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October 20, 2021

Germany: 2021-22 Bundesliga – Location-map, with Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 18 clubs & All-time German Titles list./+ the venues of the 2 promoted clubs (Bochum, Greuther Fürth), and the new venue for SC Freiburg.

Filed under: Germany — admin @ 8:50 am

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Germany: 2021-22 Bundesliga – Location-map, with Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 18 clubs & All-time German Titles list



By Bill Turianski on the 20th of October 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021-22 Bundesliga (en.wikipedia.org).
-World Football.net site…worldfootball.net/bundesliga.
-Official site of Bundesliga (English)…bundesliga.com/en/bundesliga.
-Deutsche Welle [in English]…DW/en/sports.

Germany: 2021-22 Bundesliga – Location-map, with Seasons-in-1st-Division for the current 18 clubs & All-time German Titles list…
The map page is pretty self-explanatory, it being my usual basic location-map. The map-page also includes 2 charts – one chart which shows each current club’s Seasons-in-1st-division; the other chart shows the full German football titles list (including the pre-Bundesliga/amateur years from 1903 to 1963).

There is one small addition I have made: on the map I have shown the promoted and relegated teams, via small color-coded boxes…green-edged boxes for the two promoted sides (Bochum and Fürth), and red-edged-boxes for the two relegated sides (Schalke and Bremen). Also shown, not on the map-page but further below, are captioned photos of the promoted clubs’ venues. Those features I will continue to show in three upcoming maps, which are for the top-flight leagues in Italy, France, and Spain. However, my next post is for the 2021-22 FA Cup 1st Round, and that will be out in about a fortnight.

    2021-22 Bundesliga – the 18 clubs, with the 14 largest cities in Germany…

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Credits above – Location-map by Bill Turianski. Blank map of Germany by NordNordWest at File:Germany location map.svg (Wikimedia Commons). Populations of 14 largest German cities from List of cities in Germany by population (en.wikipedia.org).




VfL Bochum – promoted back to the Bundesliga for the first time in 11 years…
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Photo credit above – Imago images at transfermarkt.us/vfl-bochum/stadion.

Greuther Fürth – promoted back to the Bundesliga for the first time in 8 years…
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Screenshot credit above – from video uploaded by Stadiums from the sky at youtube.com.




New stadium for SC Freiburg (opened October 2021)…
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Photo credits above – Picture Alliance/DPA/SC Freiburg via heidelberg24.de/sport. Andreas Schwarzkopf at File:Europa Park Stadion in Freiburg von der Georges-Köhler-Allee gesehen 8.jpg (commons.wikimedia.org).
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Thanks to all at the following links
-Blank map of Germany, by NordNordWest at File:Germany location map.svg (Wikimedia Commons).
-Globe-map of Germany by Rob984 at File:EU-Germany (orthographic projection).svg.
-Populations of 14 largest German cities from List of cities in Germany by population (en.wikipedia.org).
-Bundesliga;
-List of German football champions (en.wikipedia.org).
-(West) Germany – List of Champions (rsssf.com).

October 5, 2021

1968 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’68 World Series champions the Detroit Tigers & AL and NL Stats Leaders.

Filed under: Baseball,Baseball: 1968 map w/ jersey-logos,Retro maps — admin @ 7:22 pm

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1968 MLB Location-map with Jersey-logos & Attendances, featuring the ’68 World Series champions the Detroit Tigers & AL and NL Stats Leaders




By Bill Turianski on the 5th of October 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-1968 MLB season (en.wikipedia.org).
-1968 MLB (baseball-reference.com).
-Year in Review: 1968 American League (baseball-almanac.com).
-Year in Review: 1968 National League (baseball-almanac.com).
-1968 MLB logos (sportslogos.net).

-Baseball: 1967 map w/ jersey-logos & attendances (billsportsmaps.com).

1968 MLB Location-map with jersey-logos with 1968 attendances, featuring the ’68 World Series champions the Detroit Tigers & AL and NL stats leaders.
The map shows the locations of the 20 Major League Baseball teams of 1968. On the map, next to each MLB team’s location-dot there are 3 things: their cap-logo, one of their jersey-logos (either home or away jersey), and a rectangular box (listing: ballpark, win total in 1968, and home average attendance in ’68). Any other logos on the team’s uniforms in 1968 are also shown (specifically, shoulder-patch-logos, of which there were 5 of such in 1968: for the Astros, the Braves, the Cubs, the Mets, and the Twins).

The jersey-logos are either from a photo of the old jerseys (see 16 photo credits at the foot of this post) or illustrations of such (mainly from sportslogos.net). The jersey-logo for each team is sized to reflect that team’s 1968 average attendance: the larger the jersey-logo, the higher the attendance that year.

There was one new Major League team in 1968: the relocated Kansas City Athletics, who moved from Missouri to Oakland, California, as the Oakland Athletics (four years later in 1972, the Oakland A’s would be champions). I included both the Kansas City A’s and the Oakland A’s locations on the map. Here is the logo history of the Oakland Athletics.

The best drawing MLB team in 1968 were the eventual champions, the Detroit Tigers, at 25,085 per game. Second-best drawing ball club in 1968 were the NL pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals, who drew 24,8291 per game. The Cardinals had been the top-drawing ball club the year before in 1967, when they had won the title. Worst-drawing ball club in 1968 were the eventually-relocated Washington Senators, who drew an abysmal 6,749 per game, and in three years’ time would be leaving Washington, DC. (The Washington Senators (II) franchise, est. 1961, moved to Arlington, Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX in 1972, as the Texas Rangers.)

The whole list of 1968 attendance-figures – by-team – is found at the far right-hand side of the map-page. Also listed there are each team’s Win total for that year, as well as their Numerical Change-in-average-attendance from the previous season (of 1967).

At the top-left of the map-page are the 1968 AL and NL final standings. Then there is a section which shows the 1968 World Series result (Tigers defeated Cardinals in 7 games), and features shots of Tiger Stadium, and some photos from the ’68 Series, including shots of ’68 World Series MVP Mickey Lolich. Below that are listed the 1968 major award-winners (the MVP award winners, the Cy Young award winners, and the Rookie of the Year award winners).

At the foot of the map-page are 1968 MLB Statistical Leaders (in both the American League and the National League), in the following categories: Wins, ERA, WAR for Pitchers; Batting Average, Home Runs, RBIs, WAR for Position Players. A photo of each player is shown, with stats; photo credits are at the foot of this post. There are 14 photos there, featuring 10 players: Luis Tiant (CLE), Bob Gibson (STL), Denny McLain (DET), Juan Marichal (SF), Carl Yastrzemski (BOS), Pete Rose (CIN), Frank Howard (WAS), Ken Harrelson (BOS) Willie McCovey (SF), Roberto Clemente (PIT).

And at the top of the map-page is a section for the 1968 MLB champions, the Detroit Tigers. I featured photos of the 12 players on the ’68 Tigers with the highest WAR [Wins Above Replacement], plus World Series MVP Mickey Lolich and the Tigers’ manager, Mayo Smith. Photo credits are at the foot of this post. The players are: Denny McLain (RHP/ ’68 AL MVP & ’68 AL Cy Young winner), Bill Freehan (C), Jim Northrup (RF), Dick McAuliffe (2B), Willie Horton (LF), Mickey Stanley (CF/SS), Norm Cash (1B), Earl Wilson (RHP), Al Kaline (CF/1B), Gates Brown (OF/PH), Pat Dobson (RHP), John Hiller (LHP), Mickey Lolich (LHP/ ’68 WS MVP).




