 De Marcos
7,25 Susaeta
7,10 Javi Martínez, De Gea
7,00 Iraola
6,90 Ander Herrera
6,85 Aurtenetxe
6,60 Iturraspe
6,55 Rooney
6,40 Iraizoz
5,45 Evans
5,35 Giggs
5,10 Smalling, Carrick
5,00 Park
4,80 A. Young
4,55 Evra
4,45 Rafael


Team average: Athletic 7,06, Man United 5,27.

15 March, 2012

Champions League stats 2011/12.

Goals
12: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) : average 1,71/90 minutes on the field
10: Mario Gómez (Bayern) : 1,58
6: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) : 1,00
5: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) : 0,94
5: Roberto Soldado (Valencia) : 0,87
5: Bafétimbi Gomis (Lyon) : 0,85
5: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Milan) : 0,83
5: Seydou Doumbia (CSKA) : 0,74
5: Alexander Frei (FC Basel) : 0,74
5: Roman Shirokov (Zenit) : 0,68
5: Edinson Cavani (Napoli) : 0,64


Assists
5: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) : 0,94
5: Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica) : 0,68
4: Franck Ribéry (Bayern) : 0,62
4: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) : 0,57
3: Isaac Cuenca (Barcelona) : 1,45
3: Kaká (Real Madrid) : 0,96
3: Fernando Torres (Chelsea) : 0,66
3: Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona) : 0,63
3: Daniel Alves (Barcelona) : 0,52
3: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Milan) : 0,50
3: Vágner Love (CSKA) : 0,50
3: Konstantinos Charalambidis (APOEL): 0,46
3: Aly Cissokho (Lyon) : 0,41
3: Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli) : 0,39


Attempts on target
26: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) : 3,71
20: Mario Gómez (Bayern) : 3,17
18: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) : 3,00
16: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) : 2,92
16: Hulk (FC Porto) : 2,73
14: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) : 2,62
12: Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) : 2,32
12: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Milan) : 2,00
11: Mauro Zárate (Inter) : 2,27
10: Marco Streller (FC Basel) : 1,45


Fouls suffered
23: Franck Ribéry (Bayern) : 3,56
23: Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli) : 2,96
22: Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basel) : 3,84
20: Antonio Nocerino (Milan) : 3,01
20: André Ayew (Marseille) : 2,86
19: Sammir (Dinamo Zagreb) : 3,49
19: Kevin Mirallas (Olympiakos) : 3,26
19: Aílton (APOEL) : 2,91
19: Marcelo Oliveira (APOEL) : 2,59
19: Salvatore Aronica (Napoli) : 2,47
18: Eden Hazard (Lille) : 3,00
18: Viktor Fayzulin (Zenit) : 2,99
18: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) : 2,57


Fouls committed
24: Stefan Kiessling (Leverkusen) : 3,96
22: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Milan) : 3,67
22: Marco Streller (FC Basel) : 3,19
21: Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor) : 3,50
20: Alou Diarra (Marseille) : 2,50
19: Igor Denisov (Zenit) : 2,38
17: Alan Dzagoev (CSKA) : 2,12


Offsides
16: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Milan) : 2,67
14: Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid) : 3,26
12: Bafétimbi Gomis (Lyon) : 2,04
11: Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit) : 2,75
11: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) : 2,01
10: Burak Yılmaz (Trabzonspor) : 3,33
10: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) : 1,87
10: Diego Milito (Inter) : 1,84
10: Aílton (APOEL) : 1,53.

Player ratings Real Madrid 4, CSKA Moscow 1.

1-0 26' Higuaín, 2-0 55' Cristiano Ronaldo, 3-0 70' Benzema, 3-1 77' Tosic, 4-1 94' Cristiano Ronaldo. Att: 67.743.
Real Madrid: Casillas 6,20 - Arbeloa 6,00, Pepe 6,00, Sergio Ramos 6,10, Marcelo 6,60 - Khedira 6,90, Xabi Alonso 6,90 - Özil 6,70 (88' L. Diarra), Kaká 6,70 (76' Granero), Cristiano Ronaldo 7,10 - Higuaín 6,70 (69' Benzema 7,10). - coach: Mourinho. = average: 6,58.
CSKA: Chepchugov 4,90 - A. Berezutski 5,00, V. Berezutski 5,30, Ignashevich 5,60, Schennikov 5,50 - Musa 5,30 (60' Oliseh 5,60), Tosic 6,40 (80' Necid 5,60), Wernbloom 5,60, Aldonin 5,40 (46' Mamaev 5,30) - Dzagoev 6,10, Doumbia 5,40. - coach: Slutski. = average: 5,50.

