Weekly Football Data Analytics Roundup for March 20-26
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.
Grace Robertson asks what’s in a tie
An exciting 0-0 seems to be an impossibility. It’s the goals that make fans stand up and scream. But Crystal Palace vs Manchester City was exciting, in part due to City’s 18 shots taken. Grace Robertson, in her new free piece, examines why the Premier League champions were so close to a win, and what people are missing when trying to figure out what they should do next time.
Joris van den Ban looks back at Johan Cruyff
Looking back at a classic, van den Ban discusses how Cruyff’s play in the 1974 World Cup turned him into a legend still worthy of discussion. He shows how strong Cruyff was not just by discussing his incredible history, but also with visualizations of how he moved, shot, and passed.
The 4-2-3-1 Explained
The 4-2-3-1 formation has gotten big, especially in Spain, and Ali Tweedale explains what it is on The Coaches’ Voice. He also explains its strengths and weaknesses and mentions a few other teams that have famously used it.
Domagoj Kostanjšak shows Barca's style
With Xavi’s Barcelona showing incredible improvement, Domagoj Kostanjšak discusses a key player who hasn’t gotten much press yet: Ferran Torres. Kostanjšak doesn’t just get into Torres as a player, but into how he moves, and how that movement is translated into results all across football.
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