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MLS infographic 2015

With only one week to go before the kick off of the 2016 MLS season, ORTEC Sports presents you a statistical look back on the 2015 season. Curious to find out which team made the most goal attempts last season? Or do you want to know which players performed best according to the ORTEC Statistical Index? Take a look at this interesting infographic!

MLS 2015 infographic

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A statistical preview on the 2016 MLS Final!

Sunday Dec. 5th, the MLS Final will decide which team will be crowned champion of the MLS. In the final Columbus crew, representing the Eastern conference will face Portland Timbers who represents the Western conference.

Both teams did not finish first in the regular competition, but managed to reach the finals through the play offs. Portland Timbers even had to play an extra knock out match to reach these play offs.

In the graph below the performances of both teams are compared.



The statistics show that Columbus crew has the upper hand in passing and possession time. Both teams have an equal number of goal attempts however, Columbus crew has slightly more shots in the box.

Columbus crew is also better in finishing: 12% of their goal attempts are successful whereas only 9% of the goal attempts of Portland resulted in a goal.

Portland on the other hand, managed to win more defensive duels and also their number of saves by the goalkeeper is lower.


The central forwards

Columbus crew has the topscorer of the MLS in their team. Kei Kamara scored 25 times this season (regular + play offs), which is 8 goals more than the forward of Portland. In the graph below the statistics of both central forwards are compared. The statistics show that Kamara scored more goals and has almost twice the amount of goal attempts of Adi. Kamara also is stronger in the duels as he wins 51% of his duels. Adi has a better pass completion percentage and also his conversion rate beats that of Kamara.


Central midfielders

If we compare two of the important midfielders, the statistics show that Higuain is the more offensive type whereas Nagbe has the better defensive statistics.


Goal Analysis

An in depth analysis shows that Portland Timbers score 42% directly or indirectly out of set pieces. Columbus Crew better watch out on corners and free kicks… Also, 27% of their goals are an immediate result of a counter attack.

Columbus crew have a more balanced scorecard. Just under 50% of their goals come from a nice combination (25%) or a set piece (24%)


Top players per statistic

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Best U21 players: Lyon’s Tolisso the top performer in September

Corentin Tolisso was ORTEC Sports’ best U21 player last month. The French midfielder featured in all the league matches for Olympique Lyon, with the highlight coming in the match against Bastia. Tolisso confirmed the 2-0 win with a goal on the 88th minute.

Even though his pure stats might not be as exciting as others, Tolisso stands out for his constant involvement in the game (75.8 actions on average), as well as for the ability to make key passes (1.5 per game). Overall, he earned a 7.9 grade through September, which puts him at the top of our list for this month. Coming from the club’s youth ranks, Tolisso shows as well that Lyon are still a leading football academy in Europe.

Coming a close second, Chancel Mbemba (7.8 grade) also deserves a place among the best. Newcastle’s young centre back is emerging as a key element on defense, playing alongside the veteran (and team captain) Fabricio Coloccini. With 1.7 blocked goal attempts per game and an impressive 64% of duels won, Mbemba has surely had a very good September.

Still in his teens, Vitesse’s Kevin Diks is working hard to become the best right back in the Netherlands. Co Adriaanse has gone further to say that he would already be in the national team if he was playing for a bigger club. Nevertheless, the 19-year old has shown a great ability to read the game – proven by the fact that 73% of his regained possessions came from interceptions. At the same time, having 1.7 key actions per game reveals his offensive prowess. Diks had an average grade of 7.2 in September.

The last member of this fantastic four is Niklas Süle (7.1 average). The German centre back has played every single minute so far in this season’s Bundesliga. Even with Hoffenheim’s early struggles in the standings, Süle has managed to make a good impression. Confident when it comes to passing the ball (92% completion rate), he is also contributing with 8.8 clearances per game.

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Leagues in numbers: Italian shooting machines and the quick card triggers

Passionate as we are for numbers here at ORTEC Sports, it doesn’t come as a surprise that we find ourselves comparing stats from different competitions quite often. So why not making a regular feature out of it? This month we had a look at goal attempts (inside and outside the box), completed pass percentage, fouls per card and offsides. We took into account all matches played so far in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal.