    The 1968 Detroit Tigers

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Photo and Image credits above – -Denny McClain 1968 Tigers home jersey, photo from sports.ha.com. -Al Kaline 1968 Tigers road jersey, photo from amazon.com. -Denny McLain [1968 Sports Illustrated cover], from sicovers.com. -Mickey Lolich [photo from 1968 WS], unattributed at vintagedetroit.com. -Mayo Smith (manager) [photo fom 1968 WS], photo by Walter Iooss, Jr./Getty Images (unattributed) at pinterest.com. -Bill Freehan [photo circa 1966], unattributed at notinhalloffame.com. -Jim Northrup [photo circa 1967], unattributed at ebay.com. -Dick McAuliffe [1967 Dexter Press card], from tcdb.com. -Willie Horton [photo circa 1968], unattributed at vintagesportsimages.com. -Mickey Stanley [1968 Topps card], from amazon.com. -Norm Cash [photo circa 1968], unattributed at bestsportsphotos.com. -Al Kaline [1967 Sports Illustrated cover], from sicovers.com. -Earl Wilson [photo from 1968 WS], photo by Focus on Sports/Getty Images via gettyimages.com. -Gates Brown [photo circa 1969], unattributed at detroitcitysports.com. -Pat Dobson [photo circa 1968], unattributed at sportscollectibles.com. -John Hiller [1969 Topps card], from kronozio.com.

Detroit Tigers – 1968 World Series champions.
1968 was known as “the Year of the Pitcher”. Pitching was absolutely dominant, to the point where only one batter in the entire American League hit over .300, and the overall batting average in the AL was an all-time low .230. Meanwhile in the National League, Bob Gibson had the lowest ERA (1.12) since 1915 (which was during the dead-ball era). The pitching dominance stemmed from the enforcing of a larger strike zone (top of armpit to bottom of knee), that had begun in 1963. In both leagues, the Cy Young winner was also the MVP (Denny McLain & Bob Gibson). Major League Baseball responded to this offensive drought by introducing two measures to be implemented the following season of 1969: the pitching mound was lowered from 15 to 10 inches, and the strike zone was shrunk (to the area over home plate between the armpits and the top of the knees).

So in 1968, the year of the pitcher, it was appropriate that the Tigers won the title on the strength of two exemplary pitching performances. In the regular season, righthander Denny McLain became MLB’s last 30-game winner (and the first since Dizzy Dean in 1934), and the Tigers won the AL pennant by 12 games over the Orioles. And in October, lefthander Mickey Lolich won all three of his starts, gave up just 5 runs in 27 innings (1.67 ERA), and became the last pitcher to have 3 complete game victories in a World Series.

The 1968 Detroit Tigers season was the team’s 75th season in Detroit, Michigan, and its 68th season in the American League. In the season before (1967), the Tigers had narrowly missed out on the pennant, finishing one game behind the Red Sox. Then in 1968, the Tigers started out at 9-1, and on the 10th of May, they moved into first place and never lost the lead.

In this year of the pitcher, the Tigers had the offensive clout to stand out. The Tigers had the most home runs in 1968 (185 HR), and led that category by a considerable margin of over 50 HR. Home run leaders for the Tigers were OF Willie Horton (35 HR), 1B Norm Cash (25 HR), and C Bill Freehan (25 HR). And the Tigers had the knack for comeback wins, winning 40 games from the 7th inning on. The ’68 Tigers won 30 games with their final at bat, with many of those game-winning RBIs by their clutch pinch hitter Gates Brown (who went 34 for 92, with a .685 SlPct).

The 1968 Tigers were a tight crew: the starting lineup had been mostly intact since 1965, and several of those starters had grown up in Michigan, as Tigers fans. Willie Horton was from inner city Detroit; Bill Freehan grew up in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak; Jim Northrup was from the small town of Holly, 54 miles (87 km) NW of Detroit, and Mickey Stanley was from the city of Grand Rapids (140 mi/225 km west of Detroit).

Below: 1968 World Series: Detroit Tigers beat St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games.
Down 3 games to 1, the Tigers win the last 3 games. Mickey Lolich pitches 3 complete games, wins game 7 on two-days-rest, and is the MVP.
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Photos and image credits above –1968 WS program (Tigers), from baseball-almanac.com/[1968 WS]. -Exterior view of Tiger Stadium prior to 1968 WS game 3, screenshot from video uploaded by Sports History Channel at youtube.com. -Freehan tags out Brock, unattributed at hourdetroit.com. -Mickey Lolich, photo from USA Today Sports via baseballprospectus.com. -Lolich and Freehan celebrating right after final out, photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images via gettyimages.com/[1968 Detroit Tigers]. -Tigers players and coaches run out of dugout to congratulate players on field, photo unattributed at hourdetroit.com.



Photos of jersey logos used on the map-page…
-Denny McLain 1968 Tigers home jersey, photo from sports.ha.com.
-Al Kaline 1968 Tigers road jersey, photo from amazon.com.
-1968 Atlanta Braves home jersey-logo, photo from customthrowbackjerseys.com.
-1968 Baltimore Orioles road jersey-logo, photo from robertedwardauctions.com.
-1967 Boston Red Sox home jersey-logo, photo from sports.ha.com.
-1967-68 Chicago White Sox road jersey logo, photo from sports.ha.com.
-1968 Chicago Cubs road jersey-logo, photo from robertedwardauctions.com.
-1968-69 Cleveland Indians road jersey-logo, from lelands.com.
-1968 Houston Astros road jersey-logo, photo from greyflannelauctions.com.
-1968 Minnesota Twins home jersey-logo, from lelands.com.
-ca. 1967 NY Yankees road jersey logo, photo from customthrowbackjerseys.com.
-1968 NY Mets road jersey, photo from sports.ha.com.
-1968 Oakland A’s road-jersey logo, photo from robertedwardauctions.com.
-1968 Philadelphia Phillies home jersey-logo, photo from sports.ha.com.
-1967-68 Pittsburgh Pirates road jersey (vest) logo, photo from lelands.com.
-1968 St. Louis Cardinals jersey-logo, photo from scpauctions.com.
-1968 Washington Senators home jersey-logo, photo from mearsonlineauctions.com.

Photos of Tigers players on map page…
-Al Kaline ’68 road jersey, photo from amazon.com.
-Denny McLain [photo circa 1969], unattributed from amazon.com.
-Bill Freehan [photo circa 1966], unattributed at notinhalloffame.com.
-Jim Northrup [photo circa 1967], unattributed at ebay.com.
-Dick McAuliffe [1967 Dexter Press card], from tcdb.com.
-Willie Horton [photo circa 1968], unattributed at vintagesportsimages.com.
-Mickey Stanley [1968 Topps card], from amazon.com.
-Norm Cash [photo circa 1968], unattributed at bestsportsphotos.com.
-Earl Wilson [photo from 1968 WS], photo by Focus on Sports/Getty Images via gettyimages.com.
-Al Kaline [1967 Sports Illustrated cover], from sicovers.com.
-Gates Brown [photo circa 1969], unattributed at detroitcitysports.com.
-Pat Dobson [photo circa 1968], unattributed at sportscollectibles.com.
-John Hiller [1969 Topps card], from kronozio.com.
-Mickey Lolich [photo from 1968 WS], unattributed at vintagedetroit.com.
-Mayo Smith (manager) [photo fom 1968 WS], photo by Walter Iooss, Jr./Getty Images (unattributed) at pinterest.com.
-1968 Detroit Tigers uniforms: illustrations by Marc Okkonen at exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/[1968 Detroit].


Photos of 1968 MLB leaders on map page…
-Luis Tiant [photo circa 1968], unattributed at lavidabaseball.com.
-Bob Gibson [photo circa 1968], unattributed at msblnational.com.
-Denny McLain [1968 Sports Illustrated cover], from sicovers.com.
-Juan Marichal [photo circa 1968], unattributed at pinterest.com.
-Bob Gibson [photo circa 1968], from Major League Baseball via upi.com/Sports_News.
-Carl Yastrzemski [photo circa 1967], unattributed at theathletic.com.
-Pete Rose [photo circa 1968], unattributed at redlegnation.com.
-Frank Howard [photo circa 1968], photo by Focus on Sports/Getty Images via gettyimages.com.
-Willie McCovey [photo circa 1969], unattributed at baseballhistorycomesalive.com.
-Ken Harrelson [photo circa 1968], unattributed at royals.mlblogs.com.
-Willie McCovey [photo circa 1966], AP file photo via denverpost.com.
-Carl Yastrzemski [photo (Sports Illustrated poster) from 1968], from worthpoint.com.
-Roberto Clemente [photo circa 1967], unattributed at apkfunkyb.com.
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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Base map, by US federal government employee at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:StatesU.svg.
-Baseball-Reference.com.
-1968 Major League Baseball season (en.wikipedia.org).

