Mo Salah goal vs West Ham 2021 | Great Shaqiri pass assist & Klopp Milner reaction after Curtis Jones substitution

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

These Mo Salah goals vs West Ham saw the Egyptian star produce two fine finishes to put Liverpool ahead in their game against the Hammers. The first Salah goal against West Ham came in the 57th minute-a left footed beauty. Curtis Jones, who had just replaced James Milner, played a key role- check out the Jurgen Klopp James Milner interaction and reaction after the first Salah goal.

The second Salah goal vs West Ham was incredible as well- check out the passes from Trent Alexander Arnold and Shaqiri following a counter attack after a WHUFC corner, and a superb first touch & finish from the striker to make it 2-0. Continue Reading >>

Patrick Bamford goal vs Leicester 2021 | Very nice left foot finish for Leeds

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Patrick Bamford goal vs Leicester was a top-notch left footed finish from the Leeds striker to put his side ahead of the Foxes at the King Power. The Bamford goal against Leicester came in the 70th minute and saw LUFC go 2-1 up Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Terem Moffi goal vs PSG 2021 | Counter attacking winner from Lorient

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Terem Moffi goal vs PSG saw struggling Lorient upset the Parisians through a last gasp winner on the counter. The Moffi goal against Paris SG came in the 91st minute- some questionable goalkeeper from Rico, but check out the goal and the celebration and Maurico Pochettino’s stunned face after the defeat Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Steven Berghuis goal vs PSV 2021 for Feyenoord | Fabulous strike

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Steven Berghuis goal vs PSV (VIDEO BELOW) was a thunderous hit from the Feyenoord winger to put his side 2-0 up in their clash on January 31, 2021. The Berghuis goal against PSV came in the 26th minute- a lovely left footed strike from the edge of the box Continue Reading >>

Marcos Alonso goal vs Burnley 2021 | Great Alonso finish for Chelsea

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Marcos Alonso goal vs Burnley was a top class finish from the wingback to put Chelsea 2-0 up in their game earlier today. The Alonso volley finish against Burnley came in the 84th minute and sealed a 2-0 win for the Blues- the first Chelsea league win under new manager Thomas Tuchel Continue Reading >>

Adam Marusic goal vs Atalanta 2021 for Lazio | Great strike

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Adam Marusic goal vs Atalanta was a superb strike from the Lazio star to put his side 1-0 ahead in Bergamo in their game earlier today. The Marusic goal against Atalanta came in the 3rd minute- a lovely effort from distance from the Montenegrin midfielder Continue Reading >>

xG Arsenal Manchester United 0.90-1.79 January 2021 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map Arsenal MU

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

Here is a look at the xG stats for Arsenal v Man Utd on January 30, 2021. The game ended in a goalless draw, with Martin Odegaard making his debut for the Gunners as a late replacement for Emile-Smith Rowe

xG Arsenal 0.90-1.79 Man Utd Shots Map (Actual score Arsenal 0-0 Man United)

xG Arsenal Manchester United 2021

The two biggest chances of the game both fell to Edinson Cavani (58th minute xG 0.61 and 89th minute xG 0.51)

Full time post match stats Arsenal vs MU (AFC on left, MUFC on right)

Full time post match stats Arsenal MU 2021

Azpi goal vs Burnley 2021 | First Chelsea goal under Thomas Tuchel as manager

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Cesar Azpilicueta goal vs Burnley was a historic goal- the first CFC goal under new manager Thomas Tuchel in their league clash earlier today. The Azpi goal against Burnley came in the 40th minute- a nice finish after Chelsea had initiated the move from a throw in Continue Reading >>

Video Breno goal vs Santos 2021 Libertadores Final | 99th minute header to win title for Palmeiras

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

This Breno header vs Santos was a dramatic 99th minute goal from Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores final that won the title for them for only the second time in their 106 year old history. This is technically the 2020 Libertadores final, but it took place on January 30, 2021. Continue Reading >>

Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim 2021 Goals 4-1 Boateng Muller Kramaric Lewandowski

By Soccer Blog | Jan 31, 2021

Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim 2021 (FC Bayern-TSG 1899)

Final score and result: Bayern vs Hoffenheim 4-1 (Boateng, Muller, Lewandowski, Gnabry/Kramaric)

Allianz Arena- 30 January, 2021

Hoffenheim beat Bayern Munich on expected goals, but lose on the scoreboard as the Bavarians score four past them. Continue Reading >>

Disallowed Danny Ings offside goal vs Aston Villa 2021 | Matty Cash Arse & Line drawn by VAR

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Danny Ings disallowed goal vs Aston Villa saw Southampton’s equaliser ruled offside for the barest of margins- the offside line drawn by VAR ruled that Matty Cash’s backside just about ensured Ings’ sleeve was offside. A controversial call- this Ings offside goal v Villa came in the 93rd minute with his Saints side trailing 1-0 Continue Reading >>

Matty Cash handball vs Southampton 2021 | Controversial VAR review call no penalty for Aston Villa

