Goalkeeping great Buffon turns 40

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 15:23:00 GMT

On his 40th birthday, celebrates the winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award and a FIFA World Cup™ winner with Italy, Gianluigi Buffon.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:04:00 GMT

Alexandre Lacazette, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski and many more stars feature in this week's edition of's The Week in Numbers, while a long wait ends in Rotterdam and Madrid.

Pozzo's Azzurri in stats

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:39:00 GMT

Continuing our look at the number behind previous FIFA World Cup winners, highlights the enchanting statistical story of Italy’s 1934 and ’38 FIFA World Cup™ campaigns.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:50:00 GMT

Mario Balotelli, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, and Paul Pogba star in’s latest stats review, along with a rapid goal, some on-song Lions, and an all-time Barça-Real record being under threat.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:12:00 GMT

Bas Dost, Ciro Immobile, Faiz Al Rushaidi and John Herdman are among the stars of's latest weekly stats review.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:57:00 GMT

A Dutch homeboy having fun in 'The Tub', Der Bomber and El Pelusa getting dethroned and a mini-man towering above his rivals feature in's latest stats review.

Venerating five of football's retired royals

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:37:00 GMT

Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Philipp Lahm, Andrea Pirlo and Francesco Totti retired in 2017. With some stats, goals and quotes from some big football personalities, pays tribute.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 05:26:00 GMT

Who’s the most successful dribbler in Europe’s big five? Who’s the assist master? Who’s the free-kick king in a land renowned for them? delivers the answers in its stats review.

Kaka calls time on illustrious career

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:50:00 GMT

Former Brazil attacking midfielder Kaka, who won the FIFA World Cup™ title with his country in 2002, announced his retirement from football on Sunday.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:20:00 GMT's latest statistical review includes goalscoring and drought-breaking in the UEFA Champions League, patience rewarded in Japan and much more.

Quartet secure spots in Round of 16

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:14:00 GMT

Manchester United and Basel joined Italian duo Juventus and Roma in securing their spots in the Round of 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Week in Numbers

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:09:00 GMT

Timber pinball, a Bundesliga baby, leaping lions, multiple-goal regulars and a Mexican revelation outranking some absolute legends feature in’s latest stats review.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:22:00 GMT

Neymar, Sam Kerr and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are among the stars of our latest statistical look at the footballing week.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:27:00 GMT

Peru's FIFA World Cup™ return, Camille Abily's milestone in UEFA women’s club competition, and a 100 per cent Dane all feature in’s latest stats review.

Italy part ways with Ventura

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:50:00 GMT

Having missed out on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Italy have parted ways with coach Giampiero Ventura.

Tearful farewell for World Cup legend Buffon

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:37:00 GMT

FIFA World Cup™ winner Gianluigi Buffon had been within touching distance of history but ultimately his Italy side fell just short of winning a ticket to Russia 2018. 

Sweden stun Italy to book World Cup return

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:43:00 GMT

For the first time since 1958, Italy will not be going to the FIFA World Cup™. Sweden held on to force a goalless draw in the second leg at the San Siro to defeat the Italians 1-0 on aggregate in their Russia 2018 play-off.

Johansson gives Sweden first-leg advantage

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:24:00 GMT

A second-half strike by Jakob Johansson gave Sweden a valuable 1-0 home win over Italy in the first leg of their European zone play-off for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on Friday evening.

When Rossi broke Brazilian hearts

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:44:00 GMT

In the build-up to Russia 2018, will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we look back to Paolo Rossi scoring a hat-trick against Brazil in 1982.

Excitement assured in European play-offs

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:28:00 GMT

While Europe’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers are seen as a marathon rather than a sprint, the play-offs always represent that frantic final dash for the finish line.


World Cup winner Pirlo hangs up boots

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:20:00 GMT

The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ winner played his final game for New York City in the club's MLS play-off defeat against Columbus Crew on Sunday.

Andersson: Sweden can beat any team in the world

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:48:00 GMT

Ahead of their two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Italy, Sweden head coach Janne Andersson gives insight into his team's mentality and the reasons they've made it this far.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 05:48:00 GMT

A schoolboy scoring, a defender breaking ground and veterans smashing century barriers feature in’s latest stats review, along with the end of an enduring run and a fantastic fightback.

UEFA play-offs: 8 players to watch

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:37:00 GMT

With the Russia 2018 play-offs looming in Europe, looks at eight key players who could emerge as heroes for their respective teams.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:05:00 GMT

A footballing grandfather by the Fjords, creators and takers of goals across Europe, and Germans in Italy feature in’s latest stats review, along with rotation, trebles and classic marksmen.

