‘The Football Fanalytics Podcast’ is a brand new show in which two massive football fans, Ryan Bailey (TV Producer, Paul Scholes enthusiast) and Mark Carey (Football Analytics Blogger, Per Mertesacker lookalike) combine their love of the game with their knowledge of football statistics and data analytics.
Each week, the Fanalytics Pod will be tackling (two-footed!) a variety of football topics. From player profiles and performance stats to manager’s tactics and playing styles. But this is not just a podcast full of numbers! We will be looking at all of the above from the fan’s point of view.
Episode 37 - Euros Fanalytics Facts
We are now in the full swing of UEFA Euro 2020, and it has certainly had its fair share of talking points already. There is plenty of content out there reviewing the games played so far, so instead, we thought we would do something a little different in our true Fanalytics way!
In Episode 37, we have some fun and swap our best facts and accolades held across the European Championships. We look across some of the records broken in this year's tournament and reveal some of our most interesting records currently held in the Championships. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it!
Episode 36 - The Third Man Run
Ahead of the start of Euro 2020, we are back with a tactical breakdown this week.
In Episode 36, we take a look into a tactical approach called “The Third Man Run”. A very simple approach as a concept, but very effective when executed properly. We discuss the nuances of this approach, why it is useful, and how it can maximise space on the pitch.
We also enlist the help of Performance Analyst & Academy Coach at Molde FK - and friend of the pod - Eric Laurie, to get his insight on this tactical approach!
Leeds United training: https://www.sportbible.com/football/news-take-a-bow-reactions-footage-of-marcelo-bielsas-third-man-concept-in-training-20210323;
Eric Laurie guest episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-10-the-view-from-eric-laurie/id1522157387?i=1000491401153;
Eric Laurie Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/EricLaurie/status/1345742344780451842/photo/1
Episode 35 - Pen...alytics
We are surprised ourselves that it has taken this long to discuss them, but in Episode 35 we discuss all things penalties!
Favourite penalty of all time? The worst penalty of all time? We share our thoughts, but we’d love you to send in some of your most memorable penalties, good or bad. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fanalytics episode if we didn’t pepper in some analysis for you. Statistically, the best place to put a penalty? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Calvente penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lXnoQdEunE&ab_channel=RoslanNazri;
Pires penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4bQVTczcLQ&ab_channel=souster98souster98;
Pirlo penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXFWmpB-cPQ&ab_channel=UEFAUEFA;
Shevchenko penalty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrOzjXpBCkk&ab_channel=WRWR;
Episode 34 - The View From...Chris Sutton
This episode needs very little build-up, as we had the pleasure of having former professional footballer and well-known pundit and commentator, Chris Sutton on the Football Fanalytics Podcast!
Chris is an English Premier League winner and Golden Boot winner with Blackburn Rovers, plus a four-time Scottish Premier League winner, a three-time Scottish cup winner, and a Scottish League cup winner with Celtic.
There was so much fantastic insight from Chris, chatting about his development throughout his career, the managers he played under, and his current role as a pundit and commentator. We, of course, also breached the topic of the use of analytics in football and its role within the game. This is not one to be missed!
Episode 33 - Quick-fire Recruitment
As we near the end of the season, the rumour mill is certainly in full flow for potential signings in the upcoming summer transfer window.
That’s why we thought it would be a good opportunity to dive back into the Twenty3 Content Toolbox and look into some potential signings that could fit your team! Thank you to everyone who sent their requests in, we did try to get through as many as we could!
A left-back for Arsenal? A centre forward for Brighton? A centre-back for Spurs? We cover this and more in Episode 33.
Everton right-back analysis: https://theathletic.co.uk/2463431/2021/03/20/everton-want-a-right-back-this-summer-aarons-lamptey-or-celik-would-be-good-fit/;
Manchester United midfielder analysis: https://theathletic.co.uk/2478687/2021/03/31/ndidi-rice-camavinga-tapia-scouting-a-holding-midfielder-for-manchester-united/
Episode 32 - A Closer Look into "Pitch Control"
It’s been a strange week for football, but you will be pleased to know that this episode does not centre on The European Super League!
In Episode 32, we explore an advanced analytical model called Pitch Control. Essentially, this model looks to quantify the creation of space on the pitch and see how players can maximise this space on or off the ball, and in or out of possession.
Importantly, we discuss why this model is important, how it can be applied, and what makes it such a useful tool within football clubs. Let us know what you think!