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  • Expected Goals

  • The Story of How Data Conquered Football and Changed the Game Forever
  • By: Rory Smith
  • Narrated by: Simon Darwen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Expected Goals

By: Rory Smith
Narrated by: Simon Darwen
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Summary

Football has always measured success by what you win, but only in the last twenty years have clubs started to think about how you win. Data has now suffused almost every aspect of how football is played, coached, scouted and consumed. But it’s not the algorithms or new metrics that have made this change, it’s the people behind them.

This is the story of modern football’s great data revolution and the group of curious, entrepreneurial personalities who zealously believed in its potential to transform the game. Central to this cast is Chris Anderson, an academic with no experience in football, who saw data as an opportunity to fundamentally change a sport that did not think it could be changed. His aim: to infiltrate the strange, insular world of professional football by establishing a club whose entire DNA could be built around data.

Expected Goals charts his remarkable journey into the heart of the modern game and reveals how clubs across the world, from Liverpool to Leipzig and Brentford to Bayern Munich, began to see how data could help them unearth new players, define radical tactics and plot their path to glory.

©2022 Rory Smith (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Maths and Football

If you like technical and statistical side of Football, you will really enjoy this book.

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Interesting and informative

A cold, complex and often dull subject given life by the stories of real people struggling to be heard making huge changes to the game we know and love.

Glad I listened to it.

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Only scratches the surface

The author has done a lot of research, but is hampered by the fact that the big clubs and bookmakers hold their valuable data secrets closely.
There are a few tantalising snippets about how specific clubs use data, but it never goes deep enough to be satisfying and much of the book ends up being a series of potted biographies of characters whose significance is hard to determine.

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Marvellous

An excellent insight into the ever evolving landscape of how data is changing the game

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Outpreforms its XG

An interesting, engaging take on a quiet revolution. Only downside being the laborious telling of the Sally and Anderson tale. Full of lots of nuggets of information and insight.