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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. Marcus Rashford to join ranks of England’s youngest-ever players

    As Louis Van Gaal takes his leave of Old Trafford, the veteran Dutch coach will reflect on his legacy of the latest batch of young Red Devils graduating through to the senior team at Manchester United.

    The star pupil of the Class of ’16 is undoubtedly Marcus Rashford who can cap his meteoric rise by making his England debut this week.

    The Manchester-born striker made his United debut only three months ago and has made such an astounding impact that he has earned a call-up by Roy Hodgson for his Three Lions provisional squad for the summer’s Euro 2016 championships in France.

    It was as recently as 26 February that he burst on to the Old Trafford senior scene with such dramatic effect.

    After Anthony Martial was injured in the pre-match ...

    Updated 27th May 2016 at 08:24 PM by Veritas

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    Football records , Players , European Championship , Competitions
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  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. Jamie Vardy record

    On Saturday Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy scored at Newcastle United thereby equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games.

    Ruud Van Nistelrooy set the record playing for Manchester United between 22 March 2003 and 23 August 2003 and, coincidentally, his tenth game of the run was also at St James' Park.

    But, as we all know, football wasn’t invented in 1992, and Vardy still has plenty of targets to aim for.

    In the pre-Premier League era, Stan Mortensen scored in each of Blackpool's 11 games in the top division (old League Division One) between 3 February 1951 and 7 April 1951.

    That was part of the sequence when he scored in all 15 league games that he played in for the Tangerines between 23 ...
  7. Goal machine Robert Lewandowski’s one in 55,147 years achievement

    Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski continues to enjoy a purple patch the envy of strikers around the world. He scored yet another hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in midweek, making it 10 goals in his last three games.

    Lewandowkski’s most remarkable achievement was coming off the bench at half-time against Wolfsburg on the 22 September to score five goals in nine minutes during a 5-1 Bundesliga comeback win.

    He netted his first in the 51st minute and completed the astonishing goal feat on the hour mark. What were the chances of that happening?
    Those clever guys from the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective in the USA were so impressed that they decided to do a statistical analysis on the probability of such a goal glut ...
  8. 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. ...
  9. When does a defeat become embarrassing?

    I’ve always judged the arbitrary cut off point as six. A 5-0 defeat somehow seems acceptable in a sad sort of way. Whereas, when the score gets to 6-0 and beyond then the word ‘thrashing’ seems to firmly come into play.

    What started me off on this train of thought was a BBC article about a game in Estonia. FC Infonet, from the country's capital Tallinn, handed out a 36-0 thrashing to Virtsu Jalgpalliklubi - a team from a town with just 500 residents. It would seem that the coach selected the wrong 11 from the 500 available!

    Virtsu are reportedly enjoying their moment in the spotlight with the number of visits to their website growing at a rapid pace.

    For those with a statistical bent, the score-line of 36-0 will clearly resonate, as it matches ...
  10. Lionel Messi breaks the all-time goal record for Barcelona

    Lionel Messi breaks the all-time goal record for Barcelona

    Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in the 5-3 win over Granada in La Liga this evening, beating the Barcelona club record of 232 set by Cesar Rodriguez from 1939-1955.

    This is the 24-year old Messi's 2nd goal of the game and 233rd goal for Barcelona:



    Messi has achieved the record in 314 appearances (compared to 354 for Cesar) underlining his status as the finest current player of football, playing in what is arguably the best team ever.

    Messi's Barca goals

    153 La Liga
    49 Champions League
    19 Copa del Rey
    8 Spanish Super Cup
    4 FIFA Club World Cup
    1 European Super Cup

    And here's the current list ...