Friday, October 26, 2012

2011-2012 South Africa PSL Review

Much of the 2011-2012 South Africa PSL title race revolved around two veteran Bafana Bafana strike partners. Siyabonga Nomvethe led the league in goals with 20, eight more than any other player, although his club Moroska Swallows finished second in the league to the Orlando Pirates and Benni McCarthy. McCarthy returned to South African club soccer for the first time in 16 years after scoring close to 150 goals in Europe. Hopefully players such as McCarthy and international Bernard Parker will increase interest in the domestic game. So far attendance has risen slightly since the World Cup although there still cases of clubs averaging only 10% of their current stadium capacity.   

Final Standings

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Nomvethe (MS) 20, Rodgers (San) 12, 4 players with 10.
Headed Goals: Nomvethe (MS) 5, Rodgers (San) 5, Mushekwi (Mam) 5, 2 players with 4.
Free Kick Goals: Mathebula (MS) 3, van Heerden (Ama) 2, 13 players with 1.
Goals Outside Box: Mathebula (MS) 5, Mulenga (BC) 3, 14 players with 2.
Assists: Tshbalala (KC) 8, Mulenga (BC) 7, Klate (Orl) 7, 4 players with 6.
Shots on Target: Nomvethe (MS) 41, Manqele (FS) 34, Bobe (BL) 26, Mathebula (MS) 26.
Game Winners: Nomvethe (MS) 7, McCarthy (Orl) 6, Mushekwi (Mem) 5, 2 players with 4.
Yellow Cards: Masehe (FSS) 11, Gould (SU) 10, Arendse (San) 9, Gabuza (GA) 9.
Red Cards: Gould (SU) 2, Nyauza (PS) 2, 38 players with 1. 

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value
 1. Khama Billiat - 
 2. Siyanda Xulu - 
 3. Siyabonga Nomvethe - 
 4. Bernard Parker - 
 5. Clifford Mulenga - 
 6. Edward Manqele - 
 7. Sibusiso Vilakazi - 
 8. Felix Obada -
 9. Punch Masenamela - 
10. Ronwen Williams - 

2011-2012 Saudi Premier League Review

As traditional powers Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad struggled during the 2011-2012 season, Al-Shabab became fully deserved champions winning the league by going undefeated. Al-Shabab was lead by Al-Shamrani who scored 21 goals and was tied for the league top goalscorer with Brazilian Victor Simoes. Simoes plays for Al-Ahli who finished in second place two points behind Al-Shabab. Al-Hilal finished 3rd and Al-Ittihad 5th as both clubs went through a transitional period of great turnover although despite their troubles in the league both clubs have been successful so far during the 2012 AFC Champions League, making it to the quarter-finals.    

Final Standings

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Al-Shamrani (Shb) 21, Simoes (Ahl) 21, Al-Hosni (Ahl) 15, Al-Sahlawi (Nsr) 15
Headed Goals: Al-Sahlawi (Nsr) 6, El-Arabi (Hil) 4, Salomu (Fat) 4, Yoo (Hil) 4.
Free Kick Goals: Camacho (Ahl) 5, Pino (Nsr) 2, Yattara (Shb) 2, 11 players with 1.
Goals Outside Box: Camacho (Ahl) 6, Yattara (Shb) 4, 3 players with 3.
Assists: Camacho (Ahl) 12, Al-Shalhoub (Hil) 8, Al-Hamad (Ett) 7, Al-Zealaiy (Nsr) 7.
Shots on Target: Al-Shamrani (Shb) 47, Simoes (Ahl) 38, Al-Hosni (Ahl) 34.
Game Winners: Al-Shamrani (Shb) 8, Simoes (Ahl) 5, Al-Hosni (Ahl) 5. Al-Salem (Ett) 5.
Yellow Cards: Al-Saeed (Itt) 10, Dawsh (Fai) 9, Al-Muwallad (Itt) 9, 2 players with 8.
Red Cards: Mesaed (Naj) 2, Hakami (Rad) 2, 35 players with 1.

