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Efficiency Analysis in Football

IN THIS POST I will be drawing on some ideas from the operational research literature to examine how the concept of efficiency can be applied in football analytics. Efficiency Analysis in Football Efficiency can be defined as the ratio of outputs to inputs- what you get out divided by what you put in.  We [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Football Analytics, Off the Pitch, Recent Posts|2 Comments

10000 Hours and The Myth of Talent. New Counter-Evidence?

Why are some performers better than others?  Is it because they are more talented than their peers, or is it because they practice more? One school of thought claims that talent is relatively unimportant, and that what distinguishes elite performers from the rest is the amount of accumulated practice.   Advocates of this [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Thinking Allowed|4 Comments

Rise in Transfers to the Championship from Abroad

Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in transfers to the Championship from abroad, especially from Europe. I remember Martin van Geel, the technical director of Feyenoord, lamenting he'd been approached by Watford, then a Championship club, for one of his best players.  "They can pay him much more than me." he said. [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Thinking Allowed|0 Comments