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MOTD at 50: ‘Interesting, very interesting … Oh look at his face, just look at his face’

* By Nick Harris 22 August 2014 When the first episode of Match of the Day was screened 50 years ago today, there were more than twice as many people inside Anfield watching Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-2 than there were watching on TV later. MoTD was a one-game show then, screening whatever was deemed to be the match of the day. Just 20,000 souls tuned into the first broadcast to see extended highlights of a win for Bill Shankly’s men, played in front of a crowd of 47,620. Nobody in Liverpool saw the programme. For most of its inaugural season, the show was only screened...


Winning in global sport: Often about the money, money, money ….. (but not always)

By Nick Harris 5 May 2014 It was self-evident in the 2012-13 Premier League that Queens Park Rangers provided their owner with the worst value for money. He spend many tens of millions on buying players and many tens of millions more on paying their wages. And they were ignominiously relegated anyway. But precisely how badly did they do in terms of resources and performance? And which team did best? What does this tell us about the relationship between pay and performance in the Premier League? And how does that compare to other football leagues, and indeed other major sports? These are questions Sportingintelligence tries...


REVEALED: Barcelona best at producing ‘Big 5′ players, Ajax most across Europe

By Nick Harris 21 January 2014 Barcelona produce more first-team footballers across Europe’s elite ‘Big 5′ divisions than any other club in the world, according to new analysis by the CIES Football Observatory and published today by Sportingintelligence. The Spanish giants have developed 44 players currently with top-flight clubs in Spain’s La Liga, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga 1 and France’s Ligue 1. Sixteen remain with Barca and 28 others play top-level football elsewhere. The next best producers of talent for the 'Big 5' are Lyon of France and Real Madrid of Spain (31 players each), followed by Rennes of France...