10 Football Stats You Probably Haven't Read Anywhere Else


Wigan complete the set of league finals. Ryan Giggs has won as many league titles as Arsenal. And Mark Schwarzer joins a very select group of Premier League players. Today on the blog Barrie returns to deliver 10 football stats you probably haven't read anywhere else.



Wigan Athletic are the first club to reach the final of the FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy and FA Trophy.


Ryan Giggs has won 13 English league titles during his career. This is as many as Arsenal Football Club have won during their 127 year history.


Aston Villa's Brad Guzan was called into duty on more occasions than any other Premier League goalkeeper in March. The American made the most saves in the Premier League last month (19).


Robin van Persie's first half hat-trick versus Aston Villa on Monday was the 20th occasion that a player has scored 3 goals in the first half of a Premier League game. Andrew Cole was the first player to achieve this feat when he scored all three goals in the first half of Newcastle's 3-0 victory over Liverpool in November 1993.


Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their last 22 home matches in Europe. The French Ligue 1 leaders were eliminated at the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League on away goals following two draws with Barcelona. They came through the round of 16 with a 2-1 home win versus Valencia after picking up maximum points in the group stage.

Hapoel Tel Aviv were the last successful visitors in the French capital, winning during the 2006/07 UEFA Cup.


After beating QPR, David Moyes has now beat all 35 teams he has faced as Everton manager in the Premier League.


Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United are the only clubs to have beaten all other 44 Premier League sides. Both Aston Villa and Chelsea have come unstuck versus Oldham Athletic during their two seasons in the Premier League whilst Liverpool failed to beat Blackpool and Tottenham have never beaten Blackpool or Swindon Town.

Cardiff City will be the 45th different opponent for these teams next season.


Excluding own goals, Dimitar Berbatov has scored 7 of Fulham's 11 Premier League goals in 2013 – a higher percentage than any other player.


Borussia Dortmund are the first team to come from behind in stoppage time to win a Champions League game since 1999 final. Felipe Santana's 93rd minute goal was the first time the German side led on aggregate.


During Fulham's 1-0 loss at home to Arsenal, Mark Schwarzer became the ninth player to reach 500 Premier League appearances. In the process, he became only the second goalkeeper to do so and the first player outside of Great Britain to achieve this.

The other nine, in order of appearances are: Ryan Giggs (616 and counting), David James (572), Frank Lampard (547), Gary Speed (535), Emile Heskey (516), Phil Neville (505), Jamie Carragher (504) and Sol Campbell (503).



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