Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Running numbers

A dozen footballing figures which caught my eye this week...

- The number of times Bolivia were caught offside in this month's Copa America.

3 - The number of Zinedine Zidane's sons enrolled in Real Madrid's academy.

7 - The goals netted by the 2014 World Cup's top gunner so far, Vietnam's Lê Công Vinh.

9.2 - The % of votes for Sepp Blatter in SyFy channel's poll of the biggest 'celebrity villains' of the past decade; enough to win.

10 - The days Arsenal have given Barcelona to make them an offer for Cesc Fabregas they can't refuse.

10 - The Asian countries preparing a JOINT bid for World Cup 2030 (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam)

13 - Countries already eliminated from the Brazil 2014 World Cup - Afghanistan, Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, East Timor, Macao, Mongolia, Montserrat, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turks & Caicos.

72 - The pages in the Italian Football Federation's new report into 2006's 'Calciopoli' scandal.

76 - The number of clubs with scouts officially at Euro U21 last month in Denmark (one came from MLS - Toronto FC).

300 - The journalists waiting to grab a word with the Nadeshiko (Japan's women's football team) on their return to Tokyo airport having won the World Cup

38,700 - The Malaysians who turned out to watch Liverpool training in Kuala Lumpur this week

100,000 - The amount of Euros striker Rene Schnitzler claims he was paid by a Dutch gambler to fix five matches playing for St.Pauli in 2008.

-Sean O'Conor

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