September 16, 2021

2021-22 Premier League: Location-map, with League History chart & English Title Winners chart./+ The three clubs promoted to the 1st division in 2021…Norwich City, Watford, Brentford.

Filed under: >2021-22 English football,English Premier League — admin @ 11:49 am

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2021-22 Premeir League: Location-map, with League History chart



By Bill Turianski on the 16th of September 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021–22 Premier League (en.wikipedia.org).
-Summary – Premier League (ENG): results, fixtures, table, etc (soccerway.com).
-Premier League 2021-22 season previews [20 team previews] (theguardian.com/football).

2021-22 Premier League: Location-map, with League History chart & English Title Winners chart
This is a new template, which features a standard location-map, plus a chart which shows the League History of all the clubs in the division. As well as showing the locations and crests of the 20 Premier League clubs this season, the main map includes the 58 Unitary authorities of England, and shows the major Urban Areas of England and Wales.

The League History chart lists the total seasons that each club has played in the 1st level [Premier League], the 2nd level [EFL Championship], the 3rd level [EFL League One], and the 4th level [EFL League Two]. Alongside each column there is also listed the most recent season each club has played in each level.

The League History chart also shows the total League seasons of each club (in the dark-blue column). (Total League seasons is: all Football League seasons plus all Premier League seasons that a club has played.) 2021-22 is the 123rd season of League football in England: 1888-89 to 1914-15; 1919-20 to 1938-39; 1947-48 to 2021-22. There were 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888-89, and seeing how one of those clubs is defunct (Accrington FC), and seeing how one of those clubs has been relegated out of the Football League (Notts County), that means there are only 10 clubs in England that have played all 123 seasons of League football. Four of those clubs play in the Premier League this season…Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, Wolverhampton.

I have also made posts similar to this one, of the 2nd division and the 3rd division. Links to those posts are below…
EFL Championship 21/22 map & chart, w/ the 3 promoted clubs (Hull, Peterborough, Blackpool).
EFL League One 21/22 map & chart, w/ the 4 promoted clubs (Cheltenham, Cambridge, Bolton, Morecambe).

•I also earlier posted a brief look at the 2 clubs in 2021 that were promoted from the 5th tier into the 4th tier (Hartlepool, Sutton).

The only two differences between this 1st division map & chart here, and the ones I made for the 2nd and 3rd divisons are this…
1). In the chart at the top-right, all the 20 current Premier League clubs are listed by total seasons played in the 1st division, and not by total seasons played in the League. It just made sense to do it that way.
2). I made a chart showing the 24 English Title Winners (1889 to 2021). That chart is at the bottom-right of the map page.

    The three clubs promoted to the Premier League in 2021…Norwich City, Watford, Brentford…
    Norwich City: promoted back to the 1st division after 1 year.

[Note: you can click on the image below to view in a separate, scrollable screen.]
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Photo and Image credits above -
21-22 Norwich City jersey, photo unattributed at footyheadlines.com. Panoramic shot of Norwich, by Daniel Tink at scenicnorfolk.co.uk/norwich. Carrow Road, photo by Mike Page via edp24.co.uk/sport. -Daniel Farke (manager), photo unattributed at bt.com/sport. -Tim Krul (GK), photo unattributed at transfermarkt.us. -Max Aarons (LB), photo by PA via telegraph.co.uk/football. -Grant Hanley (CB), photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images via lancslive.co.uk/sport. -Emiliano Buendía (RW/LW/AMF), photo by James Chance/Getty Images via dailycannon.com. -Oliver Skipp (DMF/CB/DMF), photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@castcanary]. -Teemu Pukki (CF/LW), photo from canaries.co.uk/news.




    Watford: promoted back to the Premier League after 1 year.

[Note: you can click on the image below to view in a separate, scrollable screen.]
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Photo and Image credits above – Watford, Hertfordshire coat of arms, from civicheraldry.co.uk. 21/22 Watford jersey, photo unattributed at footyheadlines.com. Aerial shot of Watford and Vicarage Road, by webbaviation.co.uk. Vicarage Road, image from video by Getty Images at gettyimages.com/videos. Illustrations of Watford jerseys, by Historical Football Kits at historicalkits.co.uk/Watford/Watford.htm. -Xisco Muñoz (manager), photo by Watford FC via cope.es. -Troy Deeney (captain) (CF), phot by Naomi Baker/Getty Images via birminghammail.co.uk/sport. -João Pedro (CF/LW), photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images via hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/sport. -Ismaïla Sarr (RW/CF/LW), photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images via liverpooloffside.sbnation.com. -Ken Sema (RMF/LMF), photo from Watford FC at watfordfc.com/news.




    Brentford: promoted back to the 1st division after 74 years.

[Note: you can click on the image below to view in a separate, scrollable screen.]
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Photo and Image credits above – 21/22 Brentford jersey, photo unattributed at footyheadlines.com. Location map of both Brentford stadiums: Griffin Park aerial photo by Andreas Praefcke at commons.wikimedia.org; Brentford Community Stadium (still under construction/Jan. 2020), aerial photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@bfcgpg]; map from openstreetmap.org. Exterior shot of Brentford Community Stadium (still under construction), seen from the railway track, photo unattributed at mysportstourist.com. Panoramic view of Brentford Community Stadium (still under construction, September 2019), from brentfordfc.com/news. Aerial view of Brentford Community Stadium from televised broadcast of stadium’s opening match with fans & the Premier League debut of Brentford FC, screenshot of image from video posted at twitter.com/[@NBCSportsSoccer]. -Thomas Frank (manager), photo from brentfordfc.com/news. -Ethan Pinnock (CB), photo from brentfordfc.com/news. -Ivan Toney (CF), photo unattributed at telegraph.co.uk/football. -Rico Henry (LB), photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images via saintsmarching.com. -Sergi Canós (RW/LW), photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images via anfieldcentral.co.uk. -Bryan Mbeumo (RW/LW/CF), photo by Rob Newell/CameraSport/Getty Images via theguardian.com/football. -Ivan Toney scores from the spot (10′), photo unattributed at news.sky.com/story. -20′ Emiliano Marcondes takes a low bouncing cross from Mads Roeslav, and slots it home, screenshot from video uploaded by Brentford FC at youtube.com. Brentford celebrate their promotion, photo by Getty Images via bbc.com/sport.




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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of English Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties, by Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg (en.wikipedia.org).
-PFA League Two Team of the Year [2021].
-Historical attendance figures, european-football-statistics.co.uk.
-Seasons in Football League by Club: Club League Divisional History Summary 1888-89 to 2020-21 (myfootballfacts.com);
fchd.info (Football Club History Database);
England – First Level All-Time Tables 1888/89-2018/19 (rsssf.com).
-Player-positions: transfermarkt.us.
-Distances: mapdevelopers.com/distance_from_to.php (mapdevelopers.com).

September 7, 2021

2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Location-map, with charts showing UEFA CL Group Stage appearances & titles for the 32 clubs.

Filed under: UEFA Champions League — admin @ 4:22 pm

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2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Location-map, with chart showing UEFA CL Group Stage appearances & titles for the 32 clubs



By Bill Turianski on the 7th of September 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

The map is a standard location-map showing the locations of the 32 qualified teams in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage.

There are several other aspects to the map page…
1). Groups A through H
At the very top of the map are the eight 4-team groups of the Group Stage, arranged with with each club’s home-country flag shown alongside.

