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The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game - Editorial

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AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: India vs Iran In-Depth Analysis and Statistical BreakdownThe Away End Media Desk2022-01-20AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: A detailed statistical outlook and an in-depth analysis of the India vs Iran game held on January 20, 2022.
ISL 2021-22 Playoff Predictions: Finding Order in ChaosAmrit2021-12-16With the ongoing season springing an air of unpredictability, here's a stat-driven take on playoff predictions and final finish probabilities.
Solving Juan Ferrando's Foreigner Puzzle: What Is FC Goa's Best Line-up?Ritwik Khanna2021-12-08FC Goa's ISL season has gone off to a very bad start and manager Juan Ferrando needs solutions quickly, starting with his foreign players.
ISL 2021-22: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC Tactical AnalysisShlok2021-12-02A tactical deep dive into the showpiece match between ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC where MCFC turned in a five-star performance.
2021 Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino: Tactical Analysis of Indian WNT versus ChileShlok2021-11-30Here's a statistical and tactical breakdown of the Four Nations Cup match between Indian Women's Football Team and Chile held on Nov. 29.
Player Analysis: Odisha FC's Spanish winger Aridai CabreraJoyan2021-11-23Ahead of Odisha FC's season opener against Bengaluru FC, here's a look at Aridai Cabrera through a statistical and tactical looking glass.
ISL 2021-22 Preview: Profiling Goalkeepers in the Indian Super LeagueRitwik Khanna2021-11-17Goalkeeper is the position where India has arguably the greatest depth given the structure of the league, but what is each keeper's strength?
The Towering Rise of Target Men in IndiaShlok2021-07-16The last two seasons saw an increase in the number of target men in the ISL. Shlok explains why in his inimitable, lucid style.
An Ode to Northeast United's Khalid JamilShlok2021-03-15Amidst the Spaniards and Englishmen, there stands an Indian that cuts a sober and austere figure - no controversial remarks, no show of arrogance and always talking up his players.
Alberto Noguera: Player ProfileShlok2021-03-05The Spanish playmaker has been deployed in both offensive and defensive midfield positions and has taken the responsibility head-on.
ISL 2020-21: Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa - A Tactical Match ReportShlok2021-01-25Match report of the game between Kerala Blasters and FC Goa focussing on build-up play, rest defence, player rotations and set-piece tactics.
FC Goa Recruitment Analysis: How are they doing Post the Mass Exodus?Shlok2020-12-27A look at FC Goa's recruitment over the years and if the league winners have adequately replaced the mass exodus of players from last season.
The False Promise of Jorge CostaSamar2020-12-24A comprehensive tactical, statistical and analytical look at Mumbai City FC under Jorge Costa.
In Excess of xA: An Analysis of FC Goa's 2019-20 seasonShlok2020-10-10We place 2019-20 League Winners FC Goa under the looking glass using our Expected Assists [xA] Heat Maps.
A Gooder, Harder Look at Expected Goals [xG]Amrit2019-01-26
A Good, Hard Look at Expected Goals [xG]Amrit2018-12-31
Introducing xA HeatMaps: 2019-20 ISL Champions ATK bring in the style and rein it in at willShlok2020-09-28Using our Expected Assists [xA] HeatMap prototype, we analyse 2019-20 ISL Champions ATK in part 2 of our series.
Introducing xA HeatMaps: How Mumbai City FC fared in Attack and Defence in ISL 6Shlok2020-09-24Introducing xA HeatMaps: Using Expected Assists (xA) heat maps, we analyse chance creation and defensive vulnerabilities of teams in the ISL. First up, Mumbai City FC.
Two to Tango: Adam Le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche at Mumbai City FC - How Would They Work?Samar2020-09-12An analytical look at Mumbai City FC's new frontline recruits - Adam Le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche ahead of the 2020-21 ISL.
