31 March, 2013

Brazil: average ratings in World Cups 2002-2010.

7,36 Marcos, Rivaldo (7)
7,10 Maicon (5)
7,00 Juan (9), Dida (5)
6,97 Gilberto Silva (15)
6,90 Robinho (5)
6,83 Edmílson (6)
6,80 Ronaldinho Gaúcho (10)
6,79 Ronaldo (12)
6,70 Júlio César (5)
6,68 Lúcio (17)
6,61 Kaká (9)
6,45 Cafu (11)
6,33 Roque Júnior (6)
6,30 Roberto Carlos (10)
6,10 Michel Bastos, Luís Fabiano (5)

Player ratings Celta 2, Barcelona 2.

1-0 37' Natxo Insa, 1-1 42' Tello, 1-2 72' Messi, 2-2 87' Oubiña. Att: 29.000.
Celta: Javi Varas 6,60 - Jonny 6,10, Cabral 6,10, Demidov 6,30, Roberto Lago 6,10 - Borja Oubiña 7,10, Pranjic 6,40 (68' Quique de Lucas), Natxo Insa 7,10 (80' Madinda) - Augusto Fernández 6,30, Orellana 6,80, Park 6,00 (59' Mario Bermejo 5,80). - coach: Resinos. = average: 6,39 [strong]
Barcelona: Pinto 6,20 - Dani Alves 5,70, Bartra 5,70, Piqué 5,80, Montoya 5,90 - Song 5,40, Thiago 5,20 (64' Iniesta 6,00) - Alexis 5,40 (67' Villa), Fàbregas 4,90 (84' Busquets), Tello 7,50 - Messi 6,90. - coach: Moura. = average: 5,88 [vulnerable]

Memory Lane: Cup Winners' Cup 1960-1969.

Total points:
1. West Germany : 107
2. England : 97
3. Scotland : 72
4. Italy : 67
5. Spain : 63
6. Hungary, Czechoslovakia : 52
8. Portugal : 50
9. East Germany, Bulgaria : 35
11. Yugoslavia, France : 34
13. Wales : 32
14. Belgium : 29
15. Switzerland, Holland : 26
17. Soviet Union : 25
18. Poland : 24
19. Romania, Denmark, Turkey : 22
22. Austria : 20
23. Greece : 19
24. Norway : 13
25. Ireland : 9
26. Sweden* : 8
27. Northern Ireland, Malta : 6
29. Cyprus : 5
30. Luxembourg, Finland : 4
32. Albania : 2
33. Iceland : 1

Average points:
1. West Germany : 67,7%
2. England : 67,4%
3. Soviet Union : 65,8%
4. Scotland, Italy : 63,2%
6. Spain : 63,0%
7. Czechoslavia : 57,8%
8. Portugal : 56,8%
9. Hungary : 56,5%
10. Poland : 54,5%
11. East Germany, Bulgaria : 53,0%
13. Holland, Belgium, Sweden* : 50,0%
16. Yugoslavia, France : 47,2%
18. Wales : 47,1%
19. Romania : 45,8%
20. Turkey : 44,0%
21. Greece : 41,3%
22. Denmark : 39,3%
23. Switzerland : 37,1%
24. Austria : 34,5%
25. Norway : 32,5%
26. Ireland : 22,5%
27. Northern Ireland : 16,7%
28. Cyprus : 15,6%
29. Malta : 15,0%
30. Finland : 14,3%
31. Luxembourg : 11,1%
32. Iceland : 5,0%

Combined:
1. West Germany : 2
2. England : 4
3. Scotland : 7
4. Italy : 8
5. Spain : 11
6. Czechoslovakia : 13
7. Hungary : 15
8. Portugal : 16
9. Soviet Union, East Germany, Bulgaria : 20
12. Yugoslavia, France, Belgium : 27
15. Holland, Poland : 28
17. Wales : 31
18. Switzerland, Romania : 38
20. Turkey, Sweden* : 39
22. Denmark : 41
23. Greece : 44
24. Austria : 46
25. Norway : 49
26. Ireland : 51
27. Northern Ireland : 53
28. Malta : 56
29. Cyprus : 57
30. Finland : 60
31. Luxembourg : 61
32. Iceland : 65

*) Swedish teams partecipated only in 1968 and 1969, the Swedish Cup not being held 1954-67.

Player ratings Inter 1, Juventus 2.

0-1 3' Quagliarella, 1-1 53' Palacio, 1-2 60' Matri. Sent off: 93' Cambiasso. Att: 79.341.
Inter: Handanovic 5,50 - Samuel 6,00, Ranocchia 4,80 (66' Cambiasso 4,60), Chivu 5,50 - J. Zanetti 6,00, Gargano 4,40 (78' Rocchi), Kovacic 6,20, Pereira 5,10 - R. Álvarez  4,50 (46' Guarín 6,00) - Palacio 7,00, Cassano 6,80. - coach: Stramaccioni 5,80. = average: 5,57 [failing]
Juventus: Buffon 6,60 - Barzagli 6,80, Bonucci 6,40, Chiellini 5,90 - Padoin 6,00, Vidal 6,40, Pirlo 6,60, Marchisio 6,20, Asamoah 5,00 (63' Peluso 5,90) - Matri 6,50 (74' Pogba 6,00), Quagliarella 7,20 (82' Giovinco). - coach: Conte 7,00. = average: 6,27 [good]

Player ratings Bayern Munich 9, Hamburger SV 2.

1-0 5' Shaqiri, 2-0 19' Schweinsteiger, 3-0 30' C. Pizarro, 4-0 33' Robben, 5-0 45' C. Pizarro, 6-0 52' C. Pizarro, 7-0 54' Robben, 8-0 68' C. Pizarro, 8-1 75' Bruma, 9-1 76' Ribéry, 9-2 86' Westermann. Att: 71.000.
Bayern: Neuer 6,10 - Lahm 7,20 (61' Rafinha), J. Boateng 6,10, Dante 6,10, Luíz Gustavo 6,70 - Javi Martínez 6,90, Schweinsteiger 7,20 - Robben 8,20 (64' T. Müller 6,90), Kroos 7,20, Shaqiri 7,70 (65' Ribéry 6,90) - C. Pizarro 8,70. - coach:  Heynckes. = average: 7,07 [matchless]
HSV: Adler 4,90 - Diekmeier 4,50, Bruma 4,30, Westermann 4,30, Aogo 4,50 - Rincón 4,50 (57' Rajkovic 4,50), Badelj 4,30 (81' Kacar) - Son 4,50 (57' Arslan 4,50), Van der Vaart 4,10, Skjelbred 4,30 - Rudnevs 4,50. - coach: Fink. = average: 4,44 [outrageous]

30 March, 2013

Argentina: average ratings in World Cups 2002-2010.

Minimum five rated appearances. Ratings: Kicker.

7,44 Messi (rated 8 times)
7,40 Riquelme (5)
7,38 Tévez (8)
7,20 Ayala, Cambiasso (5)
7,11 Mascherano (9)
7,10 Abbondanzieri (5)
6,93 Sorín (7)
6,83 Crespo, N. Burdisso (6)
6,80 Romero (5)
6,78 Maxi Rodríguez (9)
6,62 Heinze (8)
5,90 Demichelis (5)

Players rated four times: 6,88 Samuel, 6,75 Higuaín, 6,38 Verón, Di María.