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Matty Cash handball vs Southampton was a very controversial incident from Aston Villa’s clash against Saints earlier today. The shot from Stuart Armstrong appeared to hit Cash, who had his arm stretched, but VAR, after a review, chose not to give a penalty to Villa. Continue Reading >>

xG Bayern Munich Hoffenheim 1.64-2.01 | Expected Goals Stats & Shots Map FCB TSG 1899

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

Here is a look at the xG stats for Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim on January 30, 2021. Bayern won this game 4-1, but the expected goals stats and shots map have an interesting story to tell. Hansi Flick’s men obviously more clinical in front of goal than TSG 1899.

xG Bayern Munchen 1.64-2.01 Hoffenheim (Actual score Bayern 4-1 TSG 1899)

Not often that you see Bayern beaten on xG by their opponents despite winning the game, but this was one such rare occasion.

xG Bayern Munich Hoffenheim 2021

xG of individual goals in Bayern 4-1 Hoffenheim

1-0 Boateng goal xG 0.08
2-0 Muller goal xG 0.05
2-1 Kramaric goal xG 0.49
3-1 Lewandowski goal xG 0.59
4-1 Gnabry goal xG 0.40

Some other key Hoffenheim chances not taken

Bebou 8th minute- xG 0.40
Bebou 26th minute- xG 0.43 Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Bruno Fernandes tackle on Xhaka 2021 | No red card after VAR check Controversial

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Bruno Fernandes vs Xhaka incident was a controversial one from the Red Devils’ clash against the Gunners earlier today. Portuguese medio Bruno appeared to commit a foul on Xhaka, but VAR chose not to punish the former. Gunners fans felt the Bruno tackle on Xhaka deserved a card, and potentially red at that Continue Reading >>

Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg 2021 Goals 3-1 Delaney Sancho Uduokhai OG Hahn

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg 2021 (BVB-FCA 2021)

Final score and result: Dortmund vs Augsburg 3-1 (Delaney, Sancho, Uduokhai OG/Hahn)

Westfalenstadion- 30 January, 2021- Saturday

Dortmund can afford the luxury of a missed penalty from Erling Haaland as they come from behind to beat Augsburg 3-1 Continue Reading >>

Bologna vs AC Milan 2021 Goals 1-2 Ibrahimovic missed penalty Rebic Kessie Poli

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

Bologna vs AC Milan 2021 (Bologna-Milan 2021)

Final score and result: Bologna vs Milan 1-2 (Poli/Rebic, Kessie pen)

30 January, 2021- Saturday

Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses a penalty against Bologna but it doesn’t hurt Milan, who emerge 2-1 winners Continue Reading >>

Eder Militao red card vs Levante 2021 | Militao sent off for last man foul on Sergio Leon

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Militao red card vs Levante saw the Madrid defender sent off for what the referee deemed as a last man foul on Sergio Leon, thus reducing the hosts to ten men. The Militao dismissal vs Levante came in the 9th minute- a VAR review changed the yellow to a red card Continue Reading >>

Fine Ferran Torres skill & assist for Gabriel Jesus goal vs Sheffield United

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Ferran Torres skill vs Sheffield United saw the winger have an assist to his name as he set up Gabriel Jesus’ goal out of virtually nothing. The Jesus goal against Sheffield United came in the 9th minute and was the opening goal for Man City Continue Reading >>

Haaland missed penalty vs Augsburg 2021 | Erling penalty miss for Dortmund

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Erling Haaland penalty miss vs Augsburg saw the Dortmund striker miss a spot kick that would have drawn his side level. Haaland hit the bar with his penalty, awarded to BVB after handball in the box Continue Reading >>

Allan Saint Maximin turn vs Everton 2021 | ASM Michael Keane Skill for Newcastle

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

This Saint Maximin turn vs Everton was a nice bit of skill from ASM in their league clash earlier today. Saint-Maximin executes a lovely turn when up against Michael Keane to get the ball away. The Maximin vs Keane incident took place just moments after a fine Callum Wilson header had put Newcastle 1-0 up. Continue Reading >>

Callum Wilson goals vs Everton 2021 | Header from Shelvey corner & nice goal from counter attack

By Soccer Blog | Jan 30, 2021

These Callum Wilson goals vs Everton saw a cracking header from the Newcastle marksman as he nodded in from Jonjo Shelvey’s corner in their league game earlier today, and then a finish to round off an excellent counter attacking move. Not an easy goal the first Wilson header from distance, but it deservedly put the Magpies in front at Goodison Park Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Leo Dubois goal vs Bordeaux 2021 | Stunning extra time hit for Lyon

By Soccer Blog | Jan 29, 2021

This Leo Dubois goal vs Bordeaux (VIDEO BELOW) was an absolute stunner from the Lyon player as he clinched victory for his side in their league game on 29 January, 2021 with this injury time hit. The Dubois goal against Girondins came in the 92nd minute. Nice team goal from OL as well, playing out from the back, and a smashing finish from a tough angle Continue Reading >>

xG Tottenham Liverpool 0.11-2.31 January 28 2021 | Expected Goals Stats, Shots Map & Full Time Post Match Spurs LFC

