About a month and a half ago, I briefly covered how teams win points in Serie A. The common narrative is that defense reigns, and I wanted to dive into that a bit more. The goal of the first piece was to determine whether or not that the adage about defense winning championships is true. … Continue reading Winning Points in Serie A
It's not secret that Luis Suarez has been a disappointment to start the year. There have been reports of Suarez playing through injury, which has only fueled speculation of his decline. Explanations range from injury to age to confidence, but all of them indicate there's a non-football factor influencing his footballing performance. These speculations have … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Luis Suarez?
Recently, there's been a contentious discussion over at the Juventus SB Nation blog, regarding the best way to win points - whether that comes from attempting to score more or attempting to limit the number of goals conceded. The entire discussion started with the best way to win titles, which quickly turned into a discussion … Continue reading Winning Points
It's been a while since I last did some work around defense, but in my spare time my interest was sparked again - so I started trying to figure ways in which I might be able to advance some of the quantifiable ways players can be judged by defense. This time, instead of merely introducing a … Continue reading Defensive Contributions Compared to Average
What's up BTB? It's been a while (unfortunately), but I wanted to drop by and show some graphs that I've been working on. They're nothing fancy (or new, really), but they're moderately easy to work with and it's the first time anyone I know has been able to produce them at will. I'll probably work … Continue reading New Graphs
With Steven Gerrard recently leaving Liverpool to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Liverpool lost not only their legend, but their general. With Gerrard having played various roles in central midfield at Anfield for the better part of two decades, Liverpool has a massive hole to fill. They not only need to replace a versatile midfielder - … Continue reading Emre Can: Liverpool’s Next Great Midfielder
To be completely honest, this started as an attempt to explain why France is criminally under-utilizing two of the best midfielders on the planet. It started with some statistical adjustments to this equation to not only put players on an even field in terms of possession, but also in terms of competition. The goal is to … Continue reading France’s Midfield Problem