Assessing collective defensive performances in football: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of central back pairs

Kaufmann, David (14 May 2014). Assessing collective defensive performances in football: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of central back pairs (Unpublished)

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Ahead of the World Cup in Brazil the crucial question for the Swiss national coach is the nomination of the starting eleven central back pair. A fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis assesses the defensive performances of different Swiss central back pairs during the World Cup campaign (2011 – 2014). This analysis advises Ottmar Hitzfeld to nominate Steve von Bergen and Johan Djourou as the starting eleven central back pair. The alternative with a substantially weaker empirical validity would be Johan Djourou together with Phillippe Senderos. Furthermore, this paper aims to be a step forward in mainstream football analytics. It analyses the undervalued and understudied defense (Anderson and Sally 2012, Statsbomb 2013) by explaining collective defensive performances instead of assessments of individual player or team performances. However, a qualitatively (better defensive metrics) and quantitatively (more games) improved and extended data set would allow for a more sophisticated analysis of collective defensive performances.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

11 Centers of Competence > Center of Comptetence for Public Management (KPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Kaufmann, David

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

Language:

English

Submitter:

David Christen

Date Deposited:

11 Sep 2014 17:08

Last Modified:

08 Dec 2014 09:18

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Football analytics, QCA, World Cup Brazil, Central back

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44394

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44394

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