One pass is not the other: a data-driven overview of the most effective passers in European football
02/01/18 | SciSports
In this blog, we introduce a novel football metric that helps football clubs in their search for players who are expected to yield a positive contribution to the results of their matches. We focus on valuing passes since passes represent about 70 percent of all on-the-ball actions during a match. Our football metric assigns a value to each individual pass based on its effectiveness. A pass during an attack leading to a goal will generally receive a higher value than a pass during an attack not leading to a goal. Our machine learning-based approach leverages a large amount of historical match data to accurately value each pass.Read more
13/12/17 | SciSports
The summer of 2018 is perhaps the end of an era in which the big three Bonucci, Chiellini and Barzagli played for Italian powerhouse Juventus. After the departure of Bonnuci to AC Milan last summer, the contracts of both Chiellini and Barzagli will end in the summer of 2018 under current conditions. Of course, contract extension is still possible for the respectively 33 and 36 year old defenders. We decided to dive into our scouting platform ‘Insight’ to explore new centre back options for Juve.
22/09/17 | SciSports
Established in 2003 by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, thirty European football journalists vote for the Golden Boy, the award for the best player under the age of 21 in Europe. The award has been won by several now-superstars such as Lionel Messi (2005), Sergio Agüero (2007) and Paul Pogba (2013). We wrote about the first list of 98 nominees earlier this year and are back to analyze the last 25 names on Tuttosport's shortlist with our SciSkill Index.Read more
12/09/17 | SciSports
Sweden has proven itself as a country where talent gets the chance to fulfill their potential. Besides clubs from The Netherlands and Belgium, who have a proven track record of scouting in the Scandinavian countries, a lot of clubs from the big 5 countries, Russia and China joined the race for players from the Allsvenskan in the last few years. All looking for the next rising star who is able to develop to the levels of players like Victor Lindelöf and Emil Forsberg.
28/08/17 | SciSports
Since we launched our SciSkill Index in 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were always battling for the number one position as most influential player in the world. Messi surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo on the list earlier this year. After breaking the record for highest transfer fee a few weeks ago, it is once again Neymar-time. At the age of just 25, Neymar reaches the number one spot on our SciSkill Index for the first time. This is also the first time neither Ronaldo nor Messi are the list leaders.
03/06/17 | SciSports
Tonight the match most football fans have eagerly waited for this season will be played. Juventus and Real Madrid will play and fight for the biggest Cup in European club football in the Champions League 2017 final in Cardiff!Read more
19/05/17 | SciSports
Within SciSports we serve and support clubs, agents and individual players in selecting their best options. These options will be presented to them in a high level or detailed report based on data. The content of these reports is based on the request and requirements of the club, agent or player. Their request will be analysed by our data scouts and put through our data system. Some of the aspects that our system analyses are team statistics, the SciSkill Index, playing style analysis, etc.Read more
11/05/17 | SciSports
Since last night, both Champions League finalists are known. Juventus will play against Real Madrid on June 3rd in Cardiff. Furthermore, the four remaining clubs in the Europa League will try to qualify tonight for the final in Stockholm on the 24th of May. Ajax travels to Olympique Lyon to defend a 4-1 victory, while Manchester United hosts Celta de Vigo after a 0-1 win in Spain. We present you once again the SciSkill prognosis for the Europa League semi-final.Read more
09/05/17 | SciSports
It’s less than one month till the much looked forward to Champions League Final 2017. After the first semi-final matches, Real Madrid and Juventus seem to be the favorite for progressing to that all-important game in Cardiff on the 3rd of June. However, as we have seen before this season, it ain’t over till it’s over. Once again, we used our SciSkill Index to provide you with the latest predictions for the Champions League semi-finals!Read more
03/05/17 | SciSports
As is the case with the Champions League, the semi-finals in the Europa League are also played this week. We have already posted the prognosis for the two CL semi-finals here. With four clubs from four countries remaining, we are set for an exciting climax of the second European tournament. We present you the prognosis of the Europa League semi-finals!Read more