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January 22, 2014

2013-14 FA Cup Fourth Round: location-map, with current attendance figures of the clubs.

Filed under: >2013-14 FA Cup — admin @ 3:02 pm

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2013-14 FA Cup Fourth Round: location-map



FA Cup – news, fixtures, results (bbc.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup).

Televised matches: {see this, ‘2013–14 FA Cup/Broadcasting rights‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

Thanks to the following sites for average attendance figures -
1st Level/Premier League, soccerway.com/national/england/premier-league.
2nd Level/Football League One, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance [L2].
3rd Level/Football League One, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance [L3].
4th Level/Football League Two, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance[L4].
5th Level/Conference National, soccerway.com/national/england/conference-national.

Thanks to the FA site, for the [gold-colored] FA 150th Anniversary crest, from a banner at thefa.com.
Thanks to BBC.co.uk/football/fa cup, for the image of the fixtures list on the map page, bbc.com/sport/football/fa-cup/fixtures.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013–14 FA Cup‘.

January 19, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams, #7 of 32: Cameroon (CAF), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Cameroon, with 2 other player-options listed).



Cameroon national team. CAF (Africa). Nickname: les Lions Indomptables (the Indomitable Lions). Home jersey: dark green, with gold and red trim.
Cameroon is in Group A (with Brazil, Croatia, and Mexico). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group A‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Cameroon’s 7th qualification out of 10 tries [note: Cameroon's first attempt at qualifying for the World Cup was in 1966, but they withdrew during the qualifications; then for the next 3 World Cups - 1970, 1974, 1978 - they did not enter].

Cameroon has qualified for the World Cup in: 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC Q: 2010, Group Stage / 0-0-3.
Highest WC finish: 1990, Quarterfinals / 3-0-2.

Population of Cameroon: 20.5 million {2013 estimate}. Capital (and second largest city): Yaoundé, pop. 2.40 million. Largest city: Doula, pop. 2.44 million (metro areas) {2012 estimates}.

Coach of Cameroon, Volker Finke. Volker Finke.
Captain of Cameroon, Samuel Eto’o. Samuel Eto’o.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Cameroon (with 2 other player-options further below) -

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Photo and Image credits above -
Map of Cameroon on globe, by MSClaudiu at ‘File:Cameroon (orthographic projection).svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Map of Cameroon by NordNordWest at ‘File:Cameroon location map.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Cameroon home jersey badge and Cameroon home jersey, photos from imgur.com.
Coach,
Volker Finke, photo from goal.com.
Goalkeeper,
Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), photo by Ultaslansi at en.wikipedia.org.
Defenders,
Dany Nounkeu (Galatasaray), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Aurélien Chedjou (Galatasaray), photo by Ultaslansi at en.wikipedia.org.
Nicolas N’Koulou (Marseille), photo from talksport.com.
Benoît Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham/ QPR), photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com
Midfielders,
Stéphane Mbia (QPR/ Sevilla), photo by Action Images via supersport.com.
Jean Makoun (Rennes), photo from ouest-france.fr.
Alex Song (Barcelona), photo by Getty Images/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Forwards,
Benjamin Moukandjo (AS Nancy), photo by Getty Images via uefa.com
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea), photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Pierre Webó (Fenerbahçe), photo from fanatik.com.tr.
Other player-options,
Joël Matip DF (FC Schalke 04), photo from foot-sur7.fr.
Eyong Enoh MF (Ajax/ Antalyaspor), photo from trtspor.com.tr.

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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Cameroon national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.

January 13, 2014

England (and Wales), 5th division: Football Conference National – 2013-14 Location-map, with 2013-14 home kit badges & with 2-and-a-half-seasons of attendance data./ Plus, illustrations for 1st and 2nd place clubs, as of 15 January 2014: Luton Town and Cambridge United.

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England (and Wales), 5th division: Football Conference National – 2013-14 Location-map, with 2013-14 home kit badges & with 2-and-a-half-seasons of attendance data



Conference National – Fixtures, results, tables (soccerway.com).

At the top of the map page are facsimiles of 2013-14 Conference clubs’ home jersey badges. Below that is a location-map. The map page also includes an attendance data chart which shows each clubs’ 2011-12 and 2012-13 average attendance figures (from home league matches), as well as current average attendance figures (inclusive to 12 January 2014), and the numerical change since then (approximately two-and-a-half seasons ago). [Each club currently has played from 24 to 29 matches, and each club has currently played from 11 to 15 home matches.]

Below are the clubs in the 2013-14 Conference that have shown the largest attendance increases, and the worst attendance drop-offs, since 2011-12.
Largest numerical increase in average home crowds since 2011-12 (inclusive to 12 Jan. 2014)…
Increase of +708 per game – Cambridge United (who are averaging 3,512 per game currently/ in 2nd place/ relegated 9 seasons ago [2004-05]).
Increase of +598 per game – Luton Town (who are averaging 6,709 per game currently/ in 1st place/ relegated 5 seasons ago [2008-09]).
Increase of +400 per game - Nuneaton Town (who are averaging 1,179 per game currently/ in 9th place/ promoted 2 seasons ago [2011-12]).
Increase of +204 per game – Grimsby Town (who are averaging 3,512 per game currently/ in 5th place/ relegated 4 seasons ago [2009-10]).
Increase of +202 per game – Salisbury City (who are averaging 935 per game currently/ in 10th place/ promoted 1 season ago [2012-13]).
Increase of +190 per game – Lincoln City (who are averaging 2,537 per game currently/ in 18th place/ relegated 3 seasons ago [2010-11]).
Increase of +164 per game – Welling United (who are averaging 840 per game currently/ in 14th place/ promoted 1 season ago [2012-13]).
Increase of +160 per game – Braintree Town (who are averaging 1,061 per game currently/ in 11th place/ promoted 3 seasons ago [2010-11]).

