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Centrality at the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Kroos, Xhaka, and Son top the list

Passing network analysis has become part of the standard output in advanced soccer analytics. In this post, I show which players were most influential to their national team’s passing networks at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.During the World Cup I posted passing networks for most matches, and almost all of the knockout phase matches. If […]

Superliga 17/18 Review: Lautaro Martínez, the most dangerous striker

Continuing my postseason analysis of Argentina’s Superliga, I examine the performance of the players up front.Argentina has always been known for its conveyor belt of attacking and creating talent. That talent appears to leave for Europe at younger ages these days, to the extent that the best strikers in the domestic league are either journeymen […]

Superliga 2017/18 Review: Franco Armani, the pick of the goalkeepers

Jorge Sampaoli, manager of Argentina’s national team, announced his preliminary squad list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup earlier this week.  The fact that no fewer than seven players currently in Superliga were in the group of 35 raised more than a few eyebrows, but few were more surprising than River Plate’s Franco Armani.Armani joined […]

Revisiting Expected Goalkeeper Metrics in Argentina Primera 2016-17

In my most recent post, I presented some technical adjustments to my Expected Saves model which resulted in much more interesting (and meaningful) results than the previous version. Last August I used the previous version of the model to evaluate goalkeeper performance in last season’s Primera División. I’m anxious to see how the findings change […]

Goalkeeper Expected Saves in Superliga 2017/18

Last August, I wrote something about my expected saves model and used it to assess goalkeeper performance in Argentina’s Primera División.  To be honest, I was deeply unsatisfied with the model.  It yielded a very optimistic expectation of saves made and as a result the expected goals allowed was extremely low.  Every goalkeeper in the list […]

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 […]

xG de jugadores (Fecha 22): Scocco lidera la lista de mayor xG, pero ojo Vera y Benedetto

A continuación doy la lista de los diez jugadores que producen la mayor xG (expectativa de gol) en la Primera División Argentina.  Esta lista es válida para los partidos jugados hasta el 30 de abril, que corresponde a la fecha 22 del campeonato. (Hay tres partidos por jugar de la fecha, dos se juegan hoy […]