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THE IMPORTANCE OF SET PIECES

Goldman Sachs used AI to simulate 1 million possible World Cup outcomes — and arrived at a clear winner

• <b>The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to start in Russia on Thursday.</b>• <b><br>Goldman Sachs used machine learning to run 200,000 models and simulate 1 million variations of the tournament to pick a winner.</b><p>The Argentine superstar Lionel Messi once said: "In football ... talent and elegance mean nothing without …

Machine Learning

Fifa World Cup Predictions 2018

Five-time World Cup winner Brazil is the favorite to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy in Moscow on July 15, according to Gracenote, the world’s leading …

Uruguay Got The World Cup’s Ultimate Prize: Russia’s Group

<i>Over the next few days, FiveThirtyEight will be examining each of the eight groups in the 2018 World Cup, which begins June 14 in Russia.</i><p>Picking the …

The mainstream is coming for e-sports, but do e-sports need it?

The BBC is broadcasting them, Sky’s taking bets on them, but finals of Dota 2 and League of Legends are already attracting audiences of more than 20m viewers<p>E-sports are going mainstream. Well, that’s not strictly true. The world finals of Dota 2 were watched by 20 million people this year; last …

2015 Video Game Statistics & Trends Who’s Playing What & Why? | Big Fish Blog

Last year Lisa Galarneau wrote a fantastic article on 2014 Global Gaming Stats.<p>2015 has crept up on us and it’s time to see some updated trends, …

Esports betting hub Unikrn buys statistics company DotaProHub

If you’ve watched any television, Hulu, or YouTube recently, you’ve likely seen a commercial or two for fantasy sports sites that enable you to bet on NFL games. Now, several esports companies are trying to establish and grow similar sorts of businesses for pro gaming.<p>Unikrn, a website where fans …

Report: eSports revenues to hit $465m in 2017

The esports market, already worth $194 million per year, is set to more than double in size by 2017 according to a "conservative scenario" from …

eSports

Esports statistics: Why StarCraft needs a Stimpack

One common reaction to the latest match-fixing scandal in Korea’s <i>StarCraft 2</i> esports scene was simply “Oh wow! Again?” For a game once referred to as …

Starcraft

Esports statistics: The growth of our industry in five charts

We read and hear a lot about the massive growth of the esports industry. When it comes to prize money and viewership, this industry can easily …

eSports

eSports Statistics Indicate a Great Future | Gaming

While this doesn’t look like a marquee UFC match-up, eSports players are building brand equity<p>There are 400 million players of multiplayer online …

San Antonio

Visual Mapping of Twitch and Our Communities, ‘Cause Science!

Twitch has grown so quickly this year that it’s hard to keep track of all the amazing subgroups and communities that call Twitch home. To illustrate …

eSports in numbers: Five mind-blowing stats

eSports means big money and big numbers – let’s add some real-world context for you.<p>Research has revealed that over the last year we've racked up …

Germany's World Cup tactics: shaped by data

Cheat sheets are out of fashion. Sophie Curtis discovers how the German national team is using data analysis software to gain a competitive edge over its rivals<p>Back in 2006, when Germany hosted the World Cup, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had to resort to studying a crumpled, handwritten cheat sheet to …

Player | Team | Football | Stats Comparison Tool

• Choose the teams or players you want to compare by interacting with the cards.<br>• Select which stat you want to compare from the drop-down menu.<br>• Share …

Pass, move and take your chances: how Stats Zone saw Germany 1-0 Argentina

By half-time, Germany had completed 264 of 307 passes (86% completion), Argentina 93 of 133 (70%). Germany had 70.2% possession.<p>The final-third …

Could the World Cup Champion Beat the Best Club Team in the World?

<b>Update (July 13, 5:46 p.m.):</b> Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.<p>In basketball, it’s a safe bet that the …

Germany May Be the Best National Soccer Team Ever

Germany didn’t begin the World Cup as the favorite. That honor belonged to (ahem) Brazil. But that’s a slightly deceptive measure. This was a …

The World Cup Bump Is Real: MLS Streaming Subscriptions Are Up 300%

Thanks to an exciting World Cup and an unexpected run from the U.S. Men's National Team, professional soccer appears to be having a real moment in the United States. ESPN and Univision have seen huge numbers for U.S. games. Nielsen ratings put the U.S. and Portugal game at 24.7 million viewers, …

NBA Finals

Match Centre | Brazil 1 - 7 Germany | 08-07-2014

Squawka's Performance Score takes into account every on-ball action in the pitch following a specific algorithm which undergoes these basic …

Brazil's Heat Maps vs. Germany in World Cup Loss Were Embarrassing, Hilarious

Brazil's shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-final was embarrassing for all involved. The heat maps from the game for the Brazilian players elucidate that point pretty nicely.<p>Above, you can see where David Luiz spent his time on Tuesday.<p>Yes, that's £50 million centre-half David …

Messi Is Better Than Maradona, But Maybe Not Pele

Last week I wrote “Lionel Messi Is Impossible,” an article that explored how play-by-play data sheds light on the Argentina forward’s skills, style …

Germany 7-1 Brazil: Germany record a historic thrashing, winning the game in 30 minutes

The starting line-ups<p>In one of the most incredible matches in World Cup history, this ridiculous scoreline was an entirely fair reflection of …

Twitter UK on Twitter: "35.6 million Tweets during #BRA vs. #GER, making it the most-discussed single sports game ever on Twitter #WorldCup http://t.co/mnS0CCA7IA"

Replying to @<b>TwitterUK</b><p>MT @<b>TwitterUK</b>: 35.6 million Tweets during #<b>BRA</b> vs #<b>GER</b>, making it twitter most-discussed single sports game …