Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) today sees the end of its first year today, and it has been a good one!
Yes, we have only had a few months, but in that time we have seen four champions, 20 matches, and 44 goals. 2009 is looking bright!
But now it's time for a few stats from the first year of the UWCC!
- Chelsea were the first champions, winning the title by default following the B/R European Team Rankings naming them as the best team in Europe.
- They defended the title seven times, eventually losing to Liverpool, who also broke Chelsea's 86-match unbeaten home run with that win.
- Since then, Chelsea have only had one more shot at the title, drawing with Fulham.
- During their tenure as champions, Chelsea recorded 16 points, averaging 2.3 points per game.
- Six of those points came at Stamford Bridge, while the remaining 10 came away from home.
- They also won five matches, more than any other team in UWCC history.
- Chelsea scored 14 goals, an average of exactly 2 per game, and only conceded one, creating an average of just 0.14 per game.
- 11 of those goals came away from home, compared to just three at home.
- Liverpool won the title off Chelsea, ending their 86-match unbeaten home run in the process.
- They defended the title just twice, before being beaten by Tottenham.
- Since they lost the title, Liverpool have had two more opportunities at it, both proving to be unsuccessful.
- They won six points from their three UWCC matches, an average of two per game.
- They also scored three goals, averaging one per game.
- In their short spell as champions, Liverpool conceded two goals, an average of 0.66 per match.
- Tottenham won the title off Liverpool with a late winner proving decisive. Tottenham became the lowest ranked team to hold the title as they were, at the time, bottom of the Premier League.
- They defended the title four times before falling to a shock defeat against Fulham.
- They won four games in a row, including the match in which they claimed the title, which is the best record of any UWCC champion.
- Since they lost the title, they have had one chance to win it back, but it proved unsuccessful as Fulham held out for a draw.
- Fulham won 12 points in their spell as champions, averaging an all-time high of 2.4 points per game.
- Nine of those points came at home, while the remaining three were from away ties.
- Spurs scored 13 goals during their tenure, creating another record average of 2.6 goals per game.
- Ten of the goals came at home, with three coming away from White Hart Lane.
- They conceded six goals, an average of 1.2 per game, which is, again, an all-time high in UWCC history.
- Fulham won the title off Tottenham with a shock result.
- They have currently defended the title seven times, and the match against Sheffield Wednesday on Jan. 3 will be a record setting eighth defence.
- Fulham drew four games in a row at one point of their reign, a record amount of consecutive draws.
- To date, Fulham have drawn six matches and won just two in the UWCC, claiming 12 points, an average of 1.5 points per game.
- They have scored eight goals, all of which have come at home, creating an average of one goal per game.
- They have, however, conceded just four goals (0.5 per game), all of which have been conceded at Craven Cottage.
- Fulham will become the longest reigning champions in terms of matches played when they take on Sheffield Wednesday on January 3rd.
- They already hold the record for longest reigning champions in terms of time, holding the title as they have for one month and 17 days.
- Frank Lampard and Darren Bent are the current joint top scorers in UWCC history, both with five goals to their names. 24 different players have scored, including four defenders, 12 midfielders, and eight strikers.
- Jamie Carragher holds the unfortunate distinction of scoring the only own goal in UWCC history.
- Darren Bent is currently the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a UWCC match.
- The UWCC has seen three red cards, one for Gelson Fernandes, Richard Dunne, and Beniot Assou-Ekotto.
- There have been three penalties scored in UWCC history, with Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Danny Murphy all netting from the spot.
- The biggest win is Chelsea's 5-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough on October 18th.
- The highest scoring game was Tottenham's 4-2 triumph over Liverpool on Nov. 12.
- Chelsea went six consecutive games without conceding a goal, more than anyone else in UWCC history.
- Portsmouth, Stoke, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Manchester City all hold the unwanted record of least successful sides, as they have all challenged for the title twice without success.
- Since the first game on September 24, there has been two Carling Cup ties, one UEFA Cup tie, two Champions League ties, and 15 Premier League ties in the UWCC.
And that concludes the New Year's Eve stat attack! This will hopefully become an annual thing, and 2009 will hopefully see the UWCC take-off, and start to travel round the World!
Happy New Year, Everyone!