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The Clustering Project (eBook | Eng)

The Clustering Project (eBook | Eng)

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The Clustering Project

A new framework for smarter scouting

  • Written by Soccerment Research and Antonio Gagliardi (Assistant Coach & Head of Match Analysis at Italy National Team FIGC)
  • Foreword by Fabio Paratici (Managing Direct, Football - Tottenham Hotspurs)
  • 160 pages

Abstract

Using detailed stats from season 2017/18 to 2020/21, we applied a clustering analysis to categorise players into thirteen groups, based on their function on the pitch. We structured our analysis to reconstruct not only a class label for each player, but a full hybridation profile, with the classification probability for all thirteen clusters, allowing us to recover a more unique (albeit not conclusive) characterisation.

These results have an immediate application in scouting, providing a search filter with a data-driven characterisation, as opposed to the a priori one given by traditional roles.

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