Where Refs Brandish Red the Most

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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Night and Day at Leicester City

By: Martin Armstrong

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.

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MLS Once Again The Most Diverse League in North America

Source: mlssoccer.com

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.

MLS Players By Birthplace

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Where Refs Brandish Red the Most

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.

Infographic: Where Refs Brandish Red the Most | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

Manchester United Tops Football Rich List

Manchester United may not be on top of the Premier League table right now, but in purely commercial terms, the team from the North West of England is once again on top of the world. Thanks to a 33 percent revenue increase in the 2015/16 season, the 20-time English league champions leapfrogged Barcelona and Real Madrid to the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League 2017. Manchester United earned $736 million over the course of the past season, largely thanks to the club’s appeal as a global sports brand. The arrivals of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and charismatic manager José Mourinho in the past summer will likely help United to make even more money off the football pitch, even if it looks like they won’t be competing for the Premier League title this season.

In its annual ranking, published for the twentieth time this year, Deloitte ranks the largest football clubs around the world in terms of (non-transfer) revenues including matchday revenue (mostly ticket sales), revenue from broadcasting rights as well as revenue from other commercial activities (e.g. sponsorship deals, merchandising).

Interestingly, Manchester United also topped the Money League table when it was first published in 1996/97. Back then, the club’s revenue amounted to roughly $110m, illustrating how vastly the financial landscape of professional football (or soccer) has changed since the turn of the millennium.

This chart ranks the world’s largest football clubs in terms of non-transfer revenue generated in the 2015/16 season.

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