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The 11v11 blog focuses on football statistics, records and football history.

  1. 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup openers sold out

    CONCACAF today announced that all tickets have been sold for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup kick off doubleheader in Dallas this evening which kicks off at the 20,500 capacity Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

    The 13th edition of CONCACAF’s premier national team tournament begins with Group A matches between Panama and Haiti at 6:00 p.m. CT, followed by USA versus Honduras at 8:30 p.m. CT.

    The tournament is being televised in the USA on Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, UniMás, UDN, and can be heard on the Fútbol de Primera radio network. Worldwide the tournament is being aired by numerous channels, including Gol TV in Latin America, LeTv in China, Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico, BT Sport in the UK and Setanta Sports in Australia.

    Whilst Mexico and the USA ...
  2. Can Burnley earn promotion back to the Premier League?

    After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, the Clarets are targeting a return to England's top flight in the new season. Sean Dyche's side struggled throughout their brief spell in the Premier League and they were relegated to the Championship after just one season back in the top division. And, although Burnley have lost top goalscorer Danny Ings - who will join Liverpool this summer - the Clarets have already started to bring new players into the club, including Aston Villa full-back Matthew Lowton.

    With a few more signings, Burnley certainly stand a chance of securing automatic promotion this season and many punters will be looking to back Dyche's side in the Championship betting markets before the season gets under way on August 8th.

    Burnley are more than capable ...
  3. Crossing the Sporting Divide: Cristiano Ronaldo's Mainstream Appeal

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    He's one of the world's finest footballers, but aside from performing miracles on the pitch, what else is Cristiano Ronaldo good at? A recent poll has ranked Ronaldo as the third highest paid sportsman in the world with earnings just over £50 million-a-year and, while much of this has come from his skills with a ball, a fair amount has come from his mainstream appeal.
    Indeed, while many football fans like to argue over which player is better, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, few would contest that the latter is a bigger media star than the former. Thanks to his numerous sponsorship deals and willingness to pose with pretty women whenever he gets the chance, Ronaldo has crossed borders and, as such, ...
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  4. The three (almost) promoted clubs: Who can stay up?

    AFC Bournemouth and Watford have already made it to the Premier League, with Middlesbrough and Norwich due to battle it out for the third promotion place. They may be fresh faced young whippersnappers starting the first day of Big School right now, but who’s going to end up with their dinner money pinched, head flushed down the toilet and ‘Kick me’ written on their back? (That sound you can hear is a metaphor being stretched to breaking point)

    by Matthew Harris

    The knee-jerk reaction of the average football fan is to opine, sadly but wisely, that all of the promoted teams are clearly going to struggle, such is the gulf in class and finances between blah blah blah… but the truth is more nuanced. Only once in the last 17 years – 1997-98 to be precise – have all ...

    Updated 21st May 2015 at 12:13 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , Premier League
  5. Who was the best player in the Championship this year?

    It has been yet another wonderful season in the Championship, with 2014/2015 seeing one of the closest races for the title, play-off spots and relegation places in recent years. The quality of football continues to increase year-by-year, with the ability for any team to beat anyone illustrates just how difficult it is to secure promotion to the Premier League. Top flight teams who have recently dropped down a division will vouch for how hard it has become to bounce straight back up, with former Premier League side Wigan and Blackpool suffering the ignominy of being relegated to League 1 after a season to forget on and off the pitch for both clubs.

    Although there is still plenty to play for in the final game of the season, the Football League awards have already been handed out ...

    Updated 13th May 2015 at 09:14 PM by 11v11

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    Players , Competitions , Football League
  6. Key games at the bottom of League One

    Yeovil Town have already been relegated with new boss Paul Sturrock now planning for life in League Two, but who will be joining the Glovers in the basement division in 2015-16?

    This week’s fixtures have some more of those clichéd six-pointers for the sides still fighting for their League One lives. Next to bottom Colchester United entertain Scunthorpe United and third from bottom Crawley Town play the team just above them, Notts County.

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)


    Elsewhere, struggling Crewe Alexandra host Walsall, who look to be safe while Port Vale visit high-flying Preston North End on Friday night and Leyton Orient make the short but tricky trip to promotion chasing Milton Keynes Dons.

    If these latter games go with ...

    Updated 16th April 2015 at 09:14 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , Football League
  7. Best strikers in the English Championship

    As we near the end of another fascinating Championship season, the best strikers in the league are battling it out to finish as the division's leading scorer. There has been no shortage of prolific front men in the Championship this year, and at this point of the season it could well be one of those strikers who fires their team to the play-offs or better still, the Premier League.

    With it as close as it has ever been at the top of the table at this stage in the season, those teams vying for promotion will need their forwards firing on all cylinders between now and the beginning of May.

    So who have been the Championship's sharpest shooters this season, and what might the future hold come for those players who have in fact caught the eye this year.
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    Updated 15th April 2015 at 06:40 AM by Veritas

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    Players , Competitions , Football League
  8. The battle for Football League survival

    As 2015 took its first tentative steps, it seemed that putting your mortgage on Hartlepool United to be relegated was one of the safest investments you could make for the New Year. Not only were Pool bottom of the league, they had just been dumped out of the FA Cup by non-league Blyth Spartans in front of a national TV audience.

    by Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    But Hartlepool weren’t just rock bottom of League Two, they were cast adrift without a paddle, ten points behind third from bottom Carlisle United and seemingly doomed.

    When you look at the table today it makes unbelievable reading, as the north-east side have lifted themselves out of the bottom two and can now look down on both Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers with a degree of satisfaction ...
  9. How technology has changed the face of football today

    We now experience televised sport, and football in particular, in a matrix of graphical wizardry. Sky, BT Sports, BBC, and even Setanta introduced so many nuances to the Beautiful Game, aided and abetted by pitch-side fans armed with smartphones, that the thought of just one, grainy camera at games, a la Kenneth Wolstenholme introducing Match of the Day way back when, seems totally alien.

    by Alex Jones

    Even international games at footballing outposts are now delivered in HD (and soon UHD), multiple cameras transporting images thousands of miles in crystal-clear vision. With our own, handheld technology in place to record goals and incidents, allied to the proliferation of cameras at every match, timing is now everything.

    One wonders how many ...

    Updated 28th March 2015 at 10:51 AM by Veritas

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    football history
  10. Are Aston Villa right not to blame the fans for pitch invasion?

    After the recent sixth round FA Cup clash, which saw Aston Villa knocking out West Bromwich Albion, many journalists were keen to write about something other than the Villans’ victory.

    By Ryan James

    In one of the most open FA Cups ever, Aston Villa displayed fantastic talent on the pitch, with particular kudos to youngster Jack Grealish, who scored the 90th minute winner. However, such was the excitement caused by the 19-year-old’s goal that fans gathered in their droves in a classic ‘pitch invasion’ before the final whistle was even blown.

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    Thousands of celebrating fans were the source of public condemnation by managers, journalists and the Football Association itself, which is allegedly investigating the ...

    Updated 27th March 2015 at 12:09 PM by Veritas

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    Competitions , FA Cup
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