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value
 1. Youssef El-Arabi -
 2. Nasser Al-Shamrani - 
 3. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi -
 4. Byung-Su Yoo -
 5. Hamed Al-Hamed -
 6. Naif Hazazi -
 7. Yehya Al-Shehri -
 8. Ahmed Al-Fraidi -
 9. Yasir Al-Shahrani -
10. Sultan Al-Bishi - 

2011-2012 Australia A-League Review

As the Australia A-League completed its seventh season there are still major concerns regarding  low attendance which has recently caused clubs to move or fold although excitement generated at the Grand Final shows there is interest in the league. In 2011, 50,168 saw Brisbane Roar score a last minute injury time goal to tie the game and won it on penalties and in 2012 a crowd of 50,334 watch them repeat as champions. Leagues top prospect Besart Berisha draw and then scored a controversial penalty four minutes into added time as Brisbane beat Perth 2-1. In hopes of gaining larger interest throughout the 2012-2013 season,  The A-league have now chosen to follow the American's MLS "Beckham Experiment" with Alessandro Del Piero joining Sydney FC.

Final Standings

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Berisha (Bri) 19, Smeltz (Cen) 13, 5 players with 9.
Headed Goals: Cazarine (Syd) 4, Zwaanswijk (Cen) 4, Babalj (Per) 3, Mehmet (Per) 3.
Free Kick Goals: 10 players with 1 direct free kick.
Goals Outside Box: Hernandez (Vic) 4, Kewell (Vic) 3, Berisha (Bri) 3.
Assists: Broich (Bri) 8, Dugandzic (Hrt) 6, McGlinchey (Cen) 6, Bojic (Cen) 6.
Shots on Target: Berisha (Bri) 42, Carle (Syd) 31, Hernandez (Vic) 28, Smeltz (Per) 27.
Game Winners: Berisha (Bri) 4, Babalj (Hrt) 4, Smeltz (Per) 4, Brockie (New) 4.
Fouls Committed: Brown (Wel) 59, Bojic (Cen) 47, McFlynn (Syd) 46, Burns (Per) 44.
Yellow Cards: McFlynn (Syd) 10, Zadkovich (New) 9, 7 players with 8.
Red Cards: 28 players with 1.

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value
 1. Besart Berisha -
 2. Mitch Nichols -
 3. Shane Smeltz -
 4. Ben Kantarovski -
 5. Mathew Ryan -
 6. Dario Vidosic -
 7. Harry Kewell -
 8. Bruce Djite -
 9. Nate Dugandzic -
10. James Brown -

Thursday, October 25, 2012

2011-2012 Uruguay Primera Apertura y Clausura Season Review

After making the finals of the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Penarol was heavily favored to be the top club in the Uruguay Primera in 2011-2012, but despite finishing second in the overall standings, the Carboneros lost out on both the 2011-2012 Apertura y Clausura titles. Nacional  a club that included Inter great Alvaro Recoba as well as the leagues top prospect Tabare Viudez turned out to be the best club overall as they won the Apertura and were then led by Richard Porta 14 goals in 15 games to finish second in the Clausura. The Clausura was won by Defensor who were led by playmaker Bryan Aleman.who tied Viudez for most assists overall.

