Who are the 4 scientists behind Liverpool’s championship?

Liverpool’s first Premier League title was a collective effort, including the contributions of silent people.

Liverpool have won the Premier League and the people most talked about in this success are of course coach Jurgen Klopp and the players. But the historical achievement is the effort of a whole team with many people silently standing behind.

Sports Mail newspaper has revealed four anonymous heroes contributed to bring the first Premier League title for Liverpool. These are scientists Ian Graham, William Spearman, Tim Waskett and Dafydd Steele.

In particular, Spearman graduated from Harvard University and worked at the European Nuclear Research Organization. Waskett is an astrophysicist specializing in coding, Steele is a chess champion, and Graham holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University.

These are the genius minds that contribute to Liverpool’s overall success by calculating the probability of scoring through data on all the actions on the pitch such as passes, shots, throw-in, corner kicks, Direct free kick, or penalty kick.

Explaining his and his colleagues’ work, Theoretical Physics Doctor Ian Graham said: “In about 200 matches that take place over the weekend, we receive data regarding each touch. Every time a player passes the ball, we mark it and it takes about a second or so before there’s a new pass.

For matches in the Premier League we will receive data from a set of cameras installed around the stadium. This allows us to know the position of all the players on the field. In total, we get about 25 frames per second and end the 90 minutes playing around 1.5 million frames”.

Besides, the data analysis of these 4 scientists is also the basis for Liverpool to search for new stars. In the case of Naby Keita, for example, scientists have been watching this player since he was wearing RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig to advise Liverpool’s scout team.

According to the rules of the Organizing Committee, 4 unnamed Liverpool heroes will not receive the English Premier League championship medal. But their names will surely be remembered forever in Liverpool’s historic victory.

Solskjaer and MU enjoy the significant advantage that Mourinho craves

The Premier League allows 5 changes to the end of the season to help MU significantly benefit, something that Mourinho previously could not have.

Amid concerns about the fitness of the players, every team was allowed to replace 5 players per match instead of the usual 3.

This was done in the Man City vs Arsenal match where both Arsenal’s Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta used all five substitutions. In the case of Arsenal, this became even more necessary after two serious injuries and red cards.

For coach Solskjaer, 5 changes benefit the MU squad, where he has many options in different positions.

In MU players, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are not playing enough 90 minutes in about 6 months, so the new rule will benefit MU when both can return gradually. Solskjaer now has Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes to choose from to reduce the burden on Pogba and Rashford in the same position.

In addition, MU also has Mason Greenwood, Daniel James, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred to consider. None of this was guaranteed to start but all deserved to play from the bench. Not to mention Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Tahith Chong and others.

The depth of MU’s squad is a luxury that none of Solskjaer’s predecessors enjoy.

Even Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s opponent tonight, will not benefit so much in the 2016/17 season after reaching 4 big transfer goals.

Mourinho never figured out how to enjoy the best from Pogba, Henrikh Mkitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or make them all satisfied. He also failed to launch Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez to the left wing position during his tenure.

Top 10 most successful Mourinho contracts at Chelsea

On this day in 2004, Mourinho officially became the new Chelsea coach. Over the two terms here, which player is his most special contract?

Jose Mourinho brought many stars to Chelsea, but not counting Petr Cech and Arjen Robben, who came under Claudio Ranieri. Below is a ranking of the 10 most successful signings of “The Special One” by Sport Bible site.

1. Didier Drogba

Chelsea will never win the Champions League if the Ivory Coast striker does not always appear in big matches. 

More than 100 Drogba’s goals have earned Mourinho 4 Premier League titles, 4, FA Cup, 3 League Cups and 1 C1 Cup. 

Drogba is considered one of the best contracts in Premier League history and is undoubtedly the best of Mourinho.

2. Ashley Cole

Cole was probably the best left-back in the world during his time at Chelsea, who was indispensable for the team in both attack and defense. Equally important, with this contract, Chelsea also weakened Arsenal.

He has only won one Premier League title but has 4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

3. Ricardo Carvalho

Carvalho followed Mourinho from Porto to become the perfect partner for John Terry, even the best center-back in the Premier League. 

Carvalho won 2 championships in Portugal, 2 in the UK and 1 in La Liga all tied with Mourinho. 

4. Michael Essien

Essien is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world when he first moved to Chelsea, contributing to two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the C1 Cup.

5. Paulo Ferreira

Ferreira also followed Mourinho from Porto and was part of the initial success with Chelsea. The defender played 214 games in 9 years at Stamford Bridge.

6. Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas may not be at his best at Chelsea but he has a better bond with Diego Costa than any modern-day duo. 