There are some visible differences across the main leagues in Europe. The fact that the Italian Serie A leads in total goal attempts might well be the most striking of them all, considering the defensive label we all got used to putting on it. This dominance comes mostly from outside the box, where Italian teams have slightly more than 50% of all their shots.

How good are teams at passing the ball?

Another common idea is that teams in countries like Spain or Netherlands rule when it comes to accuracy in passing. However, the top league in completed passes is the French Ligue 1, with 84.3%, followed by the English Premier League and the Serie A. The bottom-ranked competition is the Belgian Pro League, with 80.6%. So the gap isn’t that big.

There comes a yellow card

English referees are praised for their ability to control a game without stopping it too much or showing too many cards. But how many fouls it actually takes for a player to see a yellow card? We looked at the numbers and found out that the Dutch Eredivisie and the German Bundesliga are the closest to heaven an aggressive player can find. In these two leagues, an average of 9 fouls is needed for an infractor to get a card. The opposite happens in Spain, where the chances are you will get a yellow on your fifth foul.


Team of the Month: the heroes in Heracles

Son of Zeus, the mythological figure of Heracles is considered the greatest of the Greek heroes. In the last few weeks, the homonymous Dutch club has lived up to the legacy the name entails. Heracles Almelo won all their four matches since mid-August, giving them the second place in the Eredivisie standings – just one point behind leader Ajax. By clearly outperforming expectations, Heracles is a rightful recipient of ORTEC Sports’ “Team of the Month” distinction.

With 12 points in 5 matches, the Almelo side is recording its second-best start ever. The only time they managed to do better was in 1964, when the team won its first 5 matches. This is clearly a different picture from last season: in 2014/15, Heracles had to wait until the 8th matchday to score the first points in the competition (the first 7 games were all losses).

Looking at the numbers, we can find some of the reasons why Heracles has been performing so well. To begin with, their goal conversion rate (17%) ranks second in the Eredivisie, only trailing Ajax (18%). This figure represents the percentage of shot attempts that result in a goal.

On the other hand, it is clear that Heracles has been really active fighting for the ball. Averaging 173 duels per game, they lead this category. The same goes for defensive positioning errors: Heracles has only committed one big mistake in the last four matches.

Scoring 4 goals against Cambuur and 5 in total, Oussama Tannane has also earned the right to be highlighted as “Key Player”. The 21-year old winger stood out during this period, earning reported interest from clubs in Turkey and a call from the Moroccan national team coach. Tannane has played with the Dutch U21 national team before.

Check the infographic below for more in-depth information:

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Factors with impact in demand for sports tickets

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Opponent, competition, weather, team performance are just a few examples of variables that can influence demand for sports tickets. Understanding and putting them to your service is key for a club to take its ticket pricing strategies to a new level. Everyone loves a good rivalry. No matter the sport, one can always find great stories of fierce competitors. Teams going neck and neck season after season, only to make a difference in the end, with a small detail, when facing each other. We are talking about a Barcelona-Real Madrid in football or a Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics in basketball. Or even an Australia-England in cricket. On an individual level, take tennis players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as perfect examples of this.

Rivalries are incredible ticket sales drivers. For these games, promotional activities are almost unnecessary. Big names sell themselves easily. That is how powerful they are. The same might not happen when a title contender plays a team fighting to avoid relegation. The quality gap can make it less appealing for fans to show up. On a winter Friday evening, watching the game on TV might well win over facing the cold, rainy weather to see a lesser opponent getting beaten by a top dog. In the last paragraph we already mentioned several factors with an impact in demand for sports tickets: opponent, position in the standings, day of the week or weather. How many more can you think of? 3? 5? 10?

The list is even longer than you can probably imagine. But this tag cloud already gives a good overall idea of the many variables involved in this process.

