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Flemish machine learning expert Jan van Haaren moves to SciSports

16/01/17 | SciSports

Enschede, 16 January 2017 - SciSports will add the Flemish Jan van Haaren to their team of football data specialists. Van Haaren (28) has recently earned his PhD title Doctor of Engineering Science: Computer Science from the University of Leuven. For his doctoral research on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, he received a scholarship from the Flemish Agency Innovation & Entrepreneurship. At SciSports, in the role of Artificial Intelligence Expert, he will focus on the implementation of artificial intelligence and machine learning in order to generate even better insights for professional football organizations.

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SciSports Data Analysis

Boxing Day prognoses

24/12/16 | SciSports

Boxing Day. It’s the day after Christmas and for many people it is known as a shopping holiday. But for football fans it mostly means one thing: Premier League football. An age old tradition, it’s something to look forward to when almost every other European competition has their winter break. At SciSports, we used our prototype betting model to determine the odds for every Premier League match in the upcoming round. 

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Data Analysis

Analysis: Andre Silva

22/12/16 | SciSports

In the last decade, many players who are or were considered the best of the best played their first professional minutes in European football in Portugal. James Rodriguez, Falcao, Hulk, Ángel Di María and of course native son and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo are just a few names that earned a big transfer due to their performances in Portugal. Now, a new player is looking to make a name for himself. He currently plays for FC Porto as a striker and is the league’s current top goal scorer. His name: André Silva.

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Data Analysis

Analysis: OGC Nice

16/12/16 | SciSports

This year’s edition of the Ligue 1 has been an interesting one so far. With the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester, champions PSG seem to have lost some of their sovereignity, sitting in a perhaps disappointing third place. Meanwhile OGC Nice, who finished fourth last year, sit on top one point ahead of number two AS Monaco. We took a look at the team’s performances so far and produced this article for you.

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SciSports

Country Reports

13/12/16 | SciSports

SciSports has done work for dozens of football clubs, agents, players and other entities in the world of football. An example of something we do is the country report. In this report, we create a comprehensive analysis of a specific country, from an analysis of a country’s football culture to the tactical strategies the national clubs use and from club’s collaborations to the country’s best players according to our SciSkill Index. In this post, we present you with a look behind the scenes to give you a better idea of the work we do.

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Glossary

Shot Eccentricity

07/12/16 | SciSports

The idea behind scoring goals is pretty easy. Make sure your shot is on target, not blocked by any defenders and out of reach of the goalkeeper. In practice, it’s often more difficult than that. In this article, we take a look at the first and third aspect. More specific, we take a look at how well shots and headers are aimed away from the centre of the goal, or in other words: shot eccentricity.

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Meet Orim Muurling, our Artificial Intelligence trainer!

02/12/16 | SciSports

The BallJames team is hard at work making the best product possible. In that team, every member’s contribution is vital in making BallJames better each and every day. One of these members is Orim Muurling, who works as an Artificial Intelligence trainer. We talked with him about his work, goals and experiences at BallJames and SciSports.

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Data Analysis Glossary

Punching Tendency

29/11/16 | SciSports

We’ve all seen it happen. A cross flies into the 18-yard box and the goalkeeper comes from his line to rise above everyone else to punch the ball away from danger. An often spectacular sight, not without any risks. But when done right, it can not only prevent a chance for the opponent but also set up a counter attack. But does the tendency to punch actually say anything about a goalkeeper’s quality?

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Data Analysis Innovations The Content Scout

The Content Scout - Week 47

21/11/16 | SciSports

Welcome at 'The Content Scout', on this channel we share the most interesting content all over the web. In these posts we giveaway an overview including the most noteworthy articles related to the industry in which SciSports operates. This is the edition of week number 47. For more interesting content check out the earlier editions on 'The Content Scout' channel.

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Data Analysis

Analysis: Serie A

18/11/16 | SciSports

The international break is over and the clubs and players are gearing up to resume the competition once again. In the Italian league, the Serie A, title defenders Juventus are leading the competition, ahead of AS Roma and, perhaps surprisingly, AC Milan. We took a look at the competition so far to see which teams are currently over- or underperforming based on our Expected Goals model. and what the title and relegation odds are at this moment.

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Science serving football

SciSports makes scientific progress accessible and available for any professional football organization. We advise and build solutions to provide them with the competitive edge they need to maintain or improve their ranking and status.

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