With a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday, Bayern Munich successfully defended its league title and clinched its 23rd Bundesliga championship, by far the most in league history. The German champion also has a second straight treble lined up, havin… Read more ›
As we close in on less than three months until the World Cup, more players are pushing for crucial spots on their country’s squads.
Here are five players who have made a significant push:
• Lionel Messi (Argentina): He performed brilliantly on the biggest stage, bagging a hat-\ trick and an assist in El Clasico, a 4-3 away win. With his hat trick, he became the all-time leading goal scorer in Clasico history with 21 goals.
Messi led Argentina during qualifying with 28 chances created, despite not playing in two qualifiers. Read more ›
The clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid is always one of the biggest spectacles in the soccer universe. That drama has gone to another level in recent years thanks to the battle between the global superstars of each team. Some argue that the riva… Read more ›
Football is unique among almost all sports in that a team can be forced to play with a reduced lineup due to expulsions. I consider an extension of the adjusted plus/minus model to handle the effect of player expulsions and examine the results. Read more ›
For much of Alan Pardew’s reign at Newcastle, his side has provided ample topics of discussion for the analytical community. Their fifth placed finish in 2011/12, with a goal difference of just 5, was widely seen as the product of a decent side getting… Read more ›