The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Three: France (1998-2000)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Three: France (1998-2000)

On the 26th and 29th of August, 1944, flanked by French and American soldiers, thousands of Parisians flooded the Champs Elysees celebrating the liberation of France from Nazi control.

Not until 54 years later would the French once again flock to the streets in celebration. Only this time, they were not celebrating the end of a brutal occupation – this time, they were celebrating victory on football’s biggest stage: the world cup.

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League Cup Semi-Final: 3 Talking Points

League Cup Semi-Final: 3 Talking Points
  1. Sarri’s Changes Paid Off

After a fuming press conference following Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, Maurizio Sarri tore his team apart insisting that they lacked motivation and the desire for victory. Criticized heavily by much of the media who insisted he was digging his grave at Chelsea, Sarri refused to pamper to the personalities of the locker room – the same locker room that has effectively pushed out Mourinho and Conte after breakdowns in their relationship.

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Football Analytics: An Informal Education

Football Analytics: An Informal Education

In the United States, “sports analytics” is no longer the taboo subject it used to be. The days of scoffing at spreadsheets while favoring the raw and undefined “tools” of the prospect have finally disappeared over the horizon. “Sabermetrics” in baseball and “APBRmetrics” in basketball have transformed their respective sports. Scouts no longer judge players solely on how fast they look or whether they have the infamously undefinable “it” factor. Instead, they can quantify the players' potential through analytics.

How efficient was that left-fielder's path to the fly ball? 74% or 92%. Such seemingly insignificant disparities could be the reason a player is called up Majors or is discarded to Minor League purgatory.

Football or Soccer, however, has been slow to embrace the push for analytics. Though some clubs have adopted them into their scouting networks, many clubs are wary of changing their system. For a sport with hundreds of professional leagues throughout the world, the potential database for a football-based prediction system is tremendous. With games like Football Manager producing frighteningly accurate predictions of future Ballon d’Or winners, the hesitation from many boards to alter their boardroom habits baffles many analytics enthusiasts

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The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Two: Bayern Munich (1967-1976)

The Greatest Teams in Football History - Week Two: Bayern Munich (1967-1976)

This is the second in a series of articles, released weekly, counting down the 10 greatest teams in the history of football. The teams were selected based on the trophies they won, the cultures they created, and the effect they had on the game of football.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century and into the late ‘60s, Bayern Munich were the Fredo Corleone of German football. The team that would go on to dominate Europe as a bastion of German efficiency, refinement, and strength was not even able to compete in the Bundesliga’s inaugural season of 1963. 

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Sunderland 'Til I Die: A Show Worth Shouting About

Sunderland 'Til I Die: A Show Worth Shouting About

Emotion and entertainment cross paths on rarer occasion that the promoted content on Twitter, Youtube, and Netflix lead us to believe.

How often do shows make us empathize with what we are watching? The days of shouting at the TV screen are over. Instead, we set our undead gaze on our phones and laptops. As the screens shrink, so does our investment in digital entertainment.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die, however, is worth shouting about.

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