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A Sunday afternoon league game with no TV broadcast will – generally speaking – lead to high demand levels. But an injury to a star player can push some potential buyers away from the game. The same might go for a popular local event (such as a big music festival).

Of course, reality changes from club to club. At Feyenoord, one of our customers, the data analysis showed that fan loyalty was so high that the results on the pitch had little to no influence on the actual attendance numbers. To put it simply: Feyenoord’s fans are so dedicated that they wouldn’t stop going to the stadium even if the team wasn’t performing that well. That’s an example of extreme loyalty!

By measuring the impact of these factors in demand for sports tickets, clubs and venues will be able to make better predictions and put more accurate prices on their tickets. Being aware is already a first step; using data analysis will allow them to take their ticket pricing strategies to a new level.

European football’s future stars: the top performers in August

Here at ORTEC Sports there is a tremendous amount of data about player and team performance. Every week we analyse tons of matches, tagging all actions and events that happen on the pitch. As a result, we can extract very interesting insights. This is relevant for clubs and media we work with, but also provides football fans around the world extra knowledge about the game we all love. That is why every month of this season we will be showing you the best performing players under the age of 21 in Europe’s top leagues: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium.

During the last month, the best of the best was Borussia Dortmund’s new wonderboy: Julian Weigl. At only 19, he has featured as a defensive midfielder – joining İlkay Gündoğan and Shinji Kagawa in a trio that has powered Dortmund to a great start in the Bundesliga. On the offensive side, Weigl boasts an impressive pass completion rate, managing to deliver 96% of his passes to a teammate. He has also been outstanding when getting into duels with opponents, winning them 65% of the times. His average grade in August was an excellent 8.5 (on a scale from 0 to 10). Weigl was signed from 1860 Munich this offseason.

John Stones comes in second on this list, after a series of good performances in Everton’s defense (8.0 grade). The 21-year old defender has excelled in regaining possession, while committing only one foul in three matches.

Karim Rekik, who recently moved from PSV to Marseille, joins the group of top performers with his first starts in the French league. The Dutch centre back has been very involved in the team’s offensive build up, with an average of 58 passes per game. At the same time, Rekik racked up 8 clearances per match, further justifying his good grade (7.8).

The top 4 is completed with a more attacking player: Anwar El Ghazi. In four games for Ajax, the Dutch winger scored 6 goals, converting a staggering 43% of his shot attempts. Plus, the 6 goals came from his (only) 6 shot attempts on target. El Ghazi finished the month with a grade of 7.6.




Will PSV have the same strategy as last year without Depay?

With a program of just 4 matches the Eredivisie kicks off this weekend for a new season. As in previous seasons, ORTEC Sports will analyze all matches live and support the teams and media with data analysis and statistics.

Last season ORTEC Sports collected almost half a million ball actions in the Eredivisie leading to a large number of statistics for both teams and players.

In the table below a small selection of statistics is listed and it shows how the best and worst team have performed on each statistic.

The table shows that Vitesse had on average the most passes per match (489), Excelsior had the least. The table displays the direct play of PSV, they have the most first passes forwards after regaining possession and have 49% of their passes on the opponent half.

Ajax on the other hand has a low ratio passes forward-wide and a lot of passes between their central defenders.

The scoring statistics show that Vitesse had the most shots per match, but 50% of these shots came from outside the box. FC Groningen was the most accurate team, 41% of their shots were on target.

Feyenoord was last year the team with the least shots against but due to the low saving percentages they still had 39 goals against. With the saving percentage of Ajax, they would have 20 goals against.

The regain possession statistics show that Feyenoord was the most aggressive team. They regained possession the most on the opponent half and on average at 35m from their own goal. Also their time until the start of a duel after possession lost is the lowest, on average they have their first duel after 9.7 seconds.

The graph shows that PSV has the opposite strategy, their first duel is only after 13.4 seconds. Also their average location of regaining the ball is much closer to their own goal. This in combination with their high forward-wide ratio reveals the tactic of PSV. Creating room and then quickly play forward. Also the individual player statistics show this pattern. The first pass after regain the ball is mostly given to Memphis Depay.

