Munich - Efficient finishing, solid goalkeeping and the diminishing influence of the offside trap were further noticeable trends in the Bundesliga's 50th anniversary season. looks back at an event-filled 2012/13 campaign...

898 goals in the 2012/13 season represents the highest total in a very long time. It therefore seems surprising that there were fewer shots on goal - 7,980 - than in the past 20 years. Between 1993/94 and 2001/02, the 18 teams sent in a total of 9,000 shots over the 34 matchdays. Even last season there were just under 8,000 efforts yet only 875 of them hit the back of the net. The players seem to have honed their finishing skills in recent years.

There were fewer shots, but lots of goals - that doesn't cast the Bundesliga’s goalkeepers in the best of lights. Yet that impression is equally misleading: last year, the custodians committed fewer mistakes than ever before. Just 38 goals (4.2 per cent of the total) were the result of goalkeeping errors. From a German viewpoint, it also makes for pretty reading that almost all of the Bundesliga sides (apart from VfL Wolfsburg, FC Augsburg and 1899 Hoffenheim) relied on a homegrown goalkeeper. and co. will be pleased.

Almost 3,000 corners were taken by the 18 Bundesliga sides during the league's 50th anniversary, yet on average, only one in 46 of them led to a goal. The 65 goals scored as a result of corners was the lowest quota in the last decade. On average, every team scored only four goals from a corner in 2012/13 - one every three months. Leaders in this category are FC Bayern Munich, 1. FC Nuremberg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, who each scored six. 1899 Hoffenheim, on the other hand, netted only once from the corner flag.

Few football fans will complain about this fact: in no other season since data started being collected were there so few offside decisions than in the last campaign. The linesmen raised their flags just 1,712 times in 2012/13 - in the past 20 campaigns, they had to do on at least 1,900 occasions. Whether this trend is to be put down to the fact that referees are to side with the strikers if in any doubt, or whether defences are more frequently ignoring what used to be the modern offside trap cannot be confirmed with statistics. Fans probably do not care - anything which helps the flow of the game is a positive trend for sure.

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