Complete 2011-2012 League Standings

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Porta (Nac) 17, Zalayeta (Pen) 15, Lucas (CL) 14, Vera (Lvp) 13.
Headed Goals: Taborda (RP) 7, Porta (Nac) 5, Rodriguez (Pen) 4, Risso (Def) 4.
Free Kick Goals: Aleman (Def) 2, Ortiz (Fen) 2, Ramirez (ET) 2, Pastorini (Rac) 2.
Goals Outside Box: Pastorini (Rac) 4, Hernandez (Rac) 4, Pacheco (Wan) 4, 7 players with 3.
Assists: Viudez (Nac) 10, Aleman (Def) 10, Pacheco (Wan) 8, 2 players with 7.
Shots on Target: Nunez (RJ) 41, Zalayeta (Pen) 41, Mastriani (Cer) 38, Olivera (RP) 38.
Game Winners: Zalayeta (Pen) 6, Vera (Lvp) 6, Medina (Nac) 5, Lucas (CL) 5.
Yellow Cards: Molina (Cer) 14, Gonzalez (RP) 13, Velaquez (ET) 13, Papa (Fen) 13.
Red Cards: Velazquez (ET) 4, Martinez (Wan) 3, Fernandez (Rac) 3, Gonzalez (ET) 3.

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value
 1. Tabare Viudez - 
 2. Gonzalo Mastriani -
 3. Bryan Aleman -
 4. Rodrigo Mora -
 5. Diego Rodriguez -
 6. Emiliano Alfaro -
 7. Alexis Rolin -
 8. Emiliano Albin -
 9. Ramon Arias -
10. Maxi Calzada -

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2011-2012 Argentina Primera Apertura y Clausura Season Review

After struggling in 2010-2011 with a 12-9-17, Boca Juniors returned as the top club in Argentina winning the Apertura for their 24th title overall and finishing tied for third in the clausura well making the finals of the 2012 Copa Libertadores. Boca used a mostly veteran side with players including Juan Riquelme, Dario Cvitanich, Clemente Roriguez and Tanque Silva although the most interesting player might be top prospect Pablo Mouche who led the league in Assists. In terms of overall prospects Racing Club were the team to follow in 2011-2012 the side included Giovanni Moreno, Gabriel Hauche, and Matias Martinez. The club sold Moreno and others after the season and earned close to thirty million dollars in transfer fees. 

Complete 2011-2012 League Standings

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Ramirez (GC) 17, Luna (Tig) 16, Gandin (AR) 13, Matos (AB) 13.
Headed Goals: Luna (Tig) 7, Matos (AB) 7, Gigliotti (SL) 6, Burdisso (ElP) 6.
Free Kick Goals: Castro (RC) 2, Moreno (RC) 2, 17 players with 1.
Goals Outside Box: Xavier (Met) 4, Nazarenko (Tav) 4, Aliev (Dyn) 4, 3 players with 3.
Assists: Mouche (BJ) 10, Martinez (Tig) 8, 5 players with 7.
Shots on Target: Matos (AB) 44, Ramirez (GC) 43, Fuertes (Col) 42, 2 players with 38.
Game Winners: Luna (Tig) 6, Fuetres (Col) 6, Cvitanich (BJ) 6, Pavone (Lan) 5.
Fouls Committed: Rodriguez (Bel) 73, Perez (NOB) 62, 3 players with 58.
Yellow Cards: P Perez (NOB) 19, Rodriguez (Bel) 16, Cubero (VS) 15, C Perez (Bel) 14.
Red Cards: Rodriguez (Bel) 4, Gutierrez (RC) 4, 3 players with 3.

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value
 1. Pablo Mouche - 
 2. Lisandro Lopez - 
 3. Giovanni Moreno -  
 4. Ruben Ramirez - 
 5. Rodrigo Erramuspe - 
 6. Matias Martinez - 
 7. Augusto Fernandez - 
 8. Facundo Ferreyra - 
 9. Hugo Nervo - 
10. Gabriel Hauche - 

2011-2012 Argenina Nacional B Season Review

There was lot more attention paid to the Argentina Nacional B in 2011-2012 with River Plate participating after being relegated from the Primera the season before. On paper River Plate didn't disappoint as the side included France World Cup/Euro Cup winner David Trezeguet, veteran striker Fernando Cavenaghi along with young prospects Lucas Ocampos and the Funes-Mori twins. Although on the pitch, River Plate did not dominate only winning an exciting  championship race by a single point over fellow relegated side Quilmes. Top prospect Paulo Dybala also grabbed many headlines from River Plate as the 17-year-old scored 17 goals with Instituto Cordoba and has been compared favorably to fellow Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.

