How has your football club changed over time?

The earliest known written record of a Football match taking place in England, was penned by cleric William Fitzstephen after a trip to London in 1170 AD – it went:

After dinner all the youths of the city goes out into the fields for the very popular game of ball.

Over eight centuries later and this very English “game of ball” was transformed into the most watched sports-league in the world.

English football has enjoyed a long and proud history. But while football as a whole has been a pillar of our culture, each individual club is forever in flux, rising and falling in the league tables as new players, talent and money are attracted from all corners of the globe like magnets.

But how has your club changed over this time?

Specifically, how has the makeup of your squad changed since the inception of the English Football League in 1888? What regions of the globe has your club historically attracted talent from? How did it change when the EFL was superseded by the Premier League in 1992? And did any of this have an affect on your clubs historical success in the final standings?

We’ve conducted a data-driven study investigating exactly these questions.

In order to get this data we:

  • Found the final standings of the top football division in England per season, every season since 1888 (over 130 years worth of data).
  • Found the names of every player in each of these clubs, for every season.
  • Found the exact country of birth for each of these players.

And when we merge all this data together, we have over 54,000 individual data points (21 players x 20 clubs x 130 seasons) which allow us to create a visual timeline of how the makeup of squads has changed overtime, versus how many times those clubs topped the tables.

Below, you can see these results for five of the top English football clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United.

(For readability purposes, the data displayed is from 1950 onwards.)

1 – Arsenal

Arsenal

2 – Chelsea.

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3 – Liverpool.

Liverpool

4 – Manchester City.

Man City

5 – Manchester United.

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Some headline takeaways:

  • Scottish and Irish players used to play a far bigger role in English football than they do today.
  • Since the EU’s Bosman Ruling (allowing easier transfers of footballers within the Single Market), continental European players have grown in influence, overtaking that of Scotland and Ireland in many cases.
  • With the exception of Liverpool, most of the top 5 clubs have topped the league more times as their squads became more diverse.

But what if you don’t support Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United or Manchester City? Will you be able to see the history of your own club?

You’re in luck. We’re busy making an interactive tool which will not only let you see these results for every team that’s ever played in the top division of English football, but also in every season that’s been played since 1888.

That’s 130 years of this very English “game of ball”.

NOTES:

  • Club data was assembled using the top division per season. From 1888 to 1991, this was Division 1 in the English Football League; from 1992 onwards, this was the Premier League. The graphs above follow this format.
  • The football league was postponed on a number of occasions, for example, during the two world wars. For these occasions, no league data was pulled – though in some instances we were still able to find an official squad list.
  • Squad data limited by its availability on 11v11.com. For example, for Cambridge United, we have squad data from 1971 onward.
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Video games get a bit of tough time, don’t they? The media and parents alike have criticised them for promoting violent behaviour and making screen slaves out of our youths. But do games really shape our culture? And if so, is it all bad?

Here at Casumo, we’ve done a bit of research into the links between video games and culture and found some pretty eye-opening stuff. Take a look.

Is FIFA producing real-life football stars?

We wanted to know if the number of people playing FIFA in a country had any correlation with the number of professional footballers that country produced.

We had a look at the number of people searching Google for FIFA in one day per country, and the number of players that country currently has in the premier league to see if there was a link, and there was. Score!

We found the countries with the highest search volumes usually had less than five – and often zero – professional Premier League players. Nepal for example, had 100 Google searches for FIFA on the day we studied, but currently has no Premier League players.

We saw this trend in a lot of other countries with higher search volumes. Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Qatar had the second, third and fourth highest searches for FIFA and all currently have no Premier League Players.

On the flip side, the UK currently has 351 Premier League players, but a comparatively small 24 searches for FIFA per day. Spain has the second highest number of players – 48 – but only 14 searches.

Could it simply be that if you want to be the next Messi, it might be time to stop pretending and get outside for a kickabout?

Looking for the next Lewis Hamilton? He might be playing on his PlayStation.

Unlike footballers, it turns out that an interest in racing games could propel you to Formula1 superstardom.

We found that countries with the highest Google searches for the top 3 racing games – Need for Speed, Fast and Furious and World Rally Championship – were also the countries with the highest number of Formula 1 wins.

When it comes to race wins, the UK is first across the line with an impressive 275, they also had the second highest volumes for the Fast and Furious game, and across all three games racked up 167K Google searches. They also have the second highest number of F1 drivers, with five active drivers. Who knows, maybe Lewis Hamilton cut his teeth on Need for Speed?

Take a look at the data below, and if you’re thinking you could be the next Schumacher, why not try our very own Wacky Races slot.

Are Minecrafters the Architects of the future?

At this point, Minecraft has become so ubiquitous that you’re almost certainly familiar with it. But for the uninitiated, it’s essentially a clunky looking computer and mobile app game that allows players to build their own worlds-think Sims but with 8-bit graphics. But is it possible that it’s turning a generation of gamers into budding architects?

We compiled a list of people searching for architecture jobs and compared it with the number of people searching for Minecraft and we found some pretty interesting things.

The USA logged a staggering 34M searches for Minecraft, the highest on our list by a mile, and were also way ahead of everyone else for architecture job searches. This is of course in part due to population, but those numbers are just the start of a pattern we saw repeated in other countries.

For example, the UK had the third highest number of searches for Minecraft with 1M Google searches. They also had the second highest number of Architecture job searches – 49K.

Germany had the second highest amount of Minecraft searches with 1.5M and also logged over 8.1K searches for architecture jobs!

So, next time you see a kid playing Minecraft, they might be laying the foundations of a career.

No more REAL guitar heroes?

