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This page carries items posted on Twitter @Sportingintel that are not necessarily carried in any greater length on this site.


3 June 2014

World Cup squads for the 2014 World Cup, interactive



3 March 2014

Most ‘major’ trophies won by English football clubs

Manchester City won the 12th ‘major’ trophy in their history on Sunday 2 March at Wembley – by beating Sunderland thanks to stunning goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. For the purposes of this exercise, ‘major’ trophies are top-division league titles, either of the two domestic cups, plus European trophies including the European Cup / Champions League / Uefa Cup / Cup-Winners Cup and Europa League (or equivalents). The ‘entry level’ for this table is any club that has won the English title at least once, ever, since the first season in 1888-89. So it does not include teams who have won a few cups but no title. ‘One-off’ events, where a trophy is won for fixtures like the Charity Shield and Super Cup are also excluded, as are events that were ever one-offs, for consistency’s sake. Why? Because the trophies included were all won in sustained, and often season-long competitions. 

Most trophies


13 January 2014

Summary of first-choice votes in the Ballon D’Or 2013

The race for the most first-choice votes was very close, Cristiano Ronaldo pipping Franck Ribery by 167-163. This gave Ronaldo a 30.87 per cent share of all first-choice votes and Ribery 30.13. This was in marked contract to the landslide win by Lionel Messi in 2012, when he polled almost 60 per cent of first choice votes. An article detailing last year’s vote in depth is linked here. For those interested in playing with data, a spreadsheet of all votes in 2013 is here: Ballon D’Or 2013


Ballon D'Or voting 2013 v 2012


11 January 2014

24 of the 44 clubs in the English Premier League and Championship now have overseas owners or co-owners. This interactive map shows where they are based and is best used in full screen mode, then use the zoom function to zoom in and out of particular regions / countries to see those areas in greater detail.    The tweet




6 January 2014

All-time English league table (PPG, 3 points all eras, regardless of division)

This table was prompted by examining Nottingham Forest’s all-time record in league football, on the 39th anniversary of the appointment of Brian Clough as manager. In his tenure they punched way above that, winning the title and two European Cups.   Tweet here 

All-time Eng FL table since 1888



All-time Scottish league table (PPG, 3 points all eras, regardless of division)

This table was prompted by English table above, just because.   Tweet here 

All-time Scottish table


The miracle of Brian Clough    Tweet here

This table marks the 39th anniversary of Brian Clough’s appointment as Nottingham Forest manager. As the asterisk at the bottom makes clear, the point is that Clough was the manager who took domestic small-dry (Forest) to European Cup glory, not just once but twice. That’s it. It was a unique achievement and remains so in two respects: no other team that has won the European Cup has ever won only one domestic league title at home; and every other winner of the European Cup had, at some point if not at the time of their EC win, been ‘giants’ at home. Forest had never been. 

Miracle of Clough


2 January 2014

Global drug bans in force among (track and field) athletes on 1 Jan 2014, by country     Tweet here    And related tweet

This graphic, using data sourced from athletics’ world governing body the IAAF, shows the number of people banned by nation as of 1.1.14 in athletics, from 55 Russians and 43 Indians down to single individuals from a number of countries.

Bans IAAF 1.1.14



31 December 2013

Bolton join an elite band          This tweet

This graphic marked the announcement of Bolton Wanderers’ financial results for the 2012-13 season, when they lost more than £50m in a single year, joining an elite band of other clubs who have  roamed into this dangerous territory. Bolton, uniquely among them, were in the Championship in the season in question, and hence not even able to draw on the Premier League riches to help them out.

Biggest one-year losses



29 December 2013

Omens from the Boxing Day table in the Premier League             This tweet

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Boxing Day omens


16 December 2013

A very British affair: the rise and rise of @Andy_Murray in #SPOTY   The tweet

This graphic details the peculiarly British affair that is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, since 2007, and documents how Andy Murray has been a serial achiever in that time. Murray’s landslide win in 2013 with the biggest % share of the public vote ever, came after he won Wimbledon in summer 2013, breaking the 77-year hoodoo since the last British man (Fred Perry) won the men’s singles title.  

Murray SPOTY graphic SI

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