ISL: Front Men Under the Microscope: Poachers and Advanced Forwards [Part II]Shlok2020-08-09Part II of our analysis on ISL strikers focuses on poachers and advanced forwards and we also discuss the lack of playing time Indian strikers endure.
ISL: Front Men Under the Microscope: Target Men and No. 9s [Part I]Shlok2020-08-08From Target Men to No. 9s, from Gyan-Valskis-Santana to Messi B and Sergio Castel, we analyse the different kinds of forwards plying their trade in the ISL
The Curious Case of Carles CuadratShlok2020-06-27In this post, we explore the reasons behind BFC's dip in form in the 2019-20 season and if the Bengaluru FC Head Coach Carles Cuadrat is all that and more.
A Brief History of Time: A Vivisection of Indian NT's Footballing History by NumbersAmrit2020-07-04In this post, I'm going to use the cold, hard world of facts to put the Indian National Team's footballing history under the scanner and will try and gauge the level of Indian football over the years.
ISL 2019-20: From the Vanguard to the Bulwark - Four Players who made the TransitionShlok2020-05-16A statistical and analytical look at fullbacks in the ISL in comparison with players who made the transition from the attacking half of the pitch to the defensive half.
ISL 2019-20 Season: Centre-Back Comparison using Player ProtractorAbhishek2020-04-30We looked up data on centre-backs playing in the ISL, adjusted it for possession and drew up what we'd like to call "Player Protractors" and analyzed it.
We've been at Sixes and Eights: Ahmed Jahouh and Paulo MachadoShlok2020-04-05One of ISL's finest imports, 31-year-old midfielder Ahmed Jahouh helped FC Goa to the League Winners Shield; however, with a move to Mumbai City FC on the cards, statistics suggest the Moroccan is in decline. We explain why and also explore how he would fit alongside Paulo Machado.
October 13 2018: International Friendly: China 0-0 India - Tactical AnalysisAmrit2018-10-14India took on China in a "historic" friendly in Suzhou in what turned out to be an excruciating game for both sides. China repeatedly hammered shots at the Indian goal and, on one occasion, were mere centimetres from scoring what would have been a well deserved goal but just couldn't find their way in. Meanwhile, [...]
The Hero ISL 2018-19 State of The Season AddressAmrit2018-10-30Season 5 of the Hero Indian Super League is in full flow and I think it's finally time to start looking at some performance metrics to benchmark the teams. If you've been living under a rock, there's a stat called Expected Goals and I have my own model to calculate this for Indian football games. [...]
Blue Tigers Asia Cup 2019 Qualification Scenarios (And Bahrain Pre-Match Prediction)Amrit2019-01-14After putting out 2 amazing performances, India have 3 points and currently sit in 2nd place in Group A with a Goal Difference of +2. That puts India in a very strong position to qualify, with only a point needed for confirmation. The Blue Tigers are naturally a defensive side and getting at least a [...]
Quantifying Playing Styles in the Hero ISL - Part TwoAmrit2019-03-24Last year, I took a shot at trying to use some basic box stats to identify a coach's playing style. I wanted to repeat that analysis this year but also improve the methodology a little. There were a couple of problems with the methodology I used last year, The first issue is that I arbitrarily [...]
The 2019-20 Hero ISL State of the Season AddressAmrit2019-11-21It's time to wrap up another disappointing international break, put heartbreaks in the past and look forward towards the rest of the ISL season. We are currently 4 games into the season, which is the perfect time to forecast how the season will move forward. First up, it would do well to look at how [...]
Chennaiyin FC 2019-20: Fury Road to the FinalShlok2020-03-13For the initial part of the current ISL season, it ominously looked like Chennaiyin FC would finish in the same place as the season before - bottom of the table.
Mumbai City FC's 2019-20 Season: A rough start, a hopeful run in the middle and an unfortunate declineShlok2020-03-11Unlike last year where they finished among the play-off positions, Mumbai City FC looked to be in limbo during the course of the season. Let's take a look at what changed this season.