In table 2 the players who receive the most first passes per match after regaining possession are listed. It shows that Depay is one of the few offensive player between mostly midfielders and defenders.

Now that Depay has been transferred to Manchester United, the question is if PSV will maintain their strategy. This year’s statistics will point it out.


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NAC gebruikt data van statistiekenbureau ORTEC in zoektocht naar een nieuwe spits

BREDA – „Leg het naast de scoutingslijstjes en het levert soms verrassende namen op”, zegt Robert Maaskant. De NAC-coach doelt op het gebruik van de statistieken van Ortec, een bedrijf dat data analyseert. NAC maakt daar al langer gebruik van. Onder meer de komst van centrumverdediger Luis Pedro kwam mede tot stand vanwege zijn goede statistieken.
En nu wordt het systeem van Ortec ook ingezet bij de zoektocht naar een centrumspits. Hoeveel kansen creëert een spits, hoeveel kansen krijgt hij en wat is het scoringspercentage. Allemaal gegevens die voorradig zijn. „Zo proberen we de juiste mensen te vinden.”
De focus ligt nu op het aantrekken van een spits. De club heeft tientallen centrumaanvallers in beeld. Zij worden bekeken en geanalyseerd. „Ze moeten ons beter maken. En dan gaat de voorkeur ook nog uit naar jonge jongens met potentiële waarde. Maar misschien komen we zometeen wel uit bij iemand van 32 die ze er makkelijk in schiet. Maar ook zonder die spits hebben we nu een prima elftal met vier jongens (Mats Seuntjens, Kevin Brands, Hakim Borahsasar en Brandon Robinson, red.) die centraal in de aanval kunnen spelen.”
Voor de spitspositie, maar ook andere posities, kijkt NAC overigens ook naar jonge talenten die nog niet toe zijn aan het grote werk bij een topclub en waar NAC bij voorkeur kostenloos gebruik van kan maken. Net als nu met Divine Naah het geval is. Maaskant is bezig om ook in deze transferperiode weer een of twee van dergelijke talenten naar Breda te halen.
Dirk Marcellis (27) heeft gisteren zijn handtekening gezet onder contract voor één jaar, met een optie voor nog een seizoen bij PEC Zwolle. Hij komt transfervrij over van NAC. Bron: BN De Stem 25 juli 2015NAC_Breda_logo

ORTEC Sports announces partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Major League Soccer side is latest club to utilize sport analytics toolVancouver Whitecaps Logo

AMSTERDAM – ORTEC Sports, in continuation of its mission to provide innovative analytics solutions to first-class sports clubs worldwide, announced on Friday its official partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer in North America.

“We are excited to officially partner and strengthen our relationship with ORTEC Sports,” said Whitecaps FC head of analysis and scouting, Daniel Stenz. “We have been working closely with ORTEC Sports since the start of the season as they continue their growth with their recent expansion into North America football. The statistical data ORTEC Sports provides on teams and players has helped to give us objective insights and is a great resource in our decision-making.”

Whitecaps FC are the latest of the growing list of premier sport organizations that utilize ORTEC Sports to optimize their sport analyses and increase the effectiveness of their training sessions and matches.

With current relationships with AFC Ajax, Feyenoord Rotterdam, and PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands Eredivisie, among others, the partnership with Whitecaps FC demonstrates the growth of ORTEC Sports into the top tiers of professional football in Canada and the United States.

Whitecaps FC are built on a European club model and are one of the most unique and integrated soccer development programs in North America. In addition to using ORTEC Sports with the first team, the club will also provide statistical support for Whitecaps FC 2 of the United Soccer League.


With a total of 28 football competitions worldwide ORTEC Sports is a big supplier in sports data. We provide for each of these leagues (mid)season reports and players reports for technical staff and scouts. With the customized reports the scouts are featured with all the information what is needed to scout players from different kind of leagues world wide. 

Click here for an example of the Highlights of the Premer League 2014/2015 Mid Season report 

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