Loan Pathways: The Portfolio Model

Jon Mackenzie and Josh Hobbs explore the loan systems used in the modern game and assess how clubs have created different pathway models for their players. Most of these models focus on player development in some way but each have a very different methodology and some have very different end goals.    In...

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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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Grimsby Town Sign Up to TransferLab

Analytics FC are excited to announce that Grimsby Town have signed up to TransferLab, our online football data scouting tool.  TransferLab is a cutting–edge software solution developed in a unique collaboration between Analytics FC and financial and business analysts LCP helping football clubs improve and simplify their recruitment decisions.  Despite suffering relegation from the Football League last...

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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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08 Jun, 2021

TransferLab’s Ligue 1 Team of the Season 20/21

08 Jun, 2021

James Nalton builds a team of the season for Ligue 1 using TransferLab. There’s no doubt that the 2020-21 Ligue 1 team of the season was Lille. Christophe Galtier’s side prevented Paris Saint-Germain from winning four league titles in a row for the second time in their history. But...

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07 Jun, 2021

TransferLab’s Bundesliga Team of the Season 20/21

07 Jun, 2021

Luke Griffin builds a Premier League team of the season using TransferLab. It’s been a very enjoyable Bundesliga season. While the title race wasn’t as competitive as you’d probably like, the race for the European spots was tight and the relegation battle went down to the final day. Werder Bremen’s...

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02 Jun, 2021

TransferLab’s Premier League Team of the Season 20/21

02 Jun, 2021

Josh Hobbs builds a Premier League team of the season using TransferLab. With the domestic season over in Europe’s top five leagues, teams of the season have been doing the rounds. Sky Sports pundits, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville caused plenty of discussion about their picks, not least for...

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Developing New Metrics: Switching the Play

In this series, Josh Hobbs explores some of the novel metrics we have been able to develop using the TransferLab algorithm. 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...

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