Olga Carmona: Profile of a Modern Full Back

Yash Thakur takes a look at a recently-converted full back in Spain’s Primera Division and uses TransferLab to profile her. The modern full back role is one of the most difficult and versatile positions to play in football due to its physical demands and tactical variations. In more recent...

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How Important is Attacking Balance to a Team’s Success?

Josh Hobbs explores the idea of “attacking balance” and takes a look at how teams in the Premier League fare by that measure. “They’re a one-man team.” “If those two got injured at the same time, they’d have nothing going forward.” These are common criticisms that crop up all...

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Joe Montemurro Should Build His Juventus Side Around Barbara Bonansea

Abdullah Abdullah profiles Barbara Bonansea and shows how she could fit in to Joe Montemurro’s plans at Juventus. This summer has ushered in a new beginning for several clubs around Europe. Juventus have set their sights on challenging in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, appointing Joe Montemurro as their...

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What if TransferLab was Managing Brazil in the Copa America…?

James Nalton uses TransferLab’s new National Best XI tool to compare Tite’s Brazil to TransferLab’s predicted XI. Since taking over as Brazil manager in 2016, Tite has never lost a Copa America game. In 2019, he guided his nation to their first Copa win since 2007. This year, perhaps unsurprisingly...

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Analysing Outside Centre Backs

Eric Laurie looks at the outside centre back role and explores the underlying data to see what we can learn about it. An interesting development in football throughout recent seasons has been the increased use of a back three/five with some of the clubs using this tactical feature becoming...

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TransferLab Suggests an England Best XI For Gareth Southgate against Germany

Jon Mackenzie uses TransferLab to build a potential starting XI for England’s Round of 16 match against Germany. Perhaps this is the case whenever football fans are involved, but for England, the story of the European Championship so far has been selection issues. And it’s not hard to see...

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Haley Bugeja: The Maltese Prodigy

Yash Thakur digs into the data for one of the up-and-coming stars of women’s football. Aged just 17, Haley Bugeja was awarded the Best Young Player of the Year award in last season’s Serie A Femminile.  In many respects, Bugeja came out of nowhere. Touted as a prodigy back...

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Mexico: A Rich Source of Recruitment for European Clubs?

Alex Mahoney of 44SPORTS explains how fertile a source of recruitment Liga MX in Mexico could be for European clubs. Despite a handful of high-profile transfers to Europe from the Mexican league (Liga MX) and consistently solid performances of the Mexican National Team at virtually every World Cup, Mexican...

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Developing New Metrics: Set Piece Delivery

Josh Hobbs looks at another novel metric generated by TransferLab. One of the perennial problems using data to analyse football is the discrepancy that exists between those with the ability to manipulate data and those who understand what is taking place on a football pitch. Where data scientists will...

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The Modern Centre Forward in the Women’s Game

Abdullah Abdullah looks at how the role of the centre forward is changing within women’s football. European football has a new name on its Champions League trophy. Last month, Barcelona Femini thrashed Chelsea Women 4-1 and in the process became the first team other than Olympique Lyon Feminin to...

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