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Previewing the Libertadores semifinals

The 2018 CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores has reached its semifinal stage featuring traditional powers from the two biggest football countries in South America. River Plate will host defending champions Grêmio in the first leg of the first semifinal on Tuesday night; Boca Juniors will open the second semifinal at home to Palmeiras on Wednesday. Even though […]

Superliga Argentina at one-third distance: Racing to the top

Argentina’s Superliga competition enters the October international break at one-third distance, with a fair number of matches pending due to weather or lack of groundskeeping.  Here is the league table after the most recent matchday:For the first time in almost two years, there is a new leader of the top flight in Argentina. Boca Juniors […]

Copa Libertadores 2018 Update: Brazilian clubs dominate offense, Argentines dominate defense

Before the World Cup I posted expected goal maps of all of this season’s Copa Libertadores matches, from the preliminary rounds to the group stage, to the Soccermetrics Pictures Twitter feed. Now that the World Cup is over and Libertadores is set to resume next week, it’s time to take a statistical look at the […]

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: […]

Boca Juniors, un campeón sin rivales sostenidos

Esta entrada representa el comienzo de una serie indefinida acerca de esta temporada recién concluida de la Primera División Argentina.  A continuación analizo las medidas de rendimiento para examinar la conjetura que Boca Juniors salió campeón por falta de un rival que podía dar una batalla sostenida.Me motivó esta nota de Cristián Grosso que apareció en […]