Ian Cathro – A Tactical Profile

By Gary Mulraney (@MulraneyGary)

My objective is to focus on the lesser known youth of our beautiful national game, and combined it with a little tactical outlook meant for the football enthusiast, after lots of time and effort I have found a large gap to be exploited in terms of combining the two. This mini-report thus focuses on young manager who mostly work or have worked in Scottish football and their tactical philosophies, deriving what got them here and where they could go.

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The CA Data Viz Competition Participants

Here are the results for the competition we ran.

We decided to run a football data visualization competition, and we received 19 submissions for the competition. Big thanks to Dave Willoughby and Stratagem Technologies for being kind enough to provide the data to be visualized (and for powering most of our articles with comprehensive data, of course!). I’m also really happy with the sheer quality of the vizzes. All the participants have given us new ways to use data. Continue reading The CA Data Viz Competition Participants

Breaking down the Serie A title race: By the numbers

By Gregory Caltabanis (@GCaltabanis)

With the top four separated by a mere five points, and potentially less if Roma win their game in hand, Serie A has kicked into full overdrive going into the Christmas period. Juventus’ most recent win over Napoli just a weekend ago blew open the Scudetto race even more while Spalletti’s Inter and Di Francesco’s Roma have kept pace impressively, with the Nerazzurri currently nestled comfortably into first place. Going into a crucial stretch, it’s time to separate the pretenders from the contenders.

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The Chance Analytics Data Visualization Competition

Data without visualization is just a list of incomprehensible numbers. A good data viz can tease out information, tell a story, and make data memorable. When it comes to football, visualization is crucial. It can make data and football more accessible and interesting to a larger audience (like what Ted Knutson did with the radar) and aid the player/opposition scouting process at clubs.

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A look at Graham Potter and his exciting Östersunds FK

When it comes to football and coaching, England’s trade deficit is less than ideal. People like  Arsène Wenger, José Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino, Claudio Ranieri, Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and now Marco Silva have taken charge of Premier League clubs and have significantly improved their clubs’ fortunes. Right now, there are 16 non-English managers in the English Premier League.

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Shooting Woes: Analysing the worst performing teams in the Premier League

Image: Premier League Gallery / Chance Illustration

Nine games into the Premier League and we’ve seen it all. Complete chaos in the league as overpriced purchases fail to live up to expectations, big 6 teams have cataclysmic results after losing a singular game of football, the same bunch of over 40 year old’s spout garbage subjective takes on the telly whilst Manchester City seem completely unbeatable.

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All Shook Up: Understanding Liverpool’s defensive fragility using clustering

By Freddie Wilson @thewonderofmu

Liverpool’s defence is often subjected to a fair amount of scrutiny; whilst Jurgen Klopp has created a brilliant attacking force, matters at the other end of the pitch still have room for improvement. 

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