Goals – England vs Italy vs Spain

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England v Italy v Spain

The Premier League is often portrayed as being the most exciting league in the world, with factors such as the frenetic pace of the action, the quality of the players on show and the global TV audience that it can command all giving considerable weight to this view.

The real currency of excitement in a football match is goals, however, so I thought I’d take a look at how the English Premier League has measured up against its Italian and Spanish counterparts on that front since its inception back in 1992.

The table below covers every season from 1992/93 onwards and looks at the number of games played, the number of goals scored and the average number of goals per game (‘GPG’) in each of the top divisions in England (‘Premier League’), Italy (‘Serie A’) and Spain (‘La Liga’):

Season Premier League Serie A La Liga
Games Goals GPG Games Goals GPG Games Goals GPG
1992-93 462 1222 2.65 306 858 2.8 380 954 2.51
1993-94 462 1195 2.59 306 741 2.42 380 989 2.6
1994-95 462 1195 2.59 306 773 2.53 380 966 2.54
1995-96 380 988 2.6 306 805 2.63 462 1246 2.7
1996-97 380 970 2.55 306 810 2.65 462 1271 2.75
1997-98 380 1019 2.68 306 835 2.73 380 1009 2.66
1998-99 380 959 2.52 306 845 2.76 380 1003 2.64
1999-00 380 1060 2.79 306 764 2.5 380 999 2.63
2000-01 380 992 2.61 306 845 2.76 380 1095 2.88
2001-02 380 1001 2.63 306 806 2.63 380 961 2.53
2002-03 380 1000 2.63 306 789 2.58 380 1016 2.67
2003-04 380 1012 2.66 306 816 2.67 380 1015 2.67
2004-05 380 975 2.57 380 960 2.53 380 980 2.58
2005-06 380 944 2.48 380 991 2.61 380 936 2.46
2006-07 380 931 2.45 380 969 2.55 380 942 2.48
2007-08 380 1002 2.64 380 970 2.55 380 1021 2.69
2008-09 380 942 2.48 380 988 2.6 380 1101 2.9
2009-10 380 1053 2.77 380 992 2.61 380 1031 2.71
2010-11 380 1063 2.8 380 955 2.51 380 1042 2.74
2011-12 79 225 2.85 60 142 2.37 70 179 2.56
TOTAL 7545 19748 2.62 6392 16654 2.61 7454 19756 2.65

1992-93

  • The 1222 goals scored represents the most ever in a single Premier League season
  • The 2.8 goals per game in Serie A represents the highest figure in the last 20 seasons in Italy
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Italy 2) England 3) Spain

1993-94

  • Loss of 0.38 goals per game from the previous season in Serie A
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) England 3) Italy

1994-95

  • Premier League figures identical to those from the previous season
  • GPG Ranking: 1) England 2) Spain 3) Italy

1995-96

  • Goals per game average remains virtually unmoved at 2.6 for the third season running in the Premier League
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) Italy 3) England

1996-97

  • The 1271 goals scored in La Liga represents the most in a single season in any of the three countries studied during the last 20 years
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) Italy 3) England

1997-98

  • Over 1000 goals are scored (1019) for the first time in a 380-game Premier League season
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Italy 2) England 3) Spain

1998-99

  • The amount of goals scored rises from one season to the next for the fifth time in a row in Serie A
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Italy 2) Spain 3) England

1999-00

  • 999 goals are scored in La Liga
  • GPG Ranking: 1) England 2) Spain 3) Italy

2000-01

  • 96 more goals are scored in La Liga than had been during the previous season
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) Italy 3) England

2001-02

  • The Premier League and Serie A produce exactly the same figure in terms of ‘average goals per game’
  • GPG Ranking: 1=) England 1=) Italy 3) Spain

2002-03

  • Exactly 1000 goals are scored in the Premier League
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) England 3) Italy

2003-04

  • The ‘average goals per game’ figure is spread over a range of just 0.01 in the three leagues
  • GPG Ranking: 1=) Italy 1=) Spain 3) England

2004-05

  • The number of goals scored in the three leagues is spread over a range of just 20
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) England 3) Italy

2005-06

  • The 936 goals scored in La Liga represents the lowest total netted in a completed season in Spain during the 20 years of this study
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Italy 2) England 3) Spain

2006-07

  • The 931 goals scored represents the lowest single-season total in the Premier League since its inception in 1992
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Italy 2) Spain 3) England

2007-08

  • An average of 2.55 goals per game are scored in Serie A for the second season in succession
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) England 3) Italy

2008-09

  • The figure of 2.9 goals per game in La Liga represents the highest average in any of the three countries during the previous 20 seasons
  • GPG Ranking: 1) Spain 2) Italy 3) England

2009-10

  • 111 more goals are netted in the Premier League than during the previous season
  • GPG Ranking: 1) England 2) Spain 3) Italy

2010-11

  • The figure of 2.8 goals per game represents the highest average in any completed Premier League season
  • GPG Ranking: 1) England 2) Spain 3) Italy

2011-12

  • The figure of 2.85 goals per game would be a record Premier League average if maintained for the entire season
  • The figure of 2.37 goals per game in Serie A would represent a record low in any of the three countries during the previous 20 years if maintained for the entire season
  • GPG Ranking (season still in progress): 1) England 2) Spain 3) Italy

Overall

Although ‘Goals per Game’ is just one measure of the excitement on offer in a particular league, it is interesting to see that there is little to choose between the 20-year averages in each of the three countries that I have studied:

Spain – 2.65

England – 2.62

Italy – 2.61

Furthermore, if I award points based on the ‘Goals per Game’ rankings in each of the 19 completed seasons (i.e. 1st = 3 pts / 2nd = 2 pts / 3rd = 1 point), then the following picture is revealed:

Spain – 43 points

Italy – 37 points

England – 36 points

It should be noted that there has been an explosion of goals in the Premier League during the last two-and-a-bit seasons, but who would have thought that the English top-flight would have been pretty much matched by its Italian counterpart in terms of a goals per game average over the last 20 years?

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

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