The first of a flurry of posts on StatsBomb over the festive period came courtesy of Paul Riley, he of the brilliant Expected Goals and Expected Assists Tableau dashboards. Documenting Stoke City keeper Jack Butland’s seemingly excellent season so far between the sticks, it led, in true festive family fashion, to the resurfacing of a prickly old debate […]Read more "Hot Cech: 3½ seasons of Save%"
As Leicester City’s bewildering season continues, Champions League qualification is now beginning look like a very real possibility. Interest in the club’s recruitment set-up, and in their signing of the likes of Jamie Vardy from non-League Fleetwood Town and Riyad Mahrez from Le Havre for a paltry £400,000, has gone through the roof. Steve Walsh, […]Read more "Passing analysis: Should Leicester replace Schmeichel in January?"
Intro: The state of public research into keeper passing In The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson and David Sally make the point that goalkeeping remains a massively under researched aspect of the beautiful game. Indeed, within the online community of analytics bloggers, as per Thom Lawrence’s recent and interesting ‘State of the Stats’ questionnaire, it appears […]Read more "Introducing RPI: Towards a repeatable metric of goalkeeper passing"
I’m quite sure that somewhere in a parallel universe of some sort, there are two equally impressive candidates preparing to duel. The manner of their contest, however, is more than a little unusual. This is not the FA Cup final. Nor is it Wimbledon. In this totally-not-made-up encounter, mental experiences are to be pitted against […]Read more "Goalkeeper passing styles: Better teams tend to…"
The world has to thank Italy for lots of things. Food: pasta, pizza etc; Fashion: Gucci, Armani etc; Fast cars: Ferrari, Maserati etc. Then there’s the ancient history, the gondolas, and the jauntily-angled tower. This brief cultural tour has so far overlooked at least two other spheres in which Italians have had a hefty influence. […]Read more "Zoned Out: Italy, goalkeepers, & the problems with dividing continuums"
Rasmus Ankersen is a man at the forefront of football’s so-called data revolution. A self-styled ‘high-performance anthropologist’ who wrote a bestselling book, The Gold Mine Effect, that aimed to unlock some of the ‘secrets of high performance,’ Ankersen has since become the Chairman of FC Midtjylland and a Co-Director of Football at Brentford – two […]Read more "White ‘Keepers and Black Strikers: A Premier League inefficiency"
The tweeted musings of Will Smith’s 17-year old son Jaden are a curious bunch. The Daily Nexus, the student newspaper of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has pondered whether the young rapper and actor’s tweets – which include the existential gem “How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real” – are the work […]Read more "Jaden Smith vs Hugo Lloris: An Analysis of Punch%."