A few years back the buzz word in English football was Money Ball. It seemed that every up and coming manager had brought the book of the same name. With no one really having big success it really died off and the successful teams continue to be he richest clubs. I think one of the problems is football is doesn’t lend itself to data in the way that Baseball does. Maybe of Cricket had more money and media hype outside of twenty twenty and he international games it may have a more natural fit. Theres an interesting article on Wireds Playbook site (one of my new favourite sites) that talks about data and minor league baseball
When Scouting the Minor Leagues, It’s Data That’s the Clincher
Some people are saying that the referees mic should be open during games this is why not! This is a video clip of an experiment from the 80′s where David Ellerary was mic’d up during a Milwall vs Arsenal match
This Sunday saw second placed Nicosia in the Cypriot league, and witness some shocking behaviour by their fans.
Spotted this on Dutch Referee’s blog this morning, I used to love Playmobil as a kid! I considered getting these to go in the Tutor kit box, but to be honest they look like they are wearing high viz vests.
The match officials for todays Ukraine vs France match at Euro 2012 are
Referee Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant referees Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional assistant referees Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth official Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Reserve official Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Björn Kuipers has been a FIFA referee since 2006 and refereed the Croatia vs Ireland match earlier in the tournament.
Just spotted this on refereeforum.net, what a great example of a lack of basic knowledge with some pundits. If anyone knows who the pundit is, would be interesting to know how it was recived. The clip is from the 2010 world cup and the opening game between South Africa and Mexico.
You may or may not have heard of the Adidas Mi Coach system. This is a sports training system similar to the Nike+ that gives you data on your performance. A while back Adidas incorporated this tech into football boots, so players could look up their performance data.
This years all start game in the US will be smart as it will be used to launch the team tracking element of MiCoach. It looks to be like a variation of Prozone, however the extension to this will be the fact that fans will be able to view the data as well.
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