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Neymar Takes On Souped-Up Ford Fiesta In Fun, Nonsensical Freestyle Football Battle (Video)

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For reasons we have no intention of fathoming, here's Neymar taking on a souped-up Ford Fiesta driven by Ken Block in some kind of strange football/rally hybrid battle of the ages ably assisted by a team of professional freestylers which includes everybody's favourite freestyle goalie, Lassi Hurskainen.

Who Was The Best Players Of The Confederations Cup?

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While the Confederations Cup is being hailed as Neymar's coming out party, according to the Castrol Index, not only was Neymar not the best player in the competition, he was not in the top five Brazilians!

The Castrol Index ranks players based on their actual performance in games. Castrol measures every pass, tackle and move on the field to see if it has a positive or negative impact on a team's ability to score or concede a goal.

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Posts of the Year: Laidig Speaks

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Footiebusiness Contributor Dave Laidig weighs in with his latest manipulation of Castol data. Dave's statistical work is ground breaking stuff and represents the cutting edge of soccer analytics and stats based crunching. Read closely and drop Dave a line. Also, check Dave out at Par Stat, his innovative website looking at Points Above Replacement in soccer.

Laidig Speaks: Adjusted Castrol Index and Creating a Predictive Framework

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Footiebusiness Contributor Dave Laidig weighs in with his latest manipulation of Castol data. Dave's statistical work is ground breaking stuff and represents the cutting edge of soccer analytics and stats based crunching. Read closely and drop Dave a line. Also, check Dave out at Par Stat, his innovative website looking at Points Above Replacement in soccer.

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Beyond Goals

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Saer Sene (right) has been the 7th best player in MLS this season according to the Castrol Index. (Photo: Tony Biscaia/RevsNet)

A quick glance at the MLS Castrol Index might reveal a bit of a surprise in the overall top ten: New England Revolution striker Saër Sène. Sene, who is in a bit of a scoring drought with just one goal since the end of May, currently ranks seventh – down from fourth last week – in the "Official Performance Index of Major League Soccer".

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Online Football Fans: A Live Football Skills Challenge

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Online Football Fans: A Live Football Skills Challenge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last year Castrol EDGE presented Ronaldo Tested to the Limit, an award-winning documentary that showed the Portugal and Real Madrid forward showcase his strengths in a series of captivating challenges in the most scientific examination of a player ever undertaken.

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MLS Castrol Index: What they mean and where some Fire players rank

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If you are like me you like your stats whenever you can get them. If those stats involve the Fire, then it's even better. Unfortunately, MLS and soccer in general is a bit behind other sports in terms of statistics. There is no fancy Sabermetrics like MLB employs, for example. Until recently, it was hard to find much stat-wise for MLS other than the most basic match stats.

Player of the Week: Andrew Wenger

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Andrew Wenger finally got his first start this past weekend, now that he's graduated Duke University and joined the Montreal Impact full time.

All he did was score a goal and score the 5th highest of all MLS players in the league's weekly Castrol Index rankings. We think that makes him our Philadelphia Player of the Week.

PART 3 Money and Performance in MLS

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Dave Laidig is back with the second part of his series looking at the use of statistics and numbers in soccer. For Part I, click here. For Part II, click here. So far, this series has focused on analyzing objective measures of
performance. Â In Part 1, we covered the Castrol Index and an adjusted
index that allows meaningful comparisons on overall contribution to
wins between positions.

Objective Player Analysis: Part II

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Dave Laidig is back with the second part of his series looking at the use of statistics and numbers in soccer. For Part I, click here.

In part 1, we reviewed Opta's Castrol Index ratings of MLS players and
an adjusted index minimizing statistical anomalies. Â In this part, we
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Beginning an Objective Analysis of MLS Player Performance

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In Part I of a new series using numbers and detailed analysis to evaluate players in MLS, Footiebusiness Contributor Dave Laidig has re-imagined and re-configured the data to provide an exceptionally accurate mechanism for comparing talent. For those interested in player evaluation, soccer statistics and more, the below is a great and necessary read.

