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Some differences between the two leg format: MLS vs. UEFA competitions

Before the Christmas/New Year's break, I published a post at my HexagonalBlog site that ran through the numbers for the two-leg format in the first round of the MLS playoffs.  The format has come under some criticism since its introduction in the 2003 season, especially for having the higher seed team host the second leg […]

Soccermetrics + 1 year

Today is the one-year anniversary of Soccermetrics.  It's been a place where I could let my geeky side hang out and explore some interesting questions in the soccer world.  I'm always flattered to get readers, but I'm especially pleased to find out about the types of readers this site has attracted over the past year […]

Book Review: Soccernomics

Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey — and Even Iraq — Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport, Nation Books, 2009. [Amazon link]There has been a lot of interest in sports from "the geeks" over […]

Sunil Gulati to appear at MIT Sports Analytics conference

The agenda for MIT's Sports Analytics conference continues to be filled out.  And there will be some additional figures from the soccer world appearing — USSF president Sunil Gulati will appear on a panel discussing international trade in sport from American and European perspectives.For those of you who would like to submit a draft publication […]