Indian Football Team Head Coach Igor Štimac: First ImpressionsAmrit2019-10-14It's been 7 games (and just under 5 months) since Igor Stimac took over as Head Coach of the Blue Tigers and that's probably just enough time to have an early peek under the hood of the Senior Men's National Team.
Tactical Analysis of the Current Indian National Women's TeamAmrit2019-04-20There are plenty of problems but nothing that is un-fixable. The Women's Team are actually better positioned than the Senior Men's team...
Tactical Preview: Chennai City FC & FC Goa: What's the Difference?Amrit2019-04-08Ahead of the Hero Super Cup semi-final clash between Chennai City FC and FC Goa, here's a look at what makes them tick - two sides which are similar in philosophy, but differ in execution.
ISL 2018-19: Team Previews for the second half of the seasonAmrit2019-01-26
I-League: How Floyd Pinto fixed the Indian Arrows: Tactical AnalysisAmrit2019-01-19Floyd Pinto's Indian Arrows are a very, very, very under-rated side. The common consensus is that they're a walkover, but the current team has changed the narrative.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: Tactical AnalysisAmrit2019-01-14
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: Pre-Match Predictions & TacticsAmrit2019-01-10The numbers say that it's going to be a horror movie tonight. Be prepared!
AFC Asian Cup 2019 - Thailand vs India - Tactical AnalysisAmrit2019-01-08The Indian Team has truly achieved something 'historic.' To win a game in a big tournament and to do it impressively is a fantastic result for the team.
Indian Team - AFC Asian Cup 2019 Predictions & Opposition PreviewsAmrit2019-01-04The Blue Tigers are set to make their 4th appearance at the AFC Asian Cup and their first since 2011 on Sunday.
What's going wrong (but might be going right) at Mohun BaganAmrit2018-12-28Sony Norde's injury led to a blip in Mohun Bagan's form until their recent tactical revival under Sankarlal Chakraborty - but there is still room for improvement.

Footballing Tales

Footballing Tales - Editorial

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Remembering Subhas Bhowmick with Jaydeep BasuArka Bhattacharya2022-01-23In conversation with prominent Indian football journalist Jaydeep Basu about the life and times of Subhas Bhowmick.
Victor Manjila: The graceful daredevil who made goalkeeping an artKalpanthu2021-12-28Is that Spiderman? No, it is Victor Manjila; K.G. Raghunandanan profiles former Indian international goalkeeper Victor Manjila.
Tamil Nadu vs Chennai: A Football Revolution in LimboKalpanthu2021-12-01Vishnu Prasad writes about the tsunami-style inundation of the football ecosystem in Tamil Nadu and Chennai.
Mizoram football needs your attention now!Arka Bhattacharya2021-11-12The brilliant Arka Bhattacharya traverses the length and breadth of the Mizoram football ecosystem in this article which can only be categorised as essential/obligatory/mandatory reading.
Ukhrul, Manipur: Taking baby steps in FootballKalpanthu2021-10-18Amidst WWI, every game Ukhrul's Ruichumhao and his Manipur Labour Corps Company played in France brought them 90 minutes closer to home.
Was Inder Singh India's greatest forward?Kalpanthu2021-09-22Nicknamed "Bullet Train" by the Japanese, Inder Singh an inside right forward who was not only a brilliant goal scorer, but also a scorer of barely believable goals.
What's going wrong with Pune's football culture?Kalpanthu2021-08-20Tanay surveys Pune’s complicated relationship with top-level football and lack of an organised football culture.
Vamos, Vamos, Argentina: An Eternal Drought ends for Kerala’s Argentina FansKalpanthu2021-07-18This past Sunday as cries of ‘Vamos’ reverberated across Maracana, a similar mix of relief, jubilation and vindication was sweeping across Kerala. For the sky-blue and white half of the state, Vishu had come early!