Worst numerical drop-off in average home crowds since 2011-12 (inclusive to 12 Jan. 2014)…
Decrease of -888 per game – Hereford United (who are averaging 1,665 per game currently/ in 16th place/ relegated 2 seasons ago [2011-12]).
Decrease of -886 per game – Aldershot Town (who are averaging 1,978 per game currently/ in 20th place/ relegated 1 season ago [2011-12]).
Decrease of -510 per game – Wrexham (who are averaging 1,665 per game currently/ in 13th place/ relegated 4 seasons ago [2011-12]).
Decrease of -507 per game – Chester (who are averaging 2,280 per game currently/ in 22nd place/ promoted 1 season ago [2012-13]).

    2013-14 Luton Town. First place in the Conference as of 15 January, 2014.

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Photo and Image credits above –
13/14 Luton Town home jersey badge, photo from jdsports.co.uk/product/fila-luton-town-2013/14-home-shirt.
Kenilworth Road, satellite image from bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye View.
Kits, from ‘Luton Town F.C.‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Kenilworth Road, photo uploaded by biscuitman88 at footballgroundmap.com/photo/4462/kenilworth-road/luton-town.
John Still, photo from luton-dunstable.co.uk/Sport/Luton-Town-FC.
Luke Guttridge, photo from lutontoday.co.uk/sport/luton-town.
Andre Gray, photo from sport.bt.com/sportfootball/football/englishfootball/conference.
Paul Benson, photo from bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Sport/Luton-Town-FC/Football-Tamworth-v-Luton-Town-in-pictures.

    2013-14 Cambridge United. Second place in the Conference as of 15 January, 2014.

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Abbey Stadium, photo by Bill Blake at panoramio.com.
Richard Money, photo from cambridge-united.co.uk via bbc.co.uk/sport/football.
Adam Cunnington, photo from dutchamberarmy.com/needham-market-fc-0-v-cambridge-united-1/.
Kwesi Appiah, photo by Keith Heppell at cambridge-news.co.uk [slideshow].
Luke Berry, photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com
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Thanks to kevinstaylor at flicker.com {flickr.com/kevinstalor’s photostream}, for 13/14 Dartford home jersey badge [125th Anniversary year for Dartford FC, shirt here] at http://www.flickr.com/photos/36154472@N06/9328679966/in/photostream/.

Thanks to JD Sports site for photo of 13/14 Luton Town home jersey badge, jdsports.co.uk/product/fila-luton-town-2013/14-home-shirt.

Thanks to the Gateshead FC official site and Jeff Bowren there, for match reports which included GTFC home attendances. Gateshead played at 7 different venues in 2012-13, due to pitch problems at their normal venue, Gateshead International Stadium. From February to May (and comprising their last 11 home matches) Gateshead were basically homeless and played at Hartlepool; at York; at Blyth, Northumberland; at Boston, Lincolnshire; at Carlisle, Cumbria; and at Middlesbrough. Gateshead played 6 of those home matches at Victoria Park in Hartlepool, while they played one home match at each of those other 6 locations.

Thanks to Soccerway.com, for attendance data, http://int.soccerway.com/national/england/conference-national/20122013/regular-season/r18216/.

Thanks to the Football League official site for previous seasons’ attendance data, http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance/0,,10794~201226,00.html.

Thanks to the Northern League for Chester FC 2011-12 attendance, http://www.evostikleague.co.uk/archive-737/.

Thanks to the contributors at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013–14 Football Conference‘.

January 8, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams, #6 of 32: Brazil (CONMEBOL), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Brazil, with 8 other player-options listed).




Brazil national team. CONMEBOL (South America). Nickname: A Seleção (the Selection). Home jersey: yellow with green trim; blue pants.
-Brazil is in Group A (with Cameroon, Croatia, and Mexico), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group A‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifcation: 20th qualification out of 20 tries (Brazil automatically qualified for 2014 as host nation; nevertheless Brazil is the only country in the world to have played in every of the 20 FIFA World Cups) [the FIFA World Cup has been played every four years since 1934, with 1942 and 1946 not played due to World War II].
Previous World Cup appearance: 2010, Quarterfinals / 3-1-1.
Highest World Cup finish:
1958, Champions / 5-1-0.
1962: Champions / 5-1-0.
1970, Champions / 6-0-0.
1994, Champions / 5-2-0.
2002, Champions / 7-0-0.

Population of Brazil: 201.0 million. Capital: Brasilia, pop. 4.0 million. Largest city: São Paulo, pop. 19.8 million. {metro areas/2013 estimates}. ‘List of largest cities in Brazil‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
There are 12 host-cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The ten largest cities in Brazil all have been chosen as host-cities. Those cities, in order of population size are: São Paulo, São Paulo State. Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State. Salvador, Bahia State. Brasília, Distrito Federal. Fortaleza, Ceará State. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State. Manaus, Amazonas State. Curitiba, Paraná State. Recife, Pernambuco State; Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State. The final two host-cities are much smaller. They are the 20th-largest city in Brazil, Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte State in the hot and arid Northeast Region; and the 34th-largest city in Brazil, Cuiabá, in the south-west of the country in Mato Grosso State in the Pantanal region (a tropical wetlands). All 12 venue-locations are shown on the map below. Also, see2014 FIFA World Cup/Venues‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
-Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari. Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari was coach of Brazil when they last won the World Cup, in 2002. Other titles to his name are with both Cruzeiro and Palmeiras in the Brasileiro. Scolari’s second stint as coach of Brazil began on 28 November 2012.
From Bleacher Report, from 4 Dec. 2013, by Christopher Atkins, ‘Predicting Brazil’s Starting XI for the Opening Match of World Cup 2014‘ (bleacherreport.com).
From BBC.co.uk/football, from 18 March 2014, by Tim Vickery, ‘World Cup 2014: Why a fully-fit Fred holds the key for Brazil‘ (bbc.com/sport/football).