2). Allocations vs. Qualified teams, by country
At the left side of the map page, Allocations (by member-nations) are shown, via a list of the top 41 UEFA Member-Associations in their current [2021-22] Country Co-efficient ranking. I stopped at 41 (out of the 55 total UEFA member-nations) because #41 is the current ranking of Moldova, and Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova was the club from the lowest-ranked country to qualify for this season’s tournament. This is the first time a club from Moldova has qualified for the elite competition that is the Champions League. But it is not really any sort of fairy-tale story of a David making it into the realm of the Goliaths. Because Sheriff Tiraspol is a club from the breakaway state of Transnistria. And Sheriff Tiraspol only got to the Champions League thanks to their owners, the controversial Sheriff Holding, a company which has an extensive and extra-legal monopoly in this isolated and internationally-unrecognized breakaway state. The following link is to a Twitter thread from the Moldova-born @SlavaMalamud…
Thread: @SlavaMalamud talks about Sheriff Tiraspol and Transnistria [26 Aug 2021]

3). 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: List of 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage teams by CL GS appearances, including European titles…
At the upper right-hand side of the map page, all 32 clubs in the Group Stage are shown, by total Group Stage appearances, with consecutive appearances -/- or, previous appearance. Please note: the Group Stage aspect of this competition did not begin with the re-branding of the tournament in 1992-93…it began one season earlier. Here…1991-92 UEFA European Cup (en.wikipedia.org)…the last European Cup tournament in 1991-92 featured a Group Stage (of 8 teams; three of which are in the 2021-22 iteration – FC Barcelona, SL Benfica, and Dynamo Kyiv). Wikipedia doesn’t include the 1991-92 tournament in their total-Group-Stage-appearances list {here}. But RSSSF does {here: Champions League – All-Time Table [(1991/92-2013/14]}. The competition didn’t change with the re-branding from the European Cup to the Champions League in 1992-93…the name just changed. Yes, the competition has evolved, but it had already evolved into a Group Stage, one year before the re-brand.




5). UEFA European Titles list
At the lower-right-hand corner of the map page is a list showing all of the 22 European title-winning clubs, listed by total titles won. (66 European titles: European Cup titles, 1955-56 to 1991-92; Champions League titles, 1992-93 to 2020-21.)

Here is the breakdown of UEFA European titles by Country (1956-2021)…
Spain: 18 titles, won by 2 clubs. (Real Madrid, 13 titles; FC Barcelona, 5 titles.)
England: 14 titles, won by 5 clubs. (Liverpool, 6 titles; Manchester United, 3 titles; Chelsea, 2 titles; Nottingham Forest, 2 titles; Aston Villa, 1 title.)
Italy, 12 titles, won by 3 clubs. (Milan, 7 titles; Internazionale, 3 titles; Juventus, 2 titles.)
Germany: 8 titles, won by 3 clubs. (Bayern Munich, 6 titles; Borussia Dortmund, 1 title; Hamburger SV, 1 title.)
Netherlands: 6 titles, won by 3 clubs. (Ajax, 4 titles; PSV Eindhoven, 1 title; Feyenoord, 1 title.)
Portugal: 4 titles, won by 2 clubs. (FC Porto, 2 titles; Benfica, 2 titles.)
France: 1 title. (Olympique Marseille.)
Yugoslavia: 1 title. (Red Star Belgrade.)
Romania: 1 title. (Steaua Bucharest.)
Scotland: 1 title. (Celtic.)
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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map, by Alexrk2 at File:Europe laea location map.svg (commons.wikinedia.org).
-2021–22 UEFA Champions League (en.wikipedia.org).
-@SlavaMalamud.

August 18, 2021

2021-22 EFL Championship: Location-map, with League History chart./+ The three clubs promoted to the 2nd division (EFL Championship) in 2021…Hull City AFC, Peterborough United, Blackpool.

Filed under: >2021-22 English football,Eng-2nd Level/Champ'ship — admin @ 1:31 pm

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2021-22 EFL Championship: Location-map, with League History chart




By Bill Turianski on the 18th of August 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021-22 EFL Championship (en.wikipedia.org).
-Summary – Championship (ENG): results, fixtures, table, etc (soccerway.com).
-Championship 2021-22 season preview (by Ben Fisher at theguardian.com/football).

2021-22 EFL Championship: Location-map, with League History chart
This is a new template, which features a standard location-map, plus a chart which shows the League History of all the clubs in the division. As well as showing the locations and crests of the 24 Championship clubs this season, the main map includes the 58 Unitary authorities of England, and shows the major Urban Areas of England and Wales.

The League History chart lists the total seasons that each club has played in the 1st level [Premier League], the 2nd level [EFL Championship], the 3rd level [EFL League One], and the 4th level [EFL League Two]. Alongside each column there is also listed the most recent season each club has played in each level.

The League History chart also shows the total League seasons of each club (in the dark-blue column). (Total League seasons is: all Football League seasons plus all Premier League seasons that a club has played.) 2021-22 is the 123rd season of League football in England: 1888-89 to 1914-15; 1919-20 to 1938-39; 1947-48 to 2021-22. There were 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888-89, and seeing how one of those clubs is defunct (Accrington FC), and seeing how one of those clubs has been relegated out of the Football League (Notts County), that means there are only 10 clubs in England that have played all 123 seasons of League football. Five of those clubs play in the Championship this season…Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Preston North End, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion.

    The three clubs promoted to the 2nd division (EFL Championship) in 2021…Hull City, Peterborough United, Blackpool.

    Hull City: promoted back to the 2nd division after 1 year…

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Photo and Image credits above – 20/21 Hull City AFC jersey, unattributed at footyheadlines.com. Victoria Square in Hull, photo by Jonathan CK Webb at webbaviation.co.uk. MKM Stadium, photo by Paul Lakin via stadiumjourney.com. -Grant McCann (manager), photo by Dave Howarth/CameraSport via hulldailymail.co.uk/sport. -Lewie Coyle (RB/RMF), photo from wearehullcity.co.uk/news. -Callum Elder (LB/CB), photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images via the72.co.uk. -George Honeyman (AMF/RW/LW), photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images via the72.co.uk. -Mallik Wilks (RW/CF/LW), photo from wearehullcity.co.uk/news. -Josh Magennis (CF/RW/RB), photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images via gettyimages.com. -Keane Lewis-Potter (LW/RW/CF), photo unattributed at newschainonline.com/sport.




    Peterborough United: promoted back to the 2nd division after 8 years…

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Photo and Image credits above – 20/21 Peterborough Utd jersey, photo unattributed at footyheadlines.com. Central Peterborough including Peterborough Cathedral, photo by Getty Images via mirror.co.uk. London Road Stadium, image from Google Earth via video uploaded by EspritScapes – Stadionlandschaften at youtube.com. -Darren Ferguson, photo unattributed at peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport. -Jonson Clarke-Harris (CF), photo by Getty Images via examinerlive.co.uk/sport. -Sammie Szmodics (AMF), photo by Brandon Collyer via fourfourtwo.com. -Siriki Dembélé (CF/LW/RW), photo by Getty Images via grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/sport. -Joe Ward (RMF/RW/RB), photo by Joe Dent/theposh.com via peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport.




    Blackpool: promoted back to the 2nd division after 6 years…

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Photo and Image credits above – 20/21 Blackpool jersey, photo unattributed at footyheadlines.com. Blackpool coat of arms from heraldry-wiki.com. Bloomfield Road, with Blackpool Tower in background, photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@superbfootypics]. -Neil Critchley (manager), photo unattributed at harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/sport. -Chris Maxwell (GK), photo from Blackpool FC via ab1gk.com/news. -Jerry Yates (CF/RW/LW), photo by Richard Sellars/PA Images via gettyimages.com. -Ellis Sims (CF), photo by Paul Greenwood/CameraSport via Getty Images via tbrfootball.com. -Sullay Kaikai (LW/RW/AMF), photo by Dave Howarth/CameraSport via Getty Images via gettyimages.com. -34′ Kenny Dougall scores the first of his two goals in 2021 League One final, photo by Getty Images via bbc.com/sport. -Captain Chris maxwell accepts the trophy, screenshot from video uploaded by beIN Sports Australia at youtube.com.

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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of English Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties, by Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg (en.wikipedia.org).
-PFA League Two Team of the Year [2021].
-Historical attendance figures, european-football-statistics.co.uk.
-Seasons in Football League by Club: Club League Divisional History Summary 1888-89 to 2020-21 (myfootballfacts.com)
;fchd.info (Football Club History Database)
;England – First Level All-Time Tables 1888/89-2018/19 (rsssf.com).
-Player-positions: transfermarkt.us.
-Distances: mapdevelopers.com/distance_from_to.php (mapdevelopers.com).