Las notas de la selección argentina en los Mundiales de 2002, 2006 y 2010.

CONCACAF Champions League knock-out matches, 2000-2012.

Total points:
1. Mexico : 173
2. USA : 62
3. Costa Rica : 48
4. Honduras : 10
5. Canada, Puerto Rico : 6
7. Trinidad & Tobago : 4
8. El Salvador, Guatemala : 3
10. Jamaica : 1
11. Panamá : 0

Average points*:
1. Mexico : 58,4%
2. Costa Rica : 53,3%
3. USA : 46,3%
4. Honduras : 29,4%
5. Guatemala : 12,5%


*) at least 10 matches played.

Memory Lane: the European Cup, 1960-1964.

Total points:
1. Spain : 61
2. Italy : 53
3. Portugal : 52
4. West Germany : 41
5. Holland : 37
6. Scotland : 32
7. Czechoslovakia : 30
8. England : 28
9. Austria : 26
10. Switzerland : 24
11. Belgium : 21
12. Hungary : 20
13. Poland : 19
14. Sweden, Bulgaria : 16
16. France : 15
17: Denmark : 14
18. Turkey : 12
19. Yugoslavia : 11
20. Romania : 10
21. Greece : 7
22. Norway : 5
23. East Germany, Albania, Finland, Luxembourg : 4
27. Northern Ireland : 3
28. Ireland : 2
29. Malta, Cyprus, Iceland : 0

Average points:
1. Italy : 75,7%
2. Portugal : 70,3%
3. Spain : 69,3%
4. West Germany : 66,1%
5. Holland : 63,8%
6. Czechoslovakia : 60,0%
7. Hungary : 58,8%
8. England : 58,3%
9. Scotland : 57,1%
10. Poland : 55,9%
11. Austria : 52,0%
12. Switzerland : 50,0%
13. Belgium : 45,7%
14. Bulgaria, Sweden : 44,4%
16. France, Romania : 41,7%
18. Denmark : 38,9%
19. Turkey : 35,3%
20. Albania : 33,3%
21. Yugoslavia : 32,4%
22. Greece : 29,2%
23. Northern Ireland : 21,4%
24. Finland : 20,0%
25. East Germany : 18,2%
26. Norway : 17,9%
27. Luxembourg : 16,7%
28. Ireland : 10,0%
29. Malta, Cyprus, Iceland : 0,0%

Combined:
1. Italy : 3
2. Spain : 4
3. Portugal : 5
4. West Germany : 8
5. Holland : 10
6. Czechoslovakia : 13
7. Scotland : 15
8. England : 16
9. Hungary : 19
10. Austria : 20
11. Switzerland : 22
12. Poland : 23
13. Belgium : 24
14. Sweden, Bulgaria : 28
16. France : 32
17. Denmark : 35
18. Turkey, Romania : 37
20. Yugoslavia : 40
21. Greece, Albania : 43
23. Finland : 47
24. Norway, East Germany : 48
26. Luxembourg : 50
27. Northern Ireland : 51
28. Ireland : 56
29. Malta, Cyprus, Iceland : 58

Player ratings Paris Saint Germain 1, Montpellier 0.

1-0 80' Gameiro. Att: 44.718.
Paris-SG: Sirigu 6,40 - Maxwell 6,30, Alex Costa 6,20, Thiago Silva 6,70, Van der Wiel 5,90 - Matuidi 6,10, Pastore 6,20, Verratti 6,40 (72' Beckham), Chantôme 5,50 (72' Gameiro) - Ménez 6,60 (86' Jallet), Ibrahimovic 6,70. - coach: Ancelotti. = average: 6,27 [solid]
Montpellier: Jourdren 6,50 - Bedimo 5,60, Congré 5,60, Stambouli 6,10 (72' Dabo), El-Kaoutari 6,20 - Hilton 5,60, Belhanda 5,60, Cabella 6,20 (61' Martin), Utaka 5,50, S. Camara 5,20 - Charbonnier 5,60 (72' Herrera). - coach: Girard. = average: 5,79 [mediocre]

29 March, 2013

Today 13 years ago: Spain 2, Italy 0.

1-0 16' Alfonso, 2-0 79' Abelardo. Att: 53.600 (Estadi Olimpic, Barcelona).
Spain: Molina 6,67 (46' Cañizares 6,00) — Velasco 6,17, Abelardo 6,83, Paco 5,83, Aranzábal 6,50 (74' Juanfran) — J. Etxeberria 6,17 (63' Rufete), Valerón 6,17 (82' Engonga), Guardiola 6,83 (78' Helguera), Fran 6,50 — Urzaiz 6,00 (46' Alfonso 6,67), Raúl 6,17 (78' Munitis). — coach: Camacho 6,83. = average: 6,35 [strong]
Italy: Buffon 6,67 — F. Cannavaro 5,50, Ferrara 6,00, Maldini 6,50 — Fuser 5,33 (46' Zambrotta 5,67), Di Biagio 5,00 (46' Tacchinardi 5,67), Fiore 5,50 (60' S. Inzaghi), Ambrosini 6,17 (60' Gattuso), Pessotto 6,00 (74' Pancaro) — F. Inzaghi 5,17 (46' Delvecchio 5,50), Del Piero 5,00 (46' Totti 5,83). — coach: Zoff 5,17. = average: 5,70 [disappointing]

28 March, 2013

Copa Libertadores knock-out stage, 2000-2012.

Total points:
1. Brazil : 276
2. Argentina : 196
3. Mexico : 91
4. Colombia : 49
5. Paraguay : 46
6. Uruguay : 41
7. Ecuador : 31
8. Chile : 27
9. Venezuela : 8
10. Bolivia : 4
11. Peru : 3

Average points:
1. Argentina : 60,5%
2. Brazil : 54,8%
3. Mexico : 48,4%
4. Paraguay : 47,9%
5. Ecuador : 43,1%
6. Venezuela : 40,0%
7. Uruguay : 39,4%
8. Chile : 37,5%
9. Colombia : 37,1%
10. Bolivia : 33,3%
11. Peru : 15,0%

Combined:
1. Brazil, Argentina : 3
3. Mexico : 6
4. Paraguay : 9
5. Ecuador : 12
6. Colombia, Uruguay : 13
8. Venezuela : 15
9. Chile : 16
10. Bolivia : 20
11. Peru : 22

Memory Lane: the UEFA Cup, 1980-85.