By Soccer Blog | Jan 29, 2021

Here is a look at the xG stats for Tottenham vs Liverpool on 28 January, 2021. Jurgen Klopp’s men claimed a vital 3-1 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the home side restricted to just two shots on target in the whole game, as shown in the shots map for the game and the full time post match stats.

xG Tottenham 0.11-2.31 Liverpool (Actual score Spurs 1-3 LFC)

xG Tottenham Liverpool January 28 2021

0-1 Firmino goal xG 0.70
0-2 TAA goal xG 0.07
1-2 Hojbjerg goal xG 0.04
1-3 Mane goal xG 0.38

Full time post match stats Tottenham v Liverpool 2021

Full time post match stats Spurs Liverpool 2021

James Rodriguez goal vs Leicester 2021 for Everton with weaker right foot

By Soccer Blog | Jan 28, 2021

This James goal vs Leicester was a fine strike from Everton’s Colombian international to put his side ahead in their league game on January 27. The Rodriguez goal against Leicester came from his weak foot- a lovely hit on his right boot Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Giorgos Giakoumakis third goal vs Vitesse 2021 for VVV Venlo- Superb hit

By Soccer Blog | Jan 27, 2021

This Giorgos Giakoumakis goal vs Vitesse (VIDEO BELOW) was a special, special strike from the VVV Venlo star in their league game earlier today. This Giakoumakis goal vs Vitesse came in the 43rd minute and was also his hat trick goal (third of the game). Unbelievable skill to effectively lob the keeper from the edge of the box from a difficult angle. Continue Reading >>

Jack Grealish solo run vs Burnley 2021 | Grealish individual skill for Villa

By Soccer Blog | Jan 27, 2021

This fine Jack Grealish solo run vs Burnley saw the Villa midfielder embark on a spectacular individual run during their clash earlier today. Grealish collected the ball inside his half from his own goalkeeper and beat several Burnley defenders as he went on a mazy run. Unfortunately, the chance wasn’t converted into a goal, but it was still some fabulous individual skill from Grealish Continue Reading >>

Frank Lampard Chelsea Manager Stats | List of games & Lampard CFC Managerial Record

By Soccer Blog | Jan 25, 2021

Here is a look at all the games managed by Frank Lampard during his stint as Chelsea manager.

What was Lampard’s first game as Chelsea manager?

Frank Lampard’s first match as Chelsea manager was a 4-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11, 2019 (the first round of the 2019/20 Premier League season)

Which was the last Chelsea game managed by Frank Lampard?

Lampard’s last game as Chelsea manager was their 3-0 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup on January 24, 2021. His last league game as CFC manager was their 2-0 loss to Leicester City on January 19, 2021.

What was Lampard’s overall record as Chelsea manager

Managed 84- Won 44, Drawn 17, Lost 23, Win percentage 52.39%

Goals scored 163, Goals conceded 106

What was Lampard’s Premier League record as CFC manager?

Managed 57- Won 28, Drawn 11, Lost 18.

Goals scored 102, Goals conceded 77, 1.67 points per game.

List of games managed by Frank Lampard at Chelsea

2020/21 season games managed by Lampard

Frank Lampard Chelsea Manager Stats 2020 2021

2019-2020 season Chelsea games Lampard managerial record

Lampard List of Games as Chelsea Manager 2019-20

Lampard List of Games Managed at Chelsea 2019-2020

Spanish Newspaper Player Ratings Elche vs Barcelona 2021- Riqui Puig, Frenkie de Jong, Ter Stegen

By Soccer Blog | Jan 25, 2021

Here is a look at how the big Spanish newspapers rated the players from Elche vs Barca on January 24, 2021. Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig were on target for Ronald Koeman’s men as they prevailed 2-0. Most of the papers also liked the performances of both goalkeepers, with Marc Andre Ter Stegen and his opposite number Edgar Badia also rated highly

Diario Sport player ratings Elche 0-2 Barcelona 2021

Ter Stegen the standout with his 9/10 player rating, while Barca as a team got a rating of 6.3/10 as opposed to Elche’s 5.6/10.

Elche vs Barca Player Ratings January 2021

AS newspaper player ratings Elche-FCB

Elche Barcelona Player Ratings 2021 AS Newspaper

Mundo Deportivo paper ratings Elche v Barcelona

Elche 0-2 Barca Player Ratings Mundo Deportivo Paper 2021

GIF Video Sadio Mane tackle on Fred 2021 Cup | Mane studs up challenge vs Man Utd- yellow card or more?

By Soccer Blog | Jan 25, 2021

This Sadio Mane challenge on Fred (VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial one from Liverpool’s Cup clash against Manchester United on 24 January, 2021. Some felt that the Mane vs Fred incident warranted the former to have received more than a yellow for his studs up tackle given how similar challenges this season have been refereed; others thought it didn’t even deserve a yellow. Continue Reading >>

Video Jarrad Branthwaite vs Dael Fry Incident Boro Blackburn 2021 | Kick in the face but no penalty

By Soccer Blog | Jan 24, 2021

This Jarrad Branthwaite kicking Dael Fry incident (VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial one from the Middlesbrough Blackburn Cup game, with Rovers defender Branthwaite raising a high boot and kicking Boro’s Fry in the face. No penalty was given to Boro for the foul though Continue Reading >>

Spanish Newspaper Player Ratings Alaves vs Real Madrid 2021- How did Hazard, Kroos & co perform?

