Covering Ground

The FIFA website is carrying ‘distance covered’ stats for the 2014 World Cup, which is particularly interesting as this information isn’t usually available, so I thought it was worth a closer look.

They’re only small samples of course, but having never had access to this data before, it should still be of interest. FIFA break the total figures down by the distance run both  n possession and without it (though as it doesn’t add up to the total distance covered, I’m not entirely sure how it’s calculated).

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England at Euro 2012: A Statistical Horrorshow

In my preview of yesterday’s match, I predicted that Italy would win 2-1 on the basis that they had the edge on England in the group stage statistically; more possession and shots, and fewer shots against.

I may have got the scoreline wrong, but the Azzurri easily dominated a poor England side as expected. With the Three Lions now heading home, I thought I’d look at their stats and consider what they mean for England.

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Euro 2012: Can England Reach The Semis?

Congratulations to England, who have surpassed my expectations for Euro 2012 by reaching the quarter finals (at least) for only the second time on foreign soil since the tournament first had a finals stage in 1980. But what do the stats say about how they have played, and whether they can progress further?

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Euro 2012 with Squawka

Squawka is a brand new football website which provides live stats during games, with a chatroom attached, and it gives you the ability to tweet interesting stats you find. It’s completely free, so I strongly recommend you check it out.

They also have a blog, and I will be writing for them throughout the tournament. The links to my articles can be found below:

England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win on penalties) analysis

Sweden vs France preview

Sweden 2 England 3 analysis

France 1 England 1 analysis

Poland vs Greece preview

You can follow me on Twitter herePlease take a look at my other articles, a list of which can be found here

Hodgson and England: The Stats Don’t Bode Well

As an English Liverpool fan, I have taken a keen interest in the news that Roy Hodgson is likely to be appointed the next England manager.

Whilst I was not a fan of him during his time at Anfield, I can also appreciate the good work he has done at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion over the last few years. Of course, the expectations at the latter two clubs are significantly lower than they are on the red half of Merseyside, so it may be easier to be successful with those teams.

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