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2018 Copa Libertadores Review: River and Boca close one era and start another

It’s now 2019 and the opening stages of the 2019 Copa Libertadores start in three weeks, but let’s take a look back at the 2018 competition, which didn’t end that long ago. It started with 47 teams, developed into a two-country race, and ended in a mouthwatering and compelling but ultimately depressing and farcical Superclásico […]

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 […]

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 […]