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
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.
Updated 30th September 2015 at 07:27 PM by Veritas
Does traveling long distances to away games have an influence on results? Common sense and the latest statistical analysis seem to be at odds.
In my last blog I looked at the vagaries of the fixture computer as it sent teams the length and breadth of the country for midweek fixtures.
The piece was written from a fans perspective, so I thought it would be interesting to look at the issue from the club’s angle, as I wondered whether all that time spent traveling up and down the motorway had any impact on results.
Looking at a recent round of midweek fixtures, I picked out ten of the longest journeys undertaken just out of curiosity. As actor and comedian Rob Brydon would say it was "just a bit of fun", as looking at such a small sample has no scientific
I have to admit that I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to the offside rule. It used to be oh so simple. Well, as simple as the offside law could ever be; you were either offside or you weren’t.
Notwithstanding that, in this article I will look at the new clarifications of the offside rule introduced by the International FA Board (IFAB).
The off-side rule has become over-complicated by the question as to whether a player was "interfering with play’ and by the even more complex question of what phase of play was the incident in or was a player active or not?
To my mind if a professional footballer isn’t active, they shouldn’t be on the field of play in the first place. Over the years, I’ve seen one or two players who it
Updated 4th August 2015 at 04:48 PM by Veritas
As the FA Cup final draws near, Arsenal look to defend their title against an Aston Villa side who are much improved under Tim Sherwood. For all that has been said about the FA Cup losing its magic and interest, when your side is in the final it’s still considered a big occasion. Regardless of top quality Champions League nights, a FA Cup final at Wembley is still a reason to get excited. Wenger and his Arsenal side are the overwhelming favourites for the second year running, but the statistics below may not paint quite the same picture.
Arsenal’s appearance in this year’s final will break the record for the most number of appearances, 19, surpassing Man Utd. If Arsenal manage to make it consecutive FA Cup wins they will hold the record for the most wins, a total of 12
Updated 27th May 2015 at 08:08 AM by Statisticallyarsenal
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 Coral’s Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.
Well, I’m not ambitious enough to predict six games, so won’t be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain – 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
Updated 19th February 2015 at 08:49 PM by Veritas
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
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 08:36 PM by Veritas
By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)
This week’s plan of attack is to try and identify three potential away wins from the weekend’s fixture list – three games that could make an interesting treble.
As a caveat, it’s important you know that I’m not writing from a luxury hotel in the Caribbean! Just before you get too carried away with any investments.
From the Premier League – Sunderland v Chelsea
Alright I admit it, my first choice isn’t 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, Saturday’s late game (5.30 pm kick-off) isn’t necessarily a forgone conclusion. You only
Updated 27th November 2014 at 10:57 PM by Veritas
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 it’s gone into overdrive.
It’s 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
Updated 31st October 2014 at 09:25 PM by Veritas
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
Updated 11th June 2012 at 06:31 AM by Statisticus