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  1. The Top Football Stats of the Month for January 2012

    Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon dOr for the second time
    Confirming that he is the worlds current greatest player, Barcelonas Lionel Messi was named the winner of the FIFA Ballon dOr for 2011.
    Lionel told

    Im very proud to have won it three times, especially one after the other.
    Its hard to win one, let alone three. Im very happy and this award gives me as much pleasure as the first.

    Messi is, howeever, confusing the old Ballon dOr with the new FIFA Ballon dOr. The Argentine footballing genius won the Ballon dOr in 2009 and the new FIFA Ballon dOr in 2010 and 2011.

    Michel Platini is the only player to have ever won the prestigious Ballon dOr for three years in a row (1983 to 1985). ...
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  2. 11v11 top ten football stats of the month: November 2011

    11v11 top ten football stats of the month
    November 2011

    We have a new regular feature on 11v11 - the top ten football stats stories of the month! Here are our selections for November:

    1. No Frenchmen for Arsenal
    In their game with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on 26 November there was not one Frenchman in the Arsenal line-up for the first time since September 2005. In addition, including their three substitutes, Arsenal fielded a team of 14 different nationalities a Premier League first.

    Since the start of the 2005-06 season Arsenal have fielded players from 26 different nationalities (40 since the inception of the Premier League) and this is their table of appearances:

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