Archive for January 2008

Africa Cup of Nations records

Wednesday, 30th January 2008 1:21pm
I was looking at the BBC coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations records and I found a very interesting page with the records from the Africa Nations Cup.

One of the records there is about the most goals in the finals which is held jointly by Laurent Pokou (Ivory Coast) and Samuel E'too of Cameroon. But the interesting bit about Pokou is that he scored those 14 goals in just two tournaments in 1968 and 1970.

He also holds the record for most goals scored by an individual in one match which is five he scored when the Ivory Coast beat Ethiopia 6-1 in the 1970 finals. That record I am sure will stay for some time.

Another useful site is the Wikipedia which has a lot of detail about the Nations Cup.

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Category: Nations Cup | Comments : 2


Liverpool tops home draws

Tuesday, 22nd January 2008 10:19pm
Liverpool draw against Aston Villa was its six home draw of the season and it shares top spot for home draws with Portsmouth.

Its rivals for the title Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have drawn 1, 2 and 4 respectively at home and losing none whereas Liverpool have lost once.

One other interesting fact is that Liverpool actually tops the table in terms of draws as the following table shows:


Position Team Home Away Total
1 Liverpool 6 4 10
2 Fulham 5 4 9
3 Aston Villa 1 6 7
4 Blackburn 3 4 7
5 Man City 3 4 7
6 Middlesbrough 4 3 7
7 Portsmouth 6 1 7
8 Arsenal 2 4 6
9 Bolton 3 3 6
10 Newcastle 4 2 6
11 Tottenham 1 5 6
12 West Ham 4 2 6
13 Birmingham 4 1 5
14 Chelsea 3 2 5
15 Sunderland 2 3 5
16 Wigan 3 2 5
17 Derby 1 3 4
18 Reading 2 2 4
19 Everton 1 2 3
20 Man Utd 1 2 3


Turn a few of those draws into wins and the actual league table would be totally different.


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Category: English Premiership | Comments : 3


A-League - Season Goals review

Tuesday, 22nd January 2008 7:36am
Now that the regular home and away A-league season is finished, its a good time to look at some of the interesting facts about the number of goals scored in season 3 compared to seasons 1 and 2.


Please note that this comparison is only for the regular home and away seasons.


05/0606/0707/08
Total Goals232 218220
Home team goals 112 125 113
Away team goals 120 93 107
Home team wins 28 38 27
Away team wins 35 26 29
Draws 21 20 28


A few observations
Its not surprising that season 3 saw the highest number of draws and most of these draws were early in the season.

Just like season 1, there were more away wins than home wins although it was far much tighter in the just ended season.

However, home teams scored more goals than away teams overall which means that even though away teams won more games, their wins were narrower on average than home wins.


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Category: A-League | Comments : 0


Africa's home advantage

Sunday, 20th January 2008 11:36pm
Ghana the hosts of the 2008 Africa Nations Cup are among the favourites and one the reasons why is because the hosts tend to do very well in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana itself has hosted the tournament by itself twice and won the competition both times and the only time they failed to win was when it co-hosted the tournament with Nigeria in 2000.

The last two tournaments in 2004 and 2006 were won by the hosts Tunisia and Egypt respectively and if Ghana wins that will be three in row.

The last time hosts won the tournament three in a row was between 1959 and 1963 and interestingly it was Ghana who was the team to make it three in a row for the hosts in 1963. Ghana is in exactly the same position as in 1963 to make it three out of three.

Hosts have won the tournament nine times out of 25 giving a percentage of 36 percent.

So its interesting to see whether Ghana will complete the hatrick for hosts. All will be known on 10th February in Accra.

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Category: Nations Cup | Comments : 2


Melbourne's hundred goals

Friday, 18th January 2008 7:54pm
In round 20 of the A-League Melbourne Victory became the first team to score a hundred goals in the A-League and below is the number of goals by all the A-League teams up to round 20 season 3:


TeamHomeAwayTotal
Adelaide United594099
Central Coast Mariners484088
Melbourne Victory5349102
New Zealand Knights19928
Newcastle Jets444387
Perth Glory424284
Queensland Roar364177
Sydney FC455297
Wellington Phoenix151025


Please note that the table also includes the now defunct New Zealand Knights whose franchise was replaced by the Wellington Phoenix.

Some observations:

So Adelaide needs just one goal to reach 100 whilst for Sydney FC are just three goals short.

Of the teams that started from season 1, Queensland Roar has scored the least number of goals at 77

Wellington Phoenix has nearly scored the total number of goals that the New Zealand Knights scored in two full seasons. Phoenix just needs three goals to reach Knights tally.

Perth Glory has scored an equal number of goals at home and away


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