Six European Football Leagues Going into Christmas 2017

I have been following scoring patterns in six European football leagues (EPL, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A, Eredivisie and Primera) in the 2017-2018 season.

I have a particular interest in the outcome of scoring first and not losing in games in these leagues.

Prior to midweek games on 13 December 2017, the range of my data (n=875 games) thus far is:

In Ligue 1, the % of games in which the team that has scored first and not lost has ranged between 86% and 89%. In Serie A, the range is 72% to 80%. The other four leagues fit between these two leagues.

My BoxplotR visualisation of nine observations for these leagues is:

The box plot statistics are:

The EPL is about to enter an intense fixture period and I will be interested to observe any changes in pattern.

A separate project is to examine the games in which the team that scores first has lost (n=96 of the 875 games played). The Eredivisie has the largest number of these games (n=23 out of 134 games) and the Primera the smallest number (n=12 out of 150 games).

Photo Credit

Marco Verratti (PSG Officiel, Twitter)

Fireworks (AjaxDaily, Twitter)

Bundesliga Informatics Opportunities


I heard from Daniel Link this morning through the IACSS mailinglist.

He wrote:

On behalf of the German Professional Football League (DFL) I would like to sent you some job offers in the area of sport informatics and sports analytics. There are four open positions:

Director Operations & IT (director-operations-it)

Head of IT Development (head-of-it-entwicklung)

Manager Tracking (manager-tracking-final)

(Senior) Product Manager (senior-product-manager-final)

 The place of employment will be Cologne, Germany.

The job descriptions are in German but Daniel points out that “English applications are also welcome”. Hendrik Weber is the contact at the Budesliga if you require more information.

These look to be excellent opportunities and a great example for #UCSIA16 conversations about informatics and analytics.