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All we need now is a name that will upset Joe Morgan
2008-04-18 19:16
by Bob Timmermann

Lawrence Donegan of the Guardian interviews Billy Beane and discusses some sabermetric (for lack of a better term) for evaluating soccer players.

Four areas where Sabermetrics scientifically identify the best footballers

1. Number of touches

A measurement of how often a player is involved on the ball

What it reveals Player's fitness level, the number of times he gets into a position to receive the ball and team-mates' willingness to pass to him

2. Shot creation

The number of times a player participates in a possession leading to a shot (both on target and off)

Reveals The attacking effectiveness of a player, especially attacking midfielders and forwards. Measures ability to balance ball retention with creating scoring chances

3. Ability to retain the ball

A measurement of the probability that the next player who touches the ball will be a member of your team

Reveals Contribution of players who are less directly involved in attack

4. Balls won per 90 minutes

Measures defensive effectiveness

Reveals Attacking players' willingness to defend; defenders' ability to tackle, intercept passes and position themselves well


2008-04-18 19:47:00
1.   underdog
I don't think Joe Morgan is aware of soccer's existence, so there's probably not much point.
2008-04-18 19:52:52
2.   Bob Timmermann
I've heard Morgan talk about soccer.
2008-04-19 06:19:46
3.   moghopper
Pro soccer?

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