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Analysis of goals scored in the UEFA Champions league in the period 2009/2010


Michailidis Yiannis, Democritus University of Thrace


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate goal scoring characteristics of the UEFA Champions League in the period 2009 - 10; the sample consisted of all the games of the organization (N = 125). The statistical analysis of the results was conducted with the use of the non-parametric chi-square test. According to the results of the present study, the short pass (<10m) was the basic final attacking action in most of the goals (25%) while the long pass (>10m) comprised only 8.44% of all goals. Most of the goals (41.56%) were scored with the “place” (the inner side of the foot) and shot (33.44%), while a considerable proportion of the goals were scored with the head (16.88%). In addition, most of the goals were scored inside the penalty box (73.75%) (p < 0.001). The findings indicate that coaches may want to use offensive exercises with short passes more frequently. Also, the exercises should be located inside the penalty box. It should be noted that home advantage was not a strong factor in this league.


Soccer, goal achievement, goal evaluate

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