I am summarizing some of the stats I have gathered by the Azkals from January to June 2011 thus far in official FIFA tournaments, not including the international friendlies and exhibition matches. Below are the results:
The Azkals under Coach Michael Weiss has played seven games in 2011, winning thrice (Mongolia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) for a win percentage of 43%. The team also drew three times (Myanmar, Palestine and Sri Lanka), for a draw percentage also of 43%. The Azkals lost only once (Mongolia), for a loss percentage of 14%.
The team scored twelve goals in seven games, for an average of 1.7 per game; Opposing teams scored only 4 goals in seven games, for an average of .6 per game.
Put it another way: The Azkals managed to score a goal in all but one (against Palestine) of their seven games. The Azkals opponents, on the other hand, scored only on three (Mongolia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka) of their seven games against the Azkals.
Six Azkals managed to score at least once in a game this year, and these are Ian Araneta, Phil Younghusband, Emelio Caligdong, James Younghusband, Angel Guirado and Nate Burkey. Below are the number of goals scored by each player:
– Phil Younghusband with three goals in four games;
– Angel Guirado with three goals in five games;
– Emelio Caligdong and James Younghusband with two goals apiece in seven games;
– Ian Araneta with one goal in seven games;
– Nate Burkey also with one goal in two games.
Another stat I was able to gather, was the number of games between goals, or how many games did a player play with at least one goal in the match. The formula used is: (Number of games) / (Number of games with goals). Below are the results:
– Phil Younghusband with two games between goals. This means Phil on average has scored a goal every other game he has played; Nate Burkey also has two games between goals, but he has played only in two games;
– Angel Guirado with 2.5 games between goals;
– Emelio Caligdong and James Younghusband with 3.5 games between goals;
– Ian Araneta so far has averaged seven games between goals.
For the Goalkeepers, Neil Etheridge has only conceded two goals in six games. Eduard Sacapano, on the other hand, conceded two goals in only one game, so he needs a little bit more work to improve on his game.
‘Available Stats, But Not Recorded’
Some stats that I am sure are available somewhere, but I was not able to get are the following;
– Goal saves. Only God knows how many saves both Neil and Eduard had made for this team;
– Shots on Goal (shots that either resulted in a save, or a goal). The individual Azkals I am sure has had a lot, and I mean a LOT of shots on goal in those seven games that were saved, I would’ve wanted to know which had what;
– Assist. I would’ve wanted to know which players also helped in making each of those goals. I suspect James Younghusband has had a couple;
– Percent Possession. Teams that dominated possession of the ball tend to have more attempts, and therefore tend to win more games.
– Number of Penalty Kicks, and number of Corner Kicks. Both are great opportunities for scoring, and shows how many chances were wasted before a goal was made.
‘More Unavailable Stats’
I used to be a big basketball fan, and basketball has a lot more stats than Football which helps tell the story of the game. Football, on the other hand, has much less stats, and they don’t normally tell as much about the game as they do with Basketball. For example, the current stats doesn’t reflect how many times the Defenders were able to foil an attack;
Or, how many times the opponents were dispossessed, and how many times the Azkals were dispossessed. Or how many passes were made, and how accurate were those passes.
In the 2010 World Cup, they were able to have a little bit more interesting statistics, like how far a player has run in a game, and how fast they were in running on average. They also had stats on how much possession each team had.
Bottomline, is that Football is really more of an art. The statistics tell very little about the game, and as Sev Sarmienta mentioned once in his column, you need to have new set of eyes to appreciate the game. You need to be able to see which items are important in a game, aside from just the stats. However, little as they may, the stats to tell a bit of the story, though not all.