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The Numbers Behind Success in Soccer

Author : Chest Dugger
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What's behind the success of certain professional soccer clubs? Is it money, luck, skill? The answer may surprise you.. The use of analytics in sport is now well embedded. 'Marginal gains', the bedrock upon which the cycling coach Dave Brailsford built his greatest successes are cornerstones of most sports nowadays. But, until recently, that did not apply to the biggest sport in the world. Not in soccer. It was as though this simplest of sports is too complicated for statistics. Or that only one statistic counts, the number of times the ball hits the back of the net. 'The only statistic that counts, ' there's an often used and annoying stock term. However, in the last 10 years, professional soccer clubs of all levels of wealth and stature have bought into analytics. Data analysts are now a major part of every top professional club. They interact with players, advise coaches, examine the strengths and weaknesses of teams, establish likely tactical organization of different sides; even focus on what a referee might allow and penalize. Here's what's Included In This Book: The reasons why top spending clubs like PSG and Manchester City don't always win How Analytics has helped Leicester City overcome the poverty gap in Soccer How Analytics has revolutionizing soccer training sessions and pre-match strategy sessions 3 Players who were chosen by professional soccer clubs using Analytics How Modern Analytics fared doing Soccer Predictions for the 2018 World Cup Analytics settles the great debate: Messi vs Ronaldo And much more Even if you've never played soccer in your life, you will find this book informative and engaging.

Modelling and Simulation in Sport and Exercise

Author : Arnold Baca
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Modelling and simulation techniques are of central importance to conducting research in sport and exercise science, informing data collection and helping to analyze patterns of movement and physical performance. Modelling and Simulation in Sport and Exercise is the first book to offer an instructive reference for modelling and simulation methods for researchers and sport and exercise scientists. Based around a series of research cases, describing core theories in applied, practical settings, the book draws on examples of modelling and simulation in ball games, biomechanical analysis, physiological testing and monitoring, predictive analysis and sports engineering and product design. Each research case presents a central problem, discusses different modelling approaches that could be used to deal with the issue, analysis of results and a reflection on the methodology and an exercise for students to put the techniques discussed into practice. This is an important reference for any active researcher or upper-level student in sport and exercise science with an interest in mathematical modelling, computer science or simulation techniques.

Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games

Author : Danyel Reiche
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The Olympic Games is undoubtedly the greatest sporting event in the world, with over 200 countries competing for success. This important new study of the Olympics investigates why some countries are more successful than others. Which factors determine their failure or success? What is the relationship between these factors? And how can these factors be manipulated to influence a country’s performance in sport? This book addresses these questions and discusses the theoretical concepts that explain why national sporting success has become a policy priority around the globe. Danyel Reiche reassesses our understanding of success in sport and challenges the conventional explanations that population size and economic strength are the main determinants for a country’s Olympic achievements. He presents a theory of countries’ success and failure, based on detailed investigations of the relationships between a wide variety of factors that influence a country’s position in the Olympic medals table, including geography, ideology, policies such as focusing on medal promising sports, home advantage and the promotion of women. This book fills a long-standing gap in literature on the Olympics and will provide valuable insights for all students, scholars, policy makers and journalists interested in the Olympic Games and the wider relationship between sport, politics, and nationalism.

Strategic Sport Management

Author : Michal Varmus
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Sport, and in particular the sporting environment, has undergone significant changes in recent decades. The social significance and commercialization of sport; the use of new technologies and organizational structures; and the involvement of various stakeholders matter more today than ever before. This book addresses the key influence of stakeholders in particular on the activities of sports organizations, taking into account certain territorial differences around the world, but also within Europe. The authors explain the key characteristics of the management of sports organizations as opposed to other organizations. These include the strategic management and setting of long-term goals such as sporting success, sustainable funding, youth training, and community building. The authors present a strategic model for these goals and stakeholders in the context of sport, together with research-based case studies in which the critical factors in the strategic management of successful and unsuccessful sports organizations are identified.