Total points:
1. West Germany : 159
2. England : 103
3. Belgium : 100
4. Yugoslavia : 83
5. Holland, Spain : 75
7. Scotland : 60
8. France, Czechoslovakia : 59
10. Italy : 57
11. Soviet Union : 56
12. Portugal : 54
13. East Germany, Switzerland : 49
15. Romania, Sweden : 39
17. Austria : 36
18. Hungary : 31
19. Greece : 24
20. Poland : 23
21. Bulgaria : 20
22. Norway, Ireland : 8
24. Denmark : 6
25. Northern Ireland : 4
26. Cyprus : 3
27. Turkey : 2
28. Luxembourg, Iceland : 1
30. Finland, Malta : 0

Average points:
1. Portugal : 58,7%
2. Soviet Union : 58,3%
3. Belgium : 58,1%
4. West Germany : 57,6%
5. Yugoslavia : 56,1%
6. England : 56,0%
7. Switzerland : 55,7%
8. Scotland : 55,6%
9. Czechoslovakia : 54,6%
10. Sweden : 54,2%
11. Holland : 53,6%
12. Italy : 52,8%
13. Spain : 52,1%
14. East Germany : 51,0%
15. France : 49,2%
16. Romania : 48,8%
17. Greece : 46,2%
18. Hungary : 45,6%
19. Austria : 45,0%
20. Poland : 38,3%
21. Norway, Ireland : 33,3%
23. Bulgaria : 31,2%
24. Denmark : 21,4%
25. Northern Ireland : 20,0%
26. Cyprus : 15,0%
27. Turkey : 10,0%
28. Luxembourg, Iceland : 5,0%
30. Finland, Malta : 0,0%

Combined:
1. West Germany : 5
2. Belgium : 6
3. England : 8
4. Yugoslavia : 9
5. Soviet Union, Portugal : 13
7. Scotland : 15
8. Holland : 16
9. Czechoslovakia : 17
10. Spain : 18
11. Switzerland : 20
12. Italy : 22
13. France : 23
14. Sweden : 25
15. East Germany : 27
16. Romania : 31
17. Austria, Greece, Hungary : 36
20. Poland : 40
21. Norway, Ireland : 43
23. Bulgaria : 44
24. Denmark : 48
25. Northern Ireland : 50
26. Cyprus : 52
27. Turkey : 54
28. Luxembourg, Iceland : 56
30. Finland, Malta : 60

Memory Lane: the UEFA Cup, 1970-79.

Total points:
1. West Germany : 303
2. England : 249
3. Italy : 155
4. Holland : 148
5. Spain : 112
6. East Germany : 108
7. Yugoslavia : 102
8. Soviet Union : 100
9. Belgium : 97
10. Hungary : 85
11. Czechoslovakia : 81
12. France : 74
13. Portugal : 72
14. Poland : 68
15. Bulgaria : 59
16. Romania, Scotland : 58
18. Greece : 56
19. Switzerland : 48
20. Sweden : 40
21. Denmark, Austria : 36
23. Norway : 24
24. Turkey : 23
25. Northern Ireland : 10
26. Ireland : 7
27. Finland : 6
28. Iceland : 5
29. Malta : 3
30. Cyprus, Luxembourg : 2

Average points:
1. Soviet Union : 65,8%
2. England : 64,8%
3. West Germany : 63,7%
4. Holland : 62,7%
5. Czechoslovakia : 57,9%
6. Yugoslavia : 54,3%
7. East Germany : 54,0%
8. Hungary : 53,1%
9. Belgium : 52,7%
10. Italy : 51,0%
11. France : 48,7%
12. Greece : 48,3%
13. Bulgaria : 47,6%
14. Portugal : 47,4%
15. Poland : 47,2%
16. Spain : 45,9%
17. Scotland : 45,3%
18. Romania : 43,9%
19. Sweden : 40,0%
20. Switzerland : 38,7%
21. Denmark, Austria : 37,5%
23. Norway, Turkey : 30,0%
25. Northern Ireland : 27,8%
26. Ireland : 17,5%
27. Finland : 15,0%
28. Iceland : 11,4%
29. Malta : 7,5%
30. Cyprus, Luxembourg : 5,6%

Combined:
1. West Germany, England : 4
3. Holland : 8
4. Soviet Union : 9
5. Italy, Yugoslavia, East Germany : 13
8. Czechoslovakia: 16
9. Belgium, Hungary : 18
11. Spain : 21
12. France, Portugal : 27
14. Bulgaria : 28
15. Poland : 29
16. Greece : 30
17. Scotland : 33
18. Romania : 34
19. Sweden, Switzerland : 39
21. Denmark, Austria : 42
23. Norway : 46
24. Turkey : 47
25. Northern Ireland : 50
26. Ireland : 52
27. Finland : 54
28. Iceland : 56
29. Malta : 58
30. Cyprus, Luxembourg : 60

Italian national team coaches per winning percentage in Qualifiers.

80,0% Prandelli
75,0% Donadoni
72,7% Valcareggi
70,8% Sacchi
70,0% Lippi
68,8% Trapattoni
57,1% Vicini
55,6% Bernardini
50,0% C. Maldini & Zoff
42,1% Berazot

27 March, 2013

Topscorers in the WC qualifiers (Europe).

7: Edin Džeko (Bosnia)
6: Tomer Hemed (Israel)
5: Vedad Ibišević (Bosnia), Wayne Rooney (England), Marco Reus & Mesut Özil (Germany), Robin van Persie (Holland)
4: Zvjezdan Misimović (Bosnia), Frank Lampard (England), Eden Ben Basat (Israel), Andrija Delibašić (Montenegro), Jeremain Lens & Rafael van der Vaart (Holland), Hélder Postiga (Portugal), Pedro (Spain), Gareth Bale (Wales)
3: David Alaba (Austria), Stanislav Manolev & Aleksandar Tonev (Bulgaria), Jermain Defoe (England), Mario Götze & Miroslav Klose (Germany), Gylfi Sigurðsson (Iceland), Jonathan Walters (Ireland), Mario Balotelli & Pablo Osvaldo (Italy), Bruno Alves (Portugal), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Russia), Marek Sapara (Slovakia), Filip Đuričić (Serbia).

Player ratings Malta 0, Italy 2.

0-1 8' Balotelli penalty, 0-2 45' Balotelli. Att: 17.500 (Ta' Qali).
Malta: Haber 6,00 - Camilleri 5,20, Dimech 5,00, Caruana 5,20, A. Muscat 6,00 - Herrera 5,70, Sciberras 5,80, Briffa 5,80, Failla 5,70 (82' Cohen) - Schembri 6,30, Mifsud 6,00 (88' Vella). - coach: Ghedin 6,00. = average: 5,70 [disappointing]
Italy: Buffon 6,30 - Abate 6,00, Barzagli 6,00, Bonucci 5,50, De Sciglio 6,30 - Montolivo 6,50, Pirlo 5,80, Marchisio 5,30 - Giaccherini 5,30 (61' Candreva 5,70) - Balotelli 7,50 (86' Gilardino), El Shaarawy 6,50 (76' Cerci). - coach: Prandelli 6,00. = average: 6,06 [acceptable]

Player ratings Montenegro 1, England 1.

0-1 6' Rooney, 1-1 76' Damjanovic. Att: 11.300 (Podgorica).
Montenegro: Mladen Božović 6,00 - Vladimir Božović 5,50 (75' Andrija Delibašić), Stefan Savić 6,10, Miodrag Džudović 6,10, Marko Baša 6,20 - Vladimir Volkov 5,90, Elsad Zverotić  6,10, Mitar Novaković 5,60 (46' Dejan Damjanović 7,00), Simon Vukčević 5,70 (63' Miloš Krkotić 6,20) - Stevan Jovetić 6,80, Mirko Vučinić 6,30. - coach: Brnović. = average: 6,12 [satisfactory]
England: Joe Hart 6,10 - Glen Johnson 5,60, Ashley Cole 5,80, Joleon Lescott 5,60, Chris Smalling 5,70 - James Milner 5,70, Michael Carrick 5,70, Steven Gerrard 5,70, Tom Cleverley 5,80 (77' Ashley Young) - Wayne Rooney 6,20, Danny Welbeck 6,00. - coach: Hodgson. = average: 5,81 [mediocre]

Player ratings Bolivia 1, Argentina 1.

