When Barcelona’s 29-year-old midfielder Paulinho scores more goals in the league than a 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, you know there’s something weird going on. Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored 0.4 non-penalty goals per 90 minutes (NPG90) this season. Not ideal for someone who’s famous for wrecking goalscoring records every year.
Let’s start with a statement that looks pretty obvious: Liverpool have an awful defense.
While it may look like their bad defense is down to the incompetence of Liverpool’s individual defenders, it’s largely down to the high-pressing system favored by Jurgen Klopp that’s gone awry this season. When the first line of press is broken (which has happened many times this season), the ball gets into dangerous areas because of the vacant spaces left behind. This leads to tricky situations for the Liverpool backline.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.