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Brazil (with 8 other player-options further below) -
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Photo and Image credits above -
Map of Brazil on globe, by Addicted04 at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil.
Map of Brazil with provinces by NordNordWest at ‘File:Brazil location map.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Brazil home jersey badge, photo from kitsluxe.com.
Brazil home jersey, photo from shop.bigsoccer.com.
Coach,
Luiz Felipe Scolari, photo from sportsmole.co.uk.
Goalkeeper,
Júlio César (QPR), photo from thesixyardbox.com/exclusive-interview-julio-cesar.
Defenders,
Dani Alves (FC Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Thiago Silva (PSG), photo from footballspotlite.com.
David Luiz (), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Marcelo (Real Madrid), photo Pedro Armestre/AFP via lvironpigs.wordpress.com.
Midfielders,
Oscar (Chelsea), photo from football.ua via en.wikipedia.org.
Paulinho (Tottenham), photo from AFP via globoesporte.globo.com.
Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), photo from imago via bundesliga.com.
Forwards,
Hulk (Zenit), photo by Epsilon/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Fred (Fluminenese), photo by Daniel Zappe/Fotocom.net via folhape.com.br/blogdeprimeira.
Neymar (FC Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Other options for squad -
Goalkeeper, Diego Alves (Valencia), photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images Europe zimbio.com.
Defenders, Dedé (Cruzeiro), photo from copadomundo.uol.com.br. Dante (Bayern Munich), photo from thesun.co.uk. Midfielders, Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), photo from audioboo.fm/official-barclays-premier-league-podcast-episode-12. Hernanes (SS Lazio), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com. Ramires (Chelsea), photo from football.co.uk. Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), photo by Divulgação via globoesporte.globo.com. Forward, Lucas Moura (PSG), photo by amie McDonald/Getty Ima/articles/1527406-valencia-vs-psg-6-things-we-learned”>bleacherreport.com.

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Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Brazil national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.

January 5, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams, #5 of 32: Bosnia and Herzegovina (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Bosnia, with 3 other player-options listed).



Bosnia national team. UEFA (Europe). Zmajevi (the Dragons). Home jersey: White with blue trim.
-Bosnia is in Group F (with Argentina, Iran, and Nigeria). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group F‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
FIFA World Cup Qualification: 1st qualification out of 5 tries. [1930 to 1990, competed as part of Yugoslavia; 1994, could not enter.]
-Population of Bosnia and Herzegovina: 3.7 million {2013 census}. Capital and largest city: Sarajevo, pop. 515,000 (metro area) {2013 census}.

Coach of Bosnia national team: Safet Sušić. Safet Sušić. Susic was a forward who scored 172 goals in 343 league appearances for Paris Saint-Germain (1982-91), helping PSG win the French title in 1986. He played in two World Cups for the former Yugoslavia (in 1982 and in 1990). In 2010, Susic was voted Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time best player, by the readers of France Football magazine.

Susic has been coach of the Bosnian team since December 2009. Bosnia narrowly missed qualifying for both the 2010 World Cup and for Euro 2012. But in the 2013-14 WC qualifiers, they edged out Greece in their UEFA qualiying group, for the automatic qualification. In Brazil in June 2014, it will be Bosnia’s first World Cup appearance. They have been placed in a group with Argentina, Iran, and Nigeria, so Bosnia has a real shot at advancing as second-in-the-group.

Bosnia have an attack-minded philosophy. Their two main scoring threats are Vedad Ibišević (age 29; also of VfB Stuttgart), and Edin Džeko (age 27; also of Manchester City). Bosnia’s captain is Bayer Leverkusen central defender Emir Spahić, who is 33 years old and is an ethnic Montenegran/Bosnian who was born in Dubrovnik (which is in Croatia/see map below). Besides Spahic and Zvjezdan Misimović (who was born in Munich, West Germany), the other 9 players featured below in the starting XI, as well as 2 of the 3 other possible starters, were all born in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina (MF Izet Hajrovic, also of Grasshoppers Club Zurich, was born in Switzerland). All the players shown below play their pro football outside of the former Yugoslavia, with the exception of defender Avdija Vrsajevic, who plays in Croatia for Hajduk Split. All but one shown below play in Europe (5 in Germany, 2 in England, 2 in Italy, 2 in Turkey, 1 in Switzerland, 1 in Croatia), and that is vice-captain and attacking midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic, who is 31 and plays in the Chinese Super League for Guizhou Renhe. Misimovic is the most capped player for Bosnia (79 caps).

Here is an excellent article on the Bosnian team…from Guardian/football, from 5 Dec. 2013, by Sasa Ibrulj,’Bosnia and Herzegovina unite behind their World Cup-bound football heroes‘ (theguardian.com/football/blog).