1-0 24' Marcelo Martins, 1-1 44' Ever Banega. Att: 43.000 (La Paz, 3650 m above sea level).
Bolivia: Sergio Galarza 6,50 - Edward Zenteno 5,20, Ronald Raldes 6,00, Luis Gutiérrez 5,90 - Diego Bejarano 6,00 (65' Juan Carlos Arce 5,00), Jair Torrico 6,40 (46' Marvín Bejarano 5,20) - Walter Veizaga 6,00, Alejandro Chumacero 6,20, Rudy Cardozo 6,60 (14' Gualberto Mojica 6,40) - Carlos Saucedo 6,00, Marcelo Martins 7,00. - coach: Azkargorta. = average: 6,03 [acceptable]
Argentina: Sergio Romero 6,50 - Gino Peruzzi 6,30, Hugo Campagnaro 5,80, Sebastián Domínguez 5,80, José Basanta 5,80, Clemente Rodríguez 5,00 - Ever Banega 6,30 (61' Leonardo Ponzio 5,70), Javier Mascherano 6,80, Ángel Di María 6,80 (88' Pablo Guiñazú) - Lionel Messi 5,80, Rodrigo Palacio 5,30 (85' Franco Di Santo). - coach: Sabella. = average: 5,99 [acceptable]

Player ratings France 0, Spain 1.

0-1 58' Pedro. Sent off: 78' Pogba. Att: 80.000 (Stade de France).
France: Hugo Lloris 5,40 - Patrice Evra 5,10, Raphael Varane 6,10, Laurent Koscielny 5,60, Christophe Jallet 5,30 (92' Olivier Giroud) - Yohan Cabaye 5,70 (70' Jérémy Ménez 5,30), Paul Pogba 5,20, Blaise Matuidi 5,80, Mathieu Valbuena 6,10 - Karim Benzema 5,10 (82' Moussa Sissoko), Franck Ribéry 6,50. - coach: Deschamps. = average: 5,60 [failing]
Spain: Víctor Valdés 7,00 - Gerard Piqué 6,40, Álvaro Arbeloa 5,60, Nacho Monreal 7,00, Sergio Ramos 6,60 - Xavi 6,60, Xabi Alonso 7,00, Sergio Busquets 7,00, Andrés Iniesta 7,00 (93' Juan Mata) - David Villa 5,30 (61' Jesús Navas 6,70), Pedro 6,80 (77' Francesc Fábregas). - coach: Del Bosque. = average: 6,58 [excellent]

26 March, 2013

Memory Lane: European Cup topscorers 1984-89.

1984/85
7: Torbjörn Nilsson (IFK Göteborg), Michel Platini (Juventus)
5: Paolo Rossi (Juventus), Ian Rush & John Wark (Liverpool)

1985/86
7: Torbjörn Nilsson (IFK Göteborg)
5: Lajos Détári (Budapest Honvéd), Ismo Lius (Kuusysi Lahti), Victor Piţurcă (Steaua Bucharest), Aldo Serena (Juventus)

1986/87
7:  Borislav Cvetković (Crvena Zvezda)
5: Oleg Blokhin (Dynamo Kiev), Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid), Fernando Gomes (FC Porto), Michael Laudrup (Juventus), Vadym Yevtushenko (Dynamo Kiev)

1987/88
4: Gheorghe Hagi (Steaua Bucureşti), Jean-Marc Ferreri (Girondins de Bordeaux), Rabah Madjer (FC Porto), Ally McCoist (Rangers), Petar Novak (Sparta Prague), Michel (Real Madrid), Rui Águas (Benfica)

1988/89
10: Marco van Basten (Milan)
7: Marius Lăcătuş (Steaua
Bucharest)
6: Gheorghe Hagi (Steaua
Bucharest), Tanju Çolak (Galatasaray), Hugo Sánchez (Real Madrid)

Per nationality:
4: Romania
2: Sweden, Italy, Soviet Union, Spain, Portugal, France, Scotland.

Average ratings Brazil.

In the friendlies vs Italy (2-2) and Russia (1-1).

6,60 Júlio César
6,40 Fred
6,30 Oscar, Hernanes
6,10 Neymar
5,95 Dani Alves
5,90 Hulk
5,85 Fernando
5,40 Kaká
5,30 David Luís

Player ratings Brazil 1, Russia 1.

0-1 73' Faizulin, 1-1 91' Fred. Att: apprx 20.000 (Stamford Bridge, London).
Brazil: Júlio César 6,20 - Thiago Silva 5,90, David Luíz 5,60, Marcelo 6,40, Dani Alves 6,10 - Oscar 6,00 (67' Hulk 6,30), Fernando 5,70, Kaká 5,30 (78' Diego Costa), Hernanes 6,60 - Neymar 5,60, Fred 6,60. - coach: Scolari. = average: 6,02 [acceptable]
Russia: Vladimir Gabulov 5,90 - Sergei Ignashevitch 5,80, Vassili Berezoutski 5,90, Andrey Eshchenko 5,40, Alexander Anyukov 6,10 (46' Dmitriy Kombarov 5,70) - Roman Shirokov 6,60, , Denis Glushakov 6,30, Alexander Kokorin 5,70 (46' Yuri Zhirkov 5,70), Vladimir Bystrov 6,20 (46' Oleg Shatov 6,60) - Alexander Kerzhakov 5,80, Viktor Faizulin 6,70. - coach: Capello. = average: 6,03 [acceptable]

25 March, 2013

Memory Lane: European Champions' Cup, 1970-74.

In bold text, countries that reached the final.


Total points:
1. Holland : 67
2. Spain, Scotland : 44
4. England : 39
5. West Germany : 37
6. Hungary : 29
7. Belgium, Italy : 28
9. Soviet Union, Yugoslavia : 27
11. Poland : 26
12. Czechoslovakia : 24
13. Portugal : 23
14. East Germany : 20
15. Bulgaria : 19
16. Switzerland, Romania, Greece : 17
19. France : 13
20. Sweden : 12
21. Turkey, Denmark : 8
23. Ireland : 6
24. Austria, Malta : 5
26. Finland : 3
27. Cyprus : 2
28. Albania, Iceland, Luxembourg : 1
31. Norway, Northern Ireland : 0

Point average:
1. Holland : 76,1%
2. West Germany : 71,2%
3. Soviet Union : 67,5%
4. Scotland, Czechoslovakia : 66,7%
6. Yugoslavia : 61,4%
7. Spain: 61,1%
8. England : 60,9%
9. Poland : 59,1%
10. Belgium : 58,3%
11. Hungary : 55,8%
12. Italy : 53,8%
13. Bulgaria : 52,8%
14. Portugal : 52,3%
15. East Germany, Sweden : 50,0%
17. Switzerland, Romania : 47,2%
19. France : 46,4%
20. Greece : 44,7%
21. Denmark : 33,3%
22. Turkey : 28,6%
23. Ireland : 25,0%
24. Malta : 20,8%
25. Austria, Albania, Finland : 12,5%
28. Cyprus : 10,0%
29. Iceland, Luxembourg : 5,0%
31. Norway, Norhern Ireland : 0,0%

Current assist leaders.