August 3, 2021

2021-22 EFL League One: Location-map, with League History chart./+ The four clubs promoted to the 3rd division in 2021…Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Bolton Wanderers, Morecambe.

Filed under: >2021-22 English football,Eng-3rd Level/League One — admin @ 6:24 pm

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2021-22 EFL League One: Location-map, with League History chart




By Bill Turianski on the 3rd of August 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021-22 EFL League One (en.wikipedia.org).
-Summary – League One (ENG): results, fixtures, table, etc (soccerway.com).
-League One 2021-22 season preview (by Ben Fisher at theguardian.com/football).

-Cheltenham Town Secure First Ever Automatic Football League Promotion (by Matthew Creamer at lastwordonsports.com).
-The story of how Cambridge United won promotion to League One (by Mark Taylor at cambridgeindependent.co.uk),
-From 20th to promotion: How Bolton fell in love with the team they never saw (by Chris Flanagan at fourfourtwo.com).
- League Two play-off final: Morecambe 1-0 Newport County (aet) (by Michael Pearlman at bbc.com/sport).

2021-22 EFL League One: Location-map, with League History chart
This is a new template, which features a standard location-map, plus a chart which shows the League History of all the clubs in the division. As well as showing the locations and crests of the 24 League One clubs this season, the main map includes the 58 Unitary authorities of England, and shows the major Urban Areas of England and Wales.

The League History chart lists the total seasons that each club has played in the 1st level [Premier League], the 2nd level [EFL Championship], the 3rd level [EFL League One], and the 4th level [EFL League Two]. Alongside each column there is also listed the most recent season each club has played in each level.

The League History chart also shows the total League seasons of each club (in the dark-blue column). (Total League seasons is: all Football League seasons plus all Premier League seasons that a club has played.) 2021-22 is the 123rd season of League football in England: 1888-89 to 1914-15; 1919-20 to 1938-39; 1947-48 to 2021-22. There were 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888-89, and seeing how one of those clubs is defunct (Accrington FC), and seeing how one of those clubs has been relegated out of the Football League (Notts County), that means there are only 10 clubs in England that have played all 123 seasons of League football. And one of those clubs is in the 3rd tier this season: the just-promoted Bolton Wanderers. They, and the other 3 clubs that won promotion to the 3rd tier last season, are featured below.

    The four clubs promoted to the 3rd division (EFL League One) in 2021…Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Bolton Wanderers, Morecambe…
    Cheltenham Town: promoted back to the 3rd division after 12 years.

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Photo and Image credits above – 2020-21 Cheltenham Town jersey, photo from unisportstore.com.
-Blank map of English Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties, by Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (commons.wikimedia.org). Segment of map of English clubs by Bill Turianski at http://billsportsmaps.com/?p=47406 [2019 attendance map]. Blank map of England by Nilfanion at File:England relief location map.jpg. Whaddon Road, photo unattributed at gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport. Michael Duff (manager), photo by Peter Norton/Getty Images via theathletic.com.-Ben Tozer (CB/DMF/RB), photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images via gettyimages.in. -Will Boyle (CB), photo from PA Archive via newschainonline.com/sport. -Alfie May (CF), photo from ctfc.com. -Michael Duff and his Cheltenham squad celebrate clinching automatic promotion to League One (27 April 2021, Cheltenham 1-1 Carlisle (3rd-to-last-match of the season), photo by Getty Images via bbc.com/sport.




    Cambridge United: promoted back to the 3rd division after 19 years.

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Photo and Image credits above – Aerial image of Cambridge, screenshot from drone video uploaded by 16cliffedge at youtube.com. Abbey Stadium, photo by Bill Blake via stadiumdb.com. 2020-21 Cambridge Utd jersey, unattributed at footyheadlines.com. -Mark Bonner (manager), photo from cambridge-united.co.uk. -Kyle Knoyle (RB), photo by Simon Lankester via cambridgeindependent.co.uk/sport. -Wes Hoolahan (AMF/CMF/LMF), photo by PA via pinkun.com/sport. -Paul Mullin (CF/RW), photo by Warren Gunn/Cambridge News at cambridge-news.co.uk/sport. -Joe Ironside (CF), photo by Simon Lankester via cambridgeindependent.co.uk/sport.




    Bolton Wanderers: promoted back to the 3rd division after one year.

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Photo and Image credits above – 20/21 Bolton jersey, unattributed at footyheadlines.com. University of Bolton Stadium, photo by Peter J Dean at stadiumdb.com/reebok_stadium. Aerial shot of Bolton, photo unattributed at thebusinessdesk.com. -Ian Evatt (manager), photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport. -Ricardo Santos (CB/RB), photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Wire via manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport. -Eoin Doyle (CF/LW/RW), photo from bwfc.co.uk/news. -Antoni Sarcevic (CMF), photo unattributed at theboltonnews.co.uk/sport. -Nathan Delfouneso (CF/RW/LW), photo from bwfc.co.uk/news.




    Morecambe: promoted to the 3rd division for the first time ever.

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Photo and Image credits above – Illustration of 20/21 Morecambe jersey, from morecambefc.com/news/2020/may/centenary-kit-and-crest-revealed. Mazuma Stadium, image unattributed at video uploaded by FootballTalk2 at youtube.com. -Derek Adams (former manager), photo by Mark Robinson Ltd via thescottishsun.co.uk/sport. -Stephen Robinson (new manager), photo from morecambefc.com/news. -Samuel Lavelle (captain) (CB), photo from PA Wire via southwalesargus.co.uk/sport. -Carlos Mendes Gomes (RW/AMF/LW), photo by PA via dailyrecord.co.uk/sport. -Cole Stockton (CF), photo by Morecambe FC via thetimes.co.uk. -Aaron Wildig (CMF/AMF/DMF), photo unattributed at twitter.com/[@efl_hub]. -2021 League Two play-off final: John O’Sullivan of Morecambe is brought down by Newport’s Ryan Haynes, leading to a penalty, photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images via theguardian.com/football/live.
-2021 League Two play-off final: Carlos Mendes Gomes celebrates after scoring late penalty goal v Newport County, photo by John Walton/PA via theguardian.com/football/live. -Captain Sam Lavelle lifts trophy and Morecambe players and staff celebrate, photo by PA via itv.com/news.
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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of English Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties, by Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg (en.wikipedia.org).
-PFA League Two Team of the Year [2021].
-Historical attendance figures, european-football-statistics.co.uk.
-Seasons in Football League by Club: Club League Divisional History Summary 1888-89 to 2020-21 (myfootballfacts.com);
fchd.info (Football Club History Database);
England – First Level All-Time Tables 1888/89-2018/19 (rsssf.com).
-Player-positions: transfermarkt.us.
-Distances: mapdevelopers.com/distance_from_to.php (mapdevelopers.com).

July 24, 2021

South Korea: K League 1 (1st division football) – Location-map, with club profile-boxes and 3 charts: South Korean titles list, Seasons-in-1st-division chart, and a chart showing cities in South Korea with top-flight clubs.

Filed under: Korea: K League — admin @ 12:50 pm

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South Korea: K League 1 (1st division football) – Location-map, with titles list, seasons-in-1st-division chart, and chart showing cities in South Kore with top-flight clubs

By Bill Turianski on the 24th of July 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021 K League 1 (en.wikipedia.org).
-K League 1 [2021] – Summary – fixtures, results, table, stats, etc (soccerway.com).



The 2021 season of K League-1 is back from its summer break, with about 25% (or 7 game-weeks) left in the regular season, before the league splits into two (Scottish-style), for the final stage of the season. As of Saturday the 24th of July, Ulsan Hyundai lead the league, 4 points ahead of 3 teams (reigning champions Jeonbuk Motors, Suwon Bluewings, and Daegu FC).

