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A history of Mexico’s league playoff system: Which seeds advance?

I’ve written about the two-leg format for knockout/playoff matches in soccer on multiple occasions.  Most of my writing has focused on the UEFA Champions League and Major League Soccer, but in this post I’ll write about a North American domestic league that has a long experience with playoffs and the two-leg system: the Mexican League. […]

Some initial storylines from the Superliga

We’re now four rounds into Argentina’s newly-branded Superliga competition, which is a little premature to predict a champion (although there are some candidates) but not so much for seeing some managerial changes (three changes at San Lorenzo, Estudiantes, and most recently Defensa y Justicia). Furthermore, some storylines are starting to emerge from the opening matchdays: […]

Goalkeeper Expected Saves in Argentina Primera 2016-17

My previous post presented my Expected Saves model, and I thank everyone for the response and interest when I tweeted it a few days ago.  In this post I’ll apply this model to goalkeeper performance in the previous Primera División championship in Argentina.This analysis takes DataFactory’s match event data from the tournament and calculates expected […]

Which players have been most influential in Argentina’s Primera División 2016-17?

In addition to expected goals, passing network analysis has become a key element in soccer analytics.  I’ve written about network analysis in a couple of Paper Discussions, but haven’t gotten around to exploring the concepts on data from a football competition.  I’ll start now with an analysis of which players were most influential in the […]