By Soccer Blog | Jan 24, 2021

Here is a look at the player ratings from the big Spanish newspapers from Alaves vs Real Madrid on January 23, 2021. Eden Hazard and Casemiro scored a goal apiece for Real while Karim Benzema bagged a brace. Joselu scored Alaves’ only goal of the evening.

Diario AS player ratings CD Alaves RMA 1-4

Alaves Real Madrid Player Ratings 2021 AS Newspaper

Mundo Deportivo paper player ratings Deportivo Alaves vs Real Madrid 2021

Alaves 1-4 Real Madrid Player Ratings Mundo Deportivo

Diario Sport ratings Alaves-Real Madrid

A 6.6/10 team rating for Real as compared to a 4.4/10 for Alaves. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric the best Real Madrid players according to Sport (both with a 8/10)

Alaves v Real Madrid 2021 Player Ratings Sport Diario

Manager Antonio Conte red card vs Udinese 2021 by referee Fabio Maresca- Sei Sempre Tu

By Soccer Blog | Jan 23, 2021

This Antonio Conte red card vs Udinese saw the Inter Milan manager sent off by referee Fabio Maresca towards the end of their 0-0 draw earlier today. Conte is also seeing mouthing the words “Sei Sempre Tu” (It’s always you) after his dismissal by Maresca Continue Reading >>

Luka Jovic goal vs Arminia Bielefeld 2021 for Eintracht Frankfurt

By Soccer Blog | Jan 23, 2021

This Luka Jovic goal vs Bielefeld saw the Real Madrid striker, on loan at Eintracht, again get on the scoresheet in their league game earlier today. The Jovic goal against Arminia came in the 84th minute and sealed a 5-1 win for Eintracht. Jovic had scored two goals against Schalke last week on his second Frankfurt debut. Continue Reading >>

Video Jonas Omlin red card vs PSG 2021 | Goalkeeper challenge on Mbappe

By Soccer Blog | Jan 23, 2021

This Jonas Omlin red card vs PSG saw the Montpellier goalkeeper sent off in the 19th minute of their game against Paris for a foul on Kylian Mbappe in their game on 22 January, 2021. The Omlin dismissal against PSG came with the scores at 0-0, and the defending champions went on to win 4-0. Initially given a yellow card by the ref, but upgraded to red following a VAR review. Continue Reading >>

Video Innocent Maela own goal vs Black Leopards 2021 for Orlando Pirates- Bizarre OG from corner after hitting post with previous attempt

By Soccer Blog | Jan 17, 2021

This Innocent Maela own goal vs Black Leopards (VIDEO BELOW) was a bizarre own goal from the Orlando Pirates player in their game earlier today. He first “nearly” scored an own goal, hitting the post which lead to a corner, and from the resulting corner, the OPFC defender this time nodded past his own keeper! Continue Reading >>

GIF Video Craig Dawson Che Adams Incident 2020 | Dawson kicking Adams in the head

By Soccer Blog | Dec 29, 2020

This Craig Dawson kicking Che Adams was a bizarre incident that occurred during Saints’ game against the Hammers earlier today. It’s a kick to the head as well! Continue Reading >>

xG West Brom Aston Villa 0.04-2.45 December 2020 | Expected Goals Stats WBA AVFC Full Time Post Match Shots Map

By Soccer Blog | Dec 21, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for West Brom vs Aston Villa on December 20, 2020. The expected goals statistics make for rather painful viewing if you’re a WBA fan- even more so when you consider this was a Midlands derby, and shows the magnitude of the task that new boss Sam Allardyce has on his hands following the sacking of Slaven Bilic.

xG WBA 0.04-2.45 Aston Villa (Actual score West Brom 0-3 AVFC)

Shots map and individual goal xG values

xG West Brom Aston Villa December 2020

0-1 El Ghazi goal xG 0.54
0-2 Traore goal xG 0.13
0-3 El Ghazi penalty goal xG 0.80

West Brom had only one shot on target in the entire game! (Matt Phillips in the 40th minute- xG 0.04).

Full time post match stats West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa December 2020

FT Post Match Stats WBA vs Aston Villa 2020

Rafael Leao goal vs Sassuolo 2020 for AC Milan 6.2 seconds- Fastest ever Italian league goal

By Soccer Blog | Dec 20, 2020

This Rafael Leao goal vs Sassuolo after just 6.2 seconds for AC Milan created history today- as the fastest ever goal scored in the Italian top flight. The Leao goal against Sassuolo broke the previous record of 8 seconds set by Paolo Poggi for Piacenza against Fiorentina in 2001 Continue Reading >>

Slaven Bilic West Brom Managerial Record & Stats | List of Bilic WBA Wins & Losses in 2019-20 & 2020-21

By Soccer Blog | Dec 16, 2020

West Bromwich Albion have officially sacked manager Slaven Bilic today (December 16, 2020). He joined WBA as manager on 13 June, 2019 and helped the Baggies win promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2019/20 season.

