FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

12 Premier League stars are among the nominees for the FIFA World XI of the year 2014. But which ones could realistically get the honour of being one of the 11 players standing on the stage in Zurich at the FIFA Gala event on January 12th? The Premier League nominees are: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya …
Netherlands vs Argentina Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Semi Finals

Netherlands vs Argentina Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Semi Finals

The World Cup is coming to a close as we reach the semi final stage and four of the biggest names of international football are set to battle it out for the prize as Netherlands, Argentina, Germany and Brazil will contest the semi finals. Although some consider them as having been the best side at this World Cup, Netherlands are the only side of the four not to have won the World Cup before, but they are still considered one …
Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Lionel Messi left his first mark on the 2014 World Cup with a superb goal after creating Argentina's first, despite having an otherwise frustrating game. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella set up in a 3-5-2, with Pablo Zabaleta and Marcos Rojo operating as the two wing backs - they stretched the width of the pitch well and created good areas of space for Argentina to play into. However despite the time they had on the ball, their first half play was …
Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

They’re among the most highly-paid sportspeople on the planet, but what do footballers do with their spare cash? They could get plenty with their huge wages - a portfolio of properties, holidays abroad every summer break, and fancy new hairdos. Some of the big names in football will probably choose to buy a few luxury cars, especially the top ones. As one of the most highly-paid players of all, it’s no surprise to see that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo …
Fantasy Stats Blog: Could Messi Have Saved QPR's Season?

Fantasy Stats Blog: Could Messi Have Saved QPR's Season?

[caption id="attachment_35493" align="alignright" width="294"] Nice suit[/caption] Back in January I wrote a hypothetical article contemplating where Hull City would be if they had signed Pele (original article here).  As I'm now getting bored waiting for the new season to start, I thought i'd have some fun and see what might have happened if QPR had signed the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. So here's how it works: Messi scored a goal every 57 minutes in the Spanish League …
Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

One of the more interesting innovations from an analytical standpoint at the current European Championship has been the measuring of the amount of time that a player spends with the ball per game. This measure of player involvement has in particular been applied to forward players, such as Mario Gomez. Gomez managed to score 3 goals from 6 shots in 2 games despite only having the ball for 22 seconds, according to Prozone. This contrasted with Robin Van Persie, who …
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