Who Is Better? Modric or Winks? (Infographic)

Young (21) Harry Winks has had an amazing few months. Not only is he now starting more regularly for Spurs but he also made his England debut. Can it get better? After last night’s thumping of Real Madrid, Tottenham have everyone talking. Just how good are they? And is Winks part of the reason they are playing so well?

Ex-Spurs player Luka Modric split opinions among Spurs fans which begs another question; Is Winks better than Modric?

According to Oulalal it would seem he is:

“Winks has bettered Modric for pass completion (89.2% to 88.8%). On a per game basis, the 21-year-old has also made more interceptions (2 to 1), more blocks (0.5 to 0) more clearances (1 to 0.3) and more successful dribbles (2 to 1.3).”

Oulala Winks Vs Modric

What do you think?

Iceland Is The Smallest Nation To Reach The World Cup

Source: Statista

People in Iceland are looking forward to another summer packed with thrilling action on the soccer field after their national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup last night. Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0, securing the precious ticket to the tournament in Russia, continuing one of soccer’s greatest fairytales. Iceland’s emergence as a soccer power has been surprising given that the country only has a population of 340,000 people. Kosovo has a population nearly six times larger and it’s roughly equivalent to the number of inhabitants in Santa Ana, California. Despite its serious shortage in manpower, however, Iceland has managed to punch well above its weight on the soccer pitch in recent years.

The tiny nation’s remarkable performances can be attributed to a plan formulated almost two decades ago. That saw heavy investment in indoor sports complexes and heated pitches as well as a sharp focus on education and coaching in particular. That resulted in the country producing some 600 qualified coaches, 400 of whom have a UEFA B license, equating to one coach per 825 inhabitants. England has one coach per 11,000 inhabitants.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Paraguay competed in the 1930 World Cup with a population of 860,000 people. However, that tournament did not actually involve qualification so it is better to compare Iceland’s achievement with that of Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean island nation qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany with a population of 1.3 million people. As impressive as that achievement was, Iceland have made it to Russia with less than a quarter of Trinidad and Tobago’s population.

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The Most Popular Spectator Sports Worldwide

Have you ever wondered about the most popular sports worldwide? Precise data on the most popular spectator sport in every single country across the world is very difficult to come by but one user on Reddit made an interesting map with a global breakdown. Soccer is dominant almost everywhere with India, Pakisan and Bangladesh a cricket stronghold. In North America, the U.S. loves American football while their Canadian neighbors are big ice-hockey fans.

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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.

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MLB’s Making a Dollar (or Two) on Luxury Tax

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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