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The Adolescence of Soccer Stats

Mike Goodman's assessment of how the increase in availability of stats is leading to a new era for analytics in football.

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Central Winger: How to measure a player's influence through touches

An article by Devin Pleuler analysing the correlation between a players position on the pitch and their influence on the game.

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The High Press: Manager Tendencies and where AVB went wrong

Colin Trainor continues to measure the intensity of teams' high press, this time looking at the effect that individual managers have on a team.

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In the Future: No one will talk about football analytics

Richard Whittall predicts a change in how the media covers analytics as it becomes the norm in football.

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World Cup Penalty Kick Analysis

Coach Johan of the Shut-Out University blog looks at the stats behind the penalties taken at the 2014 World Cup.

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