Weekly Football Data Analytics round-up for April 24-30
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 weekly basis.
Lee Scott plays Swiss Moneyball
The core Moneyball idea is still in play in football, and the eternal question of “how do you find underrated players” is always going to be important. In his new piece for Total Football Analysis, Lee Scott looks at young Swiss players and tries to find the outliers in statistics that are less obvious. The goal is not just to find the best players, but to find the ones whose talent is less obvious, and Scott shows how it’s done.
American Soccer Analysis previews the upcoming season
The new NWSL season started this weekend, and American Soccer Analysis have an analytical dive into every team in the league. Different writers write about different clubs, and each opinion grounds itself in data and results, leading to an excellent write-up for the entire league.
Jamie Kemp analyzes Juan Foyth
Villarreal were defeated soundly by Liverpool, but this analysis of their “reluctant force” is fascinating. Kemp examines how underrated Foyth was by the market, and how strong a player he actually is. While the team did not win the match, Foyth is an excellent player and likely to do more in the future.
Tifo tell the story of Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid
In a new two-parter, Tifo Football tell how Jose Mourinho arrived at Real Madrid, and what he did there. It is an epic rise and fall, with a rivalry with Pep Guardiola and off-the-pitch issues that led to his untimely departure. It is a two-parter, but both have been released and are worth the runtime.
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