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Powerful FCB ahead in the numbers game

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:10 am

The league table never lies, or so the old footballing proverb insists, and at the halfway mark in the 2011/12 campaign, that's just fine by Bayern. Germany's biggest club have reached the midpoint of the Bundesliga season three points clear of champions Borussia Dortmund, claiming the so-called 'autumn championship' for the 17th time. It is a good omen for Munich, who went on to win the title on 14 of the previous 16 occasions.

A glance at the stats shows that Jupp Heynckes' side are top of the table on 37 points, and fully deserve to be there too, as Bayern occupy first place in the rankings in a raft of other statistical measures. summarises the key facts and figures from the first half of the Bundesliga campaign.

Most wins and most goals

FCB lead the way in terms of matches won with 12 victories so far. Remarkably, Bayern are the only club in the Bundesliga to go on and win every game in which they have taken the lead. That helps to explain why the Bavarians finished a round of matches at the top of the standings on 13 out of 17 occasions in the first half of term. Overall, FCB have led the league 590 times, a Bundesliga record - of course.

Bayern have scored 43 goals in the first 17 league fixtures, the highest total of all 18 teams. Munich boast the most miserly defence too, with a mere ten goals conceded. The resulting goal difference of +33 is a new record at the midpoint of the season.

Ten clean sheets and counting

The stats for control of the ball also show FCB head and shoulders above the rest, with Munich averaging 67 percent of the possession per match. The men in red are also the league's most accurate passers, with just 13 percent of their passes failing to reach the intended target. Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was restricted to 12 appearances due to a broken collarbone, played the ball an average of 98 times per game, the top rating in the Bundesliga. Second spot in that respect went to Philipp Lahm (97), whose total of 1,648 touches of the ball is the best score in the league.

In this ranking, the club captain is followed by Holger Badstuber (1,378), who is also Bayern's best tackler after winning 66.7 percent of his challenges. That was a big contributor to FCB possessing the best defence in the section, with league-leading scores of ten clean sheets, and just 40 on-target shots at the Bayern goal by opponents (an average of 2.4 per match).

Gomez, Van Buyten, Ribéry

Mario Gomez finished as the league's top scorer last term, and is well on the way to repeating the achievement, as he leads the way again with 16 goals. In the Champions League, Gomez is currently the joint top scorer with Lionel Messi on six goals. Daniel van Buyten's four Bundesliga goals make him the top scorer among the defenders.

The stats prove that Franck Ribéry had the best half of a season since his arrival in Munich, as his eight goals at the halfway mark are a new personal best. The 28-year-old is also the league's top provider with eight assists, and is first in the ranking for dribbling (153 times). Among the Bayern stars, no player contested more challenges than Franck (294).

Points are all that matter

And that's by no means it for categories in which FCB lead the way: Bayern have won the most penalties (6), scored most goals from outside the penalty area (7), scored most goals in the opening quarter-hour (8) and the last quarter-hour (9, joint top with Werder Bremen), conceded the fewest goals in the last quarter-hour (0), scored the most goals and conceded fewest from set plays (13 and 3 respectively), conceded the fewest goals in the first half (3), and won the most corners (98, equal with Wolfsburg).

But although the figures are impressive evidence of a fine campaign so far, the stats for time in possession, misplaced passes and number of corners count for nothing in the race for the title. Points are all that matter, and the table doesn't lie. That's something no-one at Bayern will ever forget as the club unites in pursuit of a 23rd domestic championship in the New Year.
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