Following our piece on lower league teams to manage, I had the urge to start a new save. There were many good options, but one club sparked my interest. União da Madeira are a provincial club based on the Portuguese island of Madeira, a small rocky archipelago just off the coast of Morocco.
With the race for the golden boot tighter than ever, I decided to crunch some numbers to see who is the best goalscorer in the Premier League. In this post I’ll outline the stats I used, who is best in each category of my analysis and then try to predict what the final goals tally will look like. I took the 13 top scoring players in the PL this season as the sample. First let’s look at a number of stats comparing players performance this season to last.
Soccer is known as the beautiful game, but beyond the field it can get quite ugly. Soccer is rife with horrors: corruption, drugs, gangs, Nazism/racism, hooliganism, doping, match-fixing, and even money laundering. Soccer is a worldwide sport, spanning every single country and territory. Accounting and auditing for public multinational corporations is routine, but tough to navigate. Now imagine thousands of entities: a few public but most private, some large, many small, spanning every single country, including ones with no respect for international law and standards such as Iran and North Korea. Now imagine how accounting must vastly be different in this industry, and that is before we discuss how transactions being recorded in bizarre ways is the norm for soccer.
Remember Paul Rideout? the only goalscorer in the FA Cup final where Everton lifted their most recent trophy. Well, it’s not only Paul who has been gifted with the shooting boots. Paul’s son, Jordan has followed his fathers footsteps in the World of Football and currently plays for Oklahoma City Energy FC. We caught up with Jordan and asked him a few questions about his career so far and his plans.
On a lovely evening at the home of the Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, at around 7pm local time (00:00 GMT), it was time for the Red Bulls and the Impact to go head to head for the 3rd time this season. The Red Bulls won the last meeting 3-1, with a hat trick from Bradley Wright Phillips. A win for the New York Red Bulls would guarantee the hosts a play off spot, and move them up to first place in the conference.
New York Red Bulls went looking to win against rivals, DC United, having given up a 2 goal lead last time they met in the MLS. On the pitch before kick off, the US national anthem was sung in memory of the September 11th attacks and the US flag was held out over the pitch, and the South Ward held up a wonderful tifo remembering the attacks. We shall never forget.
New York’s push to avoid the knockout stage of the play offs continued to blossom as New York beat Montreal Impact, by the scoreline of three goals to one.