Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Performance Analysis Blogs of the Week (25/07/12 - 07/08/12)

Firstly, an apology. The round of the blogs was intended to be weekly but I was unwell last week and didn't get chance to upload anything.

Secondly, I've called it blogs of the week but this is a round up of the last 2 weeks of blog posts so there's more than previously!

A post from BBC Sport showing some behind the scenes footage of how Manchester City use Sport Science (quite a few people had retweeted this one)

Analysis on transfer spending by Soccerex (thanks to Prozone Sports Blake Wooster for the tweet - follow him @BlakeyGW)

A piece from Forbes done by Zach Slaton on how FootballrRatings attempts to use a statistical model to rate football matches (follow Zach @the_number_game)

Zach has also done another piece for Forbes using the Soccernomics method to predict the potential winners of the Olympics Games Football Tournament

Some thoughts on the state of Analytics on The Score's Soccer Blog done by Richard Whittall and on the debate of spending wages vs Transfer Fees (follow Richard @RWhittall)


Some work done by Devin Pleuler at his Central Winger blog on Passing Tendancies in the MLS (follow Devin @devinpleuler)

Paul Riley's DifferentGame site has some excellent blog posts most recently about Theo Walcott's crossing ability, The impact the Europa League has on a League season and the statistical difference between 1st and 2nd choice keepers in the Premier League (follow Paul @footballfactman)

Some great analysis on the EPLIndex about Direct Free Kicks, seemed to spark something of a trend!

Following on from this Mark Taylor on his Power of Goals blog looks at Free Kick 'experts' (follow Mark @Mark Taylor0)

An excellent statistical review of the 2011/12 La Liga season by Ben Pugsley on the Bitter & Blue website. (follow Ben @benjaminpugsley)

More from Ben around the Importance of Scoring the First Goal

And more about which strikers score important goals and which ones only score once the game is won. I thought this one was really insightful.

An interview with Prozone Sports Will Jones about the future of Performance Analysis (follow Will @WMJ87)

More excellent analysis from Ben Mayhew ranking Championship fixtures by difficulty (follow Ben @experimental361)

Jason Ayto completes Part 6 of his Perfect Football Club scenario by looking at player integration, if you haven't seen the previous parts they are all well worth a read (follow Jason @JasonAyto)

I hope these links are useful!

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