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Does 2nd season syndrome actually exist?

Swansea, Norwich City and QPR all did themselves proud in the 2011/2012 Premier League season by managing to avoid relegation after gaining promotion in the previous campaign, but will any of them catch a case of 2nd season syndrome?

Second season syndrome is the now-common phrase that is used to describe a downturn in fortunes for a football club two seasons after its promotion to the Premier League of English football – particularly if the first season after promotion had brought a strong finish.

Here are a few examples over the years of 2nd season syndrome and the teams that have been affected by it:

2006–07 season

Who was the best value signing of 2012: A goals vs price investigation.

From a quick review of the 2012 Premier league top scorers list, it can be seen the 2 of the January signings for Newcastle and Everton are near the top in Cisse and Jelavic. On first inspection, it could be seen that these two players are definately the best value for money signings this season……..but is this definately the case?

To find out, I decided to look at the top signings from both the January window and the start of the season and divide the total price paid for the player by the number of goals scored this season.

This will leave a value for the price the club paid for each of the players goals, thus creating a simple way of being able to  rank the players in order of value of money (the player who scored the most goals for the least cost will be considered the best value!). Continue reading Who was the best value signing of 2012: A goals vs price investigation.

Chelsea win the champions league: Match review! (Updated)

1st half

In the early periods of the game, Bayern Munich had a large amount of the possession with Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery constantly causing pressure off of the playmaking of Bastien Schweinsteiger and Tony Kroos. The first chances of the game fell to the home team, Firstly Mario Gomez should have shot when he manouvered well into space. Robben then saw his shot somehow diverted onto the crossbar by the leg of Petr Cech after weaving his way into the box. After Bayern half chances, Thomas Muller should have scored the games 1st goal, sending a volley wide of the left hand post from Fabio Contento’s looping cross. Continue reading Chelsea win the champions league: Match review! (Updated)