28 мар. 2018 г.

Former Portuguese player Luis Figo named his favorite to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Goal.com reported.

Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain will pose off for the title, said Figo, adding that German team is his favorite to win World Cup.

According to the player, German team “has a lot of experience and a rich history.”

As reported earlier, reigning champions Germany will face Mexico, South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

28 мар. 2018 г.

Italy’s 6-1 victory over Argentina is the topic of Omar Momani's new cartoon.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco scored three goals and struck his first international hat-trick, while Barcelona forward Lionel Messi missed Argentina’s friendly because of the injury.

Barcelona star left the stadium after the sixth goal.

 
7 фев. 2018 г.

England have unveiled the kits they will wear at this year's World Cup in Russia, as well as a collection pack for fans complete with a 'pre-match T-shirt'.

The home strip features the traditional white shirt and socks with blue shorts – and red numbers and piping on the rib collar.

A star will also sit above the Three Lions on the chest to denote England's 1966 triumph at Wembley. 

26 янв. 2018 г.

Shock reports in France suggest the 25-year-old will finalise his switch before transfer deadline day on Wednesday.

Moura is down the pecking order at PSG and has made just five Ligue 1 appearances this season.

French outlet RMC Sport claim the 25-year-old has signed a four year contract with Tottenham.

That’s after he visited London on Thursday and held talks with the club.

Tottenham have yet to reach an agreement with PSG over a fee for the winger but the reports claim a deal is expected to be finalised early next week.

26 янв. 2018 г.

Who is getting the better player?

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is has joined Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is heading the other way in a swap.

Looking at Premier League data since Sanchez arrived at the Gunners in 2014, and Mkhitaryan joined United in 2016, the former scores with more regularity while the latter delivers assists at a quicker rate.

But what else do the stats tell us? And how do Sanchez and Mkhitaryan compare to players already at the two clubs?

 

Shooting accuracyShot conversion rateMins per goal
Sanchez 57.45% 21.28% 169
Mkhitaryan 58.33% 13.89% 456

Sanchez's goal-to-game ratio is far better than Mkhitaryan's - but the Armenia international edges ahead in shooting accuracy.

He actually gets more shots on target than Sanchez, but the Chile forward converts more of his attempts into goals.

Sanchez wins this one, then.

But when it comes to providing chances and combining with team-mates in attack, it is a difference picture - albeit not drastically so.

 Passing accuracy in final thirdMins per chance createdMins per assist
Sanchez 69.33% 37.2 405
Mkhitaryan 78.15% 40 380

We can see Mkhitaryan has been assisting goals at a quicker rate than Sanchez.

But we should also consider that, even if Mkhitaryan beats him on that one, Sanchez is still a more prolific creator of chances - and sometimes it's not your fault if your team-mate misses.

So, how about what both teams have got already?

Here are the same stats we've looked at so far applied to Arsenal and Manchester United's seasons to date.

We've compared attacking players with a minimum of 10 league appearances, sorted alphabetically.

Manchester United

 Shooting accuracyShot conversion rateMins per goal
Jesse Lingard 58.33% 29.2% 154.9
Anthony Martial 63.64% 40.9% 120.6
Juan Mata 56.25% 18.7% 445.6
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 50% 10% 931
Paul Pogba 35.71% 10.7% 408
Marcus Rashford 51.72% 13.8% 327.2

Bonus stat - Martial's shot conversion rate of 40.9% is the highest of any forward in the Premier League this season - followed by Huddersfield's Laurent Depoitre (38.46%) and Everton duo Wayne Rooney (37.04%) and Oumar Niasse (35.29%).

 Passing accuracy in final thirdMins per chance createdMins per assist
Jesse Lingard 82.91% 57 271
Anthony Martial 76.36% 43.4 155.1
Juan Mata 79.23% 40.5 445.6
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 76.1% 33.25 186.2
Paul Pogba 75.38% 40.8 136
Marcus Rashford 66.04% 68.9 261.8

Arsenal

 Shooting accuracyShot conversion rateMins per goal
Olivier Giroud 42.86% 28.57% 90
Alex Iwobi 69.57% 8.7% 465
Alexandre Lacazette 72.5% 22.5% 189.5
Mesut Ozil 47.62% 19.05% 383.5
Alexis Sanchez 56.52% 15.22% 215.3
Danny Welbeck 58.33% 25% 234.6

It is worth noting that Giroud has only started one of his 15 Premier League appearances this season - his four goals have come in 270 minutes off the bench.

 Passing accuracy in final thirdMins per chance createdMins per assist
Olivier Giroud 61.76% 51.4 0 assists
Alex Iwobi 81.23% 44.3 465
Alexandre Lacazette 67.88% 74.2 568.6
Mesut Ozil 82.61% 23.9 255.6
Alexis Sanchez 66.1% 29.5 502.3
Danny Welbeck 77.24% 78.2 704