“As a Welsh player living in Mali, I was struck by the discrepancy in the number of teams in the capital that play in the top league,” Sean Smith emails. “While the Cymru Premier has not for much of its history included a club located in the capital (and currently only one of the 12 teams is in Cardiff), 13 of the 18 teams in Mali’s first division are based in Bamako. Are there any divisions Another national high with a higher or lower percentage of the clubs in the capital?”
It has often been said in England that the Premier League, or the old First Division, is difficult for London teams to win due to the number of derbies. This season, seven of the 20 Premier League teams are based in London. That means 12 derby matches in London for Arsenal, Brentford, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
As to answering the actual question, rather than putting everything back in the Premier League, let’s start with countries where few, if any, first division teams come from the capital. “BSC Young Boys, based in Berne, is the only club in the capital in the 10-team Swiss Super League,” wrote Obeyemi Agala. Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, does not have a football team in the First Division (20 teams).
Brazil is not the only giant country without a team from the capital in the first division. “In the Major League Soccer (MLS), there are three out of 28 Canadian teams – Toronto FC, CF Montreal and the Vancouver Whitecaps,” notes Thomas Wendt. “However, there is no team based in the capital, Ottawa, and most likely never will be.”
“Australia is an example of a country that doesn’t have a team from its capital,” adds Richard Mays. “There is no men’s first-division team from Canberra (although Canberra United compete in the Women’s A-League). However, there is a team from another country’s capital, with Wellington Phoenix from New Zealand competing in the A-League.”
At the other end of the scale are the inaugural World Cup hosts, and the upcoming host. “The Uruguayan preliminary competition can now match Mali in the number of teams from the capital Montevideo,” wrote Gareth Marshall. “There are 13: Penarol, Nacional, Defensor, Danubio, Phoenix, Rentestas, River Plate, Torque, Cereto, Albion, Wanderers, Boston River, and also Liverpool. But as it is a division of just 16 teams, it gives a slightly higher percentage of the capital-based teams (81.2% vs 72.2). % in Pamukau)”. Joe Staines also notes that in the 1998 Primera season, All 12 parties were from Montevideo.
Chris Benedick writes: “The current Qatar Stars League has 11 of the 12 teams playing in Greater Doha – Al Wakra and Al Rayyan are technically separate municipalities, but they are all part of the same metropolitan area.” “The only team not based in and around Doha is the Al Shamal team, on the north coast of Qatar.”
International scorers in clubs
“The signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang means that there are now 10 players who have played for Chelsea who are the top scorers for their country: Weah, Gudjohnsen, Muto, Drogba, Shevchenko, Jonge Bend (Philippines), Falcao, Lukaku, Eto’o. And Aubameyang. Is that a record?” Jesse Bhagwani asks.
“No, many clubs had more,” says Phillip in Washington, bluntly cutting way to the chase. According to my count, Barcelona (Aubameyang, Eto’o, Hagi, Henry, Ibrahimovic, Lewandowski, Messi, Sanchez, Suarez, Villa, Gudjohnsen, Keita), international (Lukaku, Dzeko, Eto’o, Kane, Ibrahimovic, Sukor, Mkhitaryan, Sanchez, Jovic, Pandev, Muto, Kallon), Monaco (Soleimani, Berbatov, Falcao, Kohler, Mbokani, Henry, Aubameyang, Gudjohnsen, Weah, Jovich, Kallon, and Adebayor) 12 All.
“The record, I think, is kept Manchester Unitedthose who have 13. They are: Berbatov, Ronaldo, Rooney, Lukaku, Hernandez, Van Persie, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan, Guater, Sanchez, Falcao, Healy, and Lou. That was fun.”
Cliff Denny begins “In 1931 Charlton adopted the surname Robbins.” Swindon Town and Bristol City were also nicknamed the Robins. In the 1933-34 and 1934-35 seasons, all three clubs were in the Southern Third Division. An early example of the Round Robin competition? Charlton played for Bristol City 12 times from 1931 until they changed hands Their title went to Valiantes in the ’60s, and they won every game.”
“In a pre-season friendly match between Real Madrid and Milan, I noticed that both clubs had the same sponsor. Has this ever happened before?” asked Mark Bucci in 2015.
Mark Turner wrote: “The clearest example I’ve ever seen was in Argentina, where archrivals River Plate and Boca Juniors had the same main sponsor in the 2012 seasons. This was BBVA Banco Frances (the local wing of Spain’s Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria), which enjoys With a strong presence in Argentina.”
“South African mobile service providers, MTN and Vodacom dominate,” added Ian Williams. During the 2008-09 season, MTN sponsored Ajax Cape Town and Golden Arrows, Vodacom sponsored Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. Then do a lot of derbies with the same sponsor. Ian’s email inspired some of our own research, which reveals the fact that in the following season, the rivalry between Ajax Cape Town and Golden Darts took place, both of which are also sponsored by MTN. This sponsorship triple whammy should definitely be some kind of record.
Can you help?
“Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 in the WSL League and all three goals were from penalties,” notes Paul Savage. What is the highest number of penalty kicks scored in a match and the highest score where all goals have been scored from penalty kicks?
“I know the doors are early, but Only five points separate the qualifying and relegation places in the tournament. What is the smallest points gap in any league between promotion and relegation at the end of the season? ‘ asks Crispin Lazer.
Niall McVeigh notes that “the wonderful and late Valencian ex-dresser, Bernardo Espanata Edo, will have a street in the Spanish city named after him.” “Are they any other examples of streets, buildings, or stadiums named after staff in the club’s back rooms?”
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