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Weekly Football Data Analytics round-up for May 22-28

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.

Michael Reid analyzes a classic

Though the prediction in their tweet did not come true, the odds that led them to make it are still relevant. Writing for The Analyst, Reid delivers an insightful look into a famous match, and the star of it, then-36-year-old Paolo Maldini. He looks into the incredible Milan beginning, and then at the brilliant comeback by Liverpool. They didn’t win on Saturday, but they were and still are a force to be reckoned with.

John Burn-Murdoch looks at football’s finances

In his Financial Times piece, Burn-Murdoch examines the cost of strong football. He shows how the gap between the richest clubs and the poorest ones keeps growing, and how hard it is for most to compete. It is not an analytics-related article, but we do believe that our solution to this crisis, getting high-class analytics into the hands of small clubs and academies, is the correct way to help, especially in the context of this well-informed and intensely researched article.

Andy Watson looks at how the British leagues are changing

While Burn-Murdoch discusses how the Premier League is a league of its own, financially, Watson examines how rule changes will change the Championship League, as well as women’s leagues. He examines how player recruitment will work, how it’s worked so far, and the overall value of the financial models. It is, as always, invaluable work.

Allan Russell discusses the bus stop

In an interview by Ali Tweedale for The Coaches’ Voice, Allan Russell, former attacking coach for England, explains his famous tactic. It was a defining moment of his career, and he takes the chance to explain how he became a coach, came up with the tactic and implemented it. It’s a fascinating look at someone we will hear much more about in the future.

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