He won 2 Premier League titles with the FA Cup and League Cup while here.

7. John Obi Mikel

Mikel is a solid and reliable player for the squad that Mourinho built. He played 372 games over 10 years with Chelsea to win 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, the C1 Cup and the Europa League.

8. Diego Costa

Diego Costa played a crucial role for Mourinho to win the second term in Chelsea, scoring 20 goals in his first season in England. 

9. Florent Malouda

Malouda arrived in July 2007 and Mourinho left just two months later. However Malouda still played 228 games for the Blues, scored 45 goals, created 43 times, won the Premier League, won 3 FA Cups and the Champions League.

10. Nemanja Matic

The Serbian midfielder has won two championships with Chelsea and has occupied an exclusive position in the middle line for a long time.

Top Football Leagues in Asia (part 4)

5.A league

Originated – 2004

Country – Australia

Number of teams – 10

Reigning Champion

A-League Champion – Melbourne Victory (4 titles)

Premier League Champion – Perth Glory (1 title)

Most Successful team

A-League Wins – Melbourne Victory (4 titles)

Premier League Wins – Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC (3 titles each)

Average Attendance – 2017-18: 10,671

Australia’s major tournament that was established in 2004 was the A-League that had its first official competition in 2005. The Football Federation Australia (FFA) manages this professional men’s soccer league. The predecessor National Soccer League (NSL) was the Nation’s premier football competition between 1977 and 2005.

The current league’s structure is contested by 10 teams which include 9 teams based in Australia and 1 from New Zealand. The A-League does not follow the promotion and relegation system and the team that wins the titles gets qualified for the continental competition, the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) also known as AFC Champions League.

Since the inception of the League, 6 clubs have won the A-League Premiers and 5 teams have won the A-League title. Perth Glory is the reigning Premier Champion, winning their first Premier championship in the 2018/19 A-League. The club won the 2018/19 A-League championship is Melbourne Victory.

6.Liga 1

Originated – 1909

Country – Romania

Number of teams – 14

Reigning Champion – CFR Cluj

Most Successful team – FCSB (26 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 10,162

The Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF) operates the men’s Romanian professional football league. It conducted its first season in the 1909/10 and the League follows the promotion and relegation system with the Liga II. Currently, a total of 14 teams participate in the league, whereas until 2014/15 season 18 teams took part in the league.

Until the 2006/07 season, the tournament was known by the name Divizia A, but later the name had to be changed. So far the most successful team of the league is FCSB with 26 titles. The second club with the most title wins is Dinamo București with 18 trophies.

The clubs to have won the title at least 3 times in the competition is Venus București, UTA Arad, Chinezul Timișoara, Universitatea Craiova, Petrolul Ploiești, Ripensia Timișoara, Rapid București and CFR Cluj. CFR Cluj is the reigning champion of the League, having won the title 4 times

Top Football Leagues in Asia (Part 3)

3.Indian Super League

Originated – 2013

Country – India

Number of teams – 10

Reigning Champion – Bengaluru FC

Most Successful team – ATK (Atlético de Kolkata), Chennaiyin FC (2 titles each)

Average Attendance – 2018-19: 14,304

The Indian Super League was established in 2013 which is governed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It is the top tier male football league in India along with the coexisting top tier I-League. The ISL was founded with an intention of establishing the popularity of football in India and the competition’s first season was organized in 2014 with 8 teams.

The Asian Football Confederation, the sanctioning body for the sport in Asia were unaware of the first three seasons of Indian Super League and they received their first official recognition before the season of 2017/18 and expanded the league structure from 8 to 10 franchises.

ATK achieved the first Indian Super League title in 2014 followed by another title in 2016. Tallying their two wins, the Chennaiyin also went on to win the title twice in 2015 and 2018. The current champions of the ISL are the Bengaluru FC who has lifted the title for the first time.

4.I-League

Originated – 2007

Country – India

Number of teams – 11

Most Successful team – Dempo (3 titles)

Reigning Champion – Chennai City

Average Attendance – 2018: 13,073

I League is the top football league in India, founded in 2007, is the successor to the National Football League (NFL). The inaugural season of the I-League featured 10 teams, 8 from the NFL campaign and 2 from the 2nd Division. I-League belongs to the top tier league in the Indian National Football System.

