Month: April 2017

Hannover 96: Selecting the starting eleven with the Football Efficiency Monitoring System

Hannover 96 drew the match against FC Erzgebirge Aue on April 22nd 2017. This draw could turn out to be very costly for Hannover 96 if it means that they are not promoted directly back to the Erste Bundesliga after having been regulated this season to the Zweite Bundesliga. Would it have made a difference if Hannover 96 had used the Football Efficiency Monitoring System for selecting the starting eleven and substitutes? One can never know for certain, but we can use  football efficiency to see where there were different choices. Continue reading “Hannover 96: Selecting the starting eleven with the Football Efficiency Monitoring System”

Future Cup 2017 – 4 matches of RSC Anderlecht U17 highlighting Yari Verschaeren

We analyzed 4 matches of RSC Anderlecht U17 in the Future Cup 2017. Manager René Peeters said after the first two wins that RSC Anderlecht U17 team was weaker than he wanted it to be. Nevertheless, RSC Anderlecht U17 ended up in fourth place after only just losing the semi-finals to Ajax after penalties and totally botching the losers final against the surprisingly good J-League.

Sjaak Swart, the famous retired Ajax player, gets to chose the best player of the Future Cup 2017. He chose Yari Verschaeren of RSC Anderlecht U17. For that reason we highlight his data here although he only played in 2 of the 4 matches we analyzed. His choice for Yari Verschaeren is strange to say the least. Although there could be ulterior motives, let’s assume that Sjaak Swart really considers Yari Verschaeren the best player of the Future Cup 2017 and that his opinion is well respected within the football world in general and Ajax specifically. Then the choice for Yari Verschaeren is an excellent example of how focusing on skills mislead scouts. Continue reading “Future Cup 2017 – 4 matches of RSC Anderlecht U17 highlighting Yari Verschaeren”

Future Cup 2017 – All 5 matches of Ajax under 17 & highlighting Ryan Gravenberch

We analyzed all five matches of Ajax under 17 in the Future Cup 2017. Ajax U17 won the final of the Future Cup. As an example we have all the graphs of Ryan Gravenberch who was Ajax’ best player for the first four matches. In the final Abdellah Aberkane turned out to be just a little bit better than Ryan Gravenberch also thank to the goal Abdellah Aberkane made.

In our database we have the data for the players of Ajax U17 who played in the Future Cup 2017 in the table below. In the table their chances to disappoint are also listed as they could be looked up in our public list of the 1600+ players that we have analyzed so far. We omit whether a player is overvalued or undervalued as there are no transfer fee data in TransferMarkt. Nevertheless, in our database we have transfer fees for these players as if they played in the second division in the Netherlands. After the table we give the 4 graphs of Ryan Gravenberch as an example as well as all additional data that we have in our database for Ryan Gravenberch. Please note that Overall Efficiency is more important than a low chance to disappoint. Ideal, as can be seen in the case of Ryan Gravenberch below, a player has both a low chance to disappoint and a high Overall Efficiency. If you want to have all the data of Ajax in the Future Cup 2017, then at the bottom of this page there is a form where you can order the complete data set and report. Or you can subscribe to our complete database with all 1600+ players in the sidebar and get all data for all players.  Continue reading “Future Cup 2017 – All 5 matches of Ajax under 17 & highlighting Ryan Gravenberch”

Schalke 04: substituting an inactive but efficient player

This is an example of player A being substituted by player B, while it would have been better to substitute player C by player B. (In this example Max Meyer is player A, Benjamin Strambouli is player B and Allessandro Schöpf is player C.)

Schalke 04 lost to Ajax with 2-0 in the game of 13-4-2017. But not only that, Ajax dominated the game for almost the whole match. Although the first substitute did improve Schalke 04’s play, it could have been better because Markus Weinzierl, the manager of Schalke 04, made the mistake of substituting an inactive but efficient player rather than an active but inefficient player. Case in point: Markus Weinzierl substituted Max Meyer whose efficiency during the match is shown in the graph below. Max Meyer was playing mediocre, but Allessandro Schöpf was even playing worse as we will see.    Continue reading “Schalke 04: substituting an inactive but efficient player”