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Football Analytics Bi-Weekly Round-up, Dec 27 - Jan 11

A lot happens in football analytics that doesn’t fit into our normal articles, but is worth knowing about anyway. The many incredible analysts who put their work up online should be noticed, and we’d like to point out a few pieces you may have missed on a bi-weekly (the one that happens once every two weeks, not twice a week) basis.

Finding the Podcast of the Year

There are near-infinite podcasts out there, and it seems like a rule of nature that when two guys become friends, they start a podcast. Sports Podcast Awards is cutting through the noise and choosing the best podcast of the year. Whether you’re looking for new ones to listen to or just want to support your own favorite, give them a visit.

Kurt Badenhausen asks if money pays off

Correlation does not imply causation, but a lot of the time, we do like to ask: What is the connection between two things? In this case, do a team’s results accurately reflect the amount of money spent on that team? Sportico’s business reporter looked at different American sports and tracked results and money spent, trying to find when money talks.

James West scouts Samuele Ricci

Empoli were recently promoted, and James West analyzes the play of Samuele Ricci, their young midfielder. He shows how Ricci contributed, and how he can still improve. It’s an excellent read about someone who may yet be a star player.

Mark Bonner is no longer a fan, but still loves his team

Mark Bonner writes for The Coaches’ Voice, diving into the mental shift a person needs to do to move from fan to coach. It’s about the mindset, and approaches to winning and losing, and much more. He reviews his professional career and writes about his success with the club he grew up cheering for, Cambridge United.

Did we miss something? Do you see something for a later round-up? Let us know!

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