The system of promotion and relegation is being followed by the I-League with the 2nd Division I-League and the I-League champions get the opportunity to participate in Asia’s top international club competition, AFC Champions League. The club to have won the most title in the history of the league is Dempo, who won the title thrice alternatively in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Since the commencement of the I-League in 2007, 7 clubs have won the title so far. Club Churchill Brothers and former I-League team Bengaluru stand as the second most title won teams with 2 wins. Clubs to have crowned as the winner at least once is Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan, Aizawl, Minerva Punjab, and the reigning league champions, Chennai City.

Top Football Leagues in Asia (Part 2)

There are plenty of football leagues played in Asia that have been founded for years. Apart from the history of the leagues, the players transferred, top players in the league, the average attendance, fans and followers of the league are also some of the contributing factors for the popularity of the league.

In order to pick the top football leagues in Asia, we have considered their recent season’s attendance and listed the top Leagues. Know more about the top leagues by checking out the list we have shared below.

1.Chinese Super League

Originated – 2004

Country – China

Number of teams – 16

Reigning Champion – Shanghai SIPG (2018)

Most Successful team – Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (7 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 24,107

The Chinese Super League is the highest tier of professional football in China, which is governed by the Chinese Football Association (CFA). Initially, 12 teams participated in the league which later in 2006, expanded to 16. Since the league’s inception, 7 teams have won the title and 31 teams have competed in the league.

Club Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao is considered the most successful team in the Chinese Super League as they have been crowned as the winner for a record of 7 times in a row. They defended their title from 2011 to 2017 and their winning streak came to an end by Shanghai SPIG having grabbed the title in 2018 and Guangzhou was the runner-up.

2.J-League

Originated – 1992

Country – Japan

Number of teams – 55 + 3 under-23 teams

Reigning Champion – J1: Kawasaki Frontale, J2: Matsumoto Yamaga, J3: FC Ryuku

Most Successful team – Kashima Antlers (7 titles)

Average Attendance – 2018: 19,064

The J League was founded in 1992 which includes three professional football leagues namely the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League. Having formed in 1992, the J League has 8 clubs drawn from the Japan Soccer League (JSL) First Division, 1 from the Second Division, and the newly formed team Shimizu S-Pulse.

The first official J League was organized in 1993 with 10 clubs. Later the league had 9 more teams joining from the semi-professional JFL, formerly called JSL and 1 club from J. League to create a 2-division system. J League Division 1 (J1) became the top flight with 16 clubs, whereas, in 1999, the J League Division 2 (J2) was formed with 10 clubs.

Spanish La Liga (Part 2)

Teams with most La Liga participation

Statistics of the Spanish clubs that have participated over 50 times in the Primera División during the period 1929-2019.

Club    Participation

Real Madrid    88

Barcelona    88

Athletic Bilbao    88

Between the first season and season 2019-2020, in total 62 clubs has participating in top division of the Spanish league.

Audience

Capacity of La Liga stadiums

The table shows the capacity of the clubs participating in La Liga. Camp Nou, where Barcelona play since 1957, has the highest capacity with almost 100,000 seats. The average capacity in the league is 36,104.

Former La Liga clubs and stadiums: Girona, Montilivi (13,500); Huesca, El Alcoraz (7,638); Rayo Vallecano, Vallecas (14,708).

Players – Top goalscorers

The league’s all-time leading goalscorer is Lionel Messi who has (in October 2019) made 424 goals in Barcelona. Messi is also the only player to score 50 times during one season (it should be noticed that the numbers of games per season has shifted over times; as a comparison Telmo Zarra scored 38 times in the 1950-51 season when each team only played 30 games). 

On the second place among goalscorers is Cristiano Ronaldo who did 311 goals in Real Madrid in 292 appearances (a goal ratio record in the league).

Other notable goalscorer in the league are Hugo Sánches (234 goals for Real Madrid 1981-1994), Raúl (228 goals for Real Madrid 1994-2010), and Alfredo Di Stéfano (227 goals for Real Madrid 1953-1966).

Players with most appearances

The player with most appearances is the national team goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta. He played most of his career in FC Barcelona and in total he did 622 La Liga appearances. Next to him is the Real Madrid player Raúl with 550 matches.

1929 The league is established.

1934 The league is expanded to 12 clubs. 

1936 The 1936-37 season is cancelled due to the Spanish Civil War.

1939 The league is restored after the war.

1941 The league is expanded to 14 clubs. 

1950 The league is expanded to 16 clubs. 

1971 The league is expanded to 18 clubs. 

1987 The league is expanded to 20 clubs. 

1995 The league is expanded to 22 clubs. 

1995 From the 1995-96 season, wins are awarded three points instead of two. 

1997 The league is reduced to 20 clubs.

A brief of Spanish La Liga (Part 1)

La Liga (Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División) 

La Liga is the Spanish football league in the top division, existed since 1929. The second is called Segunda División. Since 1997, there are 20 clubs participating in the top league of La Liga which has been organized by Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP).