Player ratings Chelsea 4, Napoli 1 (aet)

1-0 28' Drogba, 2-0 47' Terry, 2-1 55' Inler, 3-1 75' Lampard penalty, 4-1 105' Ivanovic. Att: 37.784.
Chelsea: Cech 6,80 - Ivanovic 7,60, David Luíz 7,00, Terry 7,40 (98' Bosingwa 6,30), A. Cole 6,30 - Essien 6,30, Lampard 6,70 - Sturridge 6,50 (63' Fernando Torres 6,20), Mata 6,30 (95' Malouda 6,20), Ramires 7,00 - Drogba 7,40. - coach: Di Matteo 7,20. = average: 6,71.
Napoli: De Sanctis 6,60 - Campagnaro 5,60, P. Cannavaro 6,00, Aronica 5,20 (110' Vargas) - Maggio 6,10 (37' Dossena 5,00), Inler 6,70, Gargano 6,00, Zúñiga 5,90 - Hamšík 6,10 (106' Pandev 5,60), Lavezzi  6,20 - Cavani 5,90. - coach: Mazzarri 6,30. = average: 5,92.

14 March, 2012

Player ratings Liverpool 3, Everton 3.

1-0 34' Gerrard, 2-0 51' Gerrard, 3-0 90' Gerrard. Att: 44.922.
Liverpool: Reina 6,10 - Kelly 7,40, Skrtel 6,90, Carragher 6,70, José Enrique 6,60 - Henderson 5,90 (73' Kuyt), Gerrard 8,60, Spearing 6,40, Downing 6,00 - Carroll 6,70, Suárez 7,40. = average: 6,79.
Everton: Howard 6,00 - Hibbert 5,90, Jagielka 5,90, Distin 6,00, Baines 6,30 - Coleman 5,50 (61' Drenthe 5,60), Rodwell 6,00, Fellaini 6,50, Pienaar 6,10 - Stracqualursi 5,40 (61' Osman), Anichebe 4,90 (61' Jelavic 5,90). = average: 5,85.

Serie A, top rated players 1999/2000.

Average ratings, Gazzetta dello Sport.

6,69 Peruzzi (Inter)
6,45 Frey (Verona)
6,54 Montero (Juventus)
6,53 Thuram (Parma)
6,50 Davids (Juventus)
6,48 Totti (Roma), Nedved (Lazio)
6,46 Fiore (Udinese)
6,45 O'Neill (Cagliari)
6,42 Candela (Roma)
6,41 Blanc (Inter).

Serie A, top rated players 1998/99.

Average ratings, Gazzetta dello Sport.

6,69 Vieri (Lazio)
6,58 Totti (Roma)
6,54 Vierchowod (Piacenza)
6,53 Thuram (Parma)
6,52 Toldo (Fiorentina), Almeyda & Mihajlovic (Lazio)
6,48 Nesta (Lazio), Stroppa (Piacenza)
6,47 Abbiati (Milan)
6,45 Rui Costa (Fiorentina), Recoba (Inter).

Player ratings Inter 2, Olympique Marseille 1.

1-0 75' D. Milito, 1-1 92' Brandão, 2-1 96' Pazzini penalty. Att: 62.632.
Inter: Júlio César 5,90 - Maicon 5,80, Lúcio 5,10, Samuel 5,90, Nagatomo 5,10 - J. Zanetti 6,30, Stankovic 5,90, Poli 5,70 (74' Cambiasso) - Sneijder 5,00 (58' Obi 5,90) - Forlán 4,90 (58' Pazzini 6,60), D. Milito 6,40. = average: 5,73.
Marseille: Mandanda 6,70 - Azpilicueta 6,60, Diawara 6,60, N'Koulou 6,20, Morel 5,70 - A. Diarra 6,50, Mbia 6,30 - Amalfitano 6,10, Valbuena 6,50 (76' Cheyrou), A. Ayew 5,60 (94'  Bracigliano) - Rémy 5,70 (88' Brandão 7,10). = average: 6,30.

