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STAT ATTACK: The Egyptian Premier League in numbers
It has been an amazing season of football so far in the Egyptian Premier League, one like no other in many respects. In this article we take a look at the most interesting numbers and statistics in the 11 matchdays played so far.
0 – Both Zamalek and Ismaily are unbeaten in their respective league campaigns.
0.9 – The highest goals-to-games ratio in the league belongs to Arafa El-Sayed, who has 0.9 goals per match.
1 – Al Nasr broke the record for the worst start in the league in history, collecting just one point from 11 games. Asyut were the previous record holders with two points from 11 games.
3 – In ten games, a stingy Zamalek defence has let in only three goals. Their goalkeepers have faced an average of 6.6 shots on their goal per match, the lowest in the league compared to Nasr’s 16.5 shots faced per match, highest in the league.
4 – Petrojet has the most number of goals scored by defenders, four.
6 – Tala’a El-Gaish experienced a 6-1 result twice this season; they were on the receiving end against Zamalek, but put six past Maqassa.
6 – Zamalek’s El-Shenawy – currently injured – has the most clean sheets this season, with six in seven games played.
7 – Al Nasr, bottom of the table, are on a seven-game losing streak.
7 – ENPPI have the most goals in the first half: seven.
9 – Nine of the league’s teams this season are Cairo-based (45%) compared to only five (31%) 10 years ago.
10 – Ghanaian hitman John Antwi is the league’s top-scorer with ten goals in eleven games so far. In the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of the Premier League, goal stats were worse overall; Ahmed Abdel-Zaher, 2010/11 top scorer, scored just 13 goals in the whole season. The league had 16 teams back then.
11 – Dakhleya, Zamalek, Ittihad, Ismaily and Masr El-Maqassa all have unbeaten away records. Dakhleya have collected the most points away from home, with 11.
11 – Ismaily top the Fair Play table with just 11 yellow cards and one red card resulting from two yellow cards.
12 – Al Masry forwards have scored 12 goals collectively, making them the highest scoring forwards in the league along with Enppi. However, they also have the lowest-scoring midfield with 0 goals, the only midfield yet to score.
13.15 – Al Ahly have the most valuable squad, currently worth 13.15 million euros, followed by Zamalek at 10.45 million euros (source: Transfermarkt).
14 – With just 14 points from seven games, Al Ahly have had their WORST ever start to an Egyptian Premier League season despite losing only once.
14 – In the whole competition, 14 goals have been scored in extra time.
15 – ENPPI have the highest scoring midfield this seasons with 15 goals out of their 28.
16 – Arab Contractor’s midfielder Taher Mohamed is the competition’s youngest player to take to the field (16 years, 09 months and 18 days) this season.
25.5 – According to transfermarkt.com, Ismaily have the youngest squad with an average age of 25.5. Al Nasr and Damanhour have an average age of 26.6 and 28.1, respectively.
28 – ENPPI have scored a staggering 28 goals in just 10 games, which translates to an amazing 2.8 goals per game. Al Ahly, had 47 goals to their name in the whole 2010/11 season, when they were crowned champions. However, Zamalek have the highest shots on goal per match averaging 16 shots a game. Wadi Degla, have the least shots on goal per match in the league, averaging 6.2 shots per game.
29 – Assiouty tail the Fair Play table this season with 29 yellow cards and 2 red cards.
34 – All three promoted teams, Damnhour, Al Nasr and Assiouty, have played a combined 34 games, but have failed to win once.
37 – El-Dakhlia have the largest squad this season with 37 players.
92.10 – According to transfermarkt.com, all players in EgyPL collectively are worth 92.10 million euros. Messi is worth 120 million euros.
7,000,000 – Zamalek’s new midfielder Tarek Hamed made his move from Smouha this past transfer window for 7 million Egyptian pounds, making him this season’s most expensive transfer.
3 – Olimpy, Tersana, and Ismaily won three consecutive Egyptian Premier League titles, which is the longest time the Cairo giants have went without a league title.
4 – Only four sides have managed to defeat the oligopoly of Al Ahly, Zamalek, and Ismaily and they are Tersana in 1962/1963, Olimpy in 1965/66, Ghazl El-Mahalla in 1972/73, and Arab Contractors of 1982/83.
18 – Al Ahly have lost 18 games in the past 8 years in the league. They have collected 471 points from 211 matches in that period.
16 – Ramadan Sobhy is the youngest goalscorer in the league’s history (16 years, 11 months and 20 days). The player scored his first goal for his team against El-Maqassa on the 16th of June 2014.
34 – Most goals scored by a single player in one EgyPL season was 34 by Tersana’s Hassan El-Shazly in the 1974/75 season. The same player has the most goals scored collectively with 176 in the competition.
40 – Ittihad Manager Hossam Hassan is the league’s oldest goal scorer, scoring for Tersana against Ahly on the 23rd of February 2007 (40 years, 6 months and 13 days).
2006 – The last time Zamalek won in Ismailia was 8 years ago. The game (in September 2006) ended 1-0.
Which stats did you find most interesting? What will we see as we enter the second half of the season? Based on these stats, who do you think will cross the finish line as champions this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.