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Bosnia (with 3 other player-options listed) -
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Photo and Image credits -
Bosnia 2012-13 home jersey, photo from uksoccershop.com/p-31913/2012-13-Bosnia.
Map of Bosnia on globe, by Marcos Elias de Oliveira Júnior at File:Bosnia and Herzegovina (orthographic projection).svg (en.wikipedia.org).
Map of Bosnia (topographic), by Sémhur at ‘File:Relief Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg‘ (commons.wikipedia.org).
Coach,,
Safet Sušić, photo from studio88.ba.
Goalkeeper,
Asmir Begović (Stoke City), photo by Getty Images via dailymail.co.uk.
Defenders,
Avdija Vršajević (Hajduk Split), photo by EuroFootball/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Emir Spahić (Bayer Leverkusen), photo from by gettyimages.com.
Ermin Bičakčić (Eintracht Braunschweig), photo by picture alliance via kicker.de.
Sejad Salihović (Hoffenheim), photo from depo.ba.
Midfielders,
Miralem Pjanić (AS Roma), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepsor), photo from olaymedya.com.
Zvjezdan Misimović (Guizhou Renhe), photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Senad Lulić (SS Lazio), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Forwards,
Vedad Ibišević (VfB Stuttgart), photo from sports.xin.msn.com.
Edin Džeko (Manchester City), photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Other player-options, Midfielders,
Senijad Ibričić (Kayseri Erciyesspor), photo from erciyesspor.org.tr/Galleries at erciyesspor.org.tr/medya/albumler/maclardan_goruntuler/foto5.html. Izet Hajrovic (Grasshoppers), photo by gettyimages.co.uk. Adnan Zahirović (VfL Bochum), photo from bobbi-klub.de.

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.

January 2, 2014

2013-14 FA Cup, Third Round: location-map, and current average attendances of the 65 clubs still alive in the competition./ Plus: Update, a small chart showing the biggest upsets in the 3rd Round [chart posted Saturday the 4th of January].

Filed under: >2013-14 FA Cup — admin @ 11:17 am

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2013-14 FA Cup, Third Round: location-map, and current average attendances




FA Cup – news, fixtures, results (bbc.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup).
There are 65 clubs still alive in the competition, and not the 64 that the Third Round is supposed to have, because the Bristol Rovers v Crawley Town 2nd Round replay was abandoned due to a water-logged pitch (on 18 Dec. 2013 at the Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, West Sussex). The two will play Wednesday night the 8th of January. The Bristol Rovers/Crawley Town winner will play their 3rd Round match versus Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on either Tuesday night or Wednesday night the 14 or 15th January.
Televised matches: {see this, ‘2013–14 FA Cup/Broadcasting rights, Third Round Proper‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

Below: Update – the biggest upsets in the 2013-14 FA Cup 3rd Round [posted Saturday the 4th of January].

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Thanks to the following sites for average attendance figures -
1st Level/Premier League, soccerway.com/national/england/premier-league.
2nd Level/Football League One, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance [L2].
3rd Level/Football League One, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance [L3].
4th Level/Football League Two, football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance[L4].
5th Level/Conference National, soccerway.com/national/england/conference-national.

Thanks to the FA site, for the [gold-colored] FA 150th Anniversary crest, from a banner at thefa.com.
Thanks to BBC.co.uk/football/fa cup, for the image of the fixtures list on the map page, bbc.com/sport/football/fa-cup/fixtures.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013–14 FA Cup‘.

December 30, 2013

NFL – All-time highest scoring teams (1920 to 2013, regular season/points per game) – #1: 1950 Los Angeles Rams, #2: 2013 Denver Broncos, #3: 2007 New England Patriots, #4: 1961 Houston Oilers (AFL), #5: 1941 Chicago Bears.

Filed under: NFL/ Gridiron Football — admin @ 11:52 pm

Note, this illustration was included, after posting, into this post I made in November 2013 {click on the following, http://billsportsmaps.com/?p=24182}. That post talks about the highest-scoring teams and eras in the NFL. I made the illustration below afterwards, because in the interim, the 2013 Denver Broncos became one of the highest scoring NFL teams ever (second-highest after the 1950 Los Angeles Rams). I decided to make the illustration below also as a stand-alone post, so it would not get lost in the shuffle.




All-time highest scoring teams (1920 to 2013, regular season/points per game) -
#1: 1950 Los Angeles Rams, #2: 2013 Denver Broncos, #3: 2007 New England Patriots, #4: 1961 Houston Oilers (AFL), #5: 1941 Chicago Bears.
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Photo and Image credits above –
Helmet illustrations,
helmet illustrations from The Gridiron Uniforms Database at gridiron-uniforms.com.
1950 Rams,
Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin photo, from Corbis at corbisimages.com/stock-photo/bob-waterfield-and-norm-van-brocklin-standing.
Crazy Legs Hirsch, action photo from profootballhof.com/fact-or-fiction-hall-of-famer-elroy-hirsch-was-nearly-stripped-naked-by-fans-after-a-game.
Tom Fears, action photo from fanbase.com/Tom-Fears/photo.
2013 Broncos,
Peyton Manning, photo from USA Today Sports Images sports.yahoo.com/blogs.
Demaryius Thomas, photo unattributed at commercialappeal.com.
2007 Patriots,
Tom Brady. photo from Sports Illustrated via imageslides.com/Sports/gallery/4345-Past-10-NFL-MVP-Winners#9 .
Randy Moss, photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images via bleacherreport.com/articles/722541-dallas-cowboys-all-time-biggest-draft-misses.
1961 Houston Oliers (AFL),
George Blanda, photo from casualadultgamers.com/thread-All-Time-Teams.
Bill Groman, photo from spokeo.com.
1940 Chicago Bears,
Sid Luckman, photo public domain from en.wikipedia.org.
George McAfee, photo from profootballhof.com/Bears-vs-Packers-in-1941-NFL-Playoff-Game.
Hugh Gallarneau, photo from whatifsports.com/article_1941BearsPackers.
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Thanks to pro-football-reference.com.
Thanks to the Gridiron Uniform Database, for giving billsportsmaps.com permission to use their helmet illustrations, http://www.gridiron-uniforms.com/.

