Which football teams could reduce their travel by joining the league from another country? | Soccer
“In terms of travel, which top-level teams would fare better playing in another country? “ Mike Wood asks. “For example, would Newcastle have a shorter average round trip to most Scottish Premiership teams than they currently do with Premier League teams?”
Well Mike, to answer the question about Newcastle, the answer is most definitely yes. Green Flag research has revealed that Magpies fans would have to travel 8,724 miles if they were to attend every away game in the Premier League in the 2021-22 season. With the different mechanics of the Scottish Premiership (the third meeting against a team can be at home or away and the league separates after 33 matches to determine European places, the title and which clubs will be relegated) it is impossible to ‘have an exact figure, but even if Newcastle joined as the 13th member and made it to all 12 teams twice in a 44-game season, they would still only rack up 8,676 miles. Take out six matches and that’s a decent carbon savings.
“Zenit Saint-Petersburg would drastically reduce its carbon footprint if it played in the Estonian elite rather than in that of Russia,” suggests Tim Dockery. “If they changed leagues, their new furthest competitor (FC Kuressare in Saaremaa) would be 84 miles closer than their closest current competitor (FC Khimki, located just outside Moscow). Their average round-trip distance for an away game would drop 74%. If this is not the largest percentage decrease in the distance that would be traveled if the leagues were changed, I imagine the decrease of 1,119 miles in the average round trip (from 1,507 miles to 388 miles) is the greatest absolute decrease. “
Ben Cordes writes: “Several MLS teams would do better to travel if they were more in Liga MX (the Mexican elite). To take an example, if FC Dallas were playing in Mexico, I think their longest flight would be in Tijuana about 1180 miles away. Eleven MLS opponents (out of 26 possible) are further away than that.
Alasdair Brooks takes us south of the equator for a potential winner but given the team are currently playing in another country’s league we are not sure they fit the criteria. “The answer to distance questions is almost always Wellington Phoenix’s men’s team, which play in Australia’s A-League despite being based in the New Zealand capital,” he notes. “Their match against Perth Glory requires a one-way trip of over 3,200 miles. Even trips to Sydney require flights over 1,300 miles – and over 1,500 miles to Melbourne. In terms of travel, Wellington Phoenix would be much better off playing in the New Zealand National League.
“I guess arguments could also be made for SKA Khabarovsk and FC Luch Vladivostok when they played in the Russian Premier League, as their away trips to Zenit were even further than the Phoenix-Glory game. neither team is currently playing in the Russian top flight.
Long spells in single possession before scoring (2)
After last week’s question, we received many more applicants …
“It’s been about 11 seconds but it deserves a mention because like the Polish goal you already listed, it’s all inside the box and Jay-Jay Okocha scored against Oliver Kahn, ”writes Christian Ihle. It’s wonderful but we have to beat Andros Townsend’s 15 seconds. Nick Brooks names Eddie Gray’s second against Burnley in 1970. It’s wonderful and beats Townsend for skill, but no time on the ball (13 seconds for Gray).
“Southampton series disappointment Soufiane Boufal held the ball for about 14 seconds for her goal against West Brom,” writes Jon Short. But we have a winner here thanks to Boris Cule. And what makes it so good is how disappointing it is. “Quillan Roberts, Canada’s goalkeeper at the 2011 U-17 World Cup, scored a late tying goal against England, having possession for at least 15 seconds before scoring (it took four seconds of more so that the ball hits the net). ” We count 19.51 seconds before he jumps. He is unlikely to be beaten.
Players who refused to celebrate international goals
“Has a player ever refused to celebrate an international goal? “ Eddie Eyers thinks.
“I can give you two players and three goals,” begins Daniel Bickermann. “When Lukas Podolski scored both in Germany’s 2-0 victory over his native Poland, he didn’t celebrate. And it wasn’t a friendly match either, it was in the team’s opening game for Euro 2008. As you can see here.
Another example is Mesut Özil after scoring the second goal in Germany’s 3-0 victory over home country Turkey in a Euro 2012 qualifier in October 2010 – where Turkish fans made up more than half of Berlin’s 74,244 seats. crowd. But Özil barely celebrates all of its goals, so it’s hard to say. Judge by yourself.
Ben Marlow has another example of a player for whom heritage is a big part of his identity. “Xherdan Shaqiri was born in Yugoslavia to Albanian parents. He has already had the flags of Albania and Kosovo embroidered on his boots and did so while scoring for Switzerland against Albania in a 2014 World Cup qualifier; a goal he did not celebrate.
Flag inspired kits
Chris Oakley wrote a fascinating offer to a question last week on the flag inspired kits. We covered some patriotic kits a few years ago, but this refers to the flag of another nation.
“I assumed someone would mention Birmingham City’s third kit, worn between 1972 and 1974, but they didn’t. The shirt is essentially a flag of Germany, rotated 90 degrees clockwise, so divided vertically into thirds of yellow, red and black. Legend has it that they wore the kit on a pre-season tour of West Germany in order to gain support from local football fans, although this is by no means a factual certainty. Anyway, I expected someone to point it out to you. You can see the kit on my website, here.
“What is the current record crowd for a friendly match in Great Britain? “ Kris Scrimgeour asked in August 2009.
Pleasantly simple, this one. The record for an international friendly is 125,683 – reached at Hampden Park for a match between Scotland and France, which the home side won 2-0, since April 27, 1949. This response has been provided by Sean DeLoughry, as was the record for a friendly match between two club teams – 104,493 for Rangers 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt, also at Hampden Park, in October 1961.
Can you help?
“Watching Mark Noble miss a penalty with his one touch, I wondered: has anyone ever come and scored with their one touch to win a game? Arron Lynch asks.
“3-0, 2-0, 1-1, 3-0, 3-0. Liverpool and Chelsea have recorded the same score in their five Premier League appearances so far. Is this a record? George Jones wonders.
“Serie B team Frosinone was managed last season by Alessandro Nesta”, writes Bogdan Kotarlic. “Their manager this season is Fabio Grosso, another member of the 2006 World Cup-winning Italian team. Which club has most of the World Cup winners managed? “