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

  1. Teams that won with huge goal margins

    It was once said that football is a game of two halves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and sometimes one team simply takes an absolute hammering at the hands of the opposition. Here, we will take a look at five of the biggest winning goal margins in football.

    Brazil 1-7 Germany, 8th July, 2014
    In what was one of the most spectacular one-sided games in football history, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil welcomed eventual winners Germany to Belo Horizonte. The pre-match build treated the game as if it was Brazil's Final warm up. They had not suffered a competitive defeat on home soil in over 39 years. As a European side that had failed to fully reach its potential in the tournament prior to this game, Germany were not fancied by many to break that unbeaten record. ...
  2. Is this finally Leeds United's season?

    There are not many more iconic names in British football than Leeds United. The problem for the West Yorkshire club is that, despite their illustrious history and huge fan base, the club have been outside the Premier League for over a decade and are seemingly no closer to returning to the top flight than they were in 2004.

    Having failed to secure an immediate return to the big time following relegation into the Championship, Leeds dropped into League One before earning promotion back into the second tier in 2010.

    With the gap between the Premier League and the Championship growing bigger each campaign, Leeds' colourful Italian owner, Massimo Cellino, will not be able to ignore the fact that the club is in danger of being reduced to an example of one of modern ...

    Updated 22nd September 2015 at 05:39 PM by 11v11

    Tags: leeds united
    Competitions , Football League
  3. Can Derby record their first win of the season at Preston?

    Despite being installed among the strong favourites for promotion in the Championship, Derby have made a less than auspicious start to the season.

    It has undoubtedly been a steep and immediate learning curve for Paul Clement, who is in his first managerial position at the iPro Stadium after years working as a coach at Chelsea and Real Madrid, as his team have yet to hit the heights that many expected. Patience may be the name of the game for Derby fans who may already be concerned that a team that is packed with considerable quality in every area has yet to register a victory, but the upcoming trip to Preston presents a difficult challenge.

    Fellow promotion favourites Middlesbrough and Ipswich certainly found the going tough at Deepdale against ...

    Updated 18th September 2015 at 09:06 AM by 11v11

    Betting , Competitions , Football League
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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, ...
  7. 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 01:13 PM by Veritas

    Competitions , Premier League
  8. 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 10:14 PM by 11v11

    Players , Competitions , Football League
  9. 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 10:14 PM by Veritas

    Competitions , Football League
  10. 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.

    Updated 15th April 2015 at 07:40 AM by Veritas

    Players , Competitions , Football League
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