What was Slaven Bilic’s Premier League record as WBA manager?

Bilic PL record as WBA manager in 2020/21 season

Matches 13- W1, D4, L8, GS10, GA26 (7 points at 0.54 points per match)

What was Bilic’s 2020/21 record as West Brom manager?

Apart from the 13 Premier League games, Bilic also managed WBA in 2 Cup games in the 20/21 season- a 3-0 win over Harrogate and a 2-2 draw against Brentford (which they lost 5-4 on penalties)

So in 2020/21 overall record, Matches 15- W2, D4, L9

Bilic record as WBA manager 2020-21

Which was West Brom’s only Premier League win under Bilic in the current 20/21 season?

WBA’s only EPL win with Bilic in charge was their 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in November 2020.

What was Bilic’s record in the 19/20 Championship season as Albion manager?

Games 46- W22, D17, L7, GS77, GA43 (83 points at 1.80 points per match)

The 1.80 points per match in the Championship vs 0.54 points in the Premier League paints a story in itself.

Including cup games in 19/20- Matches 50- W24, D17, L9

Bilic Championship Record 2019-20 season

Slaven Bilic 2019-20 season managerial stats

How many games did Bilic manage overall as WBA manager and win/loss stats?

Including 19/20 and 20/21 (and Cup games), Bilic had this record- Matches 65- Won 26, Drawn 21, Lost 18

Video Jordyn Huitema Instagram Story 2020 | Racist Abuse Huitema Alphonso Davies

By Soccer Blog | Dec 12, 2020

This Jordyn Huitema IG story (VIDEO BELOW) saw the CAN WNT player release a video detailing some of the racist abuses that have been directed towards her and boyfriend Alphonso Davies on social media. Davies, also a Canadian international, currently plays for Bayern Munich Continue Reading >>

xG Inter Milan Shakhtar 1.75-0.39 December 9 2020 Champions League | Expected Goals Shots Map & Key Chances

By Soccer Blog | Dec 10, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Inter vs Shakhtar in Round 6 of the Champions League on 9 December, 2020. Inter needed a win at home, but ended up drawing 0-0 which sent them out of Europe altogether. Shakhtar took third in the group and will be in the Europa League.

Plenty of chances for Inter, as shown by the expected goals metric- they did well enough to have at least scored one goal in the game, if not two.

xG Inter 1.75-0.39 Shakhtar Donetsk (Actual score Inter Milan 0-0 Shakhtar)

xG Inter vs Shakhtar Champions League December 9 2020 MD6

xG of some key chances in Inter vs Shakhtar December 2020

Lautaro Martinez 7th minute chance xG 0.16- hits bar
Stefan de Vrij 23rd minute chance xG 0.24- blocked shot from close range
Lautaro 41st minute chance xG 0.08- header saved by keeper
Lukaku 50th minute header xG 0.04- header from distance, straight at keeper
Lukaku 53rd minute header xG 0.10- header tipped over bar by keeper following Brozovic free kick
Martinez 55th minute chance xG 0.10- attempts volley, but wide
Skriniar 60th minute chance xG 0.08- header over the bar
Sanchez 89th minute chance xG 0.39- free header, but hits Lukaku, who is in the way

Maycon 64th minute chance xG 0.09- chance from angle
Solomon 75th minute chance xG 0.10

Raul Jimenez head injury vs Arsenal 2020 Skull Fracture | David Luiz vs Jimenez clash of heads at corner | Collision

By Soccer Blog | Nov 29, 2020

This Raul Jimenez injury vs Arsenal saw the Wolves forward have to be stretchered off with a fractured skull after a nasty collision of heads with Gunners defender David Luiz in their league game earlier today. The Jimenez vs Luiz head clash incident took place in the 5th minute after a Willian corner. Continue Reading >>

English Newspaper Headlines & Frontpage reaction to Maradona death November 26 2020

By Soccer Blog | Nov 26, 2020

Here is a look at some UK based newspaper frontpage reaction today (November 26, 2020) to the legendary Diego Maradona’s death. The Argentine superstar helped his side beat England at the 1986 World Cup en route to the Albiceleste’s WC triumph, and the Hand of God dominates the front pages, as many might have expected. Maradona died at the age of 60 on November 25, 2020.

Daily Star frontpage headline Maradona death

“Where was VAR when we needed it the most” asked the Daily Star.

