10 Aug, 2018

Data Scouting: Recursos do TransferLab

10 Aug, 2018

Já faz alguns meses desde o lançamento do TransferLab Software de Data Scouting, por isso pensamos em oferecer uma visita ao sistema para lhe dar uma ideia melhor do que temos desenvolvido nos últimos dezoito meses. Em primeiro lugar, nem tudo é nosso próprio trabalho. A Analytics FC fez...

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09 Aug, 2018

In the press: Messi’s walking for FiveThirtyEight

09 Aug, 2018

In June, I managed to fulfil something of a personal dream of mine and write for FiveThirtyEight about Messi’s walking as a phenomenon. The piece was based largely on research by Luke Bornn, who has been described as the “high priest” of sports analytics, and Javier Fernandez, who works...

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08 May, 2018

Replacing Mousa Dembélé

08 May, 2018

If reports are to be believed, it looks like Tottenham will allow Mousa Dembélé to leave in the summer. The central midfielder has been repeatedly referred to as a “genius” by Mauricio Pochettino, who is evidently a fan of the dynamic midfielder’s ability to single-handedly transition from defence to...

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15 Apr, 2018

In the press: Goal-stopping for the Ringer

15 Apr, 2018

In February, I wrote a piece for the Ringer called “David De Gea Shouldn’t Be This Good“. The piece is about the effect of the Spaniard on Manchester United this season, almost single-handedly dragging them into 2nd place. Goalkeepers play an almost completely different sport to their team-mates, and...

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14 Apr, 2018

Salah’s meteoric rise

14 Apr, 2018

When Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah for approximately £40m, the immediate reaction of many versed in football analytics was that the deal seemed a bargain. Why? Well, quite simply, Salah’s output at AS Roma last season was nothing short of tremendous: TransferLab is based on a complex expected goals model...

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04 Feb, 2018

In the Press: Goal-scoring for the Ringer

04 Feb, 2018

In January, I wrote a piece for the Ringer called “Raheem Sterling Proves That Everything You Know About Goal-Scoring Is Wrong”. The piece is about the making of a consistent goal-scorer in elite football and what is most important. Using an augmentation of a traditional expected goals model, inspired by...

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04 Jan, 2017

On the lexicon of expected goals

04 Jan, 2017

Apart from an excuse for a pretentious title, I aim here to discuss some of the intricacies in the language used in football analytics. If you are new to the field, it might be worth reading One Short Corner’s fantastic primers.  There’s a brilliant video of Richard Keys and Andy...

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30 Nov, 2016

Playing with Pressure

30 Nov, 2016

  Recent debate about Jose Mourinho’s description of Manchester United as the “unluckiest” team in the league has brought out one of the oldest debates within football analytics – is the amount a team over or under performs its expected goals difference solely ‘luck’? It’s obvious why such a...

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04 Jan, 2016

Holistic Recruitment: Who Should Swansea City Sign?

04 Jan, 2016

Transfers are difficult. The ‘Tomkins Law’ suggests under half of them ‘succeed’ while, even if you opened up your definition of success, you’re still likely to identify widespread inefficiency. Being even slightly better at them than your opposition has the potential for huge gains in a competition like the Premier League, or...

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04 Jan, 2016

Mythbusting: MNF, Jamie Carragher and Mesut Özil

04 Jan, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, before Arsenal played Manchester City, I watched Monday Night Football. Generally, I enjoy Sky’s coverage; however on this occasion I couldn’t help but take issue with a couple of the things Jamie Carragher said about Mesut Özil and David Silva. If you have access...

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