Gluck: Updated Possession with Purpose and the New Total Soccer Index

Much has transpired in the world of soccer statistics over the past four years since I first published: Possession with Purpose - An Introduction and some Explanations. Three years ago I published my Possession with Purpose - Revised Introduction. In 2014 the concept was presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. Last year the concept... Continue Reading →

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Major League Soccer – Can it truly reach the heights of top European Leagues by 2025?

What prompted this piece was the recent article published on Soccer By Ives about Don Garber's vision for MLS by 2025 :  http://www.sbisoccer.com/2015/09/insists-worlds-leagues.html It's a good article and worth the read.   Editorial - In a follow up to this article (below) Stephen Brandt and I, on Yellowcardedpod, interview Brian Dunseth and Thomas Rongen on some... Continue Reading →

Possession with Purpose Total Soccer Index What is it?

In 2014 I created an Index to measure team performance; my goal was to create one number (exclusive of points scored) that could help me tell a story about team performance that isn't just about goals scored and goals against (Goal Differential). While I can't share the internal data points and algorithms anymore I can... Continue Reading →

Bundesliga – Winter Break is here…

No European team can match the league domination that Bayern Munich has shown this year in the Bundesliga.  However, in spite of Die Bayern's efforts to run away with the title, the German premier division is still awash with fascinating stories. The race for the remaining Champions League spot could not be closer - five teams are separated... Continue Reading →

Terrible Start for Borussia Dortmund

Is Borussia Dortmund really that bad? Doubtful, but it's results like these that are a nightmare for supporters, members of the Coaching staff and Front Office types alike. So with the ability to evaluate team performance (outside of just results) what better team to run through the Possession with Purpose grinder? (Edit) - Latest sees... Continue Reading →

UEFA Champions League – Bundesliga Throws down the Guantlet

FC Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund take a big leap in working towards the knockout stages as each sit on six points, along with Real Madrid. Others falling in line for a push into the knockout stages include Roma, Chelsea, Monaco, Paris Saint Germain (stunner that was), Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Porto. In seeing... Continue Reading →

Bundesliga – Who’s best after four weeks?

Perhaps still too early?  I don't think so - at least not with who's the best - clearly FC Bayern Munchen are firing on all cylinders.  So............ What to do? Well, I'll be ignoring FC Bayern Munchen in this effort because they are simply head and shoulders above everyone else...  give me about another month... Continue Reading →

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