Statistics of 2018

How many goals were scored in 2018? What where the most frequent results? And most importantly: What was the best team in the world? This article provides the answers and a very brief (statistical) recap of the year 2018 in football.

2019-01-14

World Ranking

Final top ten in 2018:

Rank Team Country Points
1 FC Barcelona Spain 1924
2 Juventus Italy 1904
3 FC Bayern Muenchen Germany 1899
4 Real Madrid Spain 1877
5 Paris Saint Germain France 1806
6 Atletico Madrid Spain 1787
7 Manchester City England 1752
8 FC Liverpool England 1733
9 Tottenham Hotspur England 1711
10 SSC Napoli Italy 1670

Top 5 improved teams:

Team Country Start points End points Difference
Eintracht Frankfurt Germany 1240 1445 205
Five Islands Antigua and Barbuda 808 1011 202
IDL Guam 806 1000 194
Real Betis Spain 1299 1490 191
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras Brazil 1336 1524 188

Top 5 worsened teams:

Team Country Start points End points Difference
Platanias Greece 1158 978 -179
Guediawaye FC Senegal 917 741 -176
US Ouakam Senegal 890 716 -174
Parham Antigua and Barbuda 1210 1043 -167
Buang Papua New Guinea 788 622 -166

Goal and Results

Our database recorded 37167 games in 2018, played in 206 domestic leagues with 98311 scored goals. This gives an average of 2.65 goals per match (2017: 2.64). On national level, the average varies quite heavily. The countries with the lowest average are Bangladesh (1.57), Gambia (1.69) and Benin (1.70). The highest averages are found in Guam (6.49), Tahiti (5.41) and Macao (5.14).

The below graph shows a break down of the most frequent results.

44.6% of matches were won by the home team, 25.5% ended in a draw and the remaining 29.9% were won by the away team.

Again, there are some significant difference when looking at the national level. Nigeria (69.6%), Afghanistan (64.3%) and Indonesia (58.8%) had the highest home win percentages. The lowest can be found in Djibouti (29.4%), Montenegro (30.6%) and Kuwait (31.5%)

Streaks

Winning/undefeated streaks:

FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia) won 15 home games in a row from 02/17/2018 to 10/20/2018 Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) didn't loose 27 home games in a row from 01/11/2018 to 11/29/2018

Havnar Boltfelag Torshavn (Faroe Islands) won 13 away games in a row from 04/02/2018 to 10/06/2018 Juventus FC (Italy) didn't loose 19 away games in a row from 01/06/2018 to 12/26/2018

Club Franciscain (Martinique) won 18 games in a row from 01/06/2018 to 10/20/2018 FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia) didn't loose 36 games in a row from 02/17/2018 to 12/16/2018

Loosing/ didn't win streaks:

Al Jahra (Kuwait) lost 11 home games in a row from 02/03/2018 to 12/03/2018 VS Zagora (Bulgaria) didn't win 18 home games in a row from 02/17/2018 to 12/09/2018

Bray Wanderers FC (Ireland Republic) lost 17 away games in a row from 02/16/2018 to 10/06/2018 Al Diwaniya (Iraq) didn't win 23 away games in a row from 01/08/2018 to 12/24/2018

National Sports Training Center (Chinese Taipei) lost 20 games in a row from 04/15/2018 to 09/27/2018 VS Zagora (Bulgaria) didn't win 32 games in a row from 02/17/2018 to 11/25/2018