The Soviet Union and its Successor States in the European Championship and Asian Cup

The first European Championship, held in France in 1960, was won by the Soviet Union who would go on to reach the final a further three times. This summer, the competition will be played in one of the Soviet Union’s fifteen successor states for the first time as Ukraine co-host with Poland. This represents a … Continue reading

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

Not so bad once you’re up? The fortunes of teams promoted to the English top flight

There was once a time when a club could make an impression on the upper reaches of the top flight soon, or even immediately, after being promoted. The below graphic charts the fortunes of teams in their first, second and third seasons after promotion from the English second tier over the last forty years. You … Continue reading

Top Flight Sixty-Four

There wasn’t a London team in the First Division of the Football League until its 17th season, I read. That’s interesting, I thought. Et cetera, et cetera and so on… I made this:

I Know Where the Scottish Title Goes

This diagram shows how novel each of the winners of the Scottish league was. For example Hearts’ title win in 1957-58 was very novel because it was their first since 1896-97. Rangers’ win in 2010-11 had very little novelty to it as they had won the league just the year before. There was an infinite … Continue reading

Is the Premier League really that much more repetitive?

Manchester United’s stream of league titles since the early ’90s has brought with it frequent accusations that the competition has become excessively repetitive. You don’t need an infographic to tell you that only three clubs have won the title in the last 16 seasons, there hasn’t been a new champion since 1978 and a bit … 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

English Teams in the European Cup

With Chelsea and Manchester United meeting in an all-English Champions League quarter-final this week it seems like the perfect time to take a look at the history of English teams in the competition*. This graphic plots the progress of every single English entrant in UEFA’s European Champion Clubs’ Cup and Champions League. Click the image … Continue reading