An International Football Story: How to Analyze a Collective Game; Individually

Leonardo Baldassini, Iskra Velitchkova, Jairo Mejía and Beatriz Alonso

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Many considerations play a role in the long and winding road to international football history. A single player -the cunning Maradona, the energetic Pelé, or the elegant Johan Cruyff- can change the football fate of an entire country; a single mistake can also put a very well groomed squad down into his knees against all odds -North Korea beat Italy in 1966 and came second of its groups.

Predicting the outcome of a game or of the whole competition that these days take place in Russia is difficult since so many unforeseeable off-model events can occur within each of the 90-minutes games of these 4 weeks.

We have found a different use for a classification algorithm developed at BBVA Data & Analytics to distribute in a three coordinates spaces most of the players that are competing these days in Russia for football glory.

In our data story you can find more details about the results.