Weekly Football Data Analytics Roundup for February 27-March 5
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.
A managerial overview
For Harry Redknapp’s 75th birthday, Tony Hodson wrote an article examining his career as manager of West Ham, Portsmouth, Tottenham, and more. He quotes extensively from players and coaches who worked with him and tries to point out exactly why Redknapp was such a strong manager for his clubs.
Domagoj Kostanjšak explains Dest’s inverted right-back
Kostanjšak begins his article explaining the problem - the difficulty of replacing Dani Alves in Barcelona. He suggests that they have finally found their replacement in Sergiño Dest. He examines the weaknesses of Dest’s play, but focuses on his strengths, and what makes him a unique player who can fit into Alves’s gigantic shoes.
Tifo Football discuss clothes
Lighter and somewhat less analytical than player measurements, Tifo Football’s newest video is about what football players wear. The football kit goes back to the 19th century, and they show not just what the designs of the time looked like in general, but what each club’s kit looked like. It’s a fun educational watch.
A new tactical podcast
John Mackenzie’s new podcast released its first free episode, where he talks to Constantin Eckner about his football website, and also about the tactics media in general. With the talent behind it, it will definitely be a valuable listen.
Did we miss something? Do you see something for a later round-up? Let us know!