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Player of the week: Jack McInerney

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Oops, he did it again.

Except this time, it came with goals.

After scoring his first goal since August, Jack McInerney liked it so much he did it again 41 minutes later.

The goals set in motion Philadelphia Union's most impressive home win in the team's three-year history, a stunning 4-0 demolition of Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Hackworth on Union roots, Nowak trades, more news

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Howler, "a big, glossy publication that will come out four times a year with distinctive, original writing about American and international soccer, as well as some of the most striking art and design," will soon launch and could use your help. Check out their Kickstarter campaign.

Player of the Week: Lionard Pajoy

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It may not have been perfect, but Lionard Pajoy sure answered his critics.

Pajoy scored two goals Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, just days after netting in a friendly against Schalke 04. He ranked first in the league's MLS Castrol Index for the week. He put more shots on goal in one game Sunday (4) than he had in his first eight MLS matches combined (3).

Player of the Week: Zac MacMath

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It had to end sooner or later.

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath went 408 minutes without giving up a goal, until San Jose cracked the streak Saturday with a beauty of a goal. Another goal came before the game's end, but it was hard to blame MacMath.

MacMath! Union payroll! US Open Cup! Alligators!

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Zac MacMath is ranked at No. 10 on the latest Castrol Weekly Top 20. In the Full Castrol Index, MacMath comes in at No. 29, followed by Sheanon Williams at No. 70 and Brian Carroll at No. 78. The previous highest ranked Union player was (I think) Danny Califf at No.

Marfan, Valdes honored. Nowak=Reid? Summer plans.

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Big thanks to the Philadelphia Union players, coaches and fans who attended Tuesday night's Team Dinner event for a wonderful time. Great people doing great things.

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Michael Farfan and Carlos Valdes were named to MLSsoccer.

Best of MLS, PPL experience, TFC keeps Union off bottom

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Easter greetings from Sheanon Williams.

No doop this weekend but @ChrisVito kindly points out that Seba Le Toux threw down another marker, giving him as many goals as the entire Union team.

MLS action was consistently awesome this weekend. If you missed any of it, here are full highlights from every match.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 : Spanish Team Departs For Donetsk, Ronaldo And Pepe Win Battle Of The Stats & Sara Carbonero

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Spain vs Portugal
Semi-Final 1
Donetsk, Ukraine | 20:45

The Spanish team started their journey a few hours ago from their base camp in Gdansk, Poland today to Ukraine (a a 1.5 hour flight) ahead of that exciting semi-final clash against their Iberian hermanos, Portugal tomorrow.

Euro 2012: Germany’s Thomas Mueller Plays ‘Chef For The Day’ and Greece Game A Show Of Political Differences

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Germany vs Greece
Quarterfinal 2
Gdansk | 20:45

It rained at the PDE arena in Gdansk yesterday, which made it rather tricky for both the Germans and the Greeks to conduct their obligatory open training sessions. Luckily, for Thomas Mueller, the weather didn't get in the way of his special risotto-making session with German national team chef, Holger Stromberg.

EURO 2012 : Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery Set New Records Ahead Of Sweden Meeting

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France vs Sweden
Matchday 3 Group D
Olympic Stadium | 21:45

Philippe Mexes, along with Adil Rami and Ben Arfa, enjoyed a leisurely stroll during France's training session in Kiev yesterday. Technically, Laurent Blanc's squad are allowed to have a little bit of a laugh about the Swedes including Ikea's infamous meatballs and terrible furniture- but there's just too much to play for tonight!

Euro 2012: Spain’s Go-Cart Riders, Llorente Deserves Ireland Start and Vicente Del Bosque Slams Critics

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Spain vs Republic of Ireland
Matchday 2 Group C
20:45 Gdansk

Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque is no stranger to the football scene, but after fielding David Silva in a 'false number 9′ role (which has ignited great debate!) against Italy on Sunday, he prompted a floodgate of criticism.

