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April 8, 2012


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Soccer analytics: treat it like a ‘stop-and-go’ sport!

March 5, 2012


Last Sunday, pre-match interview of top Eredivisie manager ahead of title contenders clash. Quote above the video: “Statistics mean nothing to me”. Just two days earlier, the biggest sports analytics conference in the world had its 2012 edition, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, or #SSAC as it went around on Twitter… The contrast could […]

Possession analysis in football

August 1, 2011


With most major football competitions finally getting underway in the next few weeks, and the Eredivisie 2011/12 kick off just a few days away, there’s just enough time for one more ‘soccermetrics’ related post. As you are probably aware, ‘soccermetrics’ aims to measure the performance of teams and/or players during a football match. The fact […]

A chance is a chance is a chance?

July 13, 2011


Before we dive deep into soccermetrics territory to aim for a method to assign different value to different chances created during a football match, let’s take a big step back in time. Back to our early childhood, the school yard… I’m pretty sure that the majority of us have enjoyed playing marbles at that time. […]

Why most young football talents are being wasted! On the Dutch U-17 squad and the lost generation…

July 1, 2011


Careful examination of the opening title of this post reveals that is does not intend to call the current Dutch Under-17 squad a lost generation. Admittedly, they showed a disappointing performance in the current Under-17 World Cup, contested in Mexico. After an unexpected loss against Congo, a match during which the players’ hotel was robbed […]

How to measure a football player’s performance?

January 10, 2011


The winter break in the Dutch football season is still in full effect. The downside of this is that for at least another week there are none of the usual match reports to bring here. But the advantage may be that such a period offers an opportunity to sit back and contemplate on the process […]

Modern football journalism…

December 30, 2010


Football and chess are two games that have caught my fascination at a very early age. Not that I’m particularly good at one or the other, but the amount of depth available in interpreting, analyzing and enjoying these games has fascinated me from an early age on. Therefore, as a closing post to the year […]

The best free kicks of the Eredivisie season 2010/11

December 25, 2010


No complicated tactical analysis today, just a simple video… enjoy! Merry Christmas…  

Van Marwijk does the only right thing to do

October 5, 2010


This afternoon it became clear that Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk has decided to punish Nigel de Jong for his most recent horror tackle. De Jong was dropped from the squad that will face Moldova and Sweden in the coming days, and rightfully so! For those who’ve missed a bit of the news: yes, Nigel […]