Can football be reduced to numbers?

Category: Player Analysis

Based on Driblab data, the newspaper 'El País' explains the language and value of advanced statistics in the world of professional football.

Published:22/06/2021

The Euro 2020 finals, like all major finals, is an extraordinary opportunity for clubs to assess the talent detected at the highest level. The vast majority of players are known and have the level, but seeing how they perform in a big event and in front of many of the best players in the world acts as an unbeatable filter to recognise the real talent, also using advanced statistics to analyse performance.

However, it is not only clubs that make use of statistics at major summer events. The media also produce in-depth content with which to contextualise what can or will happen on a day-to-day basis.

During this European Championship, the newspaper ‘EL PAÍS’, relying on Driblab’s metrics, data and platforms, has been producing a series of extremely interesting contents to learn more about the teams and players present, demonstrating that the possibilities that Driblab offers to the media are wide and numerous.

Thanks to our advanced databases and metrics, the editorial content of big media facilitates communication and educates the public with different concepts to become familiar with, which help to link the characteristics of a player or the performance of a team in each phase of the game, in its moments with and without the ball.

EL PAÍS’ focuses on metrics that facilitate understanding when analysing a match or a player. Metrics that start from a multitude of events (shots, passes, tackles, drives…) to become real concepts that analyse performance.

Among the contents of our collaboration with EL PAÍS, Kiko Llaneras has reflected in his text “Can football be reduced to numbers?” on the language, capacity and value with which advanced statistics are interpreting football to influence its industry and improve the processes of analysis, talent detection and decision-making in the acquisition of players.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in the statistical analysis of players and teams; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 130,000 players from more than 120 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Driblab
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