Which Clubs Have Been Booked Most This Season?
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Which clubs have received the most yellow cards so far this season? Which players have been booked most frequently? Today on the blog James Amey takes a look at the number of bookings so far in season 2012/2013.
In this piece we will be taking a look at which teams and which players from Europe’s top 5 leagues have had the most bookings and red cards this season.
Most Yellow Cards
First of all let's take a look at which teams have had the most yellow cards in each one of the top 5 leagues in Europe.
|Team||Country||Matches||Yellow Cards||Yellows per Match|
As you can see Espanyol have had the most yellow cards out of any team in Spain and in the top 5 leagues this season, as they have received 54 yellow cards in their 14 matches at a rate of 3.9 yellow cards per match. Parma have had the most yellow cards in Italy, as they have received 45 yellow cards at a rate of 3 yellow cards per match, while Bastia have received 41 yellow cards at a rate of 2.7 yellow cards per match.
Not only do Greuther Furth sit bottom of the Bundesliga but they have also received the most yellow cards (37) at a rate of 2.5 yellow cards per match. Both Stoke and West Ham have received 32 yellow cards in their 15 matches this season at a rate of 2.1 yellow cards per match, which is the most in England but the fewest out of the top teams in these 5 leagues.
Teams With Most Yellow Cards
So, after looking at the most booked teams in each league we now take a look at the top 10 most booked teams of the 5 leagues. However, as Atlanta and Bastia have the same amount of yellow cards we take a look at the top 11.
|Team||Country||Matches||Yellow Cards||Yellows per Match|
Out of the top 11 most booked teams this season one team came from Ligue 1, four teams came from Serie A and six teams came from La Liga. Espanyol have received more yellow cards than anyone else this season (54), while Valencia (52), Rayo Vallecano (52) and Athletic Bilbao (47) make up the top four.
Parma have received 45 yellow cards at a rate of 3 yellow cards per game, while Osasuna and Pescara have both received 44 yellow cards, however Osasuna have received 0.2 more yellow cards per game. Cagliari and Levante have both received 2.9 yellow cards per game this season, while Atalanta and Bastia have both received 2.7 yellow cards per game.
Players With Most Yellow Cards
After taking a look at which teams have received the most yellow cards this season, we now take a look at which players have received the most bookings.
|Player||Country||Matches||Yellow Cards||Yellows per Match|
|Juan Forlin||Spain||11 (1)||7||0.58|
|Oscar De Marco||Spain||13||7||0.54|
David Pizarro has received 9 yellow cards in his 12 matches this season at a rate of 0.75 yellow cards per match, while Benat has received 8 yellow cards at a rate of 0.67 yellow cards per match.
The other 12 players in this list have all received 7 yellow cards this season, but Cristian Sapunaro and Emiliano Armenteros have averaged a yellow card every 0.7 matches, Carlos Gurpegi, Damia and Jaime Valdes have averaged 0.64 yellow cards per game and Juan Forlin and Wakaso have averaged 0.58 yellow cards per match.
Daniele Gastaldello, Javier Pinola, Ballesterosm Radja Nainggolan and Oscar De Marcos have all averaged 0.54 yellow cards this season.
Most Red Cards This Season
|Team||Country||Matches||Red Cards||Matches Per Red Card|
Not only have Espanyol had more yellow cards than any other team this season they have also had the most red cards (7), which is a red card every 2 matches. Pescara, Sampdoria and Lorient have all had 6 red cards this season at a rate of a red card every 2.5 matches, while Hoffenheim have received 4 red cards, which is a red card every 3.8 matches.
Eight Premier League teams have all received 2 red cards at a rate of a red card every 7.5 matches this season. These teams are Newcastle, Wigan, Aston Villa, Swansea, QPR, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Teams With Most Red Cards
So after taking a look at which team out of the top 5 leagues has the most red cards this season, we also looked at the top 11 teams with the most red cards.
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Espanyol have received the most yellow cards this season as we already know, while Valencia and Sevilla have received a red card every 2.3 matches this season and Pescara, Sampdoria and Lorient have all received a red card every 2.5 matches.
Real Betis and Atlanta have both received 5 red cards this season, while Osasuna, AC Milan and Roma have all received 4 red cards this season. However it has taken Real Betis 2.8 matches to get a red card, Atlanta 3 matches, Osasuna 3.5 matches and AC Milan and Roma 3.8 matches.
Players With Most Red Cards
Lastly, we take a look at which players from each of the top 5 European leagues have had the most red cards this season.
|Player||Country||Matches||Red Cards||Matches Per Red|
|Assani Lukimya||Germany||4 (4)||2||4|
|Kevin Prince Boateng||Italy||10 (2)||2||6|
|Cheik Tiote||England||8 (1)||1||9|
Assani Lukimya, Kevin Prince Boateng, Gary Medel and Jamel Saihi have all received 2 red cards this season while Cheik Tiote has received 1 red card this season. Many other players have received 2 cards this season but these players have played the fewest games.
Assani Lukimya has started 4 games and made 4 substitute appearances this season and received 2 red cards, which is a red card every 4 matches. He has also received 2 red cards but no yellow cards this season. Jamel Saihi has received a red card every 5 matches, Gary Medel has received a red card every 5.5 matches, Kevin Prince Boateng has received a red card every 6 matches and Cheik Tiote has received a red card every 9 matches this season.
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All statistics taken from WhoScored.com and were correct on the 6th December 2012.
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If only Lee Cattermole had not injured himself so much this season he would not have missed his chance to feature in such an article.
No surprise to see Spanish teams so high in the standings. Spanish referees, despite the fact that they get selected on an international level very often, are the worst around when it comes to high profile football leagues - ridiculously poor at what they do.
Anyone who regularly follows la Liga - and I do not mean watching Barcelona or Real Madrid only - will know what I mean. In need of a revamp quickly unless they are to turn their already financially impoverished league into a circus.
Interesting article. I don't expected that Espanyol or Parma to be the most booked teams :)