A-League Football Analyst Simulator - Part 3

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.


Craig Goodwin - Genoa

Goodwin finds his feet in Italy’s Serie A playing for Genoa. His versatility in midfield and defence sees him become a competent utility player for the club, making regular appearances as a substitute and filling in for injured players.

His pace and high level of natural fitness make him a threat in a league where the game is played a slower pace than some of the other major European leagues. During his first season at Genoa, Goodwin racks up a total of 22 appearances, scoring once. His average match rating of 6.93 also puts him firmly in contention for place in the starting line-up next season.

Chris Naumoff - Nantes

Naumoff’s best season in Europe comes in France for Ligue 1 outfit FC Nantes. Nantes are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle when Naumoff joins and, with their attacking midfielders underperforming, he is required to make an instant impact. Naumoff doesn’t disappoint with a goal and an assist in his first three matches. His close control and pace make him a tough opponent for the Ligue 1 defenders to get the better of and that is reflected in his end of season totals: three goals and four assists in eleven games.

His form takes a dip in the second half of the campaign as his playing style starts to lose effectiveness against some of the more resilient defences in the league. He is taken out of the matchday squad for the final six games of the season but has done enough to suggest that has a future in one of Europe’s elite leagues. He is also rewarded with his first international cap against Tajikistan as he comes off the bench in a 2-0 win.

Joshua Ridson - Roda JC

Risdon has the two key attributes that most modern European managers look for in a full-back: pace and acceleration. Importantly though, Risdon can also back this up with good stamina, consistency, composure and marking.

It’s the Dutch Eredivisie where Risdon finds himself most at home. Over the course of 28 appearances for Roda JC, he had established himself as something of a first-team regular. His average rating of 7.03 highlighted just how settled he was in the Roda defence and he even managed two assists when his pace allowed him to get forward and play early crosses into the penalty area.

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