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 →

Gluck: What adds more value? Goal Scored or Goal Prevented?

With soccer statistical analysis growing daily, a longer headline might be:  What do the tea leaves show about team performance measurements in Major League Soccer?  Does the goal prevented show greater value, relative to points earned, than the goal scored? Even that's a bit wordy though... maybe it's... Soccer Statistics:  What does "right" look like now? If you read The Numbers Game:... Continue Reading →

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 →

UEFA Champions League – Who moves on Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid, or Juventus?

I've been a bit busy lately so apologies for not offering up any research on Possession with Purpose; lots going on with it at the moment while all five competitions I measure are still going at full speed. To catch up, using a picture first, here's a look at how PWP compares to Total Shots... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins Five – Europe

In my previous series on Expected Wins Four - probably more appropriately entitled "Expected Points" - I'd taken a look at how the general tendencies of four primary Leagues in Europe (England, Germany, Spain, as the UEFA Champions League) compare to Major League Soccer - Is European Football Really Higher Quality than Major League Soccer? This time... Continue Reading →

UEFA Champions League – Some great games coming!!!

The greatest professional team soccer competition continues... But before digging into the Possession with Purpose Family of Indices some general news for consideration. As the PWP Indices have shown such a strong correlation/relationship to the league tables without using points earned, in ALL competitions measured, I want to try a create a quantifiable way to... 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 →

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