• Zivkovic

    Scout Report: Richairo Živković

    Although only 17, Zivkovic is no stranger to the pressure of comparison – the last striker to move from Groningen to Ajax recently joined Barcelona for obscene amounts of...


This weekend, @7AMKickoff published a piece attacking the concept of adjusting defensive stats for possession. The piece was a bit dickish, but there were elements of it that deserve a reply, so I’ll do that...

July 24, 2014 - 18 Comments Read More

One of the goals of sport analytics is to convey rich information about a player or team in a single number or statistic. In football one of the main areas of interest is how much...

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  Most everyone reading this will be aware of the Player Radars that Ted has been producing, both here and on his Twitter feed, over the last 6 months. The radars are a great way...

July 22, 2014 - 9 Comments Read More

In January, I started with this. Then in April, radars improved to this. Today. I get to introduce fullback radars to the world, as well as explaining some updates to the other templates as well....

July 16, 2014 - 17 Comments Read More

Summertime is project time. It’s also holiday time, and the combination means it’s hard to get fresh content on the site at the rate that I would like. Hopefully all of the effort now will...

July 15, 2014 - 0 Comments Read More

First, I want to clear up a slight bug in the spreadsheet. In game 25 France played Switzerland. Nate backed Switzerland. After Costa Rica defeated Italy in game 24 Nate’s stake on Switzerland would have...

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    Hrm… Okay, so what DOES a defensive midfielder look like? Here’s one. Here is another. This one is French and just entering his prime.   Finally another. This one is even on the...

July 11, 2014 - 9 Comments Read More

Arsenal got their man. Alexis Sanchez, perhaps the best forward “available” on the market, is now an Arsenal man. Below shows how Sanchez’s output has developed over the years. When he started at Udinese, he...

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(All data for the models is powered by Opta.) As many of you know, I’ve been working on a statistical scouting model. The theory behind is this that by using a mixture of key performance...

July 10, 2014 - 7 Comments Read More

I expected Brazil to have a bad day. I didn’t expect it to have THAT bad a day. I was at an airport bar waiting to board my flight when I saw the Germany score...

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