Daily Star Headline Maradona Death Newspaper

Daily Mirror front page after Maradona death

The Mirror went with the headline “Diego Maradona, a hero, a villain, a cheat and a genius…dead at 60”

Daily Mirror Headline Maradona Dead Reaction

Sun newspaper reaction to Maradona death

The Sun Paper Reaction Maradona Death

Daily Express frontpage November 26, 2020

Daily Express Reaction Maradona Death Continue Reading >>

Lowest Liverpool xG in a match | Expected Goals LFC Atalanta 0.20-1.39 Shots Map Stats Champions League

By Soccer Blog | Nov 26, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for Liverpool vs Atalanta in the Champions League on November 25, 2020. LFC fielded a second string lineup, and their xG here was the lowest ever Liverpool xG in a game since the metric began to be recorded and used a few years ago. No shot on target for Liverpool either- another rarity!

xG Liverpool Atalanta 0.20-1.39 (Actual score LFC 0-2 Atalanta BC)

xG Liverpool vs Atalanta Champions League November 25 2020

0-1 Josip Ilicic goal xG 0.61
0-2 Robin Gosens goal xG 0.52

xG of some other notable chances in LFC vs Atalanta MD4 in Champions League

9th minute Gosens shot xG 0.03- powerful shot, Alisson does well to get a hand
10th minute Papu Gomez chance xG 0.06- wide of post
44th minute Mo Salah chance xG 0.08- shot over bar
68th minute Joel Matip chance xG 0.06

Full time post match stats LFC v Atalanta November 25, 2020 for comparison alongside xG

Full time post match stats Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta Champions League

A big difference from the MD3 clash between the two sides in Italy, which Liverpool dominated on xG and won 5-0.

List of hat tricks scored by Erling Braut Haaland | Three or more goals by Haaland in a single game

By Soccer Blog | Nov 24, 2020

Here is a list of the occasions when Erling Braut Haaland has scored a hat trick in his senior professional career. He has 9 hat tricks in his senior career so far- 5 for RB Salzburg, 2 for Dortmund and 1 each for Norway and Molde.

SK Brann 0-4 Molde (July 1, 2018)- 4 goals (Norwegian league)

Parndorf 1-7 RB Salzburg (July 19, 2019)- 3 goals (Austrian OFB Cup)

Salzburg 5-2 Wolfsberger (August 10, 2019)- 3 goals (Austrian Bundesliga)

RB Salzburg 7-2 TSV Hartberg (September 14, 2019)- 3 goals (Austrian Bundesliga)

Salzburg 6-2 Genk (September 17, 2019)- 3 goals (Champions League)

Wolfsberger AC 0-3 RB Salzburg (November 10, 2019)- 3 goals (Austrian Bundesliga)

Augsburg 3-5 Dortmund (January 18, 2020)- 3 goals (also Haaland’s BVB debut)

Norway 4-0 Romania (October 11, 2020)- 3 goals (Nations League)

Hertha Berlin 2-5 Dortmund (November 21, 2020)- 4 goals (Bundesliga)

At U19 level, Erling Haaland also scored the following hat tricks

Scotland U19 4-5 Norway U19 (March 27, 2018)- 3 goals (Euro U19 qualifying)
Norway U19 12-0 Honduras U19 (May 30, 2019)- 9 goals (World Cup)

List of Fiorentina Player Salaries 2020-2021 | ACF Wages 20-21 Season

By Soccer Blog | Nov 13, 2020

Here is a look at the wages for AC Fiorentina for the 2020/21 Italian Serie A season. All figures in million euros and are net salaries (post tax). Fiorentina have a total wage bill of 55 million euros.

Who is the highest paid player at Fiorentina? What is Franck Ribery’s Fiorentina Salary?

Ribery is the highest paid player at Fiorentina and earns a salary of 4 million euros

How much is Jose Callejon paid at Fiorentina?

Callejon has the second highest salary at Fiorentina behind Ribery and is paid 2.2 million euros

What is the salary of Alfred Duncan at Fiorentina?

Duncan is paid 1.3m euros annually at Fiorentina (net)

Sofyan Amrabat Fiorentina salary?

Amrabat earns 1.5m euros annually as wages at Fiorentina, the same as Bonaventura and Cutrone.

What are the salaries paid to players at Fiorentina? (full list below)

Fiorentina Player Salaries List 2020-2021
Continue Reading >>

List of Atalanta salaries 2020-2021 | Wages of Atalanta BC players 20-21 season

By Soccer Blog | Oct 27, 2020

Here is a look at the player wages/salary statistics for Italian Serie A side Atalanta Bergamo Calcio for the 2020/21 season. All figures for individual players are in million euros and are net (post tax, as is the norm while reporting salaries in Italy). Atalanta’s total wage bill is 42.6m, pretty low compared to the likes of fellow Champions League participants Juventus and Inter Milan.

Who is Atalanta’s highest paid player?

Atalanta’s highest earner is club skipper Alejandro Papu Gomez- he gets paid 2 million euros a year.

What is the salary of Josip Ilicic at Atalanta?

Ilicic earns 1.8 million euros a year at Atalanta. He is the second highest paid player at the club behind Papu Gomez. Luis Muriel also earns the same salary as Ilicic- 1.8m/ year.

What is Mario Pasalic’s Atalanta salary?

Pasalic earns 1 million euros a year at Atalanta.

Ruslan Malinovskyi Atalanta salary?

Ukrainian star Malinovskyi, like Pasalic, also earns 1m euros a year (net) Continue Reading >>

Fastest players in the 2019/20 Champions League- Mbappe, Klostermann and Hateboer

By Soccer Blog | Oct 27, 2020

Here is a look at some officially released statistics that show the players who ran the fastest (highest speed) during the 2019/2020 Champions League season.

Who was the fastest player in the 19/20 Champions League season?

