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  • Manchester United – Recruitment Shortlisting – Using Statistical Data

    Manchester United, the team who previously were the dominating force of English football have slowly declined post the Sir Alex Ferguson era and have of late dropped to the lowest of lows for as long as most of us can even recall. After a humiliating 4-0 loss away at Brentford, I started to look at…

  • Using Data to Find a Matthijs de Ligt Replacement for Juventus

    Matthijs De Ligt became a star from a young age, as he rapidly progressed from the Ajax youth team and then became a key part of the Ajax senior squad. At just the age of 19, he was a part of the successful Ajax side which made it all the way to the semi-finals of…

  • Recruitment Data Analysis – Finding Talent In Denmark

    In this data analysis piece, we will be studying the Danish top division to find talent using purely statistical data. As we can appreciate, finding talent is different for each club as it mainly depends on their style of play.   For example, a striker that wins more aerial duels may not be a requirement…

  • Using Data To Identify A Readymade Championship Centre Back From League One

    In today’s write-up, we will be identifying a ready-made centre-back for the Championship for the 2022/2023 season based purely on the use of data from League one (2021/2022).  Disclaimer: I am not suggesting the players mentioned are better than the rest of the centre-backs in the league, this is purely based on research of data/stats.…

  • UEFA Reforms 2024: Who Are the Biggest Winners, and Why the Inclusion of Coefficient Places in the Champions League Was a Smart Decision From UEFA

    For the longest time, there were questions as to how UEFA would go about their planned reforms for their club competitions from the 2024-25 season. Many discussions were had with clubs, member associations, stakeholders and fan groups alike.     When the dust finally settled, a new format was pushed through, with many changes and spirals…

  • Michael Edwards: The Engineer Behind Liverpool’s Dominance

    Football administration can be tricky, especially as the game has grown to become far more business-oriented than it was years ago. This has led to the inception of the role of Director of Football, an executive with a strong footballing philosophy to lead a team of scouts and analysts to hire the best materials for…

  • Using Data to Find a Morgan Gibbs-White Replacement for Sheffield United

    The use of data-led scouting is rapidly increasing as the use of numbers in football becomes more and more relevant. Data collated from sites such as Wyscout allows for comparison between players from different leagues across the globe without clubs having incur the cost of sending scouts.   This provides football clubs with the facility…

  • European Club Competitions 2022-23: What Is on the Line for Countries as the 2024-25 UEFA Reforms Loom Large on Horizon

    We enter one of the most crucial seasons of European club competition of all time. There are just two years to go before a major shakeup to the Champions League and its sister tournaments. It will see the three-decade-old group stage round make way for a single league table for the first half of the…

  • Finding the Best Championship Centre Midfielder Purely From Data

    In today’s write-up, we will be finding the best centre midfielder in the EFL Championship from the 2021/22 season purely by the use of data. Disclaimer: I am not suggesting the players mentioned are better than the rest of the central midfielders in the league; this is purely based on research of data/stats.   Just…

  • Understanding the Concept of UEFA’s Coefficients System

    Last month, UEFA announced the changes that will come to the three men’s club competitions come 2024. Each tournament will move to a single table, referred to as the “Swiss format,” with 36 teams at this league phase.     While the 36 teams that partake in the Europa Conference League league phase will only play…