Samantha Kerr's Calcutta ConnectionKalpanthu2021-06-10Sam was 15 years old when she made her debut for the Matildas - she called herself ‘crap’ in her first interview with The Guardian.
Vuvuzela: Edition 1, May 14, 2021 - Hello World! Explaining Kalpanthu's Newsletter VuvuzelaNevin Thomas2021-05-23Before we begin the 24-edition series, I wanted to introduce Kalpanthu to the uninitiated.
To play for FC Goa is the ultimate step for every Goan: Devendra MurgaonkarYuvraj Gurung2020-12-21We caught up with Devendra to understand his life, his footballing journey and new beginnings at FC Goa.
Wink-wink, nudge-nudge - it's the prodigious Makan Winkle ChotheYuvraj Gurung2020-11-10Chothe Big Man: We sit down with the 20-year-old winger and retrace his steps from the hills of Chandel to the beaches of Goa.
Remembering Sheoo Mewalal: A Thousand Goals in ApathyRahim2020-05-24India’s first bonafide star striker was treated with apathy throughout his career and in retirement - he died the same way, forgotten and discarded by a history he helped write
222/22: The Wenger Years – 2014 to 2018Yuvraj Gurung2020-05-19After 22 years, 1235 matches, three league titles, and seven FA Cup trophies, the Arsene Wenger era was over in 2018.
Blue Moon on the Horizon: A deeper, harder, closer look at the City Football Group (CFG)-Mumbai City FC partnershipMarvyn2020-05-13The rise of the blue side of Manchester indicates that, one day, Mumbai City FC can be the team to match Mumbai's national status as the City of Dreams.
Chima Okorie, One of Indian Football's greatest importsRahim2020-05-10Africa's contribution to our footballing history has been immense. While Ranti Martins, Yusif Yakubu and Odafa Okolie scored more goals, the greatest player to grace us from the continent was probably Chima Okorie.
Fear and Loathing in the I-LeagueYuvraj Gurung2020-03-22Since its inaugural edition in 2007, a total of 32 teams have participated in the I-League; 13 years later, their very existence is at stake!
Football is a way of life in Vada Chennai's VyasarpadiNevin Thomas2019-10-06In Vada Chennai, the beautiful game is intertwined with the history of the place and through football, the folks here seek respite from the prejudices that cloud their little neighbourhood.
222/22: The Wenger Years – 2010 to 2014Yuvraj Gurung2020-05-19Top four was now a trophy for Wenger. Then Arsenal went on to actually win one in 2014.
Getting Lost in the Great Indian Football TussleNevin Thomas2019-04-12The football fans in the country are caught in a classic Devil vs the Deep Blue Sea conundrum – who do we side with when both seem awfully corrupt?
The 2018/19 I-League End of Season AwardsYuvraj Gurung2019-03-13We look back at some of the best (and worst) the 2018/19 I-League season had to offer.
222/22: The Wenger Years - 2006 to 2010Yuvraj Gurung2020-05-19The move from Highbury to the Emirates stadium saw the start of a trophyless drought for Arsenal and Wenger.
222/22: The Wenger Years - 2002 to 2006Yuvraj Gurung2020-05-19Wenger creates history with the Invincibles while Arsenal say goodbye to Highbury.
Pride before the fall...Rohan2018-10-10Fall is here. The football season is brewing with some crazy oddities. Some big managerial changes maybe. Some investigation and criminal proceedings too. Not for abysmal football, but actual assault on one’s dignity.
222/22: The Wenger Years - 1998 to 2002Yuvraj Gurung2020-05-19Wenger's team finished in second place for three consecutive seasons before winning his second double in 01/02.
222/22: The Wenger Years - 1996 to 1998Yuvraj Gurung2020-05-19Newspaper headlines asked “Arsene Who?”, as the Frenchman began his journey to transform Arsenal FC - and English football forever.
Indian Football: All Things Considered