Paul Bismarck Tabinas: Iwate Grulla Morioka’s Raw, Attack-Minded Wing Back – Data and Video Scouting

Paul Bismarck Tabinas is a young Japanese wing back who loves running with the ball and is very dangerous in the air. In this scouting report we’ll look at lots of data and videos to see who he is as a player, his strengths and weaknesses, and if the wing back position is his best fit.… Read More Paul Bismarck Tabinas: Iwate Grulla Morioka’s Raw, Attack-Minded Wing Back – Data and Video Scouting

Introducing “Passing Danger Index”: Measuring The Immediate Danger A Player’s Passes Pose to Opposing Back Lines

Article by Ben Griffis What players tend to pose the most immediate danger to the opponent’s defenders and goalkeeper with their passes? This is the question I’m looking to (begin to) address with a new metric I rather non-creatively term, Passing Danger Index, or PDI for short. The idea behind this is to see which… Read More Introducing “Passing Danger Index”: Measuring The Immediate Danger A Player’s Passes Pose to Opposing Back Lines

Latvia’s 2022 Virsliga Comes Down to the Wire: Previewing The Title-Seeking Teams’ Matches

The 2022 edition of Latvia’s top flight, the Virsliga, will be decided on the final match day. This article previews the match, offering several key data visualizations and analysis on what we could expect from both matches and what it means to the title race.… Read More Latvia’s 2022 Virsliga Comes Down to the Wire: Previewing The Title-Seeking Teams’ Matches

AFC Cup Final 2022 Data Preview: Kuala Lumpur City vs. Al-Seeb

This article will take a look back at and visualize each Kuala Lumpur City FC and Al-Seeb Club’s data in their matches leading up to the final. It dives deep into each team and their opponents to see what we could expect from these clubs, the danger each team brings, and possible areas of weakness their opponent could exploit.… Read More AFC Cup Final 2022 Data Preview: Kuala Lumpur City vs. Al-Seeb

Introducing “Added Receiving Rate”: Measuring Player Ability to Give Teammates Better Chances at Receiving a Pass

This article introduces and develops, with examples, a new metric for football/soccer analysis. Added Receiving Rate (ARR) attempts to determine the overall receiving rate added (or subtracted) from their teammates.… Read More Introducing “Added Receiving Rate”: Measuring Player Ability to Give Teammates Better Chances at Receiving a Pass

Tottenham’s Center Back Situation: An In-Depth Analysis of Spurs’ Current Center Backs and Rumored Transfers

Spurs’ major weakness is their lack of a top-tier center back. So far this summer they have been linked with Lille’s Sven Botman, Inter’s Milan Škriniar, Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Sevilla’s Jules Koundé. This article details and compares each players’ 2020/21 statistics to shed light on which player Spurs should prioritize.… Read More Tottenham’s Center Back Situation: An In-Depth Analysis of Spurs’ Current Center Backs and Rumored Transfers

Goal Contribution Performance – Top 5 Leagues

Article by Ben Griffis This article is an expansion of the Ligue 1 Contribution Performance article. It analyzes goal and assist performance, compared to expected goals and assists, of the “Top 5” European leagues: England’s Premier League; Spain’s La Liga; Germany’s Bundesliga; Italy’s Serie A; and France’s Ligue 1, albeit shorter since I’ve already looked… Read More Goal Contribution Performance – Top 5 Leagues

2020-21 Ligue 1 Actual vs Expected Goal Contribution Performance

Article by Ben Griffis This article takes an analytical look at player attacking performance in France’s Ligue 1 so far this season. I collected data (from understat.com using Python code) on April 19th, after every team played 33 games. Lille currently sit atop the league with 70 points, one point above Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Monaco… Read More 2020-21 Ligue 1 Actual vs Expected Goal Contribution Performance