December 19, 2013

England and Wales: Premier League – 2013-14 home kit badges, with 13/14 location-map, and attendance data from the last 2.4 seasons. / Plus, illustrations for: the 2013-14 Everton crest controversy, the new 2013-14 Crystal Palace crest, and the 2012-14 Cardiff City jersey and crest controversy.

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Premier League – 2013-14 home kit badges, with 13/14 location-map, and attendance data from the last two-and-a-half seasons




After 8 home games for all 20 Premier League clubs, the club which is currently filling its stadium the closest to full capacity is Norwich City, who are playing to 99.2 percent-capacity at their 27,033-capacity Carrow Road in Norwich, Norfolk. Last season (2012-13), Arsenal had the best percent-capacity at 99.5 {see this}; two seasons ago (2011-12) the best was a 3-way tie at 99.4 between Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham {see this}.

The biggest numerical increases in attendance from 2011-12 (2.4 seasons ago)…
Crystal Palace, +8,054 per game versus 2011-12 average attendance.
Cardiff City, +5,378 per game versus 2011-12 average attendance.
Hull City AFC, +4,998 per game versus 2011-12 average attendance.
All 3 of those clubs were of course promoted to the Premier League last season (2012-13).

The clubs with the biggest numerical increases in attendance from 2011-12 which were not involved in a promotion since then are:
Everton, +3,276 per game versus 2011-12 average attendance.
Aston Villa, +3,100 per game versus 2011-12 average attendance.
Sunderland AFC, +2,833 per game versus 2011-12 average attendance.

The worst drop-offs in attendance:
Stoke City, down -1,646 per game since 2011-12.
Fulham, down -747 per game since 2011-12.

Below, Everton FC bows to fan pressure, and the club back-peddles on their crest change

From Daily Mail, from 3 October 2013, by Elliot Bretland, ‘Everton reveal new crest for 2014/15 season after original design was met with anger by Blues supporters‘ (dailymail.co.uk/sport/football).

With the ill-fated 2003-14 Everton crest re-design, the biggest issue most Everton supporters had was the dropping of the club motto, Nil satis nisi optimum, (which is Latin for ‘nothing but the best is good enough’). The club explained that they needed to re-design the crest because their crest was appearing in truncated forms at some media outlets, with the shield-shape shown but not the ‘Everton’ text block; and also that the color-shift in the centre of the shield (blue-to-lighter-blue) was not reproducing properly in some reproductions of the crest.

So Everton FC wanted to move the ‘Everton’ text element to within the shield, and streamline the whole image. On the then-new 2013-14 design, the motto wouldn’t fit (nor would the two wreaths). The 1878 formation date remained, as did Prince Rupert’s Tower (aka the Everton Lock-up, built in 1787 [as a holding cell for miscreants], on Everton brow in Everton, Liverpool, and is still standing today/ see below). For the then-new 2013-14 crest, the Tower illustration was also re-worked, and despite what one might think of the modernist detailing of the brick-work on the ill-fated 2013-14 crest, the actual depiction of Prince Rupert’s Tower on the 2013-14 crest was the first time the Tower was accurately drawn on an Everton badge – showing the correct roof details and the correct proportion of conic roof to cylindrical body (the turret). Previously, the turret of the Tower was drawn too tall and thin in the badges from the 1978 to 2013 time period (see below). And on the previous Everton crest before this season – the crest the club had been wearing for the last 22 seasons (1991-92 to 2012-13) – the Everton Lock-up is depicted as multi-storied, with the turret actually above and below a spiraled structure (which has never existed on the actual Everton Lock-up). That fictional spiral structure on the 1991-2013 crest looks for all the world like an exterior spiral staircase. I mean, come on, what else can it be? It is not a fence that is sitting on a slanted hill…because you can see part of the turret BELOW the diagonal staircase structure. That is not the Everton Lock-up on the 1991-2013 crest, that is a three-story structure with a spiral staircase running around the outside of it making it look like a castle’s turret. It is totally made up. The edifice shown on the 1991-2013 Everton badge is an extremely fictionalized depiction of the Everton Lock-up. So is the earlier one (the 1983 to 1991 Everton crest). That one has turned the flat conical roof of the Everton Lock-up into a baroque witches-hat design, the sort of architecture one would find in illustrated fairy tales.

Furthermore, on 2 of the 3 the previous crests (the 1978-1983 crest and the 1991-2013 crest), the pinnacle of the conical roof was depicted not with the actual thing which was and still is there on the Tower – a ball (or spherical-shaped top cap), but with two crossed diagonal bits forming a V-shape (which makes no sense if you convert that to three dimensions). That V-shape did not exist at the top of the Tower. In past centuries the Eveton Lock-up did have a short spire (or maybe a lightning rod) {see this (liverpoolhistorysocietyquestions.blogspot.com)}, but not a V-shaped ornament.

