The Guardian kindly sent me a copy of their guide to 2010-2011, The Season. The format is fairly strange, in that every team’s preview seems to be written by someone who hates that team. Think of those little WUMs you came across on BBC 606 before you wondered why you bothered going on there any more, and you’re along the right lines, although spelling is perfect and the vocabulary is obviously more impressive.
Of Chelsea, they say the club’s unofficial motto is ‘money can’t buy me love’, that their players are ‘gobby’ and claimed John Terry is ‘a symbol of everything that is wrong with football nowadays’. When talking of Liverpool, they refer to ‘Everton’s Jamie Carragher’, when talking about City mock the 34 years and mentioned SWP, saying ‘He just loves City – except when he left them for Chelsea’. I mean, the wind ups given are ones I would be proud of. Unfortunately, when talking about United it’s more of the same.
There’s an obsession with Juan Sebastian Veron, bizarrely mentioning his name five times and mocking the manager for forking out £28m for him, and even more bizarrely it describes Hernandez as someone who looks like he might have starred in Prisoner Cell Block H. Really? Does he?
But if you look past all that stuff, there’s some great little articles and, for a statto like me, some nice stats.
Here’s some of the interesting finds from that:
Goals to shots
Goals in last 10 minutes
West Ham 9
Goals inside the box
Goals outside the box
West Ham 13
Players with assists
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