Most championships winning to date is Real Madrid (33)
Most played seasons are Barcelona, Real Madrid (88)

History
The first soccer league in Spain was The Catalan football championship (Campionat de Catalunya), founded in 1901. After the establishment of the La Liga, The Catalan football championship still included in the national league for a few years until it was cancelled in 1940.

The first season of La Liga started in February 1929 and ended in June). At this time, it consisted of one division, Primera División, and consisted of ten clubs. The numbers of clubs would later increased at several occasions. In 1987, it reached 20 clubs and that have remained stable except a short period (1995-1997) with 22 clubs.

League system
The first and second division was founded at the same time in 1929. In 1977, Segunda División B, was created to replace Tercera División as the third tier. Tercera División has since become the fourth tier. 
Qualification for European Cups
Nowadays, the top four teams in La Liga are qualified for competing in the Champions League and the team that is placed fifth will get the chance to compete in Europa League (another place also goes to the winner of the Copa del Rey).

Relegations
Nowadays, the three teams placed at the bottom of the table (places 18-20) will be relegated to Segunda División.
Teams with most titles
Real Madrid and Barcelona has been dominated the Spanish football league. Between the first season in 1929 to season 2016-2019 they won total of 60 of the 89 possible trophies.

Most Popular Football Leagues in the World Right Now

3. Bundesliga

German Bundesliga has been a dominant league in the European environment, its constant appeal in Europa and Champions League is remarkable. Home to Bayern Munich which is considered as the best football club in the world right now, people have arguably questioned the league’s competitiveness as Bayern is standing on another level compared to other teams in the league.

But now, teams like Dortmund have been giving Bayern a real competition for their money. With 1.59 goals per match, the league here are filled with excitement.

2. La Liga

Despite nurturing and having the most popular football players’ starts in the world and two of the richest football clubs, La Liga has not yet able to achieve the same level of success as the English Premier League. This league definitely features some of the most exciting matches, but it still holds the second place behind the English league.

The main reason might because outside of the top 3, there is hardly any clubs that can give competition to the giants of the Premier League. Though it has a close title finish and fiercely matches, the overall competitiveness of the league is quite mediocre which can’t compare to the league standing at the 1st place.

1. English Premier League

The most prestigious and popular football league in the world right now is the English Premier League. Though it might not feature the best starts in the world, it does provide the biggest entertainment to its fans. However, the quality of football has fluctuated in recent years due to declining of success at the European level.

But, it still is the most entertaining and exciting league where even the minnows can give the Giants a run for their money. Highly physical, entertaining and competitive, the league is home to some of the best football coaches in the world like Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Furguson, Jurgen Klopp, etc.

Most Popular Football Leagues in the World 2020 (Part 2)

Ukrainian Premier League

At number 7 spot in the list of most famou football leagues in the world is the Ukrainian Premier League. Though it hasn’t made much influence as the European Champions League and is yet to find and nurture local talents to put it on the map of major leagues in the world, it has always proven to be a tough fixture for the elite teams of Europe.

The top team in the league, Shakhtar, has defeated elite clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea so it has muscles but the league is not competitive as Shakhtar’s monopoly over the league left little to the excitement of the fans.

Brasileirao

Brazil is the mecca of football and this league is the holy grail of the Brazilian fans where great talents like Pele, Ronaldo, Garrincha, Zico, Ronaldinho, Carlos, Neymar, etc began their careers here. This league is the perennial hotbed of talents to be found and thus the quality of football and competitiveness is outstanding.

With an average of 1.23 goals a match, it is one of the most exciting leagues out there. This league also nurtured some of the best prospects in football since its inauguration.

Eredivisie

At number 5 in the most famous football leagues in the world is Eredivisie of Netherlands. Despite being the hub of emerging talent for a long time, Eredivisie is not usually recognized as the Top 5 football leagues in the world but statistics stated otherwise.

With an average of 1.7 goals a match, it’s fiercely competitive despite not having a good representation in matches at Europa or the Champions League.

Seria A

The number 4 spot in the most famous football leagues in the world right now is occupied by Serie A of Italy. It’s believed that Serie A in its current condition considering that it was once the finest league in the world and its clubs like Juventus and AC Milan dominated European football. But, now it feels like the glorious time has passed. 

Though the teams still have a bit of their old glory, their aura seems hard to come back. Match-fixing scandals in Serie A and economic recession have spelled doom for this once great league.