Player ratings Bayern Munich 7, FC Basel 0.

1-0 10' Robben, 2-0 42' T. Müller, 3-0 44' M. Gómez, 4-0 50' M. Gómez, 5-0 61' M. Gómez, 6-0 67' M. Gómez, 7-0 81' Robben. Att: 66.000.
Bayern: Neuer 6,20 - Lahm 7,30, J. Boateng 6,30, Badstuber 6,60, Alaba 7,00 - Luíz Gustavo 6,50, Kroos 7,40 - Robben 7,90 (82' Tymoshchuk), T. Müller 7,20 (70' Schweinsteiger 6,90), Ribéry 8,30 (79' Pranjic 6,00) - M. Gómez 8,70. = average: 7,10.
FC Basel: Sommer 5,50 - Steinhöfer 4,20 (70' P. Degen 5,90), Abraham 4,50, Dragovic 4,20, Park J. H. 4,40 - Cabral 4,90, G. Xhaka 4,80 - Shaqiri 5,20 (80' Zoua), F. Frei 4,60 (62' Stocker 5,60) - A. Frei 5,30, Streller 5,60. = average: 4,98.

Today 2 years ago: Barcelona 3, Valencia 0.

1-0 56' Messi, 2-0 81' Messi, 3-0 84' Messi. Att: 87.601.
Barcelona: Valdés 7,20 — Dani Alves 6,90, Piqué 6,10, G. Milito 6,60, Maxwell 5,80 — Busquets 6,80, Xavi 6,90, Iniesta 6,60 (86' Jeffrén) — Messi 8,60 (89' Y. Touré), Pedro 5,90, Bojan 5,20 (46' Henry 7,20). = average: 6,65.
Valencia: César 6,20 — Miguel 6,80, Dealbert 5,20, Maduro 5,10, Bruno 5,60 (77' Baraja 6,20), Albelda 6,40 (44' Fernandes), Banega 6,90, Jordi Alba 6,20, Silva 6,80, Pablo Hernández 6,10 — Domínguez 5,20 (65' Zigic 5,20). = average: 6,01.

As: El crack: Messi. El dandy: Valdés. El duro: Maduro. Vaya día: Dealbert.

13 March, 2012

Memory Lane: Brazil in the 2002 World Cup.

7,08 Ronaldo (rated 7 times)
6,78 Rivaldo (7)
6,56 Marcos (7)
6,39 Ronaldinho Gaúcho (5), Kléberson (4)
6,30 Roberto Carlos (6), Juninho Pernambucano (4)
6,28 Gilberto Silva (7)
6,26 Cafú (7)
6,24 Edmílson (5)
6,19 Denílson (3)
6,08 Lúcio (7)
5,91 Edílson (2)
5,90 Roque Júnior (6)
5,65 Ânderson Polga (2)


Highest team rating: 6,71 vs Germany (final)
Lowest team rating: 6,08 vs Turkey & Costa Rica (group stage)

Highest individual rating: 8,20 Ronaldo vs Germany
Lowest individual rating: 5,00 Ânderson Polga vs Costa Rica.

12 March, 2012

Today 6 years ago: Osasuna 2, Barcelona 1.

1-0 19' Valdo, 2-0 59' Puñal penalty, 2-1 71' H. Larsson. Sent-off: 57' Edmilson, 93' Motta. Att: 18.537.
Osasuna: Ricardo 6,50 — Flaño 7,00, Cuéllar 7,50, Josetxo 7,00, Corrales 7,00 — David López 7,00, Puñal 7,00, Raúl García 7,00, Delporte 7,00 (70' Moha) — Valdo 7,50 (78' Webó), Milosevic 6,50 (86' Muñoz). — coach: Aguirre 7,00. = average: 7,00.

