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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 Toffees’ 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-old’s 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 ...
  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 City’s 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 competition’s 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 (that’s three of the back four) had gone into the book in the first-half. ...
  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. Euro 2012 squads all announced

    The Euro 2012 squads have all now been announced and we are in a position to calculate some of the stats.

    The youngest player at Euro 2012 will be Jetro Willems, currently of PSV, who is still 18. He is followed by two England players: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and young keeper Jack Butland.

    However, the Germany squad is youngest on average with the oldest squad being the Russians followed by the Irish.

    The oldest player will be Kostas Chalkias who was a member of the famous winning squad of 2004. Amongst the OAPs are also Nikos Liberopoulos and Andriy Shevchenko.

    The oldest German is Polish-born Miroslav Klose who will be looking to add to his amazing tally of 63 goals in 115 games for Germany.

    Update: In the Netherlands ...
  8. Gerrard's glory night

    Not that it was needed, but Steven Gerrard enhanced his reputation as a Liverpool legend with his hat-trick in last night's Mersey derby victory against Everton at Anfield.
    The 31 year-old marked David Moyes’ tenth anniversary as Everton manager by becoming the first player to score three goals in this fixture since Ian Rush hit four at Goodison Park in November 1982.
    Steven is only the fifth Liverpool player to notch a Mersey derby hat-trick at Anfield. The most recent came from Fred Howe in September 1935.
    Only Ian Rush has scored more Reds goals (19) against the Toffees than Steven's eight. He shares second position with Harry Chambers and Jack Parkinson.
    It all came on the night that he became the 25th player to reach the 400 appearances mark in the Premier League. ...