A Brief History Of FA Cup Giant Killings

In a few hours the third round of the FA Cup begins. Since 1871 the FA Cup, known officially as ‘The Football Association Challenge Cup’, has been an annual knockout football (soccer) competition played in England. Not only does that make the competition the oldest association football competition in the world but it is arguably the best. And the third round is important because it’s when the big boys start playing.

But what specifically makes it the best? It’s because semi-professionals get a chance to play against the big money pro’s. So teams from little known towns, with rosters filled by plumbers and teachers, play sports gods who play on teams that are global brands. And those little towns, with their part time players win, not often, but it’s certainly far from unique.

Here is a brief history:

And then there’s this video from ESPN that gives you a sense of the beauty, the passion and the emotion that the FA Cup alone brings.

Premier League Clubs Break Summer Transfer Record

Premier League clubs smashed the summer transfer record yet again, splurging £1.43 billion on players. As the window finally shut yesterday, they also took transfer deadline day spending to a record £210 million, despite many of the highest-profile moves never happening. Romelu Lukaku made the most expensive Premier League move of the summer, switching from Everton to Manchester United for £75 million. Local rivals Manchester City had the highest transfer spending at £215 million, ahead of Chelsea’s £192 million.

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COPA90 US – Is The Transfer Window Even Fun Anymore?

Heath, Aaron & Pat discuss this insane transfer window as deadline day approaches. Why does everyone all of a sudden want to join Liverpool? Will Barcelona add another player this week? Plus, they look ahead to an intriguing International Break full of World Cup Qualifiers. How many points will the USMNT walk away with?

Liverpool and Chelsea Stars Among EPL’s Top 10 Most Dispossessed Players

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Sadio Mane, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez have been in exceptional form for their clubs, however all three feature in the top 10 most dispossessed players in the Premier League this season. But who tops the list?

Lost in Possession

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How Much Does a Goal Cost Premier League Spectators?

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The BBC’s Price of Football 2016 report shed light on how much every home goal costs average fans in the Premier League. Arsenal fans had to fork out £32.71 for every goal they saw. On the other hand, Manchester City fans enjoyed the best ticket price to goal ratio, handing over just £6.36 to say a goal at their home games. Read more on the indy100.

This chart shows the cost of seeing one goal based on 2015/16 ticket prices and home results.

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Goals Come With a Hefty Price Tag at the Emirates

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Arsenal is renowned for its astronomical prices when it comes to the fan experience. Ticket prices are consistently the highest in the country and show no sign of falling down into line with the rest of the Premier League. While the Gunners had a decent season last year, finishing second to an astonishing Leicester, the cost of a goal in the Emirates Stadium for the home spectators was the highest in the league. Calculated by dividing the cost of the cheapest season ticket (£1,014) by the number of home goals (31), the cost per goal was £32.71. Down at the other end of the scale is Manchester City, where fans can see a goal for every £6.36 they spend.

This chart shows the cost for a fan in the stadium per goal scored by the home team in the English Premier League.

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NFL Edges Towards A Full House In London

Since 2013, the NFL has played at least two games per season across the pond in London. The 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium has played host to the likes of the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys in front of thousands of spectators there to get a taste of the live American football experience.

Attendance figures for these International Series games have been strong and are rising gradually. Over the three games in 2015 the average turnout in London was 83,877 and the most recent game was also sold out.

This chart shows the average attendance of NFL games in Wembley Stadium, London from 2013 to 2015.

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