Timeline of South Korean association football
1964 to 1982: only semi-pro or amateur football in South Korea.
1983: K League is founded, originally as the Korean Super League, and is initially comprised of 5 teams: 2 pro/3 semi-pro.
1987: in its 5th season, the league becomes fully professional, and is rebranded as the Korean Professional Football League.
1998: league is rebranded again, as the K League (now with 10 teams).
2003: league expands again, to 12 teams [and remains a 12-team league up to 2021].
2012: Promotion/Relegation system is introduced; 2 teams are relegated from K League 1 that year.
2013: a 2nd level league is instituted, with the creation of K League 2.

2021 is the 39th season of K League football. And 2021 is the 10th season since promotion/relegation was introduced in South Korean football. One or two of the 12 L League-1 clubs are relegated each year, to K League-2.

The implementation of relegation seems to have gone smoothly, but it must be pointed out that there are characteristics of South Korean pro football ownership that have allowed the threat of relegation to be easier dealt with by the clubs. This is because many South Korean pro teams are owned by very large corporations. Like Hyundai Motors [owner of Jeonbuck], Hyundai shipbuilding [owner of Ulsan Tigers], and Hyundai construction [owner of just-relegated Busan IPark]. And like Samsung [owner of Suwon Samsung Bluewings]. And the 3rd-largest South Korean conglomerate SK Group [owner of Jeju United]. And the giant Korean steel manufacturer Pohang (POSCO) [owner of Pohang Steelers].

Meanwhile, a newer trend is towards clubs that are owned by municipal or regional governments. In fact, 6 of the 12 clubs in the K League 1 in 2021 are local-government-owned: high-drawing southern club Daegu FC (drawing 10,700 pre-COVID [2019]), 13-year-old north-eastern club Gangwon FC, 11-year-old south-western club Gwanju FC, north-western port-city club Incheon United (with 17 straight years in K League), and two clubs located in the southern part of the Greater-Seoul/capital-region: Seongnam FC and the newly-promoted Suwon FC.

But it is interesting to note that no local-government-owned team has ever won a K League title. The only local-government-owned club that has won a title is Seongnam FC. But all 7 of Seongnam FC’s domestic titles were won before the Seongnam City Government bought the club, in 2014.



    The 8 title-winning clubs of K League-1 and K League-2 (Jeonbuk Motors, Seongnam FC, FC Seoul, Pohang Steelers, Suwon Bluewings, Busan IPark, Ulsan Hyundai, Jeju United)

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. The most titled club in South Korea is the lime-green-&-black-clad Jeonbuck Hyundai Motors, of the west-central city of Jeonju. Jeonju is in the province of North Jelloa, and is the 16th-largest municipality in South Korea, with a population of around 658,000. Jeonju is located, by road, 134 miles (216 km) S of Seoul. Jeonbuck Motors were established rather late, in the 12th season of the K League, in 1994. And Jeonbuck did not win their first title until 2009. Incredibly, Jeobuck have won all of their 8 titles in the last 13 years, and are currently 4th-times-straight reigning champions. Jeonbuck have also won 2 AFC Champions League titles (in 2006, and in 2016). Pre-COVID [2019], Jeonbuck Hyundai Motors were drawing a solid 13,900 per game (the second-best attendance in the K League, behind only FC Seoul). Jeonbuck play at the 42,000-capacity Jeonju World Cup Stadium {here is an aerial view of the venue}. Jeonbuck Motors have played in 27 of the 39 K League seasons (6th-most).

Seongnam FC. The second-most successful South Korean club is the aforementioned Seongnam FC. Seongnam feature a magpie-type bird on their crest and wear black-with-white-trim. Seongnam is located, by road, 17 miles (25 km) SW of central Seoul. Seongnam is the 12th-largest municipality in South Korea, with about .94 million inhabitants. Seongnam FC were originally Seoul-based, and were called Ilhwa Chunma, and sported a sky-blue/dark-blue crest featuring a winged horse {you can see their original crest in their profile-box on the map-page}. They were champions for 3 straight years from 1993 to ’95. But also in 1995, Ilhwa Chunma were one of three top-flight clubs forced to move out of Seoul, as part of the K League’s Decentralisation Policy. (The Decentralisation Policy was tied to the South Korea’s participation in the 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted with Japan, and was a effort to spread the popularity of football to the provinces; {see this}.) So in 1996, the club grudgingly moved 50 miles west of central Seoul, to Cheonam. But this lasted only 6 years, and then in 2001, the club moved again, closer to central Seoul, to Seongnam. As Seongnam Ilhwa Cunma, they immediately had another another run of 3-straight-titles. Their 7th and last title was won in 2006. In 2014 the city council bought the club, and rebranded them as Seongnam FC. But Seongnam FC have seen a drop-off in support, and were only drawing 5,500 pre-COVID [2019]. And currently [24 June 2021], Seongnam FC are in the relegation zone. Seongnam FC have also won 2 AFC Champions League titles (in 1995 and in 2010). Seongnam FC have played in 31 of the 39 K League seasons (4th-most).

FC Seoul. The third-most successful South Korean club is FC Seoul, with 6 titles. The red-and-black-vertically-striped FC Seoul are the highest-drawing Korean football club (at 17,061 per game, pre-COVID [2019]). FC Seoul are owned by the 8th-largest conglomerate in South Korea, GS Group (which is involved in Energy, Retail, Construction, and Sports). FC Seoul were originally owned by Samsung’s big corporate rivals, the LG Group, and were called Lucky-Goldstar FC, joining in the league’s second season in 1984. They wanted to be Seoul-based, but initially they were based south of there, in the west-central part of the country, in Chungcheong Province. 7 years and one title-win later, they did move to Seoul, in 1990, as LG Cheetahs, where they were immediately successful, winning their 2nd title that year. But in 1995, they found out that they were part of the league’s Decentralisation Policy, and were forced to move back out of Seoul. So in 1996, they grudgingly moved to the Seoul suburb of Anyang (13 mi/21 km S of central Seoul), as the Anyang Cheetahs. Their stay in Anyang lasted 8 years, and included one title-win in 2000. After the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Anyang Cheetahs were the biggest beneficiaries of the infrastructure built for the tournament, because they were the club that got to move into the massive, central and high-profile Seoul World Cup Stadium (capacity 66,700). So the club moved back to Seoul in 2004, and rebranded as FC Seoul. In a 7-year-span from 2010 to ’16, FC Seoul won their last three titles. FC Seoul have no AFC Champions League titles, though (they were finalists in 2002 and 2013). FC Seoul have played in 38 of the 39 K League seasons (co-2nd-most).

Pohang Steelers. The fourth-most successful South Korean club is the red-and-black-horizontally-striped Pohang Steelers, who have won 5 K League titles. But Pohang have not been champions in over 20 years (their last title-win was in 1997). Pohang Steelers are from the east-central port-city of Pohang. Pohang is the 22nd-largest city in South Korea, with a population of around 511,000. The club is owned by POSCO (formerly Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd.), the fourth-largest steel manufacturer in the world, as measured by crude steel output. Pohang play in the cauldron-like Pohang Steel Yards, a compact two-tiered stadium with a capacity of just 17,000 {photos via tripadvisor, here}. Pohang Steelers averaged 8,400-per game pre-COVID [2019], which was slightly above the K League’s overall average attendance of 8,014 that year {see this list}. Though Pohang Steelers have a 23-year-long K League title drought, they have won a major title in that time, winning their 3rd AFC Champions league title, in 2009. The Pohang Steelers have played in all 39 K League seasons (and are the only club to have done so).




Suwon Samsung Bluewings. (The postion of fifth-most successful South Korean club is shared by Suwon Bluewings and Busan IPark, both of whom have won 4 K League titles.) The all-blue-clad Suwon Bluewings are from Suwon, which is located 26 miles (41 km) S of central Seoul. Suwon is the 7th-largest city in South Korea, with around 1.1 million inhabitants. (In 2021, there are two clubs from the city of Suwon that are playing in the K League, the other being the just-promoted Suwon FC.) Suwon Bluewings are owned by Cheil Worldwide, a marketing company that is a subsidiary of the Samsung Group, and the club’s royal blue colour comes from their parent-company. The club was established in 1995, as the 9th K League team. In 1998, in their 3rd season, they won their first K League title, and have won three more titles (their last in 2008). Suwon Bluewings have also won two AFC Champions League titles (in 20001 and 2002). Suwon Bluewings averaged 8,800 pre-COVID [2019], which was 800 per game above the league average of 8,000. Suwon Samsung Bluewings have played in 26 of the 39 K League seasons (7th-most).

