FAQs

Just kidding. No one has asked me these questions. But these are questions I may be asked in the future. So if I am asked these questions, here are the answers.

Q: What is your Twitter handle?

My Twitter handle is @thefutebolist. The Direct Message line is open, if you feel like getting in touch with me. Else, you can send an email to thefutebolist[at]gmail[dot]com.

Q: How do I navigate the primary menu of the blog?

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‘GoalPost’, the first one from the left, is basically the miscellaneous section of the blog. Expect articles of all types in there. ‘Innovators’, the second one from the left, is an archive of stories of soccermetrics pioneers. You are on ‘FAQs’. The ‘Stat Glossary’ is, like it’s name suggests, a place for checking what a particular stat is.

Q: Can I see your writing anywhere else?

Yes, I write for Chance Analytics (Twitter: @ChanceAnalytics), a site that has good soccer analytics content. Follow the site and its team on Twitter.

Q: Where do you get your data from?

I primarily use WhoScored. It has a lot of data, displayed on a user-friendly, fast website. For the big-5 leagues, they have data from the 2009-10 season. Although there are some things I think they can add or change, it is my first stop for data. Thanks a lot, Cristiano Acconci.

Another great site is Squawka. One really good thing is they don’t use possession as percentage of total passes, they use percentage of time on the ball, unlike WhoScored. There are a lot of other bonuses, too. They display average pass length, whether the pass went forward or went backwards, and great goalkeeper stats. But the huge, huge problem is that they have a horrible, slow interface. And for most stats, you have to go to the Squawka Comparison Matrix, so we can’t, for example, see which player has made the highest number of forward passes. Equally terrible is their use of stats in their articles on the site.

The perfect place for graphics of player action locations is FourFourTwo’s Statszone. Although you don’t get numbers, you can use it to highlight where a team or player shoots/passes/recovers the ball from. The site is fast and easy to navigate.

The last site I would like to mention here is Transfermarkt. It’s not a stat resource, but they have everything on transfer finances, including loan fees. You can see which players are free agents or are on their last year of their contract, which managers/directors of football are free agents, and comprehensive player information (injuries he’s suffered in the past, agent, and even what boot he wears).

Q: What programs do you use to crunch data?

I don’t use anything more complex than Microsoft Excel. Though I’ll learn a couple of programming languages in the future, I only use Excel as my data is from the sources mentioned above. For creating radars, I use Kyle Boddy’s radar creator.

 Q: Can you write for my website?

Depends on your website and how busy I am at a certain time. DM me on Twitter or send an email to thefutebolist.wordpress.com.

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