Expected Goals: The story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever

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Expected Goals: The story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever

Expected Goals: The story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever

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In Denmark, they are now even trying to apply the same approach to one area that would seem immune to it: the psychology Of players. Much of the content focussed on big clubs who you would expect to hoover up most of the trophies anyway, making it unclear what the added value of their evolving analytical prowess was. Moneyball focusses on Billy and his story (with some sidelines on the players and team around him), and has a reasonable amount of discussion on his data and analysis; this book follows too many people (with pacing that is fairly inconsistent), and has next to no discussion on the techniques that brough about the revolution.

Such league tables are explained in the context of manager’s keeping their jobs or as an explanation for why a manager should keep his job i.Once the data were there then analysts started to use the data to work find players who were likely to be stars and how the game could be better played.

What we haven’t seen yet is the Eureka moment of the undervalued stat being discovered as with Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s. Starts off strong with insights into the first teams that started to introduce data and the theories etc they were applying.

The narrative never makes it clear how data was used in decision making, it just claims that an individual used data to make some decision. Full disclosure I work in a numerical modelling based role so this might have influenced some of my conclusions about this book. Reep found that with every extra pass in a move, the chances of retaining the ball fell significantly.

Yes, some of them achieved immense success, but they were also the same teams that had access to astronomical amounts of money. He worked with Rafa Benitez on Champions League Dreams, but this is his first book under his own name. An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Tippett highlights that even ‘world-class’ forwards who are often labelled ‘clinical’ such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have underperformed against their xG during the last five domestic seasons. Jon Spurling is a history and politics teacher in his day job, but has written articles and interviewed footballers for numerous publications at home and abroad over the last 25 years.It comes to the conclusion that we're still some way away from the full impact data can have on the game, which I suspect will be proven correct. Then there’s some interesting anecdotes along the way, but for a lot of the book he tails off seemingly mid explanation with some completely new side story that doesn’t really add much - just feels abit like he was trying to make a strong 150 pager into almost 300. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. As an employee of the German data analysis company Impect, Flores “tags” games—putting in every action by a player and tabulating this on pre-specified metrics.

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