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Donald Knuth, basketball and computers in sport

Introduction Donald Knuth received a scholarship in 1956 to attend the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio. During his time at the Institute, Donald was manager of the basketball team. His interests in observation, notation and computer programming were recorded in an IBM documentary. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhh8Ao4yweQ] Synergy At Case, Donald combined his interest in computers with his involvement in basketball. He had managed his High School basketball team and took on this role at Case during his undergraduate years (1956-1960). The Computer History Museum's biography of Donald includes this paragraph: Knuth's lifelong love affair with computers began as an undergraduate when he discovered the...

Valerij, Anatolij and Dynamo Kyiv’s Golden Years

< Introduction I have been researching Valerij Lobanovs’kyj's coaching career at Dynamo Kiev. I am particularly interested in his partnership with the statistician and analyst Anatolij Zelentsov. I believe their partnership is a defining moment (that extended over three decades) for those of us involved in the analysis of performance and the quest for actionable insights. There are two parts to their partnership at Dynamo Kyiv: 1974-1990; and 1997-2002. Over these two periods, Dynamo Kyiv's goals scored and conceded were: The gap in the data between seasons 18 and 19 signal Valerij's absence from the club. When he left at the end of the 1990...

Anatolij Zelentsov

Introduction It is hard to find pictures of Anatolij Zelentsov. He was the statistician and analyst who accompanied Valerij Lobanovs’kyj on his coaching journey with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and subsequently at Dynamo Kyiv. This portrait picture is from  the Komkon website. As part of my ongoing exploration of the golden age of Dynamo Kyiv under Valerij's leadership, I wanted to share what I have learned about Anatolij (I am going to spell his first name to resonate with Valrij, I think his name in Ukranian is Анатолій Зеленцов). Simon Kuper (Football Against the Enemy) and Jonathan Wilson (Behind the Curtain) have shared their...