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  1. Liverpool's bid for history

    Steven Kelly

    "Lies, damned lies and statistics" the old saying goes -- but there is a secret fourth category, football statistics, that is more misleading than all of them. I do love a good number crunch, though, and am rarely surprised when someone else point...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  2. Lies and Statistics

    Peter Thorne

    In an excellent post on ESPN FC, Michael Cox makes the brave attempt of trying to ally football statistics with results and comes up with a fascinating insight into a resource used more and more by managers and coaching staff everywhere, but one whic...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  3. Just how useful is the idea of a golden generation?

    Sam Crocker

    In the same way that the human quest to understand and interpret the world seems to be a never-ending one, football remains quite poorly understood -- especially by those on the outside looking in. With statistics seemingly lacking the explanatory po...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  4. Hammers coast through opener

    Peter Thorne

    The first game of a new season; common-sense, logic, statistics and history tell you that it's just another match and nothing that happens in this game necessarily determines the way the season will pan out. But the football fan's mind is an odd t...

    Blog | August 17, 2013
  5. Mourinho and Chelsea: A match made in heaven

    Iain Macintosh

    The boffins at Bloomberg have been stuffing their computers with statistics all summer and they've concluded that Chelsea will be the winners of this season's Premier League. It's wise to be cautious with numbers in football, as the inherent chao...

    Blog | August 08, 2013
  6. Scouting strategy revealed

    Phil Mison

    It remains one of football's dark arts. Just how do Europe's top clubs run their scouting networks? We anoraks may think we know all there is about our clubs -- history, players birthdays, statistics ad nauseam. But I'd lay good money there's no more...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  7. Scrutinizing Fulham's scouting strategy

    Phil Mison

    It remains one of football's dark arts. Just how do Europe's top clubs run their scouting networks? We anoraks may think we know all there is about our clubs -- history, players birthdays, statistics ad nauseam. But I'd lay good money there's no more...

    Blog | January 09, 2013
  8. Statistically speaking, Villa need staying power

    Kevin Hughes

    Someone once told me that statistics don't count for an awful lot-- that you can interpret them any way you like, two sides to every story, and all that. And although in football, the only definitive statistic that can't be denied is the one which co...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  9. Ronaldo and Messi by the numbers

    Gabriele Marcotti

    I have a friend who is a baseball guy. Or, more accurately, he's a big baseball stats/sabermetrics guy. He lives in a world of acronyms: VORP, DIPS and, of course, PECOTA. He knows very little about football but, like many, is fascinated by the etern...

    Blog | October 10, 2012
  10. Billy Beane's influence on Liverpool Football Club

    Jorge Arangure

    Jorge Arangure tells the tale of Liverpool Football Club executive Damien Comolli, whose friendship with Billy Beane has had a major impact on his view of statistics and soccer.

    Story | Conversation | September 23, 2011
  11. Ask Norman: Cosmopolitan winners, uni graduates

    Norman Hubbard

    Resident anorak Norman Hubbard answers your questions on France's alleged foreign legion and graduate players.

    Story | Conversation | July 19, 2011
  12. Ask Norman: Goal droughts and promoted champions

    Norman Hubbard

    Resident anorak Norman Hubbard answers your questions on promoted champions and players who can't score.

    Story | Conversation | July 05, 2011
  13. Ask Norman: Most decorated players

    Norman Hubbard

    Soccernet's resident anorak, Norman Hubbard, answers your questions about the world of football.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2010
  14. Peter Keating: The post-World Cup evolution of soccer metrics

    Peter Keating

    Advanced metrics have often been unwieldy when it comes to the soccer pitch. But after this World Cup, Peter Keating has found several that appear to correlate well with soccer success.

    Blog | Conversation | July 15, 2010
  15. 2010 World Cup: Italy-New Zealand

    Fast facts on the Italy-New Zealand game.

    Blog | Conversation | June 20, 2010
  16. A Well-Rounded Workout

    ESPN Kids Writer

    Whether a young athlete is picking up a ball for the very first time or playing in the World Series, sports brings a lot to the table. Baseball, basketball, football...

    Story | Conversation | November 30, 2009