Small champions in big competitions: these teams set the example for Leicester City

Leicester City were crowned the most surprising Premier League champions ever as Tottenham drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Monday. However, despite the Foxes’ amazing accomplishments, they are not unique in football history, as there have been more “small” champions in Europe’s five biggest competitions – England, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. Premier League: Blackburn Rovers (1995) Before Leicester won it this season, there were only five teams who had won the Premier League since 1992: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2) and… Blackburn…

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Premier League’s transfer spending dwarfs those by other big leagues

The current football season is far from over. However, the 2016 transfer summer window is approaching very fast. A bunch of big name players have been rumoured to change clubs during the summer. Just think about the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani, Toni Kroos, Romelu Lukaku, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Robert Lewandowski, and Eden Hazard. Conclusion: it’s once again time to put big money on the table! And that’s exactly what the Premier League clubs have done during the last five seasons. The…

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Premier League owns European top five on penalty kick success

Scoring a penalty kick is not so easy as it looks. Just ask Lionel Messi, who has missed four of eight opportunities from the spot this season. However, the Premier League in general rocks the table in this regard. Using the database of Transfermarkt, we were able to collect the statistics about the penalty success rate in the top five European football leagues: Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga, Primera Division, and Ligue 1. The 20 clubs in the English top flight have been awarded 66 penalty kicks so far. Only ten…

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This is why Gareth Bale played with a hole in his sock

Real Madrid crushed Celta de Vigo during the weekend, winning 7-1 at the Bernabeu on matchday 28 in the Primera Division. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals for Los Blancos, while Gareth Bale hit the seventh goal of the match. It was a welcome goal for the Welshman and former Tottenham star, as he returned from a seven-game La Liga absence due to another calf injury. Bale has now scored 14 goals in just 16 league matches for Real, while also providing eight assists. But most of all, the 26-year-old looked healthy…

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Thomas Vermaelen to return to Premier League and join…Chelsea?

Chelsea have their sights set on former Arsenal captain and current Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen as a potential replacement for John Terry, after it was revealed that the Blues are not planning to offer Terry a new deal. The 35-year-old revealed after Sunday’s FA Cup game against MK Dons that Chelsea has decided not to renew his contract, and he was informed of the decision before the last week’s win over Arsenal, with the uncertainty surrounding the club’s managerial situation. With Terry looking set for an exit, Spanish sports news outlet ?Fichajes reported that Thomas…

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