Spain
13: Iniesta (Barcelona)
11: Cesc Fábregas (Barcelona)
11: Mesut Özil (Real Madrid)
10: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
9: Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad)

Germany
11: Szabolcs Huszti (Hannover)
10: Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich)
9: Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nürnberg)
9: Philipp Lahm  (Bayern Munich)
9: Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)

England
11: Mata (Chelsea)
10: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
10: Wayne Rooney (Man United)
10: Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
9: Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)

France
8: Jérémie Aliadière (Lorient)
8: Wahbi Khazri (Bastia)
8: Yohan Mollo (Nancy/Saint-Étienne)
8: Dimitri Payet (Lille)
8: Matthieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Italy
11: Marek Hamšík (Napoli)
10: Francesco Totti (Roma)
9: Borja Valero (Fiorentina)
8: Antonio Cassano (Inter)
7: Andrea Cossu (Cagliari)
7: Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna)
7: Alejandro Gómez (Catania)
7: Arturo Vidal (Juventus)

Per nationality
6: France
4: Germany, Spain
3: Italy
2: Argentina, England
1: Hungary, Japan, Belgium, Slovakia, Chile, Mexico.

24 March, 2013

Memory Lane: average points in 1960s qualifiers.

1. Soviet Union : 84,0%
2. West Germany : 79,5%
3. Italy : 79,2%
4. Hungary : 78,6%
5. England : 75,0%
6. Bulgaria : 72,2%
7. Yugoslavia : 64,6%
8. Scotland : 63,6%
9. France, Czechoslovakia : 62,5%
11. Sweden : 60,4%
12. Spain : 58,3%
13. Romania : 55,0%
14. Switzerland : 54,2%
15. Belgium, East Germany, Poland : 50,0%
18. Portugal, Holland : 48,0%
20. Northern Ireland : 47,9%
21. Greece : 45,2%
22. Denmark : 42,0%
23. Austria : 38,2%
24. Wales : 30,0%
25. Norway : 29,5%
26. Ireland : 29,2%
27. Turkey : 22,7%
28. Israel : 18,8%
29. Albania : 16,7%
30. Luxembourg : 14,8%
31. Finland : 13,6%
32. Cyprus : 8,3%

Memory Lane: average points in 1970s qualifiers.

Counting two points for victory. 

1. West Germany : 80,6%
2. England : 80,0%
3. Italy : 77,1%
4. Holland : 76,6%
5. Spain : 73,1%
6. Czechoslovakia : 71,2%
7. Belgium : 70,3%
8. Poland : 70,0%
9. East Germany : 68,8%
10. Yugoslavia : 67,3%
11. Austria : 67,2%
12. Soviet Union : 63,5%
13. Hungary & Romania : 62,5%
15. Portugal : 60,9%
16. Scotland : 57,1%
17. France : 55,8%
18. Sweden : 53,6%
19. Bulgaria : 53,3%
20. Wales : 50,0%
21. Northern Ireland : 48,4%
22. Turkey : 48,3%
23. Switzerland : 40,0%
24. Greece : 38,5%
25. Ireland : 37,5%
26. Finland : 25,0%
27. Albania : 20,8%
28. Denmark & Norway : 20,0%
30. Iceland : 11,5%
31. Luxembourg & Malta : 6,7%
33. Cyprus : 5,0%

Today 9 years ago: Chelsea 1, Arsenal 1.

Champions League quarterfinal 1st leg

1-0 54' Gudjohnsen, 1-1 60' Pirès. Sent-off: 84' Desailly. Att: 40.778.
Chelsea: Ambrosio 6,75 — Gallas 6,50, Desailly 6,00, Terry 7,50, Bridge 6,75 — Parker 5,75 (73' Joe Cole 5,00), Lampard 7,00, Makelele 7,25, Duff 6,25 — Gudjohnsen 7,00 (87' Melchiot), Mutu 5,25 (73' Crespo 5,25). = average: 5,88 [vulnerable]
Arsenal: Lehmann 4,75 — Lauren 6,50, K. Touré 6,00, Campbell 7,25, Ashley Cole 7,25 — Ljungberg 6,00 (79' Reyes), Edu 6,00, Vieira 6,75, Pirès 6,00 — Bergkamp 5,75 (73' Gilberto Silva 5,50), Henry 5,75. = average 6,12 [satisfactory]

23 March, 2013

Average points in WC & Euro qualifiers, 2000-2013.

 In bold text, nations having won a World Cup or Euro during the 2000s.

1. Holland : 83,6%
2. Germany : 82,4%
3. Spain : 81,4%
4. Italy : 80,1%
5. England : 77,0%
6. France : 75,3%
7. Croatia : 75,1%
8. Sweden : 74,5%
9. Russia : 71,2%
10. Portugal : 70,1%
11. Czech Republic : 68,8%
12. Greece : 67,2%
13. Denmark : 64,6%
14. Turkey : 61,8%
15. Romania : 61,5%
16. Poland : 60,7%
17. Ireland : 59,9%
18. Switzerland : 59,3%
19. Serbia* : 58,7%
20. Ukraine : 56,5%
21. Slovakia : 55,2%
22. Bulgaria, Israel, Bosnia : 54,0%
25. Norway : 53,6%
26. Belgium : 51,8%
27. Montenegro : 51,4%
28. Scotland : 50,3%
29. Slovenia : 48,2%
30. Austria : 48,0%
31. Hungary : 47,6%
32. Finland : 47,2%
33. Latvia : 40,5%
34. Wales : 39,1%
35. Belarus, Northern Ireland : 36,5%
37. Estonia : 33,3%
38. Lithuania : 32,8%
39. Albania : 30,8%
40. Iceland : 30,6%
41. Macedonia : 28,2%
42. Georgia : 27,7%
43. Armenia : 26,7%
44. Cyprus : 25,8%
45. Moldova : 23,1%
46. Azerbaijan : 16,4%
47. Kazakhstan : 14,4%
48. Liechtenstein : 13,5%
49. Faroe Islands : 8,9%
50. Luxembourg : 7,0%
51. Malta : 6,2%
52. Andorra : 2,5%
53. San Marino : 0,5%


*) including Yugoslavia's and Serbia & Montenegro's matches.

Over achievers compared to population*:
 +26 Croatia
+19 Montenegro
+14 Ireland
+13 Denmark
+12 Bosnia, Slovenia
+11 Holland
+10 Sweden


Under achievers:

-10 Georgia
-11 Turkey
-12 Ukraine
-13 Belgium
-16 Belarus
-26 Azerbaijan
-36 Kazakhstan


*) comparing the ranking position with the list of population.

Player ratings Argentina 3, Venezuela 0.