I was honestly starting to think that whomever drew the Tower for the 1978-1983 crest, or for the subsequent two Everton crests, did not even actually stroll over to the Everton brow and have a look at what the Tower really looks like, let alone take a look at any photo of the real Prince Rupert’s Tower. Either that, or the illustrators were told by EFC top brass to not let the depiction look too literal, and err on the side of a more-attractive-looking Tower (ie, taller, thinner, and looking more like a fairy-tale castle than a typical old English village lock-up). It is one or the other, and I am now inclined to believe that 35 years ago, and 30 years ago, and 22 years ago, and 3 months ago, Everton top brass were trying to sugar-coat the depiction of their iconic edifice on their crest by making it look more benign. In other words, they were trying to make the jail house (gaol house) that is on Everton’s crest look less like an old English overnight lock-up for recently arrested common criminals (which it was), and more like a nice-looking turret on some quaint old castle. Or made it look more like a lighthouse, which I initially thought it was when I first started following English football a decade ago.

To prove that there was no change in the shape nor in the pinnacle detail of the actual Prince Rupert’s Tower since those gussied-up and fanciful depictions of the Tower which existed on Everton’s badge from the 1978-2013 era, here is an old photo, ‘Old Police Lockup‘ (photo by Ken Rose at peoples-stories.com), from about 1948, that shows that same squat dimensions of the Tower and the ball at the pinnacle of Prince Rupert’s Tower, and not the fictional elongated tower-shape and the odd V-shape at the top of the Tower. Here is a photo that shows how short and squat the Everton Lock-up is, as you can see that the top of the lock-up’s doorway is only a few feet (not even a meter) from the roof-line {‘Prince Rupert’s Lock-Up‘, photo by Andrew Merryweather at flickr.com)}.

The new Everton crest for 2014-15 (voted for by Everton supporters in October 2013) restores the club motto and the wreaths to the crest. The Tower, however, is once again erroneously drawn as too tall and too thin, and the fact is for the new 2014-15 badge, the Everton Lock-up is depicted as a two-story structure. But at least the ball is up there at the pinnacle of the Tower like it always should have been.

From 29 May 2013, from The Football Attic – the Football Attic podcast #9, ‘Team Badges [with info and opinions on the Everton FC 2013-14 badge re-design]‘ (thefootballattic.blogspot.co.nz).

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Image and Photo credits above –
Everton crests through the years from evertonfc.com/the-history-of-our-crest.
Prince Rupert’s Tower images on Everton crests from footyheadlines.com/2013/05/new-everton-crest-unveiled.
Photo of Prince Rupert’s Tower by ColGould at flickriver.com.

Below, the Crystal Palace FC crest re-design for 2013-14

From Cafe Thinking blog, from 8 May 2013, ‘New Crystal Palace FC badge scores with the fans‘ (cafethinking.wordpress.com).

The new Crystal Palace crest was voted upon by Crystal Palace fans before the decision was made, not after, like at Everton, so no controversy ensued.

I like the 1955 Crystal Palace crest the best (see below). First of all, the eagle never existed in Crystal Palace FC tradition at all before 1973 – when the bombastic Malcolm Allison re-named the club’s nickname as ‘the Eagles’ instead of ‘the Glaziers’, and an eagle-with-football crest was introduced (the club also switched from white jerseys with claret-and-sky-blue trim to blue-and-red-vertical-striped jerseys in 1973-74). So for CPFC, the eagle really was just invented iconography and invented terminology, and is not an organic (or relevant) part of the club’s history, and smacks of the dreaded Americanization of English football nomenclature (see also, currently, the Hull Tigers controversy). And why does a club with so rich a history also need an eagle as a nickname and as the prominent crest element, when the club is named after a unique and storied and innovative and awe-inspiring Victorian era crystal-and-iron structure?

The Crystal Palace in South London was the first home of the club, and several members of the original squad were in fact glaziers and maintenance workers at The Crystal Palace back in the first decade of the 20th Century (ie, circa 1905). That to me is way more impressive than a random-but-supposedly-dignified nickname (the Eagles), which some big shot in a ridiculous big white hat (Allison) simply made up when he was in control there for a brief 3-and-one-quarter seasons spell in the Seventies. First off, he doesn’t deserve all the blame for being the manager who oversaw Crystal Palace’s relegation from the First Division in 1973 (Palace were too far behind that season too be realistically expected to survive the drop when Allison took over there in March 1973). However, Palace did lose 5 of their last 7 games that year, so he gets the blame for that I would imagine. Furthermore, the rest of Allison’s record as Crystal Palace needs top be pointed out. The following season, his first full season in charge at Palace, he got them relegated to the third division, in May 1974. So they went from the first division to the third division with Allison in charge. And they were still stuck in the third tier when he walked away from the job in 1976. And when Malcolm Allison was manager of the club for the second time, in 1980-81, when Crystal Palace were back in the First Division but were once again in a doomed relegation battle, Crystal Palace once again found themselves relegated with Allison at the helm. It must be pointed out that as in 1973, Palace in March 1981 were many points off safety when Allison took over. Palace were relegated to the second division, in May 1981. But then he waltzed off again. And that to me is the most damning. Talk about not being able to finish a job. So let me get this straight – this is the guy who gave Crystal Palace their nickname and their visual identity? A guy who dressed like a pimp and who got the club relegated three times in the 5 seasons he was in charge there at Selhurst Park? But then just left both times, with Palace worse off from when he started?

