Connect with us

Opinions

Statiscal Analysis: Which team has the worst injury record in La Liga?


Luke Glassford provides us with a statistical look at the injuries suffered by various La Liga teams over the past 5 seasons.


We all know the feeling when an important player is injured and forced to spend a prolonged period on the sidelines. Injuries have the potential to ruin not just an individual player’s season, but also the hopes of their team and supporters.

As injuries can have such a huge effect on a club’s prospects, we decided to take a closer look at the injury records of La Liga teams. To do so, we looked at all the injuries reported for each of the 10 teams that have been ever-presents in La Liga over the past five seasons: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Malaga, Real Sociedad, Espanyol and Celta Vigo.

First, let’s take a look at the spread of injuries across all of these teams over the past five seasons.

As we can see, there is a very clear pattern over the past five seasons of La Liga teams suffering more and more injuries. During the 2012/13 season there were only 75 player injuries – a figure which jumped to 334 in 2016/17.

Season No. of injuries
2012/13 75
2013/14 137
2014/15 180
2015/16 253
2016/17 334

 

The amount of injuries is one thing, but what about how serious each injury is? We took a look at each individual injury and tracked how many games they made the player miss.

Here’s how many games were missed due to injury across all 10 La Liga teams over the past five seasons:

The pattern for games missed shows that the last two seasons (2015/16 and 2016/17) have seen a lot more games missed by players due to injury than the preceding three seasons.

Season Games missed
2012/13 366
2013/14 611
2014/15 668
2015/16 1066
2016/17 1252

Now let’s look at the total amount of injuries for each team over the past five seasons:

In terms of the amount of injuries, Celta Vigo have the best injury record over the past five La Liga seasons with just 57 injuries. In contrast, Real Madrid have had the most amount of different injuries with 130 – that’s an average of 26 injuries each season.

Team Amount of injuries
Real Madrid 130
Barcelona 123
Atletico Madrid 83
Valencia 92
Sevilla 120
Athletic Bilbao 104
Malaga 118
Real Sociedad 82
Espanyol 72
Celta Vigo 57

What about the severity of the injuries affecting each club though? Here’s the amount of games missed through injury for each La Liga club over the past five seasons:

Real Madrid may have had the most injuries, but when it comes to games missed through injuries Sevilla have the worst record. Their players missed a total of 612 games over the past five seasons because of injury.

Espanyol have the best record here, registering just 258 games missed because of injury.

Team Amount of injuries
Real Madrid 413
Barcelona 451
Atletico Madrid 297
Valencia 306
Sevilla 612
Athletic Bilbao 355
Malaga 497
Real Sociedad 449
Espanyol 258
Celta Vigo 325

Thanks to CL Legal for help with researching this article.

Luke Glassford

Luke Glassford

Luke Glassford is a Spurs fan living in Leicester (the 2015/16 season was fun!) who ranks Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann and Harry Kane amongst his many footballing heroes.
Luke Glassford

100 to Watch

Latest

Talent Radar1 week ago

U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #16: Youri Tielemans and Patrick Cutrone feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Young Players Team of the Week with the best young...

Talent Radar2 weeks ago

Brasileirão U-23 Young Players’ Team of the Season 2017: Talent Radar

As the 2017 Brasileirao season has finished, it is time for us at Outside of the Boot to recognize the...

Talent Radar2 weeks ago

2017 Meiji Yasuda J1 League: Top 5 U-22 Players of the Season

Steven Davies sits down and takes a look at, who in his opinion, have been the best of a bright...

Opinions2 weeks ago

The Resurrection of Nicklas Bendtner

Harry Burford writes about the resurrection of Nicklas Bendtner. Whilst Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner has all but disappeared from our collective footballing...

Bengaluru FC3 weeks ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 0-2 Bengaluru

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 0-2 Bengaluru Bengaluru FC scored...

Indian Football4 weeks ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-2 Chennaiyin

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-2 Chennaiyin Chennaiyin FC came...

Talent Radar1 month ago

U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #15: Franck Kessie and Leon Bailey feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Young Players Team of the Week with the best young...

Indian Football1 month ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Pune City 3-0 ATK

Naven Venkat discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Pune City 3-0 ATK Playing the...

Indian Football1 month ago

Mohun Bagan Vs East Bengal: The Enduring Allure Of The Kolkata Derby

Arinjay Ghosh looks at the significance of the Kolkata Derby and why in the ever-changing landscape of Indian football, Mohun...

Indian Football1 month ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Mumbai City 0-1 Kerala Blasters

Vatsal Dani discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Mumbai City 0-1 Kerala Blasters Iain...

Bengaluru FC1 month ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Delhi Dynamos 2-2 Bengaluru

Aakriti Mehrotra discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Delhi Dynamos 2-0 Bengaluru When Delhi...

Bengaluru FC2 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Bengaluru 1-0 ATK

Arnab Ray discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Bengaluru 1-0 ATK With the Indian...

Indian Football2 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Chennaiyin 2-2 Delhi Dynamos

Hrishi Anand discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Chennaiyin 2-2 Delhi Dynamos Chennaiyin FC...

Indian Football2 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-1 FC Goa

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-1 FC Goa FC Goa...

Indian Football2 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Pune City 5-0 NorthEast United

Naven Venkat discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Pune City 5-0 NorthEast United This...

Tactical Analysis2 months ago

Tactical Analysis: Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona | Los Blancos Implode in the 2nd Half

Om Arvind provides a tactical analysis of the La Liga game that finished Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona Barcelona were 11...

Indian Football2 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: ATK 1-0 Delhi Dynamos

Arinjay Ghosh discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished ATK 1-0 Delhi Dynamos ATK rode...

Indian Football2 months ago

Analysis | Three Things We Learned: Chennaiyin 1-1 Kerala Blasters

Hrishi Anand discusses three talking points about the Indian Super League game that finished Chennaiyin 1-1 Kerala Blasters Chennaiyin FC...

Tactical Analysis2 months ago

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur | Guardiola extends winning run to 16

Siyang Xu provides a tactical analysis of the Premier League game that finished Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Pep Guardiola guided...

100 to Watch in 20182 months ago

100 Best Young Players to Watch in 2018 | Part 10 | Forwards

Football News 24/7  For the 5th year running, Outside of the Boot has returned with our year’s special feature – a detailed...

Talent Radar Award History

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Young Player Rankings 17-18

More on Outside of the Boot

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this