FOOTBALL – Germany are the favourites for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but only just, according to a new analysis from Infostrada Sports. The United States are second favourites and there is nearly 50% chance of the winners being one or the other of these two teams. They are, however, most likely to meet each other at the semi-final stage of the competition.
FOOTBALL – Players from 64 different countries played in this week’s Champions League with their time on the pitch ranging from 4019 minutes by the 55 Brazilians appearing for 20 different clubs in the competition to a five minute appearance for Ludogorets by Tunisian Hamza Younes. England has the maximum number of clubs in the competition but English players were only 11th in terms of playing time, lagging behind smaller nations such as Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden.
FOOTBALL: Euro 2016 qualification begins this weekend and two of the top seeded teams in the draw, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy, are not the favourites to win their groups according to the Infostrada Sports’ National Team Ranking. Six of the nine groups have an overwhelming favourite to be group winner and only one of the groups looks truly competitive at this stage. We finish our analysis of the groups by looking at E to I. Our previous article analysing Groups A to D can be read here: https://infostradalive.com/2014/09/03/analyse-this-overwhelming-favourites-in-groups-a-to-d/
FOOTBALL: The next episode of the Unofficial Football World Championship will take place on Wednesday, 6 February, between Sweden and Argentina. The Unofficial Football World Championship (UFWC) is a championship using a knock-out title system similar to that used in boxing and wrestling.
Winners in an UFWC title game will become titleholders, and will hold this title as long as the win. When they lose, the opponent they lost to will take over the title. The title is currently held by Sweden, having been won against North Korea in the 2013 King’s Cup semifinal on 23 January 2013.
Forty-eight teams have been Unofficial Football World Champions since 1966.
You can find the top 10 at the website: http://www.ufwc.co.uk/rankings/
FOOTBALL – On Wednesday, 14 November, Zlatan Ibrahimovic spectacular goal that put Sweden 4-2 up on England also made the Swede the first player to score four goals against England in an international match. Click here to see Zlatan’s fourth goal once more.
FOOTBALL – The following are several key facts and figures on the friendly between Sweden and England, which will be played on Wednesday, 14 November, at Solna’s Friends Arena.
> Sweden plays its first match at the new national stadium, Friends Arena in Solna. England also met Sweden in its first international match at the old national stadium, Råsunda in Solna. England won 4-0 on May 17, 1937.
> The last time Sweden met England in a friendly in Sweden was on March 31, 2004. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal of the match (54’).
> Sweden have scored at least one goal in all their 16 competitive matches under Erik Hamrén, and they came back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Germany in Berlin in their last match on October 17.
> Steven Gerrard is set to win his100th cap – the sixth player to reach this milestone for England after Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Sir Bobby Moore (108), Sir Bobby Charlton (106) and Billy Wright (105).
> Raheem Sterling will be 17 years and 343 days old on the day of the match, and could become the fifth youngest ever player to feature for England and youngest since Theo Walcott’s record of 17 years and 75 days in 2006.
FOOTBALL – Sweden stunned Germany coming back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. We listed some other examples of teams that came back from 4 goals down.
> 5 Feb 2011: Arsenal led 4-0 at Newcastle united only to see Newcastle score 4 goals after half-time to draw the score level at 4-4 in the Premier League.
> 10 Jan 2010: In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Angola took a 4-goal lead vs Mali only to see Mali score 4 goals in the last 14 minutes of play to draw the score level at 4-4.
> 19 April 2006: Vitesse took a 4-0 lead at RKC Waawlijk in the Dutch Eredivisie play-offs only to see the home team come back to draw 4-4.
> 22 Aug 1998: In the French League Montpellier led 4-0 at Olympique Marseille only to see Olympique come back to WIN the match 5-4.
> 1 Aug 1997: In the Danish league AB took a comfortable 4-0 lead in their home match against Lyngby only to see the visitors come back to draw 4-4.