Feyenoord 4 – 2 Ajax: Playing to win beats playing for possession

January 29, 2012

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Fans enjoying the Eredivisie for action packed high-scoring games were well served, as Feyenoord came back after conceding the opening goal, to win the match 4-2. A hat-trick by Manchester City loanee John Guidetti and a superb midfield performance by Jordy Clasie guided the Rotterdam side past their fierce rivals, who once again paired ineffective […]

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PSV 3 – 1 Vitesse: Not as convincing as the score line suggests

January 28, 2012

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Although the final score line would suggest otherwise, PSV had a lack of grip on their opponents. Aided by an out-of-the-blue opening goal by Tim Matavz, they were given the opportunity to sit back and counter, a game much better executed than their pressing style that formed plan A. Vitesse, meanwhile, defended well up till […]

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AZ 1 – 1 Ajax: A glass half-full at best, for both sides

January 22, 2012

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The glass half-full from the title refers to AZ taking only a point, where they failed to take more distance during dominating spells in the first half. And it refers to Ajax, who managed to fix some issues from the recent Cup defeat against AZ, but left much to be improved in order to refresh […]

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Offenses and defenses in the Eredivisie – Where were we?

January 18, 2012

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With the second half of the Eredivisie just a few days away, this may be the right time to refresh our memory of the current state of affairs in the Eredivisie. This post will try to do that by plotting the teams’ offensive and defensive performances. Drawing on earlier posts on this same subject, teams […]

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Tactical trends of the 2011/12 Eredivisie

December 30, 2011

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With exactly half of the 2011/12 season behind us, this may be the optimal moment to reflect on the tactical developments that the current season has provided us with. Let’s see what tactical observations and some decent stats, provided by Infostrada Sports, show us on the season in progress and what expectations we may hold […]

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The most valuable players of the first half of the 2011/12 Eredivisie: Bony, Overtoom and Malki

December 28, 2011

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The very first parameter to measure individual football players performances is still the most wide spread. Every single league has an award for it: a simple count of the number of goals scored. But it is a flawed metric. It favors players playing on superior teams, it doesn’t take into account whether the goals were […]

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To concede or not to concede? – The value of goals in the Eredivisie

December 24, 2011

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“The most important thing […] is to keep a clean sheet.” Words along that line will sound familiar to anyone who has ever watched football managers comment on their pre-match intentions. A simple Google search for the terms “Eredivisie and “de nul houden” [Dutch equivalent of “keeping a clean sheet”] comes up with quotes from […]

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