The fastest player in the 19/20 UCL season was Kylian Mbappe, with a top speed of 33.98 km/h for PSG against Bayern Munich. Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann was second, with a 33.82 km/h speed against PSG for Leipzig, while Atalanta’s Hans Hateboer rounded up the top three, with his 33.71, also against Paris SG

How fast did Alphonso Davies run in the Champions League in 2019/20?

Davies achieved a top speed of 33.37 km/h in the 19/20 UCL campaign, achieved for Bayern in the final against PSG

What was Erling Braut Haaland’s top speed in the 19/20 UCL season?

Haaland’s best speed was a 33.02 km/h sprint (for Dortmund) against Paris.

What was Timo Werner’s best pace in the 19/20 UCL season?

New Chelsea signing Werner can be quick off the blocks- he hit 32.92 km/h for Leipzig against Tottenham. Continue Reading >>

VVV Venlo vs Ajax 0-13 24 October 2020 | xG Expected Goals Shots Map & Post Match Stats | Biggest ever Eredivisie win | Beats 12-1 Vitesse win in 1972

By Soccer Blog | Oct 24, 2020

Ajax Amsterdam hammered VVV Venlo 13-0 away from home today (October 24, 2020), thus setting a new Eredivisie record. The biggest ever Dutch top flight win previously was also by Ajax, in the form of their 12-1 win over Vitesse in 1972, but this 13-0 win has broken that record.

Five goals and three assists for Lassina Traore here. Seven different goal scorers for Ajax.

23 shots on target for Ajax in this 13-0 win over VVV!

Four goals in the first half, 9 in the second half (all nine after VVV Venlo’s red card)

Interesting, this 13-0 win today comes exactly 10 years after PSV Eindhoven thrashed Feyenoord 10-0 on 24 October, 2010!

xG VVV 0.18-7.47 Ajax (Actual score VVV 0-13 Ajax)

Sequence of goals in VVV vs Ajax 0-13 & xG stats (expected goals)

VVV 0-1 Ajax (Jurgen Ekkelenkamp goal 13′, Lassina Traore assist) xG 0.58
VVV 0-2 Ajax (Lassina Traore first goal 17′, Antony assist) xG 0.28
VVV 0-3 Ajax (Lassina Traore second goal 32′, Tagliafico assist) xG 0.55
VVV 0-4 Ajax (Dusan Tadic goal 44′, Klaiber assist) xG 0.11
VVV 0-4 Ajax (Christiaan Kum red card 52′)
VVV 0-5 Ajax (Lassina Traore third goal 54′)
VVV 0-6 Ajax (Antony goal 55′, Lassina Traore second assist) xG 0.32
VVV 0-7 Ajax (Jurgen Ekkelenkamp second goal 57′, Gravenberch assist) xG 0.40
VVV 0-8 Ajax (Daley Blind goal 59, Lassina Traore third assist) xG 0.06
VVV-Ajax 0-9 (Lassina Traore fourth goal 65, Antony second assist) xG 0.39
VVV vs Ajax 0-10 (Huntelaar penalty goal 74′) xG 0.81
VVV 0-11 Ajax (Huntelaar second goal 76′, Ekkelenkamp assist)
VVV 0-12 Ajax (Lisandro Martinez goal 78′, Zakaria Labyad first assist) xG 0.04
VVV 0-13 Ajax (Lassina Traore fifth goal 87′, Labyad second assist) xG 0.33

xG VVV Venlo vs Ajax 2020 0

Full time post match stats VVV Venlo vs Ajax 0-13

VVV 0-13 Ajax Full Time Post Match Stats

Lionel Messi farewell message to Luis Suarez 2020 | Messi says goodbye to Suarez; blasts Bartomeu in IG message | English Translation & Transcript

By Soccer Blog | Sep 25, 2020

Here is Lionel Messi’s farewell message to Luis Suarez on social media site Instagram. Messi wrote the original message in Spanish, and said that Suarez deserved a better farewell and shouldn’t have been kicked out the way he was, but he was no longer surprised “at this point”, essentially referring to the Barcelona board and Bartomeu.

Messi post saying goodbye to Luis Suarez on IG (in Spanish)

Messi goodbye message to Suarez on IG

Auto translate of Messi farewell post for Suarez on Instagram

Deserved to be fired isn’t quite in the literal sense, but the rough message is that Suarez deserved a better farewell given his contributions to Barca.

English translation of Messi farewell message to Suarez

Also see video of Suarez crying while leaving Barcelona

Newspaper player ratings Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla Super Cup 2020 24 September

By Soccer Blog | Sep 25, 2020

Here is a look at the newspaper player ratings for Bayern Munich vs Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on 24 September, 2020 from the German and Spanish newspapers. Bayern triumphed 2-1 thanks to Javi Martinez’s extra time strike.

Bild newspaper player ratings FC Bayern-Sevilla (1 is the best, 6 is the worst)

Bayern vs Sevilla SuperCup Ratings Bild 2020

Diario de Sevilla Spain player ratings for Bayern vs Sevilla

The local Seville paper thought Joan Jordan was the pick of the Sevilla players on the evening. They were also not very happy with the performance of Anthony, the referee for this Super Cup match.