One could argue that The Crystal Palace is still there in the CPFC crest to this day (as you can see below). But I would counter that The Crystal Palace structure as it appears in the current CPFC crest has become a secondary aspect of the crest, by virtue of it being depicted in pale grey, at the bottom of the badge, dwarfed by the eagle.

Here is an excerpt from the Historical Kits page on Crystal Palace, written by Dave Moor,
{excerpt}…’FA Cup finals were staged at the Crystal Palace in South London a unique football venue set in extensive parkland, between 1895 and 1914. The original Crystal Palace was an enormous glass and cast iron structure built in Hyde Park for Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition in 1851 and represented Victorian engineering at its finest. When the exhibition closed, the palace was dismantled and rebuilt in South London where it formed the centrepiece of the world’s first entertainment theme park, surrounded by landscaped garden, lakes, spectacular fountains and concrete dinosaurs.’…{end of excerpt}.

Before Crystal Palace FC were allowed to join the Football League in 1920, and when the club was initially a member of the Southern League, the club played at The Crystal Palace in South London from the club’s inception in 1905 until mid-1915, when, at the onset of World War I, the ground was seized by the Admiralty (the British Navy) for the war effort. Crystal Palace FC found a ground nearby (at a velodrome), and a decade later the club moved into the nearby site where Selhurst Park was opened, in Croydon Park, South London, in August 1925. The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936. ‘The Crystal Palace‘ (en.wikipedia.org).

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Old CPFC crests from http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Crystal_Palace/Crystal_Palace.htm.

Below, the ongoing fiasco that is the divisive re-branding of Cardiff City FC

The Cardiff City jersey-and-crest controversy of 2012 can be summed up this way…as soon as Vincent Tan is gone, Cardiff City will wear blue again. End of story. I give it 2 more seasons, then when Tan realizes the extent of the enmity he has created and the lack of actual support he has within Cardiff, then the ego-inflated, sycophant-surrounded, football-clueless Malaysian will get bored with his new toy, sell the club, and slouch off back to the corrupt regime from whence he sprung. In the meantime, Tan’s juvenile insistence on changing Cardiff City from red to blue has distracted and divided the fans during what should be a joyful time for all Cardiff supporters, with the club’s first top flight appearance in 51 years.

From The Guardian, from 2 Nov. 2013, by Daniel Taylor, ‘Vincent Tan’s antics leave Cardiff’s faces as red as their shirts…We’ve seen the sort of boardroom buffoonery taking place before – and it rarely ends well for the fans‘ (theguardian.com/football/blog).

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Image and Photo credits above –
Old CCFC crests from kassiesa.nl/uefa/clubs/html/C; uefa.wikidot.com/england:cardiff-city-fc.
[Template for CCFC crests from last 25 years from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_City_F.C.#Club_logo_history.].
Photo of Tan, from Getty Images via dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2402081/Cardiff-owner-Vincent-Tan-adds-teams-kit-shirt-tie-combo.
Photo of Cardiff City fans from Reuters via mirror.co.uk/sport/football.
Photo of ‘Tan Out’ T-shirt uploaded by mugitmugit at ebay.com, ebay.co.uk/itm/Tan-Out-Cardiff-City-Bluebirds-t-shirt.
Photo of Cardiff City fans’ protest banner from msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/premierleague/story/cardiff-fans-stage-protest-against-owner-vincent-tan-before-boxing-day-fixture.

Here are the photo credits for the jersey badges on the map page –
Photo of Arsenal 2013-14 home jersey badge from dreamsoccerjerseys.com/arsenal.
Photo of Crystal Palace 2013-14 home jersey badge, unattributed at footballkitnews.com/new-crystal-palace-kit-13-14-cpfc-home-away-shirts-2013-2014.
Photo of Everton 2013-14 home jersey badge, unattributed at footballkitnews.com/new-everton-kit-1314-nike-everton-fc-home-jersey-2013-2014.
Photo of Liverpool 2012-14 home jersey badge (liverbird with L.F.C in gold), by Pub Car Park Ninja at flicker.com; Pub Car Park Ninja’s photostream.
Photo of Manchester City 2013-14 home jersey badge, unattributed at footyheadlines.com/manchester-city.
Photo of Manchester United 2013-14 home jersey badge, unattributed at tsmplug.com/manchester-united.
Photo of Southampton 2013-14 home jersey badge from ssl.saintsfc.co.uk.
Photo of Sunderland 2013-14 home jersey badge from footyheadlines.com/sunderland.
Photo of Tottenham 2013-14 homes jersey badge from: dreamsoccerjerseys.com.
Photo of West Bromwich 2013-14 home jersey badge from footballshirtculture.com/west-bromwich-albion.

Thanks to the the contributors at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013–14 Premier League‘.

Thanks to the following sites for average attendance figures -
Thanks to soccerway.com, for current attendance figures, int.soccerway.com/national/england/premier-league/20132014.
Thanks to european-football-statistics.co.uk, for 2012-13 Premier League attendance figures.
Thanks to the Football League official site for 2012-13 Football League Championship attendance figures, http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance/0,,10794~20127,00.html.

Thanks to Chris O. and Rich J. at the Football Attic site and podcast, for pointing out that the ill-fated Everton 2013-14 badge actually has the most realistic depiction of Prince Rupert’s Tower that any Everton badge ever had (regardless of whether EFC fans liked it or not).

December 16, 2013

2014 FIFA World Cup teams, #4 of 32: Belgium (UEFA), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Belgium, with 4 other player-options listed).