Free-scoring Berg eyes play-off glory

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:12:00 GMT

Marcus Berg, Sweden's top scorer in World Cup qualifying, speaks to about the play-off against Italy, hitting four against Luxembourg and emerging from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's shadow.

Buffon: Being a goalkeeper is in my nature

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:01:00 GMT

After winning the first ever The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award, Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon sat down with to reflect on his career and to look ahead to an important 2018.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:19:00 GMT

George Weah’s kid emulating a FIFA World Cup milestone-maker and a striker surpassing some of the sport’s greatest-ever teenagers feature in’s latest stats review, along with miss-kicks and spot-kicks.

Di Matteo: Italy has a history of producing good coaches

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:00 GMT

It is safe to say there is quite the Italian flavour to The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award this year. Speaking exclusively to, Roberto Di Matteo explains why Italy are so good at producing coaches, and why he's also tipping Cristiano Ronaldo to remain The Best FIFA Men's Player.

Europe’s eight play-off contenders in numbers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:17:00 GMT

Eight teams discovered their opponents who stand in their way of a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, but how do they fair in the European play-offs themselves? We analyse the eight teams and how they have fared in the past.

Europe's play-off participants learn fate

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:00 GMT

The match-ups to contest the final four European tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Russia™ have been decided, as the play-off ties featuring the group stage's eight best second-placed sides were confirmed in Zurich on Tuesday.


Relive the European play-off draw

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:59:00 GMT

On Tuesday 17 October, streamed live the Official Draw for the European FIFA World Cup play-off, which took  place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich at 14:00 CET.

Totti: Messi, Neymar & Ronaldo are footballing aliens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:15:00 GMT

A bona fide Roma and Italian legend, Francesco Totti knows The Best when he sees it. The recently-retired midfielder let us know who he thinks is in line to pick up the honours at The Best FIFA Football Awards later this month.

How to follow Tuesday's European play-off draw

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:27:00 GMT

The draw for the upcoming European play-off round, with four World Cup places up for grabs, will take place at 14.00 on Tuesday 17 October in Zurich. Find out how you can follow it live!

Serbians relieved, Icelanders in raptures

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:45:00 GMT reviews Monday's European 2018 World Cup qualifying action where Serbia and Iceland both secured qualification for Russia, while two more play-off spots were locked up.

Who can qualify from Europe on Monday?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:51:00 GMT

On Monday 9 October, a total of nine games in Groups D, G and I will be played. Here we outline which nations can secure an automatic berth for Russia 2018 on the qualification campaign's final matchday.

Ranieri: I really admire Conte and Allegri

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 10:33:00 GMT caught up with The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2016 Claudio Ranieri to see how he is adapting to life at his new club Nantes, what the award has brought him and his verdict on this year's nominees.

Spain through at Italy’s expense, Serbia stumble

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 23:20:00 GMT reviews Russia 2018 qualifying action in Europe where 2010 world champions Spain booked their ticket to another World Cup, while there were major stumbles by Italy and Serbia.

Spain secure Russia 2018 berth

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:48:00 GMT

Spain's  victory against Albania, combined with Italy’s failure to beat FYR Macedonia, saw the 2010 World Cup winners clinch Group G’s top spot.

Determination fuelling Allegri's fire for 25 years

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:42:00 GMT

Massimiliano Allegri finds himself among The Best FIFA Men's Coach finalists for the first time, but his drive to succeed is no new phenomena, being present a quarter of a century ago back in his playing days.

How it all began for Allegri, Conte and Zidane

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:39:00 GMT

With Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane having been named as finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Coach 2017 award, takes a step back in time to recall their early days in the dugout. 

Panucci: Albania will be brave against Spain and Italy

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:56:00 GMT

In an exclusive interview with, Albania coach Christian Panucci - a former Italy coach who starred for Real Madrid - speaks about his team taking on Group G's leading duo, their prospects and his own career. 

Conte’s key qualities: In his players’ words

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:19:00 GMT

What's The Best FIFA Men’s Coach finalist Antonio Conte like as a manager? collects the thoughts from the men who know the Italian's coaching qualities more than anyone: his players.  

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:29:00 GMT looks back at the statistical week that was in world football including a rare blank for Real Madrid, another landmark passed by Alex Morgan, and goalscoring feats in Colombia, France and Italy.

The Week in Numbers

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:45:00 GMT

Girl power, Shanghai shoot-outs, a huge climb and a rapid stay in Croydon feature in’s latest stats review, along with goal feats from big-name forwards.

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