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  1. Ronaldo, a season of records

    by Andy Teixeira

    After a mixed season which included narrowly missing out to Barcelona in the Liga BBVA, Ronaldo played a significant role in Real Madrid winning its 11th Champions League title. As well as making a great contribution to the team effort and he also beat several individual records this season.

    An overview of Ronaldo’s fantastic season:

    On 17 October, after scoring against Levante UD, Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time record goal scorer with 324 goals, exceeding the legendary Raul.

    On 8 December, he scored four goals in the Champions League against Malm? FF and beat the record for goals in the Champions League's group stage, with eleven goals in six games.

    On 3 March, after scoring four goals in the Liga BBVA ...
  2. Gareth Barry tops the starters menu

    The sacking of Roberto Martinez brings a disappointing season towards an ignominious close at Everton but, amid the doom and gloom, there is a reason for a cheer around the Goodison Park ranks.

    Although the Toffeesí final away game of the 2015-16 campaign at Sunderland did mean they had won only one of their last ten league games, it was a notable occasion for veteran midfielder Gareth Barry as he became a new record breaker.

    It was the 35 year-oldís 572nd start in his Premier League career, so beating the competition record held by ex-England keeper David James.

    Almost 18 years ago to the day, the former Manchester City man made his first full appearance in the Premier League as a centre-back for Aston Villa against Arsenal at Villa Park on 10 ...
  3. The first 21st century player

    The 2015-16 Football League season came to a close on Sunday (8 May 2016), and those of us whose youth is but a distant memory have been made to feel just a little bit older.

    Midfielder Callum Styles was selected on Bury's subs bench for the first time in their League One game against Southend United at the JD Stadium.

    He substituted Anthony Dudley in the 75th minute to become the first player born in the 21st century to appear in England's top four divisions.

    Callum's Shakers youth team colleague Rob Harker, who was also born in March 2000, was selected on Bury's bench for the League One game against Bradford City on 5 March 2016 but did not come on.

    Bury ended the campaign on a high note with a 3-2 win against Southend featuring ...
  4. Nine yellow cards for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea

    Amid the euphoria of Leicester Cityís magnificent and historical title success (needless to say, our heartiest congratulations to all concerned), new Premier League ground was also broken elsewhere on Monday night.

    In the title crunch game at Chelsea, nine yellow cards were shown to Tottenham Hotspur players; the first time in the competitionís history that nine different players from one team had been shown yellow.

    Considering the importance of the game, Cup Final referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to be in an especially lenient mood during the early stages of the exchanges.

    Despite an increasingly highly charged atmosphere, only Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose (thatís three of the back four) had gone into the book in the first-half.
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  5. Can anyone stop Leicester City winning the Premier League?

    Leicester City appear destined for one of the greatest upsets in football history in winning the Premier League. Yet, five points adrift Tottenham Hotspur still dream of glory and even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refuses to give up hope whilst there is still a mathematical possibility of a fourth Premier League title. So what does historical precedent tell us about each side's claim on the Premier League history?

    In the table below we look at the margin of difference between the team in first place in the Premier League and those in second and third place, where the leader ended up, who became champion and how many points they achieved.

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  6. 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. ...
  7. Away the lads Ė Four possible away wins to consider

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.

    The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coralís Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.

    Well, Iím not ambitious enough to predict six games, so wonít be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain Ė but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!

    Brentford v AFC Bournemouth

    The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the future of ...
  8. Title: 5 telling stats from the Premier League

    By Keith Hedden (11v11 guest contributor)

    With 13 match weeks now behind us, we're roughly one third of the way through the English Premier League season, and the league has begun to take shape. A lot can happen between now and spring 2015, but we still have some strong indications as to which players and which clubs are performing at a top-caliber level along with those who are in for disappointing campaigns. With that said, here are five of the most interesting and revealing statistics from the first 13 games of Premier League action.

    Sergio Aguero Leads Scoring

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    Diego Costa owns most of the scoring-related headlines this season due to his red hot start (more on that later), but Sergio Aguero currently ...

    Updated 1st December 2014 at 07:36 PM by Veritas

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    Betting , Football statistics , premier league
  9. Mineís a treble Ė three to watch.

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    This weekís plan of attack is to try and identify three potential away wins from the weekendís fixture list Ė three games that could make an interesting treble.

    As a caveat, itís important you know that Iím not writing from a luxury hotel in the Caribbean! Just before you get too carried away with any investments.

    From the Premier League Ė Sunderland v Chelsea
    Alright I admit it, my first choice isnít the most ambitious of selections, as the table topping Blues travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side who seem to be heading for another battle against the drop.

    However, Saturdayís late game (5.30 pm kick-off) isnít necessarily a forgone conclusion. You only have to think back ...

    Updated 27th November 2014 at 09:57 PM by Veritas

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    Football statistics , Betting
  10. No end in sight in the managerís sack race

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Since Russ Wilcox's dismissal at Scunthorpe United on 8th October, somebody has cranked up the speed of the managerial merry-go-round and itís gone into overdrive.

    Itís less than twenty days since I wrote about the impatience that is rife within football resulting in the premature sacking of managers. It was written on the back of the axing of Wilcox, only months after he had set a world record for the longest unbeaten run at the beginning of a managerial reign.

    The Iron went 24 matches without defeat to best a longstanding record set by William Sudell at Preston North End way back as 1888-89.

    Next, Nigel Worthington parted company with York City, leaving a vacancy that Russ Wilcox quickly filled when ...

    Updated 31st October 2014 at 08:25 PM by Veritas

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    Football statistics , Betting
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