When Guitar Hero Launched back in 2005, it was an instant smash. Kids and teens across the country (and the world) were jamming out to classic rock in their living rooms and dads rejoiced! The only downside? They were no longer interested in learning how to really play the guitar.

A look at Google trends shows that in 2005, interest in guitar lessons was experiencing a peak (albeit a minor one) and it was still getting a few more searches than Guitar Hero.

However, as Christmas of that year approached, interest in the game increased – eventually outstripping searches for guitar lessons. Since then, searches for guitar lessons have seen a gradual -but noticeable- decrease.

And, whilst interest in Guitar Hero has significantly dropped since its 2007-2008 peak, it has managed to maintain an edge over the real thing.

Bruhaha! Who are the most frightened Brits?

Can you feel the chills, running down your spine as you play our scary slot games? It’s that spooky time of year again, where ghouls and ghosts come out at night, so we wanted to know what gives you a fright…

Casumo asked two thousand Brits which are their favourite Halloween horror movies. And the two horror movies that came out on top were absolute classics,  The Sixth Sense and the The Shining. Eeek!

Our research has shown that people from Northern Ireland are officially the country’s least scared region, with nearly half of the people not reacting at all to the most scary moments in horror films. This contrasts with Wales, where nearly half of the people tend to look away when things get creepy.

Fifty percent of the women look away during scary moments compared with one in five men. We are however wondering whether men might be less likely to admit to looking away when they are frightened.

We found that Londoners were the most likely region in the UK to watch horror movies with friends, with a third of Londoners turning it into a more social occasion and watching scary movies with friends, with only thirteen percent of people from Yorkshire doing the same.

In contrast, London was the area where people are least likely to watch a scary movie with their partner.

Most Brit’s love suspenseful horror movies with twist endings, with the least favourite part of some horror movies being bad acting and unrealistic special effects.

Spooky tales

We also wanted to dig into some real live spooky tales that had happened to people.

Some respondents to our questionnaire told us about the most scary things that had happened to them, or the times when they were most scared. Have a look and see if you can relate:

“After watching the horror film The Skull, I went to put some rubbish in the outside dustbin, as I lifted the lid off, my cat jumped out. Scared  the living daylights out of me!”

“A group of us were chatting in a pathway near a churchyard, it was dark when all of a sudden we saw an image of a man walk from the churchyard onto the pathway we were on. We all ran, then we stopped, all walked back and there was no sign of the old man!”

“I used to work in a big hotel which was very old and when the owners went on holiday during the closed season, I had to move in to deal with administration work and general enquiries. The kitchen and dining room were downstairs in a big basement. It’s strangely spooky when the hotel is empty. I was down there one night getting some food when I saw a pair of shadowy legs disappearing up the stairs- no body, just legs.”

“As a child, I didn’t know my brother had looped fishing wire around the stuff on my shelves holding mostly books and toys. He waited until I was asleep and pulled. I was petrified and screamed!”

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Here at Casumo online casino we’re curious about everything. This time, we wanted to know how FIFA eSports earnings compare to the salaries of traditional professional footballers. Are you curious?

A glance at the eSports industry

In recent years, the eSports industry has seen incredible growth, from $325 million in 2015 to $696 million for 2017, and is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion by 2020. Competitive video gaming has become a career choice for quite a number of players who take their eSports seriously. Although millions of people play eSports, only the very top are rewarded for their efforts, and reaching that level is not a walk in the park.

Tournament prizes for eSports are also increasing with the FIFA Interactive World Cup paying out $200,000 to last year’s winner Spencer Ealing, up from the $20,000 awarded to the 2016 winner. That’s $180,000 more!

This is why we thought it would be cool to compare the amount earned by gamers playing from the sofa to what players on the pitch get. We did this by analysing the top FIFA eSports players’ prize earnings to professional footballers salaries.

Let’s compare

  • The Top 10 FIFA eSports players earned on average £55,911 from total tournament prizes in 2017.
  • Top FIFA eSports players earned more than 25% of all professional footballers playing in the English League System (this includes Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2)
  • Prize earnings for the top FIFA eSports players have increased by almost 850% since 2015, from $8,316 to $78,905 in 2017.
  • If prize earnings continue to increase at the same rate the top FIFA eSports players earnings could reach $670,692 (£469,008) by 2020. This would putFIFA eSports players earnings above the salary of players in the Championship and above 75% of all professional players in the English League system.

Average Footballer Salary by League & Top 10 FIFA Gamers Average Tournament Prize

League Average Salary
Premier League £2,642,508
Championship £369,720
League 1 £81,432
Top 10 FIFA Gamers £55,911*
League 2 £47,372
*figure converted to GBP from 78,905 US Dollars, correct as of Wednesday 24th January 2018.

Sources

Top 10 FIFA 17 Players and Tournament Prizes

Player Tournament Prizes
1. Spencer Ealing $250,000
2. Chevry Corentin $173,000
3. Shaun Springette $86,000
4. Timo Siep $54,526
5. Cihan Yasarlar $44,227
6. Kai Wollin $42,183
7. Rafael Salles Leite Fortes $38,000
8. Tassal Rushan $35,500
9. Daniele Paolucci $34,000
10. Aldossary Mossad $31,500
Average $78,905

Sources

Average of the tournament earnings for top 10 FIFA Players by year

Year Tournament Prizes
FIFA 15 $8,316
FIFA 16 $8,710
FIFA 17 $78,905

Sources

Number of Professional Football Players by League

League Number of Players
Premier League 535
Championship 643
League 1 662
League 2 661
Total number of players 2501

Sources

One clear winner

That’s it then, top FIFA gamers are netting more pay than professional footballers. The way things are going, it might be time for footballers to hang up their boots and pick up the controllers. In the meantime, here at Casumo we’ll keep our curiosity levels high.


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