The big six in a time of disruption

LIVERPOOL are top of the Premier by a substantial margin and the odds are they will win the Premier League for the first time and lift the Koppites’ first title since 1990. Six or seven years ago, that would have seemed a fairly unlikely scenario as Liverpool had – temporarily – moved out of the elite bracket. Jürgen Klopp was hired to bring the good … Continue reading The big six in a time of disruption

The gap grows – how champions are becoming more dominant

AS the current season begins to look remarkably familiar in England, Italy and France, CIES Football Observatory have confirmed what we all know – that football at the highest level is suffering from huge and growing imbalances. In 2017-18, the champions of the so-called “big five” leagues accumulated 83.3% of points available to them. In 2009, they won 73.4% of points. That’s a big jump … Continue reading The gap grows – how champions are becoming more dominant

GOTP Notepad: Falling levels of competitiveness in Europe

THE latest report by CIES Football Observatory reveals there has been a general decline in competitive balance across Europe. The UEFA Champions League has seen 29.5% of its games involve a three-goal or more margin and an average goal difference of 1.87 – both these figures are significantly higher than in 2016-17. In terms of three-goal margins, the Champions League is up by 8.5 percentage … Continue reading GOTP Notepad: Falling levels of competitiveness in Europe