Expected Goals: The story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever

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Expected Goals: The story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever

Expected Goals: The story of how data conquered football and changed the game forever

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The structure of the book was similar to The Blind Side in that it followed the individual story of Chris Anderson across the book, while covering the story of analytics in general. In 2016, Smith became the chief soccer correspondent of The New York Times and is a former journalist for The Times, Independent,and Daily Telegraph. This book indirectly makes sense of that decision and a few other things that have happened at the club as they have sought to integrate data analysis into their decision making and transfer policy. An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. com How To Lounge /how-to-lounge/books/rory-smith-s-expected-goals-tells-you-how-data-tweaked-football-111668780413817.

You'll find little in here if you actually want to know what the data can tell you other than a few snippets and references to other works in the endnotes. It is our first love: Fútbol, then our mothers (and believe me, they are well aware of their place).Once the data were there then analysts started to use the data to work find players who were likely to be stars and how the game could be better played. Hardly any club was keeping tabs on Gross but Brighton saw that the quality of chances he was creating was among the best in the league. Also, I don’t think I’m any more clued up about the specifics of the data that “conquered” the game than I was before reading this book. The interest from this individual story was in the characters he met and the extent to which football ownership is quite opaque, as it's often unclear who actually has some power and inflence.

Midtjylland - and Brentford - run on data; everything is checked and assessed and verified according to the data: the players they sign, the way they play, the decisions they make. One is the lack of critical evaluation of Anderson, who isn't asked why he should be in charge of a club and isn't just a committed fantacist. There’s the story of the Microsoft developer Sarah Rudd, who quit her job and landed one as a performance analyst at Arsenal.There are a few tantalising snippets about how specific clubs use data, but it never goes deep enough to be satisfying and much of the book ends up being a series of potted biographies of characters whose significance is hard to determine. Central to this cast is Chris Anderson, an academic with no experience in football, who saw data as an opportunity to fundamentally change a sport that did not think it could be changed. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. The narrative never makes it clear how data was used in decision making, it just claims that an individual used data to make some decision.

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