Final Standings (League doesn't officially record attendance)

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Castillejos (RC) 26, Piriz (DJ) 20, Cavenaghi (RP) 19, Dybala (Ins) 17.
Headed Goals: Lagos (Ins) 5, 6 players with 4.
Free Kick Goals: 5 players with 2.
Goals Outside Box: Cavenaghi (RP) 5, Barreiro (DM) 5, 3 players with 4.
Assists: Dominguez (RP) 11, Gonzalez (BU) 10, 6 players with 8.
Shots on Target: Castillejos (RC) 66, Dybala (Ins) 52, Caenaghi (RP) 49, Piriz (DJ) 47.
Game Winners: Castillejos (RC) 11, Piriz (DJ) 8, Dybala (Ins) 7, 4 players with 5.
Yellow Cards: Barosottini (Ins) 15, Galindez (AT) 15, 5 players with 13.
Red Cards: Friedrich (DM) 4, Fondacaro (AT) 3, Vittor (GlP) 3, 19 players with 2.

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value
 1. Paulo Dybala -
 2. Lucas Ocampos - 
 3. Gonzalo Castillejos - 
 4. Adrian Cirigliano - 
 5. Rodrigo Battaglia - 
 6. Martin Cauteruccio - 
 7. Juan Diaz -
 8. Claudio Corvalan - 
 9. Milton Casco - 
10. Rogelio Funes Mori - 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2011-2012 Mexico Primera Apertura y Clausura Season Review

Mexican Primera included a very competitive Apertura with only 12 points separating 1st from 16th well in the Clausura Santos Laguna showed they were the top club in Mexico this season. 3rd place UNAL Tigres won the Apertura Championship with a playoff final victory over 4th place Santos Laguna. Well in the Clausura Santos Laguna won the league by four points and remained undefeated in the playoffs to win the championship. Although the biggest story in 2011-2012 for Mexican Football was winning the the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics led by prospects Nestor Araujo and the leagues top prospect Marco Fabian. The Olympic team included seventeen players who play professionally in Mexico although  many of these players were overshadowed prior to the Olympics by more established South American born teammates.  

Complete 2011-2012 League Standings

Top Individual Player's Statistics for League based on Minutes Played

Other Statistical Leaders
Goals: Alonso (Tol) 25, Benitez (Ame) 22, Peralta (San) 19, Rey (Chi) 16.
Headed Goals: Martinez (Chi) 4, Sand (Tij) 4, Perea (CA) 4, 6 players with 3.
Free Kick Goals: Andrade (Chi) 3, Montenegro (Ame) 3, Cortes (UNAM) 3, 5 players with 2.
Goals Outside Box: Montenegro (Ame) 5, Alonso (Tol) 5, Andrade (Chi) 5, 6 players with 4.
Assists: Cejas (Pac) 10, Suazo (Mon) 10, 4 players with 9.
Shots on Target: Benitez (Ame) 67, Alonso (Tol) 62, J Martinez (Chi) 49, O Martinez (Atl) 47
Game Winners: Sabah (Mor) 7, 4 players with 6.
Fouls Committed: Torres (UANL) 58, Molina (Ame) 56, Peralta (San) 54, Chiapas (SL) 53.
Yellow Cards: Sambueza (Est) 13, 4 players with 12.
Red Cards: Martinez (Chi) 4, 4 players with 3.

