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CL draw system increases Group of Death chance

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The Champions League draw pots for this evening are based on the UEFA coefficients for clubs at the end of last season. Those coefficients are based on a five year performance in European competition. In general, this system works reasonably … Continue reading Read more ›

Ze Germans are…Something?

Question of the day: What do you get when you cross a little original work, some very smart analysis by other writers, and niggling doubts about accepted soccer analytical theory? If you’re me, you get a headache, a desperate need for a nice California Zinfandel (sadly almost impossible to find in my part of the […] Read more ›

Introducing MiPMoP: On the Difference Between Bayern and Barca

This new blog of mine is slightly over a month old, and before the new car smell wears off completely I think it’s time I did a formal introduction for a concept that I’ve sort of left hanging around the edges of a handful of posts I’ve written. The concept is a simple one for […] Read more ›

Messi and Ronaldo – Clasico Special

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are arguably the two best players of this generation. They go head-to-head for the 6th time this season. The intent of this post is to celebrate these two players on the eve of a Clasico. While both Messi and Ronaldo have scored 41 goals a piece so far, they following [...] Read more ›

What if the Champions League Really Was a League?

With the second week of fixtures in the Group Stages of the Champions League about to begin, we thought it would be interesting to look at how the structure of the competition affects the percentage chance each team has of … Continue reading Read more ›

Where Does Talent Come From? — La Liga Edition

This is our second post in our series on the origins of players — previously we looked at the Premier League.  La Liga is little different from the Premier League, both in terms of infrastructure (“B” squads can compete in lower divisions) and culturally (Athletic Bilbao has a policy to only sign players from the [...] Read more ›