A State of Football, Part II: Inter-Player Dynamics

In my previous post I outlined some of the basics behind considering football as a dynamical system and how we might proceed to synthesize an attractor to study the movement dynamics of a team. To summarize, a team can be described by a set of variables like its center of mass (i.e. position) and theContinue reading “A State of Football, Part II: Inter-Player Dynamics”

The Messi Project, Part II: LM10 vs CR7

Perhaps the greatest footballing rivalry ever, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have consistently topped the charts of football in terms of performance stats and accolades; and yet they couldn’t be more different in terms of their footballing style. In this post I introduce topological data analysis and how it can tell us about what exactly makes these players so special.

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