2011-2012 Top 10 Players based on Statistical Output & Long Term Player Value

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saudi Premier League - 1. Youssef El-Arabi

Saudi Premier League - 2. Nasser Al-Shamrani

Saudi Premier League - 3. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

Saudi Premier League - 4. Byung-Su Yoo

Saudi Premier League - 5. Hamed Al-Hamed

Saudi Premier League - 6. Naif Hazazi

Saudi Premier League - 7. Yehya Al-Shehri

Saudi Premier League - 8. Ahmed Al-Fraidi

Saudi Premier League - 9. Yasir Al-Shahrani

Saudi Premier League - 10. Sultan Al-Bishi

Friday, October 19, 2012

Offering Full Access to My Football/Soccer Database for QA Assistance

I'm offering full online access to my football database which covers 60 leagues and over 75,000 players in exchange for QA assistance with team/player information. Currently all the statistics and individual season information is correct but after each season when I merge the new with archival data issues may occur in this process. If interested I ask that well going through the statistics that you notify me if you see any issues.

For those interested in being part of sports statistics business I can offer the opportunity as an Internship and will provide recommendation for your service and a reward like a football/soccer jersey of your choice. In this case I may provide you a specific league to QA but the work can be done in your own time.

If interested please email me at and I will provide you more information including access to the material.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thinking EA Sports Must Be a Reader - FIFA 13 and my prospect list

Like many Soccer fans around the world I play EA Sports FIFA franchise and have for a number of years. Well playing the Career Manager component of the game I like to use my statistics in analyzing what players I should purchase and build my team around it. 

I understand FIFA is not judged on its player evaluation as other games in the market although I would say they have a decent idea of a players general skill level and in many cases have a comparison to the real players actual statistical performance. That being said since I don't work for them directly and access to my type of data is very difficult to attain my guess is these evaluation have been based on physical attributes oppose to statistical output. 

In the past this has given me great advantage well playing the game as I was able to buy players at a very low transfer cost despite there great potential in game and potentialy real in life. This is until FIFA 13 where interesting enough players who I listed in my 2011-2012 European League Review Prospect List

Again here is the list of the league reviews plus 2011-2012 top 10 prospect lists
Austria Bundesliga -
Belgium Pro League -
Belgium Division 2 -
Bulgaria Profesional A -
Croatia Prva HNL -
Czech Gambrinus Liga -
Danish Superligaen -
Dutch Eredivisie -
Dutch Eerste Divisie -
English Premier League -
English Championship -
English League One - 
English League Two -
English Conference -
French Ligue 1 -
French Ligue 2 -
German 1.Bundesliga -
German 2.Bundesliga -
German 3.liga -
Greece Super League -
Hungarian NB1 -
Israel Ha'Al -
Italian Serie A -
Italian Serie B -
Polish Ekstraklasa -
Portuguese Superliga -
Romania Liga I -
Russian Premier League -
Scottish Premier League -
Scottish 1st Division - 
Serbian Superliga
Spanish La Liga
Spanish Segunda -
Swiss Super League -
Turkish Super Lig -
Ukraine Premier League -

I have noticed that now players from my list especially from lesser known leagues have large transfer values to start and if you play the career game for a number of seasons these players become the top players in the game. I'm currently using Nottingham Forest (World Class) on manager mode fast forwarding through the calender  Right now its season 2015-2016 and I just won the Premier League. All my players are rated in the 80's and the club is 5 stars (I think the team was two and half stars at start)

My current starting XI (4-3-3)
GK: Yann Sommer -

Most of these players were purchased by selling off other prospect players I purchased earlier in the game from my list above at higher transfer fees then I paid or trades plus the investment of my chairman :)

The reason these players are on my prospect list is I do feel they are great talents and could become the stars of the future and I also have no official proof that EA Sports are using my work in their analysis. Although interesting enough leagues that I have yet to release my evaluation - Korea, Sweden, Norway, and even MLS and Brazil are actually quite off from my current analysis. I will post my lists for these leagues once the current 2012 season is complete.

I'm sure in someways this is a complement and if it's taking a while to have an effect on the real game at least someone is seeing value in the statistics. So I ask EA Sports if you are reading my work to contact me because I'm sure I can provide a number of ideas to make FIFA 14 not only more realistic but very cool to play.