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Real Madrid By The Numbers

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The 2013-2014 season is roughly 1/3 of the way over, lets take a look at the numbers the team and its players are putting up.

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Now that the squad is back from international duties and that roughly one third of the season is complete (time flies), I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the stats that the team and its players are putting up. Some of these are pretty basic while some verge on the more advanced side. Since football has been a late adopter of advanced statistics relative to other sports such as baseball and basketball (FIFA didn’t even start keeping track of assists in World Cups until 1994 for goodness' sakes), we can’t really delve in too deep into the numbers but we’ll do our best. The stats were pulled from Squawka, WhoScored, Opta and Transfermarkt.


0 - red cards in all competitions for Real Madrid

1 - times Real Madrid has been shut out in all competitions

1 - yellow card for Raphael Varane in all competitions since he’s been a starter for Real Madrid

3 - clean sheets for Real Madrid in all competitions (2 – La Liga, 1 – Champions League)

5 - offsides per game in La Liga for Real Madrid (compared to 3 per game in the Champions League)

6 - times that the opponent has scored first in 13 La Liga matches

8 - assists for Karim Benzema in all competitions (most for any striker in Europe’s major leagues)

8 - matches in all competitions since Isco last scored

9 - goals scored by Real Madrid in the 76-90th minutes in La Liga

10 - points through four Champions League matches (7 points through four Champions League matches in 2012-2013)

12 - shots conceded per game in La Liga (compared to 15 per game in the Champions League)

14 - set piece goals scored in all competitions (including penalty kicks, crossed free kicks, direct kicks and corners)

15 - defensive interceptions per game in La Liga (compared to 12.8 per game in the Champions League)

18 - goal differential between Real Madrid and its opponents in La Liga

18.4 - shots per game average for Real Madrid in all competitions

18.5 - average pass length (in meters) in all competitions

21 - goals conceded in all competitions (17 – La Liga, 4 – Champions League)

24: goals for Cristiano Ronaldo in all competitions (16 – La Liga, 8 – Champions League)

31 - points for Real Madrid through 13 league matches (26 points through 13 league matches in 2012-2013)

39 - yellow cards in all competitions for Real Madrid

49 - goals scored by Real Madrid in all competitions (35 – La Liga, 14 – Champions League)

49 - percent of average duels won by Dani Carvajal in La Liga

52.5 - percent average shot accuracy for Real Madrid in all competitions

57.05 - percent average possession for Real Madrid in all competitions

58.5 - the percentage of average duels won players in all competitions by Real Madrid players

72 - percent average duels won by Marcelo in La Liga

85.5 - percent average pass accuracy for Real Madrid in all competitions

91.5 - average pass accuracy for Luka Modric in all competitions

97 - percent average claim success by Diego Lopez in La Liga

237 - chances created in all competitions by Real Madrid (chances created, according to Opta, are assists plus key passes where a key pass is the final pass or pass-cum-shot leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal without scoring)

7484 - passes completed by Real Madrid in all competitions

Just another reminder, many of these databases have varying numbers when it comes to percentages and averages (and no system is perfect) but hopefully you get the gist of how Real Madrid is playing this season. Basically, lots of goals, either in the opponent's net or RM’s. Several of these numbers are fairly basic while others verge on being more calculated and advanced. Hopefully as the years pass the football world will be more embracing and creative in the keeping of statistics. Feel free to share any and all additional stats you found or any critiques you have with the ones above (I'm looking at you, DFZG)!