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Friedel's career by the numbers

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Can Bayern overturn a 3-goal deficit?

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Assessing teams in Championship playoffs

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Statistical breakdown of UCL semis

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PSG's odds in Barca, Real better vs. Atleti

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Five Aside: Barca, Bayern are favourites

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Five key stats from Clasico

Spanish Primera DivisiĆ³n

Real, Chelsea favoured to advance in UCL

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SPI tips Juventus and Arsenal

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Five Aside: Real, Bayern UCL stats leaders

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Top player stats of 2014


Upsets of Euro 2016 qualifying

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Brad Friedel's career by the numbers

Tottenham and former U.S. International Brad Friedel looks back on his 23-year career.
Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel insists he never thought about his consecutive games record while playing.

Tottenham's American goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, announced his club retirement on Thursday morning, effective at the end of this season. His European résumé is as accomplished as any American's, setting numerous records for age and durability.

• Friedel debuted for Liverpool on Feb. 2, 1998, at age 26, and he played 25 league games for the Reds before moving to Blackburn in November 2000. He remains the only American to play for Liverpool in the Premier League.

• When he...

Can Bayern come back vs. Barcelona? Are Real Madrid still favourites?

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Janusz Michallik believe Bayern Munich is in a lot of trouble heading into the second leg vs. Barcelona down 3-0.

The Champions League semifinals continue on Tuesday. Here is a statistical look at both matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections:

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona (Tuesday)

With three goals in the first leg, Barcelona is the overwhelming favorite to advance to the final. According to SPI, they have 95 percent chance of moving on to Berlin. Bayern Munich needs a minimum of three goals to advance; SPI gives the German champions a 21 percent chance of that.

Barcelona's three...

Norwich, Middlesbrough, Brentford, Ipswich aiming for Prem promotion

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says manager Eddie Howe is the biggest reason Bournemouth will be playing in the Premier League next season.

The four-team English League Championship playoffs begin Friday to determine which team will earn promotion to next season's Premier League alongside Bournemouth and Watford, and the approximately $200 million prize that comes with it. Let's take a look at the two teams that will be playing in England's top-flight league next season, and the four teams vying to join them.

Bournemouth was crowned champions of the Championship on the final day of the season, finishing with 90 points. This marks Bournemouth's...

Statistical breakdown of Real Madrid-Juventus and Bayern-Barcelona

Take a By The Numbers look ahead of the Champions League semifinal first legs, as Real Madrid search for consecutive Champions League titles and Bayern Munich aim to continue their dominance at the Camp Nou.

The Champions League semifinals kick off on Tuesday. Here is a statistical look at both matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections:

Juventus vs. Real Madrid (Tuesday)

Real Madrid and Juventus are ranked third and fourth among the semifinalists according to SPI. As a result, each received its best possible draw for the remainder of the tournament. Real Madrid would have been an underdog against both Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but is instead a 62 percent favorite to...

Liverpool's goal-scoring problems laid bare in Premier League statistics

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has promised his team will fight until the end of the season after their defeat against Hull City.

Brendan Rodgers reacted to Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at Hull by attributing their troubles this season to a lack of goals after Luis Suarez was sold while Daniel Sturridge has spent most of the season injured.

"We can't hide away from the fact you've lost over 50 goals," the Liverpool manager said. "Any team who loses that is going to struggle."

The statistics show the extent of their difficulties as Liverpool have gone from having the most potent forward duo in the Premier League to its least prolific...

Comparing Hazard to Ronaldo and Messi: A statistics-based investigation

The ESPN FC panel respond to your tweets on Eden Hazard becoming the PFA Player of the Year, and whether or not Serie A is a better league than the Bundesliga this season.
The ESPN FC team react to Eden Hazard winning the PFA Player of the Year award, where Alejandro Moreno still does not feel the Belgian international is yet one of the top five players in the world.

With Eden Hazard winning the PFA Player Footballer of the Year on Sunday, Five Aside looks at the stats that make him great and how he compares to the world's two best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo:

• Hazard may be tied for fourth in the Premier League with "only" eight assists, but he leads the league with 86 chances created (passes that lead to shots), five more than any other player. More impressively, 85 of those chances created came from open play, 16 more than other...