Tom Forrest

A 21 year old working in sports media. I have worked on Match of the Day, Final Score and on UEFA Champions League and Europa League live games collecting stats and designing graphics. I'm a Newcastle fan with a keen interest in analysis and football data. Follow me on twitter @tbforrest

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Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (11/12)

Looking at last season’s data, we can see what seems like a radical change when we compare the graph with that of four years previous. The ‘tail’ of the correlation has disappeared completely and the entire line seems to be moving towards something more linear. This is the effect of teams such as Wigan, and more recently Swansea. These clubs have used possession-based football as a way of avoiding relegation, causing teams such as Bolton and Blackburn (who have operated with less …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (09/10)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (09/10)

In this article, I will be moving on from the 2008/09 season (Part 1) to look for some similarities or trends. In the 2009/10 season there is a similar curve in the line of best fit, and teams that are relegated could be accused of being inefficient. However, there is the beginning of a change in place; the curve is less dramatic in the bottom half and there are anomalous results above the curve, as well as under it. Whereas in …
Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Possession Football: How Spanish success changed the Premier League (08/09)

Four years ago Spain used a possession-based philosophy to win Euro 2008. Since then, Spain and Barcelona have been the dominant forces in world and European football, with much of their success attributed to this style. Two footballing clichés seem to underpin this. Firstly, that possession is ‘Nine Tenths of the Law’. Secondly, that over the course of a season positives and negatives will even themselves out. According to these theories, the team that can dominate possession for every game should …