1-0 28' Higuaín, 2-0 45' Messi penalty, 3-0 59' Higuaín. Att: 59.000 (Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires).
Argentina: Sergio Romero 6,30 - Pablo Zabaleta 6,20, Ezequiel Garay 6,30, Federico Fernández 6,60, Marcos Rojo 6,30 - Fernando Gago 7,50 (62' Éver Banega), Javier Mascherano 6,70, Walter Montillo 6,50 - Lionel Messi 7,80, Gonzalo Higuaín 7,30 (80' Rodrigo Palacio), Ezequiel Lavezzi 6,10 (84' Maxi Rodríguez). - coach: Sabella. = average: 6,69 [superiour]
Venezuela: Daniel Hernández 6,40 - Alexander González 5,00, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo 5,50, Andrés Túñez 5,30, Gabriel Cichero 5,40 - Luis Seijas 5,50 (57' Rómulo Otero), Tomás Rincón 5,70, Franklin Lucena 5,20, Juan Arango 4,80 (75' César González) - Frank Feltscher 4,90, José Salomón Rondón 6,20 (81' Nicolás Fedor). - coach: Farías. = average: 5,45 [feeble]


Los puntajes de Argentina-Venezuela 3-0.

Goalscorers, CONMEBOL Qualifiers:
9 goals: Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina)
8: Lionel Messi (Argentina), Luis Suárez (Uruguay)
6: Radamel Falcao (Colombia)
4: Teófilo Gutiérrez (Colombia), Felipe Caicedo (Ecuador), Jefferson Farfán (Peru)
3: Sergio Agüero (Argentina), Carlos Saucedo (Bolivia), Matías Fernández (Chile), Christian Benítez (Ecuador), Paolo Guerrero (Peru), Salomón Rondón (Venezuela)
2: Ángel di María (Argentina), Pablo Daniel Escobar & Marcelo Moreno Martins (Bolivia), Charles Aránguiz (Chile), Dorlan Pabón & James Rodríguez (Colombia), Segundo Castillo (Ecuador), Cristian Riveros (Paraguay), Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlán & Diego Lugano (Uruguay), Juan Arango (Venezuela).

Player ratings Croatia 2, Serbia 0.

1-0 23' Mandžukić, 2-0 37' Olić. Att: 40.000 (Maksimir, Zagreb).
Croatia: Pletikosa 7,10 - Srna 6,80, Ćorluka 6,70, Šimunić 6,90, Strinić 6,30 (82' Lovren) - Rakitić 6,70, Kovačić 6,70, Modrić 7,40, Kranjčar 6,00 (63' Vida 6,00) - Mandžukić 7,00, Olić 7,50 (83' Vukojević). - coach: Štimac. = average: 6,76 [superiour]
Serbia: Brkić 5,60 - Ivanović 5,70, Subotić 5,90, Nastasić 5,70, Kolarov 5,00 - Ignjovski 5,80 (75' R. Petrović), Radovanović 5,80, Tošić 5,90, Đuričić 6,00, Stevanović 5,30 (57' Tadić 5,90) - Šćepović (9' Đorđević 5,40). - coach: Mihajlović. = average: 5,67 [disappointing]



Igrač gostiju Hrvatska-Srbija 2:0.
Играч оцене Хрватска-Србија 2:0.

Player ratings Sweden 0, Ireland 0.

Att: 49.431 (Friends Arena, Solna).
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson 5,80 - Behrang Safari 5,90, Mikael Lustig 5,00 (46' Mikael Antonsson 6,10), Andreas Granqvist 5,80, Jonas Olsson 5,80 - Sebastian Larsson 5,60 (87' Jimmy Durmaz), Kim Källström 5,50, Rasmus Elm 5,00, Alexander Kačaniklić 6,10 - Zlatan Ibrahimović 5,70, Tobias Hysén 6,10 (73' Ola Toivonen 5,40). - coach: Hamrén. = average: 5,68 [disappointing]
Ireland: David Forde 6,80 - Ciaran Clark 6,00, John O'Shea 6,10, Seamus Coleman 6,90, Marc Wilson 6,10 - Jonathan Walters 5,50, Paul Green 6,10, James McClean 6,40 (83' Andrew Keogh), James McCarthy 6,70, Robbie Keane 5,80 (77' Wes Hoolahan) - Shane Long 5,80 (87' Conor Sammon). - coach: Trapattoni. = average: 6,20 [solid]

Player ratings San Marino 0, England 8.

0-1 12' og Della Valle, 0-2 29' Oxlade-Chamberlain, 0-3 35' Defoe, 0-4 39' A. Young, 0-5 42' Lampard, 0-6 54' Rooney, 0-7 70' Sturridge, 0-8 77' Defoe. Att: 4980 (Olimpico di Serravalle).
San Marino: Aldo Junior Simoncini 4,90 - Alessandro Della Valle 4,70, Mirko Palazzi 5,10, Alex Gasperoni 4,90, Fabio Vitaioli 4,70, Davide Simoncini 5,10, Fabio Bollini 5,10 (81' Carlo Valentini), Michele Cervellini 4,70, Enrico Cibelli 4,90 (68' Lorenzo Buscarini 5,10), Matteo Vitaioli 5,10, Andy Selva 5,30 (75' Danilo Ezequiel Rinaldi). - coach: G. Mazza. = average: 4,97 [appalling]
England: Joe Hart x - Chris Smalling 6,30, Leighton Baines 7,10, Kyle Walker 6,50, Joleon Lescott 6,30, Tom Cleverley 6,30 (56' Leon Osman 6,10) - Ashley Young 7,30, Frank Lampard 6,80 (66' Scott Parker 6,10) - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6,80, Jermain Defoe 7,30, Wayne Rooney 6,70 (56' Daniel Sturridge 6,50). - coach: Hodgson. = average: 6,62 [excellent]

Player ratings France 3, Georgia 1.

1-0 46' Giroud, 2-0 47' Valbuena, 3-0 61' Ribéry, 3-1 70' Kobakhidze. Att: 71.147 (Stade de France, Saint Denis).
France: Lloris 7,00 - Jallet 6,20, Varane 6,80, Sakho 6,00, Clichy 6,30 - Valbuena 7,60 (66' Rémy 5,50), Matuidi 6,20 (66' Sissoko 6,00), Pogba 6,80, Ribéry 7,10 (78' Ménez) - Benzema 5,20, Giroud 6,20. - coach: Deschamps. = average: 6,38 [strong]
Georgia: Loria 6,00 - Lobjanidze 5,20, Kashia 5,20, Khizanishvili 6,00, Amisulashvili 6,30, Kverkvelia 5,20 - Ananidze 5,50 (46' Kenia 5,80), Kobakhidze 6,80, Targamadze 5,20 (84' Gelashvili), Daushvili 5,20 - Vatsadze 5,00 (73' V. Dvalishvili). - coach: Ketsbaia. = average: 5,62 [failing]

Player ratings Spain 1, Finland 1.

1-0 49' Sergio Ramos, 1-1 79' Pukki. Att: 30.000 (El Molinón, Gijón).
Spain: Valdés 5,40 - Arbeloa 6,00, Piqué 5,70, Sergio Ramos 6,60, Jordi Alba 6,10 - Busquets 6,20, Cazorla 5,20 (46' Pedro 5,70), Iniesta 6,80 - Silva 5,50, Villa 5,20 (65' Negredo 5,90), Fàbregas 5,00 (76' Mata 5,90). - coach: Del Bosque 6,00. = average: 5,80 [mediocre]
Finland: Mäenpää 7,00 - Raitala 5,70, Moisander 6,10, Toivio 6,10, Arkivuo 5,90 - Tainio 5,70 (69' Sparv 6,50), Roman Eremenko 5,40, Ring 5,40 - Hetemaj 6,00, Pukki 7,00 (93' Halsti), Hämäläinen 6,00. - coach: Paatelainen 6,40. = average: 6,07 [satisfactory]

22 March, 2013

Memory Lane: EC goalscorers 1980-88.

