A must-read before diving into football analytics:
Who have been the best free-kick takers in Europe over the past five years? Lionel Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo? According to our research, neither of the two. After analysing all the free-kicks taken in
Goalkeepers save 69% of the opponents’ shots on target, on average. The save ratios differ greatly depending on whether the shots are taken inside or outside the box (60% and 85%, respectively).
The stats of ‘Russia 2018’ confirmed the absence of any meaningful correlation between physical efforts and football performances. The overall outcome is in line with the available literature, although more clearly than
As a case-study, AZ Alkmaar proves that logical thinking and a rationale vision could be a winning formula, also when applied to football. Further, it reminds us of the growing importance of data analytics in the Beautiful Game, a sport that many believed to be too difficult to be analysed. What FC Liverpool, AZ, FC Midtjylland and a few other teams are accomplishing with the help of data analysis should inspire many other football clubs, at all levels. Thirdly, player development could drastically improve with the right quantity and quality of information.
We look at ten ‘top players’ and compare their World Cup performances to their historical ones, determining whether – in Russia – they outperformed or underperformed vs their own standards. By
The Football Analytics
A few years ago, some football clubs (Liverpool, AZ Alkmaar, Brentford), have embraced data analytics and are now starting to greatly benefit from it. Many, now sceptical about the importance of data in football – or soccer if you prefer – will soon follow.
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