Flow Motifs

This blog post explains the Flow Motifs tool as created by UnravelSports.com. About a year ago I came across a research paper called “Who can replace Xavi? A passing motif analysis of football players” by Peña & Navarro. They applied the notion of network motifs to players in the Spanish and English top tier and found that Xavi was in … Read more

Pass Expectation Model

This blog post explains the Pass Expectation Model built by UnravelSports.com. During the break of the friendly international match between The Netherlands and Belgium on November 9th 2016 Jordi Clasie was subject to several unfriendly tweets asking Dutch head coach Blind to substitute him. The reason? His pass success rate was just 66% in the first half. While … Read more