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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Gluck – Predicting Team Standings in Professional Soccer

CAN IT BE DONE? Over the last four years I've conducted research on various professional soccer leagues and competitions.  To include Major League Soccer, the English, German, and Spanish Premier Leagues, as well as the UEFA Champions League and the Men's World Cup of 2014. Here's my latest analyses on how the Possession with Purpose... Continue Reading →

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 →

Expected Wins 4

Republication/update:  My intent, this past year, was to update my series on Expected Wins, with EW-5 - that has changed.  After conducting research and analyses, and seeing my work published in London, England I've decided to rename this series Expected Losses instead of Expected Wins. Why, because my data analyses is beginning to show it's easier... 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 →

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