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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