Big data and football’s search for the Holy Grail
Luis Suarez's transfer value has doubled since the striker joined Liverpool from Dutch club Ajax in 2011.
November 6th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Big data and football’s search for the Holy Grail

It’s football’s eternal search for the transfer market’s Holy Grail.

To discover a way where the numbers add up - and just as importantly to correctly interpret those numbers - and cheaply sign a player who goes on to become a star for your team, or someone you sell for a lot of money.

Many have tried and many have failed in trying to bring precision to this imprecise science. FULL POST

August 22nd, 2013
03:03 PM ET

May 1st, 2013
04:00 PM ET

Point of View: Which manager should move jobs?

Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti could all be on the move. (Getty Images).
Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti could all be on the move. (Getty Images).

No sooner had the final whistle blown on the semifinal victory by Borussia Dortmund over Real Madrid, than speculation swiftly turned to whether this was also the final whistle on Jose Mourinho’s career at the helm of the Spanish giants.

Never one to miss a trick in tantalising the press, the self-dubbed "Special One" shaped the narrative of the media response to the defeat by suggesting in post-match interviews that he “might not be” in charge of Los Meringues next season.

“England,” he stated, “is where I know … I am loved. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.” FULL POST

September 18th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Whatever happened to Rafa Benitez?

Rafael Benitez has been out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan in December 2010.
Rafael Benitez has been out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan in December 2010.

This December Spanish coach Rafael Benitez will have been out of work for two years. He has his website, plus plenty of media commitments to keep him busy, but for a coach that has been working as a manager since 1986 that must be like a living purgatory.

Like the majority of managers, Benitez gives the impression that he thinks and breathes football every minute, every hour, every day of his life.

In his new book “Champions League Dreams ”  with Times journalist Rory Smith, the Spaniard, who was Liverpool’s manager for six years between 2004 and 2010, provides a glimpse into the quest for perfection by describing the layout of his Melwood office at the club’s training ground. FULL POST