Busan IPark. The all-red-clad Busan IPark are co-5th-most-successful South Korean club, with 4 titles. But Busan IPark are currently in the 2nd division (K League 2), and have not won a K League title since 1997. Busan IPark are turning into a yo-yo club, with relegations in 2015 and in 2020. Busan IPark were a founding member of the K League in 1983, as the Daewoo Royals. Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea, with a metro-area population of around 7 million. Busan IPark are owned by HDC (Hyundai Development Company), a conglomerate involved in property, petrochemicals, retail, leisure, sports, and finance, and which is a subsidiary of Hyundai. IPark is the construction branch of Hyundai. Busan IPark were drawing 3,900 in the 2nd division, pre-COVID [2019]. Busan IPark, as Daewoo Royals, won one AFC Champions League title, in the tournament’s first season, in 1985-86.

Ulsan United. The blue-&-dark-blue-vertically-striped Ulsan United have won two K League titles (last in 2005). Ulsan is on the south-east coast between Pohang to the north and Busan to the south. Ulsan is the 8th-largest city in South Korea, with a population of around 1.1 million. Ulsan United are owned by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipbuilding company. Ulsan draws decent figures, and they drew 4th-best pre-COVID [2019], at 9,600 per game. Ulsan have played in the K League since the 2nd season (1984), and have played in 38 of the 39 K League seasons (co-2nd-most).

Jeju United [including Yukong Elephants]. Jeju United have won one K League title, in 1989, back when they were the Seoul-based Yukong Elephants. Jeju United now play in the smallest top-flight city. Their home of Seogwipo is on Jeju Island, which is located 60 miles off the south-western coast of mainland Korea. Jeju Island is sort of like the Hawaii of South Korea, with a large tourist trade (10 million per year) attracted by the mild climate and beaches. Segwipo has a population of only around 153,000 (and is the 60th-largest city in South Korea). Here is Jeju United’s convoluted history…
1983: Yukong FC, a founding member of the K League.
1989: Yukong Elephants win the K League title.
1996: Yukong FC are forced by the K League to move out of central Seoul (Decentralisation Policy). The club relocated to Bucheon (25 km/14 mi W of central Seoul), but played in Mokdong (on the western edge of Seoul), until a new stadium was built in Bucheon.
1997: club rebranded, as Bucheon SK.
2001: club moved into new stadium in Bucheon, but only played there for 5 years.
2006: club re-located again, this time without coercion from the league, to far southern South Korea, to Segwipo on Jeju Island, and rebranded again, as Jeju United.
Jeju United are owned by the SK Group, South Korea’s 3rd-largest conglomerate (involved in: Energy & Chemicals, Telecommunications, Trading & Services, Semiconductors). Jeju United wear orange, and feature a red-and-orange shield-shaped crest with antlers and a snow-capped volcanic peak – a reference to the nearby Hallasan, the highest point in South Korea (6,388 ft/1847 m). Jeju United averaged 3,700 per game, pre-COVID [2019]. Jeju United have played in 38 of the 39 K League seasons (co-2nd-most), having just bounced straight back from K League-2 last season.



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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of South Korea, by NordNordWest at File:South Korea adm location map.svg (commons.wikimedia.org).
-Pohang Steelers 2021 home jersey segment, from fcphshop.com.
-2019 K League attendance, from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_K_League_1#Attendance.
-2021 K League 1 (en.wikipedia.org).

July 9, 2021

2021 Copa Libertadores: map of Final Stages (16 teams)./+ All of the Round-of-16 stadiums, with club info.

Filed under: Copa Libertadores — admin @ 9:16 pm

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2021 Copa Libertadores: map of Final Stages (16 teams)

By Bill Turianski on the 9th of July 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021 Copa Libertadores/Final Stages (en.wikipedia.org).
-Summary – CONMEBOL Libertadores – Final Stages [2021] (soccerway.com).




The Round of 16
The first legs of the 2021 Copa Libertadores Round of 16 will be played from 13 to 15 July {click on the links at the top of this post for the fixtures}.

The breakdown of qualified clubs-by-country…
•Brazil: 6 clubs (Atlético Mineiro, Palmeiras, Flamengo, Fluminense, Internacional, São Paulo). This includes reigning champions Palmeiras.
•Argentina: 6 clubs (Racing, Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Vélez Sarsfield, Defensa y Justicia, River Plate).
•Paraguay: 2 clubs (Cerro Porteño, Olimpia).
•Chile: 1 club (Universidad Católica).
•Ecuador: 1 club (SC Barcelona).

This is the most clubs – 12 clubs – that the Big 2 (Brazil & Argentina) have ever placed into the Round of 16. Last year, Brazil had 6 clubs in the Round of 16, while Argentina had ‘only’ 3 clubs. The previous most-ever-clubs placed by the Big 2 into the Round of 16 was in 2018, with 11 clubs (Brazil 5/Argentina 6).

Paraguay have 2 clubs in the Round of 16 this year: Cerro Porteño, and 3-time-Libertadores champions Club Olimpia.

Ecuador, coming off an impressive 3-clubs-in-the-Round-of-16 last year {2020}, have one club in this year, SC Barcelona of Guayaquil.

Chile have a club into the Round of 16 for the first time since 2018 (Universidad Católica).

For the third straight year, Colombia has underachieved and have placed zero clubs in the Round of 16. Also notable by their absence are any Uruguayan clubs.

There is one club making its Round of 16 debut – Defensa y Justicia, of Florencio Varela, a city of 79,000, located in the far southern suburbs of Greater Buenos Aires.

    Below: 2020 Libertadores Round of 16 venues – all 16 clubs’ stadiums…

#1 seed, Atlético Mineiro – Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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Photo credit above – photo by Prefeitura de Belo Horizonte at flickr.com.

#2 seed, Palmeiras – Allianz Parque (aka Palestra Itália), in São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
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Image credit above – screenshot from video uploaded by One Man Wolfpack at youtube.com.

#3 seed, Racing Club – Estadio Juan Domingo Perón (aka El Cilindro de Avellaneda), in Avellaneda, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Photo credit above – twitter.com/[@mdkro] via twitter.com/[@RacingManiacos].

#4 seed, Barcelona SC -
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Image credit above – screenshot of video uploaded by Christian Merchán at youtube.com.




#5 seed, Flamengo – Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Photo credit above – Johnson Barros at flickr.com.

#6 seed, Argentinos Juniors – Estadio Diego Armando Maradona, in Villa General Mitre, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Image credit above – unattributed at codigopatron.com.

#7 seed, Fluminense – Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Photo credit above – Getty Images via eurosport.com.

#8 seed, Internacional – Estádio Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil.
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Photo credit above – unattributed at br.pinterest.com.




#9 seed, São Paulo FC – Estádio do Morumbi (Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo), in the Morumbi district of São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
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Photo credit above – Morumbi Tour/ Divulgação via revistamineracao.com.br.

#10 seed, Boca Juniors – – La Bombonera (‘the Chocolate Box’), in La Boca district of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Photo credit above – unattributed at twitter.com/[@ftblsm].

#11 seed, Vélez Sarsfield – Estadio José Amalfitani, in Liniers district of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Photo credit above – velez.com.ar/club/estadio.

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#12 seed, Cerro Porteño -
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Photo credit above – unattributed at twitter.com/[@sc_espn].




#13 seed, Defensa y Justicia – Estadio Norberto “Tito” Tomaghello, in Florencio Varela [in Greater Buenos Aires], Buenos Aires province, Argentina.
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Image credit above – screenshot from video uploaded by Tirando DATA con Walter Queijeiro at
youtube.com.

#14 seed, River Plate – El Monumental (Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti), in the Belgrano district of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Photo credit above – dronestagr.am/estadio-monumental-buenos-aires-argentina.

#15 seed, Universidad Católica – Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
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Photo credit above – unattributed at opinion.cooperativa.cl.

