Shot counts verses goal counts as a predictor of future performance is a debate that that is being fought out not only in football, but also in hockey. Sample size is at the heart of the issue. Goals are obviously more important in terms of who wins th… Read more ›
Introduction In part one I introduced Massey Ratings and how they can be used to rank football teams in a way that accounts for their strength of schedule. Next, we’ll take a look at how Massey Ratings can be extended further to look at team’s attack and defence strength separately. Massey Ratings The idea behind [...] Read more ›
In this post I looked at the goal scoring record of Wayne Rooney compared to other England international strikers and particularly the difficulty of comparing scoring feats spread across very different eras when scoring environments varied.The game has… Read more ›
If you’ve been following me on Twitter (and you really should), I’ve been posting graphics of MLS Front-Office Efficiency figures for every club in the league. I have made major changes to the formulation this year, and at any rate there are newcomers to this site all the time, so I will present Version 3 […] Read more ›
ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes weigh in on the Ballon d’Or and FIFPro Top Forwards shortlists.
The three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or were announced on Monday: Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here’s a look at the stats that made them great in 2014 and the possible accomplishments that lie before them…
* After one goal in eight previous World Cup games, Lionel Messi scored four times at the 2014 World Cup and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. He’s had 52 goals in 62 games for club and country this year, also adding the La Liga and Champions League… Read more ›
Introduction We all know the league table can lie and one of the common causes of this is strength of schedule. Take Southampton, at the time of writing they are currently second in the Premier League twelve matches in yet still haven’t played Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Arsenal. Without wishing to be dismissive [...] Read more ›
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi becomes the Champions League all-time goals leader with 72.
Lionel Messi scored his 72nd, 73rd and 74th Champions League goals Tuesday against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus, breaking Raul’s all-time record of 71 goals in the tournament.
Here are five stats on the Argentine’s scoring record.
* The hat trick scored against APOEL was Messi’s fifth career Champions League hat trick, two more than any other player in tournament history.
* In the 47 Champions League games where Messi has scored at least one goal, Barcelona is 38-2-7, losing to Celtic in 2012… Read more ›
I have been attending the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference since 2010, right at the time that the Conference was transitioning from an intimate meeting of professional sports insiders and academics to a slick and polished cultural event. As happens every year at this time, I receive notifications from the organizers of the conference that encourage […] Read more ›
I’ve been working on front-office efficiency figures for Major League Soccer in 2014, and while I’ve been putting those results together I wanted to see what kind of information could be shown with the data that I have. One idea that came to mind was to take minutes played data of MLS players in the […] Read more ›