Including all three Cups plus the European Super Cup.

33 goals: Torbjörn Nilsson (IFK Göteborg, Kaiserslautern)
31: Carlos Santillana (Real Madrid)
29: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Bayern München, Inter)
28: Michel Platini (St-Étienne, Juventus)
26: Alessandro Altobelli (Inter)
25: Klaus Allofs (Fortuna Düsseldorf, Köln, Marseille)
25: Dieter Hoeness (Bayern München)
22: Horst Hrubesch (Hamburger SV)
22: Zlatko Vujovic (Hajduk Split, Bordeaux)
21: Kenneth Brylle (Vejle, Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven, Club Brugge)
21: John Wark (Ipswich, Liverpool)
19: Yuri Gavrilov (Spartak)
17: Mark McGhee (Aberdeen, Hamburger SV, Celtic)
17: Hans Krankl (Rapid Wien, Barcelona)
16: Toni Polster (Austria Wien)
15: Preben Elkjær (Lokeren, Verona)
15: Mark Falco (Tottenham, Rangers)
15: Manuel Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon)
15: Juanito (Real Madrid)
15: Sören Lerby (Ajax, Bayern München, Monaco, PSV Eindhoven)
15: Dieter Müller (Köln, Bordeaux)
15: Paolo Rossi (Juventus)
15: Ian Rush (Liverpool)
15: Ramas Shengelia (Dinamo Tbilisi)
15: Erwin Vandenbergh (Anderlecht)
14: Fernando Gomes (FC Porto)
14: Ralph Milne (Dundee United)
14: Nené (Benfica)
13: Nikos Anastopoulos (Olympiakos)
13: Paul Breitner (Bayern München)
13: Jean-Paul Brigger (Servette, Sion)
13: Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid)
13: Kees Kist (AZ 67, Paris-SG)
13: Uwe Rahn (M'gladbach)
13: Aldo Serena (Inter, Juventus)


Per nationality
7: West Germany
3: Spain, Italy, Denmark, Scotland, Portugal
2: Soviet Union, Austria

Per club
4: Bayern München
3: Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus
2: Köln, HSV, Bordeaux, Anderlecht, PSV, Liverpool

Memory Lane: England in the Euro 2000.

6,51 Scholes
6,40 S. Campbell
6,16 Beckham
6,12 Ince
6,06 Shearer
6,05 Seaman
5,92 Keown
5,78 G. Neville
5,58 Owen
5,43 P. Neville
5,38 Wise

Player ratings Brazil 2, Italy 2.

1-0 33' Fred, 2-0 42' Oscar, 2-1 54' De Rossi, 2-2 57' Balotelli. Att: 29.700 (Stade de Genève).
Brazil: Júlio César 7,00 – Dani Alves 5,80, David Luíz 5,00, Dante 5,40, Filipe Luís 5,90 (77' Marcelo) – Fernando 6,00, Hernanes 6,00 – Hulk 5,50 (86' Vanderlei), Neymar 6,60, Fred 6,20 (69' Diego Costa 5,30), Oscar 6,60 (62' Kaká 5,50). - coach: Scolari 6,00. = average: 5,91 [vulnerable]
Italy: Buffon 6,00 – Maggio 6,00, Barzagli 6,20, Bonucci 6,00, De Sciglio 6,10 (74' Antonelli) – De Rossi 6,90 (81' Diamanti), Pirlo 6,20 (46' Cerci 6,40), Montolivo 6,40 – Giaccherini 6,00 (68 Poli 6,20) – Balotelli 7,40 (84' Gilardino), Osvaldo 5,40 (46' El Shaarawy 6,00). - coach: Prandelli 6,80. = average: 6,23 [solid]

21 March, 2013

La Liga: foreign Player of the Year 1976-2010.

Premio Don Balón. (The weekly magazine was closed in September 2011 due to the economical crisis).

1976: Neeskens (Barcelona)
1977: Cruyff (Barcelona)
1978: Cruyff (Barcelona)
1979: Stielike (Real Madrid)
1980: Stielike (Real Madrid)
1981: Stielike (Real Madrid)
1982: Stielike (Real Madrid)
1983: Barbas (Zaragoza)
1984: Barbas (Zaragoza)
1985: Schuster (Barcelona)
1986: Valdano (Barcelona)
1987: H. Sánchez (Real Madrid)
1988: Alemão (Atlético)
1989: Ruggeri (Logroñés)
1990: H. Sánchez (Real Madrid)
1991: Schuster (Atlético)
1992: M. Laudrup (Barcelona)
1993: Đukić (Deportivo)
1994: Stoichkov (Barcelona)
1995: Zamorano (Real Madrid)
1996: Mijatović (Valencia)
1997: Ronaldo (Barcelona)
1998: Rivaldo (Barcelona)
1999: Figo (Barcelona)
2000: Figo (Barcelona)
2001: Figo (Real Madrid)
2002: Zidane (Real Madrid)
2003: Nihat (Real Sociedad)
2004: Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
2005: Riquelme (Villarreal)
2006: Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
2007: Messi (Barcelona)
2008: Agüero (Atlético)
2009: Messi (Barcelona)
2010: Messi (Barcelona)

4 times: Stielike
3: Figo & Messi
2: Cruyff, Barbas, H. Sánchez, Ronaldinho.


Per nation:
9: Argentina
6: (West) Germany
5: Brazil
3: Holland & Portugal
2: Mexico & Yugoslavia
1: Denmark, Bulgaria, Chile, France & Turkey.


Per club:
16: Barcelona
9: Real Madrid
3: Atlético
2: Zaragoza
1: Logroñés, Deportivo, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Villarreal.

Today 20 years ago: Milan 0, Parma 1.

0-1 58' Asprilla. Att: 75.572 (L. 2.174.538.000).
Milan: S. Rossi 5,50 — Tassotti 5,75 (72' A. Serena), Maldini 6,50, De Napoli 5,75, Costacurta 5,75, F. Baresi 5,75, Evani 6,00, Eranio 5,75 (67' Gambaro), Papin 5,25, Savicevic 6,25, Massaro 5,75. — coach: Capello. = average: 5,82 [mediocre]
Parma: Ballotta 6,75 — G. Pin 6,25 (74' Matrecano), Di Chiara 6,00, Minotti 5,75, Apolloni 6,50, Grun 6,75, Melli 5,75, Zoratto 6,25, Osio 5,50 (89' Pulga), Cuoghi 5,50, Asprilla 7,00. — coach: Scala. = average: 6,18 [solid]


Milan's first defeat after 53 matches.

20 March, 2013

Memory Lane: Germany in the 1996 Euro.

Knockout matches only. At least two rated appearances.

