The football world, myself included, reacted with anger and dismay in February as Claudio Ranieri, manager of reigning Premier League champions Leicester City, was sacked. Despite the club being in the midst of a major drop in form, the board’s decision was seen by most as being very cynical. As the well-worn saying goes though, football is a results business.
Since the appointment of Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes have won every game, scoring 13 goals along the way. During the last five Premier League games under Ranieri, the champions lost every match and didn’t manage to find the net at all. Ranieri will remain in the hearts of Leicester fans forever for what he achieved last season, but what matters most in the here and now is avoiding relegation and, well, maybe winning the Champions League…
This chart shows the ten most recent Premier League results of Leicester City as of 5 April 2017.
The MLB season 2017 has just begun. There are going to be 162 games played by 30 teams. At total of six major league organizations will pay a luxury tax for exceeding the $195 million salary level. With a new collective bargaining agreement set to go into effect, there have never been more teams subject to the tax. In the past years the MLB’s luxury tax revenue has gone up quite a bit already.
This chart shows Luxury Tax payments* by Major League Baseball teams (in million U.S. dollars) until 2016
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Soccer truly is ‘the world’s game’ and you need no more evidence than the cosmopolitan makeup of Major League Soccer. Not only has MLS broken down the cultural makeup by the numbers they have also created some great graphics.
All football fans can think of a time when their team’s chances in a game have been extinguished by a red card. A game can flip on its head on the back of a rash challenge, but also as the result of a rash refereeing decision. The modern game moves so quickly, with officials having to make massive decisions in tiny amounts of time. The infographic below looks at analysis by CIES Football Observatory showing the top flight leagues in Europe with the highest number of red cards per game for the season so far.
This chart shows the average number of red cards per match during the 2016/2017 season, by national top-flight league.
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