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The Olympic Glow

Posted on December 20th, 2012

With the end of the year approaching we decided to look at a non-football sporting story; London 2012. The games were full of interesting numerical issues; how unusual was it for Ye Shiwen to swim faster than Ryan Lochte, what does the medal table look like when adjusted for various factors like GDP and population […]

Selfishness not the deadliest sin

Posted on December 7th, 2012

On the pitch is selfishness an entirely deplorable trait in a football player, or is it useful to a certain extent? In the Fink Tank, Daniel Finkelstein discussed some of our results on the topic but some aspects of our results were so exciting we wanted to share them on the blog also. I should […]

How special was the special one?

Posted on November 22nd, 2012

As yet another Chelsea manager is fired and another hired (the ninth since Abramovich bought the club in 2003), the main question fans are asking is why they let Mourinho go. But behind the myth-making, how special was his time at Chelsea?

What is the impact of Home Advantage on the rate of penalty conversion?

Posted on November 8th, 2012

Playing a match at home is considered to be an advantage. But how can this influence the outcome of an action in critical situations, like a penalty? There are two aspects of that influence. On the one side the fans will obstruct the concentration of the opponents when they are taking a penalty, but on […]

Best Slice Of The Pie

Posted on October 26th, 2012

Last week the BBC compiled a survey on the prices of all aspects of a football match, including pies for 10 football leagues in England and Scotland. This data led Lib Dem MP Tim Farron to table a motion in the House of Commons calling “On honourable members to encourage people to go and see […]

The sum of their parts?

Posted on October 11th, 2012

With another round of international games approaching we decided to take a look at how team rankings related to the rankings of their players. Or more simply, is an international team more or less than the sum of its parts?

Will England make it to Brazil?

Posted on September 13th, 2012

Last Tuesday England lost two points that they were expected to get. Some people would think that sharing the group’s top spot with another two teams after two matches (potentially three teams, as Ukraine have played only once) probably increases the chance of an uncomfortable qualification or even a failure to qualify. But let’s not […]

Value for Money (continued)

Posted on September 10th, 2012

Due to popular demand I’ve decided to look at the Castrol Edge Rankings of two more EPL teams that have had a lot of high profile transfer activity over the summer. Liverpool Liverpool has come under a lot of criticism from fans and critics that they haven’t bought enough players to make a strong squad. […]

Value for Money

Posted on September 7th, 2012

As yet another transfer window closes with an estimated £490m spent on transfer fees it felt appropriate to check who we think was a good buy. The rankings stated here are based upon the players’ Castrol Edge Ranking at the end of the season 2011-2012. The analysis here only covers transfers between the top five leagues […]

The Premier League; is Upside Down….

Posted on August 23rd, 2012

As a Crystal Palace fan, there’s been many an opportunity to sing this chant about how “We should be top, instead of bottom”. Today it’s more a case of “The Premier League, is randomly ordered”. Perhaps not so catchy but it appears to be true. If we look at correlation of the ranks of the […]