A-League Football Analyst Simulator - Part 1

The Football Analyst used the renowned Football Manager database to run a number of A-League players through simulations that relate to real-world footballing scenarios. Check out who ended up where...

The Football Analyst uses the renowned Football Manager database to run simulations that relate to real-world footballing scenarios. The database is comprised of 650,952 players and non-players, is kept up to date by a scouting network of over 1,300 researchers across the world and has predicted the success of players such as Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar years before they were known to the majority of football fans. Each person listed in the database has over 250 individual pieces of recorded information.

It is this attention to detail and level of footballing knowledge that led to the database being used by Prozone, pioneers in performance analysis, who work with football clubs from across the globe – including Champions League and World Cup winning teams. The Football Manager data is used as part of Prozone’s Recruiter tool that enables clubs to intelligently recruit players –giving professional clubs a better chance of finding the next Messi.


Aaron Mooy - Chievo

Mooy’s technical ability makes him a good candidate to make the move to a major European league and it’s Serie A that proves to be the best match for him, according to Football Manager 2016. Mooy is picked up by a mid-table Chievo side and becomes a useful member of their midfield, making fifteen appearances across the season. His good technical ability sees him create four assists and score two goals as Chievo end the season in twelfth place.

Where Mooy could struggle in other European leagues is with his relative lack of pace (he has a rating of eleven out of twenty in FM16) but Chievo’s style of play negates this effect. Chievo’s Head Coach, Rolando Maran, lets his wingers do the majority of the legwork and restricts his centre midfielders to attempting a range of passes, from simple sideways balls to the wide men to defence-splitting attempts. This tactical approach explains why Mooy’s pass completion percentage is sixty-three per cent at the end of the season – putting him in the top twenty passers in the league.

Mitch Austin - Moreirense

Austin struggles to adapt to life in the European game and doesn’t secure a regular starting place in any of the major leagues. His decent pace and acceleration make him an option on the bench as an impact substitution but his comparative lack of technical ability compared to his European peers mean that he is often overlooked.

His best season in Europe comes in the Portuguese Primeira Liga for Moreirense where he makes 13 appearances and makes an assist. He also earns an average rating of 6.73 but is left out of the matchday squad for the final four games of the season.

Mark Birighitti - Rayo Vallecano

Birighitti has a lot of potential which makes him an attractive signing for a number of European clubs. At 24, he is still a few years off from his peak but has already shown himself to have great reflexes and superb distribution.

Birighitti proves to be well equipped to the demands of Spanish football and puts in a string of good performances for Rayo Vallecano when their first choice keeper, Antonio Martinez, picks up an injury that puts him out of action for two months. In that time, Birighitti keeps two clean sheets and earns an average rating of 6.99 to keep the pressure on Martinez in the battle for the number 1 jersey.

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