Advances in Intelligent IT

Author : Yuefeng Li
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" In the great digital era, we are witnessing many rapid scientific and technological developments in human-centered, seamless computing environments, interfaces, devices and systems with applications ranging from business and communication to entertainment and learning. These developments are collectively best characterized as Active Media Technology (AMT), a new area of intelligent information technology and computer science that emphasizes the proactive, seamless roles of interfaces and systems as well as new media in all aspects of digital life. An AMT based computer system offers services that enable the rapid design, implementation, deploying and support of customized solutions. This book brings together papers from researchers from diverse areas, such as Web intelligence, data mining, intelligent agents, smart information use, networking and intelligent interface. The book includes papers on the following topics: Active Computer Systems and Intelligent Interfaces; Adaptive Web Systems and Information Foraging Agents; Web mining, Wisdom Web and Web Intelligence; E-Commerce and Web Services; Data Mining, Ontology Mining and Data Reasoning; Network, Mobile and Wireless Security; Entertainment and Social Applications of Active Media; Agent-Based Software Engineering and Multi-Agent Systems; Digital City and Digital Interactivity; Machine Learning and Human-Centered Robotics; Multi-Modal Processing, Detection, Recognition, and Expression Analysis; Personalized, Pervasive, and Ubiquitous Systems and their Interfaces; Smart Digital Media; and Evaluation of Active Media and AMT Based Systems. "

The Numbers Game

Author : Chris Anderson
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Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding—and winning—the most popular sport on the planet. Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers—a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually are. In The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson, a former professional goalkeeper turned soccer statistics guru, teams up with behavioral analyst David Sally to uncover the numbers that really matter when it comes to predicting a winner. Investigating basic but profound questions—How valuable are corners? Which goal matters most? Is possession really nine-tenths of the law? How should a player’s value be judged?—they deliver an incisive, revolutionary new way of watching and understanding soccer.

Talent Identification and Development in Sports Performance

Author : Nuno Leite
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Technology and Students with Special Educational Needs

Author : Adina Shamir
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Heterogeneous classes including students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are increasingly becoming fixtures of the twenty-first century school. As a result, the question of how to devise more effective, innovative and diverse tools has posed a significant challenge for educators and the research community. This collection considers how technology may provide SEN children with greater opportunities to acquire academic skills, while preparing them for a successful transition to adulthood. Computers, and other new technologies, hold great promise for facilitating the inclusion of SEN individuals into modern society. Precisely because they are characterized by multiple representations of knowledge, computerized learning environments offer effective support tools for the instruction of SEN students faced with barriers that make learning a more complex process. Yet, despite the blossoming of this field, research on how the use of technology may benefit SEN students is in its early stages. The development of the theoretical knowledge and empirical databases necessary to assess the impact of computers on learners’ characteristics and educators' teaching goals lag behind the introduction of the respective technological innovations. To meet this challenge, this volume presents a review of the latest advances in how new technologies and their software may potentially enhance SEN students' performance, in school and out. This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Special Needs.

A Memorable Season in College Football

Author : Robert J. Reid
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How did the 1959 season impact the future of College Football? A Memorable Season in College Football: A Look Back at 1959 is a comprehensive study of this unique season. Beginning with an overview of the college game as it was played during that era, the pre-season rules changes, and prognosticators assessments, it then follows all the top teams and players week by week, including game summaries, individual achievements, and the shifting weekly polls. A Memorable Season covers key conference races, the post-season awards, bowl games, and the social climate of racism as it pertained to college football. A History of the football programs at over twenty major universities, from the first season up to 1959, are summarized throughout the text. The history of major post-season bowls and the college game itself are explored. Finally, a thorough analysis is made to determine which really was the top team in 1959, how a different outcome may have occurred, and why this season was so pivotal in the development of the modern game of college football.

The Away Game The Epic Search for Soccer s Next Superstars

Author : Sebastian Abbot
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“An exhilarating, at times heartbreaking, and ultimately unforgettable journey that lays bare the true human stakes of the world’s most popular game.”—Warren St. John, best-selling author of Outcasts United Searching for soccer’s next superstars, an audacious program called Football Dreams held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa. In The Away Game, Sebastian Abbot follows several of the boys as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, money-hungry agents, and soccer-mad European fans.