Lessons from Chinese football

Football is the most popular sport in China, followed by basketball. Chinese fans now represent the biggest number of international fans in many European leagues and clubs. This partly explains why in recent years, President Xi Jinping has expressed his preference for this sport and has drawn up a plan, together with his leaders, for his national team to match the great champions of the world.

How athletes can benefit from ice baths

Ice baths and cold-water baths have become a much talked about topic lately among athletes as well as non-athletes. The rise of personas such as Wim Hof, better known as “iceman Hof”, who has reached nearly 2 million followers on Instagram, has brought the concept of dipping oneself into a cold body of water, viral, reaching the general public.

The art of finding the right number

Whenever we see a TV program or film about statistics in sport there is nearly always a scene where we are shown a wall of numbers scrolling down the screen, sometimes on a computer monitor, other times as a special effects flow of numbers through the ether around our sporting heroes. We are told how many measurements we can make per second of the players’ heart rate, the velocity of their movement and their gaze direction. Everything is logged and monitored.

Replacing a Coach Increases the Risk of Muscle Injury

Football is a sport with a significant risk of injury.. There are constant sprints, changes of direction, unexpected events and situations involving complex coordination… We also know that there are factors that can increase the probability of suffering an injury. The players’ age, the exposure time to the stimuli of training and competitions or having previously suffered from another injury in the same body region multiply the risks.

Three philosophical conceptions of football: The Platonic conception

This article culminates the three-part series on philosophy and football. In the same way, the two previous articles could seem temporally correlated; this one presents a coexisting perspective with the two subsequent ones. Despite always being influenced by the prevailing view, the so-called Platonic conception of football has had great exponents over a long time, keeping its most romantic essence.

Three philosophical conceptions of football: The nihilist conception

The nihilist conception of football is based on knowledge democratization in recent years to modify the coach-player relationship. On the other hand, we will see how globalisation and commercialisation of the world have also impacted understanding the game itself.

How VAR Has Changed Football

Over a football game, referees must quickly make around 130 decisions in order to analyse what has happened. The risk of making mistakes is high, and this can have a direct impact on the final result of any game. Some factors such as the flash-lag effect—the difficulty of perceiving the location of an object while something else is occurring at the same time—the background noise, the players’ comments on the game events or fatigue can lead referees to make poor decisions.

Three philosophical conceptions of football: The inquisitive conception

The unpredictable nature of the football game keeps it from being considered an exact science, and possibly for this same reason, it is approached from all possible disciplines, making clear the insuperable need of humans to expand knowledge and satisfy our curiosity.

Why we have to be modest about football analytics

This is the first in a series on modern football analytics. It is written for people working in football – the coaches, the analysts and the players – for the people who want to apply numbers in football – the data scientists and the statisticians – and for the fans who want to understand how numbers are changing the game. It is written for you.

What effects can holidays have on football players?

Although holidays may be necessary physically and mentally, they can also negatively affect football players’ body composition and physical performance.