The week in numbers: w/e 4/12/11

Sócrates, 1954-2011. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

57 – Age of former Brazilian football captain Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira – better known simply as Sócrates – who died in hospital in São Paulo after a three-month battle with illness. Instantly recognisable to a generation of football fans by his trademark beard and headband, he played 60 times for Brazil, scoring 22 goals from an attacking midfield position, and captained his country at the 1982 World Cup.

0 – Number of women in the final shortlist of ten candidates for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which will be awarded on December 22nd.

58 – Winger Shane Williams capped his 87th and final Test with his 58th try in the final move of the game as Wales lost 24-18 to Australia at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

749Tiger Woods ended his 749-day winless drought with victory by one stroke over Zach Johnson at the Chevron World Challenge. It was his first tournament win since the Australian Masters in November 2009.

5Spain clinched their fifth Davis Cup – and their third in the last four years – with a 3-1 victory over Argentina, who became the first country ever to lose four Davis Cup finals without a victory.

Nadal led the way as Spain won their fifth Davis Cup (image courtesy of WIkipedia)

20Rafael Nadal defeated both Juan Mónaco and Juan Martin del Potro in his matches to improve his Davis Cup singles record to 20-1. Since losing on his debut to the Czech Republic’s Jiří Novák in 2004, he has won 20 straight.

11 – Friday’s Euro 2012 draw produced the statistical oddity of having the lowest-rated side in Group B (Denmark, 11th in the FIFA rankings) one place higher than the top-ranked team in Group A (Russia, 12th).

43 – A 2-0 defeat at Charlton ended Huddersfield‘s unbeaten run of league games at 43, second only to Arsenal’s 49-game run in 2003 and 2004.

2 – Number of all-Premier League ties in yesterday’s FA Cup third round draw. Manchester City will host Manchester United, while Blackburn will travel to Newcastle. Ties will be played on the weekend of January 7th/8th.

2 – England’s women’s rugby union team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in their three-match series. They won the first two matches 10-0 and 21-7 before battling to an 8-8 draw in the final game.

The Premier League in numbers

Yakubu scored all four of Blackburn's goals

4Yakubu‘s four-goal haul in Blackburn’s 4-2 win over Swansea made him only the second player (after Dimitar Berbatov) to score four times in a game for two different Premier League clubs (he also achieved this for Portsmouth). He is also only the fifth player to score hat-tricks for three different teams (Teddy Sheringham, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Campbell, Les Ferdinand).

43Samir Nasri‘s goal in Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Norwich was from 43 yards out, making it the longest in the Premier League so far this season.

179 – In scoring with a header from Robin van Persie’s corner, Thomas Vermaelen ended Arsenal‘s run of 179 corners which had failed to result in a goal. It helped the Gunners to a 4-0 drubbing of Wigan.

33 – There were 33 passes in the build up to Arsenal‘s third goal, scored by Gervinho – ten more than any other scoring move in the Premier League this season.

Jones' first United goal was enough to give his team victory

1Phil Jones‘ first goal for Manchester United was the only goal of the game against Aston Villa and meant United have scored exactly one goal in each of their last six league games, four of which they have won 1-0.

312Aston Villa have now gone 312 minutes since their last Premier League goal.

25 – Gap in seconds between Wayne Hennessey saving Sebastian Larsson‘s penalty, which would have put Sunderland 2-0 up, and Steven Fletcher scoring a 73rd-minute equaliser for Wolves, who went on to win 2-1 at Molineux.

The NFL in numbers

13Cam Newton ran for the 13th touchdown of his rookie season as the Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccanneers 38-19, passing the previous single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback of 12 by Steve Grogan in 1976.

6 – The Houston Texans won a franchise-record sixth consecutive game, 17-10 over the Atlanta Falcons. Their winning streak has improved them from 3-3 to 9-3, despite being down to their third-string quarterback, rookie T J Yates.

Gore became the 49ers' career leader in rushing yards (image courtesy of

73 – Frank Gore ran for 73 yards, finishing the game with 7,396 yards to pass Joe Perry (7,344) to become the San Francisco 49ers’ career rushing leader. The 49ers’ defense shut out the St Louis Rams in a comfortable 26-0 victory.

93Matt Prater kicked two field goals in the last 93 seconds to complete a come-from-behind win as the Denver Broncos beat the Minnesota Vikings 35-32. It was the second game in succession in which Prater had made a late game-winning kick, as the Broncos scored 28 second half points to win their fifth straight and improve to 7-5.

3 – The New York Jets scored three touchdowns in the last 4:49 of the game to overturn a 16-33 deficit to defeat the Washington Redskins 34-19. Santonio Holmes caught a 30-yard touchdown pass before Shonn Greene added two late rushing scores.

204 – Baltimore running back Ray Rice ran for a career-high 204 yards and a 67-yard score as the Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 24-10.

4,031Drew Brees passed for 342 and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints eased to a 31-17 win over the Detroit Lions. Brees now has 4,031 passing yards on the season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to pass the 4,000-yard mark in the first 12 games of a season.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon, Infostrada and


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3 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 4/12/11

  1. Sheree says:

    Thanks for the reminder of how long it has been since my beloved boys in claret and blue have found the back of the net!

    • Tim says:

      On the bright side, you’ve got Bolton away next – 34 goals conceded so far and 19 at home, both worst in the Premier League. At the Reebok that’s an average of 2.7 goals conceded per game. And Gary Cahill will be suspended, unless he succeeds with an expedited appeal.

    • Tim says:

      Oops. Cahill’s red card has just been rescinded.

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