Alisson Becker and the Evolution of Goalkeepers: (The Numbers Behind the World’s #1)

"Legendary Dutch and Ajax manager, Johan Cruyff once said, “In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker and the striker is the first defender.” While the idea of a goalkeeper as an ‘attacker’ may not sound as revolutionary today as it did in the 1980s, it remains an area of the game in which there is certainly room for innovation. Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award winner, is a case in point."

“The Worst Miss Ever”: The Beginner’s Guide to Expected Goals (Part 1)

When former Nigerian international, Yakabu, failed to stick the ball into an open net from 2 yards out at the 2010 World Cup, many declared it the worst miss ever (if you don’t believe them, take a look at it yourself). I was only 11 years old, a hopeful Zambian rooting for a fellow African … Continue reading “The Worst Miss Ever”: The Beginner’s Guide to Expected Goals (Part 1)

The Story Behind Our Name

In 2011, when Thomas Müller was asked about his playing style, he replied, in his typical, witty manner, “Ich bin ein Raumdeuter.” (“I am the space investigator/interpreter.”) Anyone who has seen Müller play likely has some understanding of what he meant. His tactical role, now popularly known as the ‘Raumdeuter’, is characterised by an intelligent … Continue reading The Story Behind Our Name