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Team Performance

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  • 13 Sep 2018

    Head of tactics

    There are three main ways in which a head coach/manager can improve a team:

    Improve the squad through transfers
    Improve individual players through coaching
    Get better performance from the same set of players through tactics

    Traditionally, managers have accumulated all three of these functions. However, there is no particular reason a single person should be in […]

  • 16 Aug 2018

    The early-season paradox

    On Saturday, Chelsea host Arsenal in a match that is ostensibly a chance for both teams to continue to assess their own progress under new head coaches. The narrative goes that given it’s early in the season, it would be wrong to read too much into the result, and in any case there is plenty […]

  • 09 Aug 2018

    Bounceback-‘ability’

    After his side climbed the table from 22nd to 6th in 2004, then-Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie famously coined the term ‘bouncebackability’ to praise his side’s impressive rebound. The term has stuck – it even entered the Oxford English Dictionary the following year – and is now attached to any team who comes back from […]

  • 13 Jul 2018

    We shouldn’t be here

    So France vs Croatia it is. For France, it’s three World Cup finals in six tournaments, a mightily impressive feat. Croatia meanwhile become the smallest nation to reach a World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950, a fitting reward for a golden generation. Our model gives France a 62% chance of lifting the trophy.

    Both countries, […]

  • 05 Jul 2018

    Predict the unpredictable

    Football never ceases to surprise us, and this World Cup has been no different. The early eliminations of Spain and Germany have been in keeping with a tournament that has been much more competitive than many thought.

    When we published our pre-tournament forecast last month, like everyone else we made Brazil, Germany and Spain among the […]

  • 29 Jun 2018

    The German question

    Fill in the blank: Germany are the _________-best team in the world.

    It might seem like a trivial question after they’ve been eliminated from the World Cup – who cares how good they are if they aren’t going to win it? But in the coming days and weeks there will be debates and discussions about the […]

  • 17 May 2018

    Was Arsène Wenger unlucky?

    Arsène Wenger’s postmortem had already been written years before he actually announced his departure from Arsenal. As the conventional wisdom goes, he had an excellent first 8 seasons, winning 3 league titles, but then lost his way and was never again able to make Arsenal credible contenders for the league title.

    However, here at 21st Club […]

  • 29 Mar 2018

    Pass and move

    In terms of on-field output, there are broadly two things a team can try and control: how they play, and how well they play. Unfortunately, as we all know, one is harder to influence than the other.

    We often feel that making a strategic decision to change our team’s playing style can have a significant and […]

  • 22 Mar 2018

    Our 12th man

    We all know that making our home stadium a ‘fortress’ can go a long way to achieving our objectives for the season. A part of that is having supporters who will get behind the team to both motivate our own players and intimidate opponents.

    The impact our fans can have is hard to quantify, and while […]

  • 08 Mar 2018

    The perils of day trading

    Day to day, the market valuation of a stock can fluctuate up and down like a yo-yo. Take Bitcoin right now. Whether the cryptocurrency will be up or down tomorrow is anyone’s guess, such is the sentiment volatility towards the relatively new form of exchange.

    For traders, it can be addictive. The emotional rollercoaster of something […]