The Football Fanalytics Podcast
Episode 37 - Euros Fanalytics Facts

Episode 37 - Euros Fanalytics Facts

June 18, 2021

We are now in the full swing of UEFA Euro 2020, and it has certainly had its fair share of talking points already. There is plenty of content out there reviewing the games played so far, so instead, we thought we would do something a little different in our true Fanalytics way!

In Episode 37, we have some fun and swap our best facts and accolades held across the European Championships. We look across some of the records broken in this year's tournament and reveal some of our most interesting records currently held in the Championships. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it!

Episode 36 - The Third Man Run

Episode 36 - The Third Man Run

June 10, 2021

Ahead of the start of Euro 2020, we are back with a tactical breakdown this week.

 

In Episode 36, we take a look into a tactical approach called “The Third Man Run”. A very simple approach as a concept, but very effective when executed properly. We discuss the nuances of this approach, why it is useful, and how it can maximise space on the pitch.

 

We also enlist the help of Performance Analyst & Academy Coach at Molde FK - and friend of the pod - Eric Laurie, to get his insight on this tactical approach!

 

Bio links:

 

Leeds United training: https://www.sportbible.com/football/news-take-a-bow-reactions-footage-of-marcelo-bielsas-third-man-concept-in-training-20210323;

 

Eric Laurie guest episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-10-the-view-from-eric-laurie/id1522157387?i=1000491401153

 

Eric Laurie Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/EricLaurie/status/1345742344780451842/photo/1  

 

Episode 35 - Pen…alytics

Episode 35 - Pen…alytics

May 26, 2021

We are surprised ourselves that it has taken this long to discuss them, but in Episode 35 we discuss all things penalties!

 

Favourite penalty of all time? The worst penalty of all time? We share our thoughts, but we’d love you to send in some of your most memorable penalties, good or bad. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fanalytics episode if we didn’t pepper in some analysis for you. Statistically, the best place to put a penalty? You’ll have to listen to find out!

 

Bio links:

 

Calvente penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lXnoQdEunE&ab_channel=RoslanNazri;

 

Pires penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4bQVTczcLQ&ab_channel=souster98souster98

 

Pirlo penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXFWmpB-cPQ&ab_channel=UEFAUEFA

Shevchenko penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrOzjXpBCkk&ab_channel=WRWR;

Episode 34 - The View From…Chris Sutton

Episode 34 - The View From…Chris Sutton

May 7, 2021

This episode needs very little build-up, as we had the pleasure of having former professional footballer and well-known pundit and commentator, Chris Sutton on the Football Fanalytics Podcast!

 

Chris is an English Premier League winner and Golden Boot winner with Blackburn Rovers, plus a four-time Scottish Premier League winner, a three-time Scottish cup winner, and a Scottish League cup winner with Celtic.

 

There was so much fantastic insight from Chris, chatting about his development throughout his career, the managers he played under, and his current role as a pundit and commentator. We, of course, also breached the topic of the use of analytics in football and its role within the game. This is not one to be missed!

Episode 33 - Quick-fire Recruitment

Episode 33 - Quick-fire Recruitment

April 29, 2021

As we near the end of the season, the rumour mill is certainly in full flow for potential signings in the upcoming summer transfer window.

 

That’s why we thought it would be a good opportunity to dive back into the Twenty3 Content Toolbox and look into some potential signings that could fit your team! Thank you to everyone who sent their requests in, we did try to get through as many as we could!

 

A left-back for Arsenal? A centre forward for Brighton? A centre-back for Spurs? We cover this and more in Episode 33.

 

Bio links:

 

Everton right-back analysis: https://theathletic.co.uk/2463431/2021/03/20/everton-want-a-right-back-this-summer-aarons-lamptey-or-celik-would-be-good-fit/

Manchester United midfielder analysis: https://theathletic.co.uk/2478687/2021/03/31/ndidi-rice-camavinga-tapia-scouting-a-holding-midfielder-for-manchester-united/

Episode 32 - A Closer Look into “Pitch Control”

Episode 32 - A Closer Look into “Pitch Control”

April 23, 2021

It’s been a strange week for football, but you will be pleased to know that this episode does not centre on The European Super League!

In Episode 32, we explore an advanced analytical model called Pitch Control. Essentially, this model looks to quantify the creation of space on the pitch and see how players can maximise this space on or off the ball, and in or out of possession.

Importantly, we discuss why this model is important, how it can be applied, and what makes it such a useful tool within football clubs. Let us know what you think!

Bio links:

https://barcainnovationhub.com/the-science-of-space-creation/; 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9PrwPyolyU&t=580s&ab_channel=FriendsofTracking

Episode 31 - Prized Possession

Episode 31 - Prized Possession

April 16, 2021

It’s the very essence of the game. For any team to score a goal they need to have the ball. And having the ball for any period is, of course, termed possession. But how useful are possession statistics in providing information about the game? What else can be used to outline which team was more dominant?

As always, we scratch below the surface to look deeper into some key analytics terms. We also uncover our latest ‘unpopular opinions’ in football, and delve back into our fanalytics mailbag. A lot of ground covered this week, so not one to be missed!

Episode 30 - Skiller Instinct

Episode 30 - Skiller Instinct

April 1, 2021

Certainly an episode for the fan side of our fanalytics content, this week! In Episode 30, we focus on dribbling and recall some of the best players to have ever graced the game with their ability to run with the ball.

We’re talking Ronaldinho, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Okocha - all of them capable of getting us off our seat with their skills. But how can we measure dribbling from an analytics perspective? How does a dribble differ from a ball carry? It wouldn’t be a fanalytics episode unless we peppered in a few metrics ourselves!

Bio links:

Messi dribbling: https://twitter.com/Jad_FCB/status/1375689373463805952; 

Statsbomb article: https://statsbomb.com/2018/02/taking-em-on-digging-deeper-with-dribbles/

Episode 29 - Your Stats Are On Fire

Episode 29 - Your Stats Are On Fire

March 23, 2021

After our football analytics debate in Episode 28, we are back to our more traditional format this week!

 

With a football twist on a classic song, in Episode 29 we thought we would dig back into the Twenty3 Content Toolbox and take a closer look at some Premier League players whose “stats are on fire”. 

 

A bit of fun to be had in this one, and let us know which players you think are hitting some red hot form recently! Remember you can follow us on Twitter at @Fanalyticspod or email us at fanalytics.pod@gmail.com

Episode 28 - The Football Analytics Debate

Episode 28 - The Football Analytics Debate

March 11, 2021

We’ve decided to take a slight change of pace this week. No new analytics terms, but an old-fashioned debate!

 

In Episode 28, we chat about the ongoing discussion surrounding the use of analytics in football. While it is a thread throughout all of our episodes, it has been a topic that has re-emerged in the media in recent weeks and we wanted to offer our thoughts on the pod.

 

Importantly, we don’t want this discussion to end here! We want to hear your thoughts on this debate, so please get in contact on Twitter at @Fanalyticspod or email us at fanalytics.pod@gmail.com

 

Bio links:

Jack Grealish interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNCsziLyarg&ab_channel=UMM


Telegraph article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/03/02/enough-data-obsession-real-world-goals-against-count/ 

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