6,59 Köpke
6,54 Sammer
6,44 Eilts, Kuntz
6,11 Helmer
6,00 Möller
5,97 Babbel
5,75 Klinsmann
5,74 Scholl
5,58 Freund

Football in the Seventies.

For those of our readers who like nostalgic journeys into football history, we recommend the blog http://football-in-the-seventies.blogspot.com/

Arsenal managers per winning percentage.

57,0% Arsène Wenger (1996-2013)
48,9% George Graham (1986-95)
47,1% Tom Whittaker (1947-56)
46,2% Don Howe (1983-86)
45,0% Terry Neill (1976-83)
44,7% Bertie Mee (1966-76)
42,9% Jack Crayston (1956-58)
39,1% George Swindin (1958-62)
38,5% Billy Wright (1962-66)

Average ratings Málaga 2912/13.

6,51 Isco
6,32 Eliseu
6,27 Demichelis
6,26 Monreal
6,20 Joaquín
6,19 Caballero, Iturra
6,14 Toulalan
6,05 Gámez
6,00 Weligton
5,98 Camacho
5,88 Sergio Sánchez
5,79 Saviola
5,73 Portillo
5,61 Santa Cruz
5,57 Duda
5,22 Lugano

Ligue 1: top rated players.

6,00 Mickaël Landreau (Bastia), Jeremie Aliadière (Lorient), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (photo, Saint-Etienne)
5,95 Romain Alessandrini (Rennes)
5,92 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris-SG)
5,90 Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
5,88 Aurélien Chedjou (Lille)
5,86 Dimitri Payet (Lille)
5,81 Salvatore Sirigu (Paris-SG)
5,80 Blaise Matuidi (Paris-SG)
5,79 Yohann Thuram (Troyes)
5,77 Florent Balmont (Lille), Didier Digard (Nice)
5,74 Rémy Vercoutre (Lyon)
5,69 Alexis Thébaux (Brest)
5,68 Jérémy Ménez (Paris-SG)
5,67 Loïc Perrin (Saint-Etienne)
5,65 Bertrand Laquait (Evian TG)
5,62 Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
5,52 Benoît Trémoulinas (Bordeaux), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille)
5,50 Rod Fanni (Marseille)

Today 19 years ago: Milan 2, Inter 1.

1-0 46' og Bergomi, 1-1 86' Schillaci, 1-2 89' Massaro. Att: 76.348 (L. 2.691.889.119).
Milan: S. Rossi 6,25 — Panucci 6,25, Maldini 6,25, F. Galli 6,00, F. Baresi 6,75 — Albertini 6,50, Donadoni 7,00, Desailly 6,50, Boban 5,25 (61' Massaro 7,00) — Savicevic 6,25, Simone 5,25 (84' Eranio). — coach: Capello. = average: 6,27 [solid]
Inter: Zenga 6,00 — Bergomi 6,50, An. Orlando 6,00, Jonk 5,75, A. Paganin 5,50, Battistini 6,25, Berti (14' M. Paganin 5,25), Manicone 6,25, Shalimov 5,25, Bergkamp 5,00, Fontolan 5,50 (75' Schillaci 7,00). — coach: Marini. = average: 5,85 [mediocre]

19 March, 2013

Copa Libertadores: all time topscorers.

54: Alberto Spencer (Peñarol, Barcelona Guayaquil)
37: Fernando Morena (Peñarol)
36: Pedro Rocha (Peñarol, São Paulo, Palmeiras)
31: Daniel Onega (River Plate)
30: Julio Morales (Nacional)
29: Antony de Ávila (América de Cali, Barcelona Guayaquil)
29: Juan Carlos Sarnari (River Plate, Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile, Independiente Santa Fe)
29: Luizão (Vasco da Gama, Corinthians, Grêmio, São Paulo)
26: Juan Carlos Sánchez (Jorge Wilstermann, Blooming, San José)
26: Luis Artime (Independiente, Nacional)
25: Oswaldo Ramírez (Sport Boys, Universitario, Sporting Cristal)
25: Alberto "Beto" Acosta (San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors, Universidad Católica)
25: Palhinha (Cruzeiro, Corinthians, Atlético Mineiro)

Per nationality:
5: Argentina
3: Uruguay
2: Brazil
1: Ecuador, Colombia, Peru.

Topscorers per club:
7: Peñarol
6: São Paulo
4: Santos, River Plate, Palmeiras, Nacional, Cruzeiro
3: LDU Quito, Alianza Lima, Universitario Lima, Deportivo Cali, Flamengo, Estudiantes, Universidad Católica, Cerro Porteño, Corinthians
2: Boca Juniors, América (Mexico), Deportivo Quito, América Cali, Olimpia, Grêmio.

Tottenham coaches per winning percentage.

Post WW2.

51,2% André Villas-Boas (2012–13)
50,4% David Pleat (1986–87)
49,5% Harry Redknapp (2008–12)
49,0% Bill Nicholson (1958–74)
47,7% Arthur Rowe (1949–55)
46,6% Jimmy Anderson (1955–58)
45,1% Doug Livermore-Ray Clemence (1992–93)
44,7% Martin Jol (2004–07)
44,6% Peter Shreeves (1984–86 & 1991–92)
42,7% Joe Hulme (1946–49)
42,2% Keith Burkinshaw (1976–84)
40,6% Terry Venables (1987–91)

Today 11 years ago: Liverpool 2, Roma 0.

1-0 6' Litmanen penalty, 2-0 63' Heskey. Att: 41.794.
Liverpool: Dudek 5,50 — Abel Xavier 6,50, Henchoz 7,00, Hyypiä 6,50, Carragher 6,00 — Murphy 6,25, Gerrard 6,75, Riise 7,00 — Litmanen 6,75 (87' Biscan) — Heskey 7,00, Smicer 6,50 (90' McAllister). — coach: Houllier 7,50. = average: 6,52 [very good]
Roma: Antonioli 6,25 — Panucci 5,50, Samuel 5,75, Aldair 5,50 — Tommasi 5,50, M. Assunção 5,25 (68' Cassano), Emerson 5,50, Lima 5,25 (46' Delvecchio 6,00), Candela 5,50 — Batistuta 4,50 (46' Montella 5,25), Totti 6,25. — coach: Capello 5,00. = average: 5,54 [poor]

Average ratings Man City 2012/13.

6,33 Silva
6,28 Tévez
6,22 Y. Touré
6,16 Zabaleta
6,15 Milner
6,11 Hart
6,07 Agüero
6,01 Clichy
6,00 Kompany
5,95 Nastasic
5,93 Barry
5,83 Kolarov
5,82 Maicon
5,78 Javi García
5,76 Dzeko
5,75 Lescott
5,72 Balotelli, Nasri
5,60 K. Touré
5,45 Rodwell
5,32 Sinclair

Francesco Totti: carreer ratings.

Average ratings in Serie A matches:

1993/94: 6,10
1995: 6,25
1996: 6,12
1997: 5,83
1998: 6,58
1999: 6,58
2000: 6,48
2001: 6,55 - Roma champion
2002: 6,75
2003: 6,52
2004: 6,71
2005: 6,28
2006: 6,67 - league leader
2007: 6,43
2008: 6,44
2009: 6,34
2010: 6,41
2011: 6,35
2012: 6,37
2013: 6,73 - league leader