2018 FIFA World Cup Final aftermathematics

Two years ago we were living different lives. All crammed in front of TV, with no regard to social distancing (what is that?!), we were following greatest sporting event that there is - 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia... and Croatia was all the hype. Compared to other football powerhouses, Croatia is indeed a miniscule … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Final aftermathematics

Sports analytics & 3 centuries old tradition (Part 2)

In the previous post I’ve introduced you to 3 centuries old tradition from Croatia, a knightly tournament that celebrates heroes from the past and their modern counterparts, alkars from Sinj. It’s definitely not some usual analytics subject, but hey, it’s analytics in everything, right? so we did some sports analytics stuff on the collected data … Continue reading Sports analytics & 3 centuries old tradition (Part 2)

In vino veritas…

In vino veritas. One of many Latin proverbs I had to memorize in high school, along with really painful grammar and everything that came along. Yeah, I’ve studied Latin in high school, but can’t say it was time best spent. I've "wasted" lot of educational effort while trying to figure out what to do in … Continue reading In vino veritas…

Predicting Champions League group stage using club Elo ratings

Magnus Carlsen has Elo rating of 2876, Liverpool has Elo of 2058, while Novak Djokovic has Elo of 2203... hell, even the girl/guy you just swiped on Tinder has Elo rating, and if you're on Tinder you have it as well. Haven't heard of Elo rating? Well, let me bring you up to speed. The … Continue reading Predicting Champions League group stage using club Elo ratings

Sports analytics & 3 centuries old tradition (Part 1)

I remember reading this great sport analytics piece on fivethirtyeight.com on history of Japanese Sumo. Japanese, who are notoriously pedantic, kept records of their great sporting tradition for centuries and Benjamin Morris (n.b. author of best sports analytics piece ever, on Dennis Rodman non the less) did fantastic analysis. Whole piece was great, and visualizations … Continue reading Sports analytics & 3 centuries old tradition (Part 1)