La Liga table for the 2012 calendar year

Unsurprisingly Barcelona and Real Madrid dominated Spanish football in 2012. Barca accumulated over 100 points, whilst Real Madrid were ten points behind their bitter rivals. Interestingly during 2012 Valencia and Rayo Vallecano picked up the same number of points as each other, however Valencia drew 10 of their games, Vallecano drew just one – a goalless game with Sevilla in […]

Bundesliga table for the 2012 calendar year

With German football currently taking a winter break, Eintracht Frankfurt can look back on 2012 with a satisfaction that few other clubs can match. Since their promotion to the Bundesliga last May they have accumulated an impressive thirty points and currently sit fourth in the table, behind only Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund. In fact, during 2012 only […]

An unexpected Christmas gift

An unexpected Christmas gift

A month or two ago I innocently posted a tweet saying:  “All I want for Christmas is a Hearts of Oak kit”. For those who aren’t aware, Hearts of Oak sport one of the finest kits in African and world football. Three magnificent primary colours of red, yellow and blue adorn their dazzling shirts. Within a few weeks I was […]

Ligue 1 2012 review

For the latest in French football head over to French Football Weekly. As the calendar year 2012 comes to an end and with French football all wrapped up for another year, it’s unsurprising to see that “Zlatan Ibrahimović’s Paris St. Germain” are the club that have topped the French charts during 2012. It’s quite interesting to note that the three promoted […]

Liverpool’s cluttered flat leaves Brendan Rodgers with problems

As price of players corkscrews upwards, the transfer of mediocre players for incredulous prices has become an epidemic in the English game. Liverpool are probably the main culprit of this practice, having signed Jordan Henderson (16m), Stewart Downing (20m) and Andy Carroll (35m) in recent years. In fact journalists and fans have found Andy Carroll’s transfer fee of 35 million pounds […]

Cardiff City: What’s in a colour?

Cardiff City: What’s in a colour?

A few weeks ago I was flicking through the channels on my TV and came across Sky News. They were showing brief highlights of a game from earlier in the day and I didn’t initially recognise who the teams were. It wasn’t until I’d seen a team score a couple of goals that I realised that I was watching Cardiff […]

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

Premier League 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 player changes

The close season is traditionally a time where clubs jettison their weak players, replacing them with footballers with the skill to take the club one step further, whether that be to qualify or European competition or avoid another year’s relegation struggle. With that in mind I thought it would be interesting to see which clubs decided a wholesale change would be preferable to keeping […]


Each of these word clouds represents the terms used within BBC match reports for each individual side during the 2011/2012 season. All twenty of the sides that competed in the Premier League during last season are represented. These word clouds give an indication as to what players were mentioned most during the season. From the clouds you can ascertain that […]


The word cloud below was generated using all of Liverpool’s match reports from the BBC website from the 2011/2012 season. The more frequently a word is used, the larger it appears on screen. The image was generated using the wonderful Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish features heavily as does Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez who was “embroiled” in a race row […]