#16 seed, Club Olimpia – Estadio Manuel Ferreira, in barrio Mariscal López in Asunción, Paraguay.
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Image credit above – unattributed at facebook.com/fotociclo.





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Thanks to all at the links below…
-Globe-map of South America by Luan at File:South America (orthographic projection).svg (en.wikipedia.org/[South America]).
-Blank map of South America by Anbans 585 at File:CONMEBOL laea location map without rivers.svg (en.wikipedia.org/[2018 Copa Libertadores]).
-2020 Copa Libertadores (en.wikipedia.org).
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2019 Club Histories (rsssf.com).
-Libertadores titles list {en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Libertadores#Performances_by_club}.

June 29, 2021

The 2 clubs promoted to the Football League in 2021…Sutton United: promoted to the League after 123 years; Hartlepool United: promoted back to the League after 4 years.

Filed under: Eng-4th Level/League Two,Eng-5th level — admin @ 6:35 pm

By Bill Turianski on the 29th of June 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2021-22 National League (en.wikipedia.org).
-2021-22 EFL League Two (en.wikipedia.org).
-Isaac Olaofe seals Sutton United’s historic promotion to Football League (by PA Media on 23 May 2021, at theguardian.com/football).
-Hartlepool United 1-1 Torquay United, Hartlepool wins 5-4 on penalties (by Brent Pilnick on 20 June 2021, at bbc.com/sport).



    Sutton United: winners of the 2020-21 National League, and promoted to the Football League after 123 years…

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Photo and Image credits above -
2020-22 Sutton Utd jersey, from suttonunited.net. Sutton High Street, photo by Padmak/Shutterstock via thecrazytourist.com. Gander Green Lane, photo by Steve Parsons/PA via theguardian.com/football. Matt Gray (manager), photo from suttonunited.net. Isaac Olaofe (FW) (top scorer), photo by Paul Loughlin via bbc.com/sport. Craig Eastmond (CMF) (Captain), photo by thegrassrootstourist.com/2021/05/09/sutton-united. Ben Goodliffe (CB), photo from suttonunited.net. David Ajiboye (RW), photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images via gettyimages.com. Harry Beautyman (LMF), photo by grassrootstourist.com via at twitter.com/[@16beautyman]. 23 May 2021 at Gander Green Lane: Sutton 3-0 Hartlepool – Captain Craig Eastmond lifts the trophy and the squad and staff celebrate, photo by Paul Loughlin via suttonunited.net.




    Hartlepool United: winners of the 2021 National League Play-off Final, and promoted back to the Football League after 4 years…

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Photo and Image credits above -
2020-21 Hartlepool Utd jersey, from footballkitarchive.com. Headland, Hartlepool, photo unattributed at boutiquehotelier.com. Aerial shot of Victoria Park, by PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo via footballtripper.com. Dave Challinor (manager), photo unattributed at sportsbeezer.com. Rhys Oates (LW/FW/RW) (top scorer), photo unattributed at bbc.co.uk/programmes. David Ferguson (LB/LMF), photo by Christopher Booth/MI News/Nurphoto via gettyimages.fi. Luke Armstrong (CF) scoring 1st goal in National League play-off final 23 May 2021 at Ashton Gate, photo by Rex Features via bbc.com/sport. Torquay GK Lucas Covolan equalises at 90+5′, photo by PA via minutegoal.com. Hartlepool keeper Brad James makes the winning save in penalties, photo unattributed at minutegoal.com. Hartlepool supporters’ pitch invasion, screenshot of image from video uploaded by Hartlepool United at youtube.com.



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Thanks to all at the following links…
-2021 National League team of the year, twitter.com/[@TheVanaramaNL].
-Historical attendance figures, european-football-statistics.co.uk.
-Seasons: Football Club History Database, fchd.info.

June 14, 2021

France national team, 2020 UEFA Euro [June 2021]: Squad, with projected starting lineup and 15 substitutions (26 player-profiles).

Filed under: France — admin @ 7:38 am

By Bill Turianski on the 14th of June 2021; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-France National Football team/Current squad (en.wikipedia.org).
-France Euro 2020 squad: Full 26-man squad revealed – and includes shock inclusion of Karim Benzema (fourfourtwo.com, from 18 May 20201).
-Tensions between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé at France on the eve of Euro 2020 (weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com, from 11 June 2021).
-France vs Germany: Benzema and Griezmann get green light (en.as.com, from 13 June 2021).




    Below: France national team, 2020 UEFA Euro (June 2021) – Squad, with projected starting lineup and 15 substitutions (all 26 players)


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Photo and Image credits above -
France 2021 jersey, from uksoccershop.com. France 2021 away jersey badge, from fanatics-intl.com. Blank map of France, from demis.nl at File:France with Corsica2 (demis).png (commons.wikimedia.org).





Photo credits for players & coach…
France players celebrating the winning goal by Antoine Griezmann versus Bosnia (FIFA WC qualifiers on 31 March 2021 in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina). From left: Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Raphaël Varane, Kylian Mbappé, Adrien Rabiot, Lucas Hernández – photo by Franck Fife/Getty Images via sportskeeda.com.
Coach…Didier Deschamps, photo by Frank Fife via lexpress.fr/actualite/sport. France jersey badge, photo from soccer.com/shop.
Goalkeeper… Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images via hitc.com.
Defenders…
-Benjamin Pavard (RB/CB/LB) (Bayern Munich), photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern via bavarianfootballworks.com.
-Raphaël Varane (CB) (Real Madrid), photo by Getty Images via uk.newschant.com.
-Presnel Kimpembe (CB/LB) (PSG), photo unattributed at archyde.com.
-Lucas Hernández (LB/CB) (Bayern Munich), photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern via bavarianfootballworks.com.
Midfielders…
-Paul Pogba (CMF/AMF/DMF) (Manchester United), photo unattributed at sportskeeda.com.
-N’Golo Kanté (CMF/DMF) (Chelsea), photo by Getty Images via thes*n.co.uk/sport.
-Adrien Rabiot (CMF/DMF) (Juventus), photo by Icon Sport via dailymercato.com.
Forwards…
-Karim Benzema (CF/LW/RW) (Real Madrid), photo unattributed at m.imdb.com.
-Antoine Griezmann (CF/LW/RW) (Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com.
-Kylian Mbappé (CF/LW/RW(PSG), photo by Getty Images via independent.co.uk/sport.
Other player-options (Goalkeepers & Central Defenders)…
-Steve Mandanda (GK) (Marseille), photo by Icon Sport via butfootballclub.fr.
-Mike Maignan (GK) (Lille), photo unattributed at 90min.com.
-Jules Koundé (CB) (Sevilla), photo unattributed at football-espana.net.
-Clément Lenglet (CB) (Barcelona), photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images via everythingbarca.com.
Other player-options (Defenders)…
-Léo Dubois (RB/RMF/LB) (Lyon), photo unattributed at madeingones.com
-Kurt Zouma (CB/RB) (Chelsea), photo unattributed at acehfootball.net.
-Moussa Sissoko (CMF/DMF/RMF) (Tottenham), photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images via tbrfootball.com.
-Lucas Digne (LB) (Everton), photo by Emma Simpson/Everton FC via Getty Images via tbrfootball.com.
Other player-options (Midfielders & Wingers)…
-Corentin Tolisso (CMF/DMF/AMF) (Bayern Munich), photo by fcbayern.com.
-Marcus Thuram (LW/CF/RW) (Borussia Mönchengladbach), photo by Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images via cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com.
-Thomas Lemar (AMF/ LW/RW) (Atlético Madrid), photo unattributed at futballnews.com.
Other player-options (Forwards & Wingers)…
-Ousmane Dembélé (RW/LW/CF) (Barcelona), photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images via rousingthekop.com.
-Olivier Giroud (CF) (Chelsea), photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images via theguardian.com/football.
-Wissam Ben Yedder (CF) (Monaco), photo from ligue1.com.
-Kingsley Coman (LW/RW/CF) (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at strettynews.com.

-Thanks to transfermkt.com, for player-position info.


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