Exclusive football issue! Soccer for my American friends. With the World Cup beginning this weekend, no better time to showcase five articles in prep. Two showcase their own predictions, one introduces a new metric, and another highlights penalty shootout stats. Lastly, a course on working with football data.
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This Week's Lineup
Predicting the 2022 World Cup
This one explains the model and showcases potential outcomes with some rad visualizations.
The 2022 World Cup Is Up For Grabs
Nice touch of narrative layered on 538's World Cup forecast.
Two New Transition Pass Metrics
Transition Pass Security % vs Transition 1st Pass (quality), can assess who turns defense into attack securely and progressively.
World Cup Penalty Shootout Facts
Introduced ahead of the 1978 World Cup, there have been 30 since. Fun facts and a breakdown of scoring percentage by order of kicker.
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