When Matthijs de Ligt eventually signs for Juventus, for a reported €80m, the consensus opinion will be that they’ve bought the best under 21 defender in the world, and a player that is likely to become the best centre back in the world. But how certain can we be that this will be the case?
Ahead of the Women’s World Cup kicking off tonight, our intelligence team have looked at the players and form of the teams and compiled some predictions for the tournament.
The 21st Club model rates the United States as the best team in the world. France aren’t far behind them though, and we have the hosts […]
So we have a title race on our hands! Well, at least in the Premier League.
Excitement in any title race lies in its inherent uncertainty, at least for those impartial onlookers. Less so perhaps for those clubs involved, where bums are likely to stay squeaky right up until the last match.
Take the Premier League title […]
It feels like whichever way we turn right now we’re surrounded by uncertainty.
In the UK it’s impossible to escape Brexit, with Theresa May this week warning MPs that they have to decide whether to back her Brexit deal or open the door to more uncertainty. While overseas, the ongoing trade war between U.S.-China continues […]
The dramatic conclusion to three of the four UEFA Nations League A groups confirmed the success of the competition’s first edition. By our count, around 40 per cent of men’s international matches this decade were friendlies; it’s likely that competitions like the Nations League mean we will soon consider friendly matches anachronistic, if not already. […]
After reviewing the year that has been, we’ve made some predictions for 2018:
Don’t expect miracles, Liverpool
The world’s most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk, will have a limited impact on Liverpool’s defensive output. Our Player Contribution model expects the Reds to concede 2 fewer goals per season with the Dutchman as a regular starter. In truth, […]
As well as reflection on the past, the new year also brings anticipation of the future.So below, in no particular order, are some of our predictions for 2016:
At 21st Club, we're busy making plans for 2015...
In the future, few, if any, journalists, fans or club officials will speak any more about the burgeoning field of football analytics. Gone will be the anguished op-eds over the false dichotomy between “traditional” and “statistical” methods of player, team and tactical analyses, as the vast majority of leading football clubs will have reconciled the two.
In the future, Manchester City’s multiple club ownership model will be more and more prevalent as chief executives and chairman struggle to compete in an increasingly global market for players, sponsors and fans. Owners will recognize the advantages of