Football Analytics Bi-Weekly Round-up for Dec 13 - 26

Merry Christmas to all of our readers! 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.


Thomas Frank writes a retrospective


Last time, we wrote about Thomas Frank’s video explaining a match his team played. This time, we found an article he wrote, explaining his philosophy as a coach. He is a master of using analytics, and we’re glad to find out he is also a riveting writer.



Eric Laurie shows his work


Eric Laurie’s videos for Tifo Football have appeared in previous round-ups, but we included this: A Twitter thread he posted of his formation videos, explaining each and everyone and how he creates it. They aren’t new, but they’re great to watch for a better understanding of football tactics.



Grace Robertson examines Conor Gallagher's abilities


Grace Robertson asks a simple question: What do the numbers show us about Gallagher, and what don’t they? The article isn’t just about Gallagher; it uses the debate around him to discuss the wider issue of analytics. Do analytics cover everything in the game? We are, of course, biased - of course they do. But her article is worth a read, because she has her own conclusions.


Adam Scully analyzes Marcelino’s Athletic Club


Marcelino Toral has had roughly a year to manage Athletic Club, and Adam Scully digs into the data behind his successes and failures. He examines formation and style, and especially the high-pressure play Athletic Club has adopted. It’s a great piece of analysis.


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


Read more:

- From football addicts to analysts in a sports tech company: Meet Track160's analysis team - "Our big contribution is seeing the product from the coach's point of view" - Part 2 - "We’re heading to a place where data and videos will be used directly by players and parents" - “Clubs are hesitant to integrate technological solutions due to conservatism and fear of progress"


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