Inter 1-4 Fiorentina – A brief analysis on Paulo Sousa’s pressing style

In what probably was one of the most entertaining match of the Serie A so far, Paulo Sousa’ Fiorentina slammed 1-4 Inter Milan at San Siro, gaining the first place of the table for the first time in 16 years.

La Viola played a great game overall, but in particular their pressing was electryfing, so I made a brief visual analysis of their flexible pressing style.

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2015/2016 Serie A wages visualized

Every year La Gazzetta dello Sport releases Serie A player salaries. This year the pink newspaper released them on the 6th of September and I have visualized them using Tableau.

Teams are sorted by total team salaries (in descending order). The tooltip is responsive, so you can visualize any player salary simply browsing with your mouse over the shapes. Click team name to view total team salaries, or Ctrl+click to select any combination of players.

You can acces the data visualization by clicking on the image below.

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Introducing Goalkeeper radars and GK-score – Radar Love, flaws and conundrums

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Manuel Neuer of Bayern saves a penalty of Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (not in the pictuKarim Benzemaduring the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at Bernabeu Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

If you follow me on Twitter (@FlaFu_tbol), you will know that other than tactics, I like stats and data visualization (I recently add links to all my Tableau projects on the blog). Having played Football Manager since 2007, I became used to see player abilities visualized in octagonal radar charts, so when I first saw StatsBomb radars charts I thought “It’s like Football Manager but these are real life performances!”.

They produce radar charts for every role in football, centre-backs and goal-keepers excluded. Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) of StatsBomb explained why in his Radar Methodology Appendix and FAQ.

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