Four iconic European Championship goals

Pictorial tributes to some special goals from European Championships past. T-shirts with designs based on these images can be found in the brand new On Goals Scored shop. Antonín Panenka – Czechoslovakia v West Germany – 1976 – video Marco van Basten – Netherlands v USSR – 1988 – video Paul Gascoigne – England v … Continue reading

Quiz: Golaccio!

Cast your mind back to the mid 1990s: in Italy, Silvio Berlusconi is Prime Minister, the economy has been shaken by a recent recession and Alessandro Del Piero is finding the net for Juventus. You live in a world where live football of any kind is a rare event on terrestrial television and even Match … Continue reading

The Peter Crouch Myth

It seems to be widely accepted as fact that Peter Crouch only scores goals for England when faced with weak opposition. Having never felt that this reputation was justified, I have investigated statistically and found startling results that show that he is an incredibly prolific and underrated international centre forward and will change the face … Continue reading

Quiz: Identify the Player From Their Visualised Scoring Record

Can you identify a footballer from their career scoring record? I’ve converted players’ league goal stats into lovely colourful bar chart type things. The nineteen players featured have all scored at least 100 goals in the Premier League (although the inclusion requirement counts only Premier League goals, goals scored in the old First Division are … Continue reading

Three World Cup Team Goal Diagrams

Here’s a diagrammatic celebration of three great team goals, all of which were scored at World Cups. I’ve picked one undisputed classic, one modern great and one personal favourite of mine. They also fall neatly into three categories in terms of type of team goal that they are: the classic is an effortless move of … Continue reading

The Relentless Goalscoring of Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has always been a great goal-scorer for Barcelona but his record over the last two seasons has been nothing short of incredible. In fact his fantastic pattern of scoring has been so consistent that it is easy to overlook it. The chart shows all of the goals he has scored for Barcelona in … Continue reading