Diario de Sevilla player ratings FCB Sevilla Super Cup

Sport newspaper player ratings Bayern Munchen Sevilla

Sport thought Sevilla were the better team on the night, and gave them a higher rating than Bayern.

FC Bayern Sevilla Player Ratings 2020 Sport Newspaper
Continue Reading >>

Thiago Alcantara Pass Map vs Chelsea 2020 on Debut- Record for most passes in a half of football

By Soccer Blog | Sep 23, 2020

Liverpool’s new signing Thiago Alcantara made his debut over the weekend against Chelsea, playing the second half after replacing Jordan Henderson at the interval. The Spaniard made 75 passes- a record for the highest number of successful passes made by a player in one half of football (45 minutes) since records began to be kept for the metric in 2003/04.

Thiago LFC debut- Thiago pass map vs Chelsea September 2020

Thiago Pass Map v Chelsea 2020

Thiago 75 passes breakdown- to whom did Thiago pass the most against Chelsea?

Thiago to Alexander Arnold- 14 passes
Thiago to Andy Robertson- 13 passes
Thiago to Mohamed Salah- 12 passes
Thiago to Wijnaldum- 8 passes
Thiago to Milner- 6 passes
Thiago to Fabinho- 5 passes
Thiago to Firmino- 5 passes
Thiago to Van Dijk- 5 passes
Thiago to Mane- 5 passes
Thiago to Naby Keita- 1 pass
Thiago to Minamino- 1 pass

Record for most successful passes in 45 minutes of football (Premiership)

Thiago set a new record for most passes in 45 minutes, beating the previous one held by Andreas Christensen

75 passes- Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool) vs Chelsea (September 2020)
66 passes- Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) vs Sheff Utd (July 2020)
62 passes- Jose Fonte (Southampton) vs Bournemouth (November 2015)
61 passes- Paul Pogba (Man Utd) vs Newcastle (December 2019)
61 passes- Yaya Toure (Man City) vs Stoke (October 2017)
61 passes- Paul Scholes (Man United) vs Blackburn (May 2011) Continue Reading >>

xG Brest Marseille 1.95-1.26 | Expected Goals Shots Map Stade Brestois OM & Full Time Stats

By Soccer Blog | Aug 31, 2020

It was Lens against Nice last weekend, and it ended up being Brest-Marseille in Game Week 2. A fixture that the lesser fancied team edged on xG, but weren’t quite able to convert into points.

xG Brest Marseille 1.95-1.26 (Actual Score Brest 2 Marseille 3)

xG Brest OM 2020

xG of individual goals

0-1 Marseille Florian Thauvin xG (0.05)
0-2 Marseille Caleta-Car xG (0.49)
1-2 Brest Faivre xG (0.06)
1-3 Marseille Caleta-Car xG (0.06)
2-3 Brest Charbonnier xG (0.52)

xG of some major chances that didn’t result in goals

Charbonnier 66′ xG (0.32)- for SB29
Tavares 88′ xG (0.29)- for SB29
Balerdi 84′ xG (0.46)-for OM

Brest had been taken to the cleaners last weekend by Nimes, but put on a much improved performance in what was a very open game against Andre-Villas Boas’ side. Continue Reading >>

Spanish Newspaper Headlines & Reaction to Messi wanting to leave Barcelona | Diario Sport, Marca, AS, L’Esportiu Frontpage August 26 2020

By Soccer Blog | Aug 26, 2020

Here is how some of the big Spanish sports newspapers (Sport, Marca, AS, MD and L’Esportiu) reacted to the news of Lionel Messi wanting to leave Barca. Frontpage headlines for August 26, 2020 (Wednesday)

Sport newspaper headline

Barca based Sport went with the headline Iguerra Total– “Total War”, pretty much summing up the position of the two sides.

Barcelona Newspaper Sport Reaction to Messi wanting to leave

Madrid paper Marca Front Page reaction (Y Estallo la Bomba- “And the Bomb Exploded”) Continue Reading >>

xG PSG Bayern 1.02-1.59 Champions League Final 2020 | Expected Goals Stats Map Paris SG Munich UCL

By Soccer Blog | Aug 23, 2020

Here is a look at the xG stats for the PSG vs Bayern Munich Champions League final, a fixture the German giants edged 1-0 on 23 August, 2020 thanks to Kingsley Coman’s header on the hour mark. A tight game, perhaps shaded by Bayern, but PSG did have their chances as shown on this expected goals map. Data from two different xG data models.

Model 1| xG PSG 1.02-1.59 Bayern Munich (Actual score Paris SG 0-1 FC Bayern)

xg Bayern PSG Champions League Final 2020

xG of Bayern winning goal: Kingsley Coman header goal 59′ (xG 0.40)

xG of some big missed chances for PSG

Kylian Mbappe miss 45′ xG (0.31)- shot straight at Manuel Neuer
Marquinhos missed chance 70′ xG (0.32)- again saved by Neuer
Neymar missed chance 18′ xG (0.06)- promising chance on counter, denied by Neuer Continue Reading >>

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