Barcelona: Valdés 4,50 — Belletti 5,50 (53' Oleguer 6,00), Márquez 6,50, Puyol 6,50, Sylvinho 6,00 — Edmilson 5,50 — Deco 6,00 (79' Iniesta), Motta 5,50 — Giuly 4,50 (64' H. Larsson 7,00), Ronaldinho 5,50, Eto'o 5,00. — coach: Rijkaard 5,00. = average: 5,69.

09 March, 2012

Memory Lane: European league topscorers 1977-78

Albania
12: Murati (Partizani)
9: A. Hafizi (Vllaznia), Kovaci (Tomori), Zhega (Vllaznia)


Austria
41: Krankl (Rapid) -photo-
20: Pirkner (Austria)
15: Parits (Austria)


Belgium
21: Nickel & Riedl (Standard Liège)
20: Geurts (Royal Antwerp)


Bulgaria
21: Mladenov (Beroe)
18: Jeliazkov (Slavia)
16: Minchev (Slavia)


Czechoslovakia
20: Kroupa (Brno)
19: Jozsa (Košice)
18: Pelc (Dukla)


Denmark
22: J. Eriksen (OB Odense)
19: Lundkvist (Skovbakken)
16: Olsen (Slagelse)


East Germany
15: Havenstein (Chemie)
14: Schnuphase (Carl Zeiss)
13: Netz (Dynamo Berlin), Streich (Magdeburg)


England
30: Latchford (Everton)
25: T. Francis (Birmingham)
20: Dalglish (Liverpool), Hankin (Leeds), Wallace (Coventry)


Finland
20: Ismail (HJK Helsinki)
15: R. Pettersson (TPS Turku)
12: Suhonen (TPS Turku)


France
37: C. Bianchi (P-SG)
29: Bjelovic (Nice), Onnis (Monaco)


Greece
22: Mavros (AEK)
18: Óscar Álvarez (Panathinaikos)
15: Aslanidis (Panathinakos)


Holland
30: Geels (Ajax)
25: Kist (AZ '67)
19: Clarke (Sparta)


Hungary
24: Fazekas (Újpest)
19: Fekete (Újpest), Kozma (Honvéd)


Iceland
19: Pétursson (Akranes)
15: Albertsson (Valur)
11: Hallgrimsson (Akranes)


Ireland
24: O'Connor (Bohemians)
21: Mucklan (Drogheda)
18: Wallace (Waterford)


Italy
23: P. Rossi (Vicenza)
16: Savoldi (Napoli)
12: Giordano (Lazio), Pulici (Torino)


Norway
17: Lund (Lilleström)
13: Aase (Brann), Henriksen (Moss)


Poland
15: Kmiecik (Wisla)
13: Szarmach (Stal)
11: Boniek (Widzew)


Portugal
24: Gomes (FC Porto)
21: Gordo (Braga)
19: Oliveira (FC Porto)


Romania
24: Georgescu (Dinamo)
19: Iordanescu (Steaua)
18: Raducanu (Steaua)


Scotland
25: Johnstone (Rangers)
20: Smith (Rangers)
17: Harper (Aberdeen), McGarvey (St Mirren)


Soviet Union
19: Yartsev (Spartak)
15: Shengelia (Dinamo Tbilisi)
13: Blokhin (Dinamo Kiev)


Spain
28: Kempes (Valencia)
24: Santillana (Real Madrid)
21: Cano (Atlético)


Sweden
19: Berggren (Djurgården)
16: B. Ohlsson (Hammarby)
13: T. Ahlström (Elfsborg), P-O Olsson (Norrköping)


Switzerland
20: Künzli (Lausanne)
19: Chivers (Servette)
16: Elsener & Sulser (Grasshoppers), Schönenberger (FC Basel)


Turkey
17: Cemil (Fenerbahçe)
16: Gökmen (Galatasaray)
15: Ömer (Zonguldakspor)


West Germany
24: D. Müller (Köln), G. Müller (Bayern München)
21: Toppmöller (Kaiserslautern)


Yugoslavia
21: Savić (Sarajevo)
18: Halilhodžić (Velež)
17: Kustudić (Rijeka)