Foreign Media: Results, Analysis and Findings

Below are the results of my recent study of foreign media news articles in anticipation of the upcoming changes to the Football Index media monitor.

21 days. 1.3k headlines. 10 publications.

For a background on the study, please see the article here.

Overall Totals

Total Articles vs Player Mentions

1296 articles. 774 Mentioned a player in the headline (all naming conventions included).


Articles by Publication


Articles by Country

note: French Ligue 1 cancelled since April due to COVID-19.

Naming Conventions

Breakdown of Naming Convention Used

(Full name/ Surname Only/ Single Name/ Abbreviation)

Naming Conventions Used By Country.



Player Mentions in headlines (negative scores not included)

Combined full name and surname only player mentions in headlines.

Total media points from player mentions in headlines.


Corresponding club of player mentioned.

Football Index Media Monitor Chart for Player Club Mentions

Examples of articles with high and low points scoring

High Scoring Articles

Zinedine Zidane praises Thibaut Courtois following Alaves win - Football Espana football-espana.net (160pts)

Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter praises 'brilliant' Daichi Kamada bulinews.com (160pts)

Victor Osimhen declines approaches from Liverpool & Manchester United, focused on Napoli move getfootballnewsfrance.com (140pts)

Nice interested in Sevilla star Rony Lopes - Football Espana football-espana.net (120pts)

Lucas Paquetá on Milan's good form ahead of Juventus match: "We have the opportunity to beat them." - Get Italian Football News getfootballnewsitaly.com (120pts)

Leroy Sané thanks Pep Guardiola after Bayern move: 'I'm grateful for everything he taught me' bulinews.com (120pts)

Oblak: Atletico Madrid's miracle worker marca.com●2h (100pts)

Luis Suarez becomes third highest Barcelona scorer with Espanyol winner - Football Espana football-espana.net (100pts)

Benzema would win the Pichichi if he took penalties for Real Madrid marca.com (100pts)

Inter player ratings: Lukaku wins the day | Forza Italian Football (100pts)


Robin Koch 'pleased' with reported interest from Benfica, Milan and Tottenham bulinews.com (100pts)

Low Scoring Articles

Celta Vigo goalkeeper injury crisis after emergency signing of forward Nolito - Football Espana football-espana.net (-120pts)

Sevilla keeper Tomas Vaclik suffers injury scare against Eibar - Football Espana football-espana.net (-100pts)

Joao Felix to miss Celta Vigo clash due to swelling in his ankle marca.com (-60pts)

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