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Nissan scientifically proves the UEFA Champions League’s most exciting moments

Nissan scientifically proves the UEFA Champions League’s most exciting moments

February 16
19:51 2017
  • Nissan Excitement Index, in partnership with Loughborough University, scientifically proves FC Barcelona as the UEFA Champions League’s most exciting team to date
  • Dani Alves, Mesut Özil and Lionel Messi all feature on the ‘exciting eleven’ team sheet from the tournament’s group stage
  • FC Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw’s twelve goal thriller in November scientifically the ‘most exciting game’ of the UEFA Champions League season so far

 

Rolle, Switzerland (Feb 13th, 2017) – Nissan and leading scientists have created a formula that officially proves the UEFA Champions League’s most exciting games, teams and players this season. The unique method called the Nissan Excitement Index – created with scientists at Loughborough University – shows that FC Barcelona are officially the most exciting football team in Europe.

 

POSITION TEAM: SEASON EXCITEMENT SCORE:
*
based on Nissan Excitement Index formula
1 FC Barcelona 57.2
2 Real Madrid CF 53
3 FC Bayern Munich 44.6
4 FC Borussia Dortmund 36.5
5 Arsenal FC 32

Top 5 Most Exciting Teams to date (determined using the Nissan Excitement Index formula)
FC Barcelona also feature as part of the ‘exciting eleven’ team sheet from the tournament’s group stage, with star striker Lionel Messi taking one of the places, alongside Juventus FC defender Dani Alves and Arsenal FC’s Mesut Özil.

 

Every players’ excitement highlight can be found in the table at the end of the release

 

The Nissan Excitement Index also ranked the twelve goal thriller in November, between FC Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw, as the ‘most exciting game of the tournament’ so far.

 

POSITION MATCH: SEASON EXCITEMENT SCORE:
*based on Nissan Excitement Index formula
1 FC   Borussia Dortmund 8 – Legia Warsaw 4
(MD5 – Nov 22)
72.0
2 FC Barcelona 4 – Manchester City FC 0

(MD3 – Oct 19)

55.7
3 FC Borussia Dortmund 2 – Real Madrid CF 2

(MD2 – Sept 27)

44.1
4 Manchester City FC 3 – FC Barcelona 1

(MD4 – Nov 1)

44
5 Real Madrid CF 2 – FC Borussia Dortmund 2

(MD6 – Dec 7)

38.7

Top 5 Most Exciting Games to date (determined using the Nissan Excitement Index formula)

 

In order to develop the Nissan Excitement Index, Nissan – the official global automotive sponsor of the UEFA Champions League – and Loughborough University gathered and analysed data from ‘live experiments’ on football fans at UEFA Champions League Matches, culminating in the creation of scientific formula to determine the most exciting moments according to science. The Nissan Excitement Index scientific formula* calculates an excitement score based on match stats including: goal(s) scored (and when), involvement of star player(s), booking(s) and fan attendance.

 

Commenting on the return of the UEFA Champions League, Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Vice President for Marketing Nissan Europe said: “Last season we scientifically proved the UEFA Champions League gets people excited, now we’re delving even deeper into this emotion, together with Loughborough University. Being able to scientifically track the most exciting players, clubs and moments of the game ensures that we at Nissan contribute to the most exciting journey possible for football fans.”

 

Nissan have also revealed the most exciting goal of the tournament so far – Cenk Tosun’s acrobatic effort for Besiktas J.K. on November 23rd. Chosen by fans around the globe the ‘Goal of the Week’ will continue throughout the knock out stage, giving you the opportunity to vote on the best and most exciting goals from the UEFA Champions League. When entering fans are also automatically entered into a draw to win a range of prizes. Visit http://rt.nissan-uefa-champions-league.com/RT/en/nissan-uefa-champions-league/goal-of-the-week-game.html.

 

‘Exciting Eleven’ team sheet of the group stage (determined using the Nissan Excitement formula and Opta statistics)*

Position Player Team Excitement   Indicators
Goalkeeper Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid Kept four clean sheets in the group stage,   only conceding two of the 19 shots he faced.
Defender (LB) Ludwig Augustinsson FC Copenhagen As well as being part of a defence that   kept four clean sheets, he assisted three goals and created more goal scoring   chances (17) than any other defender.
Defender (CB) Mathias Jorgensen FC Copenhagen Made the most clearances in the group stage   (62).
Defender (CB) Raphael Varane Real Madrid CF Only of only three defenders to score two   goals and 88% pass completion rate from defence in the group stage. Won 73%   of duels against opponents.
Defender (RB) Dani Alves Juventus FC Got forward to create14 goal scoring   chances – more than any other defender in the group stages.
Midfielder Steven N’Zonzi Sevilla FC Only Marco Verratti completed more passes   than N’Zonzi (459). Also completed the 3rd most in the opposition half (288).
Midfielder Danilo Pereira FC Porto Completed 90% of his passes in the group   stage. 84% passing accuracy.
Midfielder Mesut Özil Arsenal FC More UEFA Champions League goals this   season (4) than in any previous campaign. Had a hand in seven goals in the   group stage.
Forward Lionel Messi FC Barcelona Top goal scorer in the group stage (10),   only Cristiano Ronaldo has ever scored more in the group stage of the   competition (11 in 2015/16).
Forward Alexis Sanchez Arsenal FC Created more goal scoring chances than   anyone else on the Arsenal FC teams.
Forward Karim Benzema Real Madrid CF Scored four goals and attempted the second   most shots on target in the group stage (12). Became the 6th   player ever to reach 50 UEFA Champions League goals.

 

-ENDS-

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

*Exciting 11 XI:

The players were identified based on the Excitement Index scientific formula, and a calculation created by Loughborough to reflect this. The score is a summation of Opta statistics (Goals, Shots on target, Total Tackles, Clearances, Blocks, Total Crosses, Chances Created, Assists, Yellow Cards, Red Card) divided by the number of games played – reflective of the Excitement Index Scientific Formula. (For yellow cards, we divided the number of yellows by two so that this was kept consistent with the excitement index (i.e. 0.5 per yellow card).)

 

*Nissan Excitement Index Formula for determining most exciting football matches

 

 

 

The UEFA Champions League partnership is another example of Nissan’s dedication and growth in global sports, which includes: major international cricket events, such as the ICC Men’s and Women’s World Cups, the Canadian Football League, the Heisman Trust and Heisman Trophy, and the City Football Group, which includes the Manchester City, Melbourne City and New York City clubs. Nissan’s NCAA partnership in the US also marks the widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports – backing 100 colleges and universities, as well as select NCAA Championships – covering 22 sports. In addition, Nissan has a number of sporting ambassadors, including footballers Gareth Bale, Sergio Agüero and Andrés Iniesta.

ABOUT NISSAN IN EUROPE

 

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com

 

For further details please contact.
Caloghiris Christopher
Tel+41218225067
CCaloghiris@nissan-europe.com

Jenkins Sara
Tel+41(0)79 808 3397
sjenkins@nissan-europe.com
http://newsroom.nissan-europe.com/

 
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