First published at Footy Matters
It’s clear that 2013 was another action-filled year in football, despite featuring no major international championships. Here’s a look at some of the biggest (and smallest) numbers from the year just passed:
40 – The number of teams Michel Platini, president of Uefa, announced he believes should start the World Cup Finals in Russia in 2018. When asked what Sepp Blatter, Fifa president, thought of the idea, Platini replied, “I haven’t told him yet”.
6 – Brazilians are famous for their relaxed attitude to life and phenomenal ability to party, as demonstrated by the fact that 6 of the 12 stadia due to be used for the World Cup missed the December 31 deadline for completion. They are confident of finishing the rest before the end of the month.
2,393 – England fans who’d rather not take an extra flight in Brazil will drive over two thousand miles from their first game in Manaus to Sao Paolo to see England take on Brazil. If they go straight away, they might just make kick-off.
54 – San Marino conceded on average over 5 goals per game in their qualifying campaign, but did manage one solitary strike in reply, against Poland. Alessandro Della Valle’s 22nd minute equaliser was the minnows’ first competitive goal in over 5 years.
£750,000,000 – The estimated number by English clubs on transfers in 2013. Oh to be an agent…
£85,300,000 – The amount spent by Real Madrid on Gareth Bale
£18,000,000 – The amount spent by Newcastle United on Frenchmen
£12,500,000 – Everton’s net transfer spend in 2013
82 – Arsenal accumulated more points than anyone else over the calendar year.
0 – The number of trophies Arsenal won in the calendar year; also the number of English Premier League goalscorers for Newcastle in 2013.
165 – Lucas Leiva was injured for most of the beginning of the 2012-13 season, but in the second half, and the first half of this one, he made more tackles than anyone else in the league. The Brazilian, however, also committed more fouls than anyone else, with 75 (10 ahead of Ramires, and 11 ahead of Cheick Tiote).
10 – Number of games for which Luis Suarez was banned after a biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic, but…
29 – Premier League goals scored in 2013 by the Uruguayan – no-one scored more.
7 – The number of league wins achieved by Sunderland in the last 12 months.
39 – The number of times Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov was caught offside. Wow.
114 – The combined number of goals scored in all competitions by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
0 – The number of major trophies won by Ronaldo in that time.
11 – The tally for the top scorers in World Cup Qualifying, who were Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie, and Belize’s Deon McCaulay.
46 – The number of goals Liverpool Ladies scored in 14 games on their way to the 2013 Super League title. Bottom side Doncaster Rovers Belles Women managed just 9.
125 – The average number of empty seats (or standing spaces) at a Borussia Dortmund home game at the 80,645 capacity Westfalenstadion.
Figures courtesy of premierleague.com, DailyMail.co.uk, whoscored.com, and european-football-statistics.co.uk