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La Liga by season from ’05-06 – ’13-14. Points, goals, shots, ratios, Sh%, Sv%, and PDO by team, including Home and Away splits

This is the result of a new database I built that can output the data from football-data.co.uk in a ridiculously short amount of time. Case in point – it’s taken me about as long to take 36 screenshots as it did to generate the tables. For each season there’s three tables – the first is … Continue reading
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An even quicker comparison of the Premiership and La Liga

Recently I’ve written two posts, comparing the distribution and variance of points in the Premiership and La Liga. This is a quick book end to those pieces – a comparison of how strongly goals and points are related in the two leagues. So firstly the Premiership, I’ve put up this plot in previous seasons but … Continue reading »
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A quick comparison of the Premiership and La Liga

This post could alternatively be titled ‘Why I enjoy talking to people on twitter’. Amidst a brief discussion of Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment a couple of weeks ago Richard Whittall said the following: Which set me off thinking about whether this is a single season thing or a pattern that has pervaded historically. An easy way … Continue reading »
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Disparity in European Football Leagues

Having mentioned the effect disparity plays on determining the league champions in previous posts I thought it would be interesting to look at the actual levels of disparity currently present in football. I started off looking at the English Premier League (EPL) over the past decade and plotted the points achieved each season as a [...] Read more ›

Effect of Season Length on Deciding the League Champion

In my previous article I looked at the interplay between luck and skill in determining the league champions. There is another parameter though that also interacts with luck and that is the structure of the league itself. How many times have you heard the same tired, old cliché from football managers about how luck evens [...] Read more ›

Impact of Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla moved to Málaga at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The fortunes of Villarreal nose-dived culminating in relegation. Exactly the opposite happened at Málaga. Relegation candidates in 2010-11, Málaga finished fourth in 2011-12, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club. Cazorla moved to Arsenal a [...] Read more ›

Villarreal 2011-12 – Breaking down a failed season

Villarreal had a disastrous 2011-12 ending in an agonizing relegation to the 2nd division in the dying minutes of the season. In 2010-11 Villarreal reached the semifinals of the Europa League and finished 4th in La Liga to qualify for the Champions League. I focus on the performance of Villarreal in the attacking third of [...] Read more ›

Performance analysis: Villarreal 2011-12

Villarreal had a disastrous 2011-12. They are relegated to the Spanish Segunda Division in the dying minutes of the season. The obvious question was “What went wrong?” The easy answers are the exit of Santi Cazorla and the long-term injury to Giuseppe Rossi. But that doesn’t fully explain how a team that featured in the [...] Read more ›