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  • 28 Apr 2016

    Taking stock

    During the season, we spend so much time in ‘push mode’ that we can forget to celebrate what went well or to evaluate why. “You’re only as good as your last game!”, or so the saying goes.  We tend to take stock only at the end of the season, when we finally get a chance […]

  • 20 Apr 2016

    The Barcelona Problem

    It’s been a difficult month for Barcelona. Three consecutive league defeats and a Champions League exit mean they are football’s current crisis club. The odds of enduring such a miserable run would have been around 2,500 to 1; outlier results this extreme at any club always demand serious examination.

    The first step for clubs in this […]

  • 03 Mar 2016

    In defence of intuition

    Intuition has historically been a decision-maker’s best friend in business and sport. Then data came along and the value of intuition seemingly diminished – an objective challenger to the notion that we’re capable of understanding something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning or numbers.

    The commonly held assumption that intuition is nothing more than pure […]

  • 18 Feb 2016

    The unknown truth

    Arguably the story of the season across European football is the rise of Leicester City. After winning 41 points in 2014-15, they’re on course for more than 70 this season and remain in the running for the league title.Leicester are a clear case of a team that is knowingly better
  • 22 May 2015

    When a champion looks like a loser

    The conventional wisdom at the end of a season is that ‘the league table never lies’. The best team will always be champions, the worst team always bottom. This wisdom, however, is a contradiction to the comments we routinely hear after tight matches. “I thought we were the better team” or "I thought we were a bit lucky" have become stock answers to post-match questions.
  • 11 Feb 2015

    What would you do if you were Dortmund?

    Football creates outliers like no other sport. A miscued shot here, an 50/50 handball call there, and before long it’s no wins in ‘x’ games, or no goals in ‘y’ hours. Most outliers find their way back to earth, their tether being reeled in by the forces of probability. But for Borussia Dortmund this season, the tether has yet to go taut; results have continued to spin wildly into space.