Soccer

The Conte-Postecoglou Transition: A Data-Driven Study of Defensive Evolution

Written by Omar Kaddah Graphic by Liban Rizvi Vicario vs Hugo Lloris: Ange Postecoglou has impressed fans with his positive football philosophy, great personality, and desire to always strive for better things. When tapping into what makes Ange Postecoglou’s football so successful, we would need to look at the players that he has utilized and …

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Canada’s First World Cup in 36 years: How they Qualified and what to Expect

Author: Matteus Hartmann Player Cards: Colin Wong Editor: Manav Jain The World Cup, the pinnacle of sport, over a billion people will be tuned in for an entire month to watch the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, France, Brazil and… Canada? It’s definitely uncanny to hear about Canada playing in an international competition that doesn’t involve …

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Canada’s First World Cup in 36 years: How they Qualified and what to Expect

Author: Matteus Hartmann Player Cards: Colin Wong Editor: Manav Jain The World Cup, the pinnacle of sport, over a billion people will be tuned in for an entire month to watch the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, France, Brazil and… Canada? It’s definitely uncanny to hear about Canada playing in an international competition that doesn’t involve …

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Predicting the Premier League standings through text analytics /March 25, 2021

By Rylen Sampson The Premier League is arguably the most popular soccer league in the world. For that reason, the attention and debate surrounding it is non-stop. Each season, the main point of contention is which team comes out on top after 38 games. In the opening weeks, the Premier League title is anybody’s game, …

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Predicting the Premier League standings through text analytics

The Premier League is arguably the most popular soccer league in the world. Each season, the main point of contention is which team comes out on top after 38 games. In our last article, Learning the soccer transfer market through text analytics, we explored a facet of using text data to provide insights in soccer. This time around, we pivot our research to expand how text data may play a role in an evolving analytics scene. In this article, we use text data to predict the 2020-21 Premier League standings.

Learning the soccer transfer market through text analytics

With soccer’s January transfer window set to open in a matter of days, rumours about potential blockbuster transfers are already brewing. Given the chaotic nature of this past summer’s transfer window amidst a global pandemic, there was no shortage of uncertainty and speculation in the market. In this QSAO article, analyst Rylen Sampson uses text data from various soccer blogs to determine the legitimacy of various transfer sagas from this past summer and makes predictions for January’s transfer window.

Predicting the 2020 Ballon D\’Or Winner using historical data

France Football’s decision not to award a 2020 Ballon d\’Or has come with much controversy. Many fans feel that 2020 standout Robert Lewandowski was robbed of the honour, while others debate Lionel Messi put up an admirable defence of the award. In this article, QSAO Analyst Ryan Reid formulates a predictive model in which he uses to determine which factors define a Ballon D’Or winner and ultimately predict the 2020 winner.

QSAO\’s Analytics Mythbusters: Breaking down positional nuances (Part 1)

As we progress through the seasons of various professional sports, we start to notice trends worth looking into. As I have begun to expand my analytical prowess, I have begun to develop own questions, and look to answer them through the published work of others – something that QSAO does for the sports community (Look out for all-new content next semester! – shameless plug). But I digress, in Part One of the latest edition of QSAO’s Analytics Mythbusters, we look into the overall contribution of high-receiving running backs and the importance of pass footedness in the EPL.