If you want to see how I created the models, check out this post.

And if you haven’t seen the Economist blog post from a couple weeks back comparing Messi to Ronaldo using the data, read it here

A lot of people have reached out to me asking for the data or have been trying to manually gather it from the applet. If you’re interested in using the data then just reach out to me at soccerstatistically@gmail.com and I’d be happy to send all the raw data to you, provided you reference this blog when you use it.

Finally, now that the calculator is fixed I can focus on some other work I’ve been doing. I’ve admittedly been absent from posting here for a while. I have a few posts I’ve been working on recently, so expect some new stuff coming soon...

]]>To see how various (FIFA defined) continents have done compared to past World Cup results, I used past World Cup data collected from 11v11.com. I looked at the past World Cup results (here is an example from the United States’ page http://www.11v11.com/teams/usa/tab/stats/comp/978). These results include all World Cup and World Cup qualifying games, which is what I limited my analysis to. World Cup qualifying games are a little different than World Cup games, but considering these are almost always between countries that are in the same continent, I think its OK because I drop intra-continent games anyways. What defines a continent is pretty hazy, so I just stuck with FIFA’s definitions. This means that Australia is actually a part of Asia, and some other anomalies. This division of the world is the best way to stay consistent, though. The continents I ended up using were Africa, Asia, CONCACAF, Europe, Oceania and South America.

If you want to look at the code I wrote to do the analysis (the data scraping, the actual analysis, and the visualization) head over to here https://github.com/fordb/wc-continent-headtohead

There’s nothing too crazy going on in the analysis, just a lot of graphs to look at.

]]>While I am not really interested in betting on soccer myself, odds do provide an interesting estimate of the probability of an outcome occuring. For example, take Arsenal's home game against Chelsea this past year. Bet365 put the odds of an Arsenal victory at 2.38. These decimal odds imply that they expect the probability of an Arsenal victory to be about 42%. Taking in to account that the odds makers usually lower the payouts so that they make money, the adjusted probability of an Arsenal victory is just over 41.1%.

This is all pretty standard stuff. The odds for relatively evenly matched games like the one above are probably pretty accurate, or at least more accurate than your average person. But what about significant underdogs? What about City against Cardiff? These are a little more difficult to assess. It's clear that Cardiff is an underdog in this game, but how much of an underdog? And do odds makers do a good job of assigning implied probabilities to these lopsided games?

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]]>The advanced data contains (x,y) location information of every statistic that is kept. This is valuable information, as it obviously tells exactly where each event happened in the game. I was interested in how this information can be used, specifically to look at momentum and passing trends.

*Previous Work*

Some work has already been done in the soccer analytics community on trying to quantify and analyze momentum. The Analyse Football looked at momentum shifts from this same game, although in a different way. The Soccer by the Numbers blog looks at momentum in football in a much more general way.

]]>If you're an R user and are having trouble dealing with the Advanced MCFC Analytics XML data file, the link above provides the code to pull the data in to a data frame in R. After this it is easy to perform whatever analysis you want on it.

I'll admit the code above is beyond my limited R skill level, but I know that it works. I'm excited to start doing some analysis, although the advanced data set is only for one game from last season at this point.

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