Belgium national team. UEFA (Europe). Nickname: Rode Duivels/ Diables Rouges/ Rote Teufel (Red Devils). Home jersey: red with yellow and black trim.
Belgium is in Group H (with Algeria, South Korea, and Russia). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group H‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Belgium’s 12th qualification out of 20 tries.
Belgium has qualified for the World Cup in: 1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014.
Previous World Cup appearance: 2002, Round of 16/ 1-2-1. Highest World Cup finish: 1986, Fourth Place / 2-2-3.

Population of Belgium: 11.0 million {2012 census}. Capital and largest city: Brussels, pop. 1.8 million (metro area) {2011 figure}.

Coach of Belgium national team: Marc Wilmots. ‘Marc Wilmots‘.

From ESPN FC.com, by Roger Bennett, from 7 Sept. 2013, ‘Belgium has talent to spare, but can it win?‘ (espnfc.com/blog).

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Belgium (with 4 other player-options further below) -
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Photo and Image credits -
Map of Belgium/EU on globe, by NuclearVacuum at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EU-Belgium
Map of Belgium, by NordNordWest at en.wikipedia.org.
Belgium home jersey, photo from uksoccershop.com/p-30549/2012-13-Belgium-Home-Football-Shirt.
Coach, Mark Wilmots, photo from fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/europe [Belgium team, gallery]
Goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Defenders, Toby Alderweireld (Atlético Madrid), photo from colchonero.com.
Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), photo from football.com.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) , photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Midfielders, Kevin De Bruyne (Chelsea), photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester Utd), photo by Ian Hodgson at dailymail.co.uk.
Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint Petersburg), photo by EuroFootball/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea), photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europevia zimbio.com.
Forwards, Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), photo from 4hdwallpapers.com.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton), photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com
Other options for squad – Midfielders, Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham), photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com. Steven Defour (Porto), photo from foradejogo08.blogspot.com. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
Forward, Kevin Mirallas (Everton), photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Belgium national football team‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.

December 13, 2013

2014 FIFA World Cup teams, #3 of 32: Australia (AFC), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Australia, with two other player options).




Australia national association football team. AFC (Asia). Nickname: the Socceroos. Home jersey: gold (ie, yellow-orange), with green trim. Jersey badge features a kangaroo & emu crest.
Australia is in Group B (with Chile, Netherlands, and Spain). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group B‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Australia’s 4th qualification out of 13 tries [Australia did not participate in FIFA WC Q prior to 1966 [meaning no participation in the first 7 World Cups from 1930 to 1962]).
Australia has qualified for the World Cup in: 1974, 2006, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC: 2010, Group Stage / 1-1-1.
Highest WC finish: 2006, Round of 16 / 1-1-2.

Population of Australia: 23.2 million {2013 estimate}. Capital: Canberra, pop. 367,000 {2012 figure}. Largest city: Sydney, pop. 4.6 million. Sydney, pop. 4.6 million. Second largest city: Melbourne, pop. 4.2 million. (metro areas) {2012 estimates}.

Coach of Australia: Ange Postecoglou. ‘Ange Postecoglou‘. Postecoglou won the 2011 A-League title as manager of Brisbane Roar. Before that, he had been the Socceroos’ U-20 team coach from 2000 to 2007. Postecoglou was hired to be the coach of Australia on 23 October 2013.
Captain of Australia squad: Lucas Neill. Lucas Neill. DF, age 35; current club, free agent [no club currently]; previous club: Omiya Ardijia (Japan). Prominent former clubs include: Millwall (1995-2001), Blackburn Rovers (2001-07), West Ham United (2007-09). From Australian Associated Press via Guardian/football, from 6 Dec. 2013, by , ‘Lucas Neill must play regularly before World Cup, warns Ange Postecoglou‘ (theguardian.com/football).

From dailytelegraph.com.au, from 7 Dec. 2013, by David Davutovic, ‘Ange Postecoglou undaunted by tough World Cup group, challenges players to ‘create history” [article, featuring 2 Fox Sports Australia videos, the first video (4:39) with reaction to Australia's tough Group Stage draw, incl. media asking Postecoglou questions/ plus another video (6:50) with commentators incl. Craig Moore analyzing Australia's group].

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Australia, with a couple of extra player-options -
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Photos and Images above –
Socceroos’ jersey badge and 2012-13 jersey, photos from fanatics.com.
Australia on globe, map by Addicted04 at ‘File:AUS orthographic.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Australia map by Rycherr at ‘File:Australia states blank.svg‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Coach,
Ange Postecoglou, photo by Matt King/Getty Images Asia-Pac via zimbio.com.
Socceroos’ jersey badge and 2012-13 jersey, photos from fanatics.com.
Goalkeeper,
Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea), photo from footballmedia.org.
Defenders,
Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Image AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Saša Ognenovski (Umm-Salal), photo from Getty Images/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Lucas Neill, photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow), photo from Getty Images via smh.com.au.
Midfielders,
Brett Holman (Al-Nasr), photo from alnasrclub.com.
Mark Bresciano (Al-Gharafa SC), photo from fifa.com.
Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), photo from Getty Images via smh.com.au/sport/roar-talent-mckay-can-start-for-socceroos-says-ange.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht), photo by VI Images via Getty Images.
Forwards,
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), photo by ISI Photos via soccerbyives.net.
Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen), photo from EPA via nst.com.my.
Other options for Australia squad…Forwards, Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus Eight), photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com. Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory), photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac via zimbio.com.

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Australia national association football team’ (en.wikipedia.org).
Thanks to http://www.transfermarkt.com/en/, for player-position details.

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