5 Questions

5 Questions: Index, Bulls, Friendlies, Coaches, Finish

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (May 15, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In today's Q&A for what's happening in the game, Tony wonders who is buying tickets to some summer friendlies, tries to figure out Toronto's coaching shuffle, and highlights an American stalwart's season in charge of a European club. Who is the biggest surprise in the Castrol Index top ten?

Questions: Playoffs, Ferreira, Garber, Nowak, Castrol

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By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Apr 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In Thursday's edition, Tony asks about examines player confidence in Toronto, wonders when David Ferreira will be back for FC Dallas, and sees an unexpected entry in the MLS Castrol Index rankings. Who's going to the MLS Cup Playoffs?

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United looking to seal title by using their heads

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United looking to seal title by using their heads - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If Manchester United are to snatch the title away from their local rivals on Sunday then they are first going to have to overcome Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Castrol EDGE performance data suggests that United might not find it such a difficult task if they use their heads.

Cisse can down City and keep QPR in the Premier League

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Cisse can down City and keep QPR in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Rangers find themselves two points clear of the drop-zone ahead of their trip to Manchester City on Sunday. With five goals in seven games, Castrol EDGE Performance Data shows that Djibril Cissé will be crucial to the London club's final battle for survival.

Chelsea Must Dig Deep To Repel Barcelona

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Chelsea Must Dig Deep To Repel Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Barcelona v Chelsea in the Champions League tomorrow night, we looks at the importance of Petr Cech and the Chelsea defence in keeping out Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

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Chelsea Must Dig Deep to Repel Barcelona

According to Castrol EDGE Performance analysis, Petr Cech could be the key if Chelsea are to spring a surprise and resist Barcelona's attacking advances in next week's Champions League semi-final second leg.

Liverpool v Everton: Battle Of The Merseyside Midfields

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Liverpool v Everton: Battle Of The Merseyside Midfields - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton will contain a fascinating battle between two multi-talented midfields and the outcome is likely to rest on how well those players perform.

Balotelli is City’s best chance of overtaking United for the title

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Balotelli is City's best chance of overtaking United for the title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alan Hanson recently described Mario Balotelli as "a damaging distraction at the Etihad Stadium", highlighting the growing perception that the Italian has become more hassle than he is worth to Roberto Mancini.

The Rest

Union Freekicks - Thursday, August 16th

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USA makes history, beats rival Mexico

USA beats Mexico 1-0, in Mexico for the first time ever. I don't care if it was just a friendly.

Soumare focused on road ahead

Soumare puts his debut loss behind him, and looks to move forward hoping to make the Union one of the best defenses in the league again.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Stalemates 4 Life

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Chicago came out early and looked like they were going to try and take three points home from Houston. I really enjoyed that; and for a couple of moments in the first half, they came close to doing it, too. Once the second half began, it became more about trying to get back home with a result. The Fire went into this one with a four point lead over Houston, and they return home with a four point lead intact.

Euro 2012 Qualifying groups – Ronaldo retains number one Index ranking

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Cristiano Ronaldo consolidated his spot at the cap of the Castrol EDGE Index with his quartern-concluding show, though Spain nowadays relationship for half of the cap ten following their licking of France.

On the Road…Again

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Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday and today. Should be back settled tomorrow. For now, here is a Footiebusiness post from last year about the companies that invest in Major League Soccer.

We often discuss Major League Soccer's various corporate sponsors and the important role they play in funding league operations and cementing the league's legitimacy in the eyes of the busines community.

Reading Utd USOC 1st rd win. Props for Pajoy.

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Reading United won its first US Open Cup match in five tries on Tuesday night, defeating New York Greek American Atlas, 2–1.

A rebounding shot from Ryan Finley found Pedro Ribeiro to put Reading on the board in the 37th minute. Finley would give Reading the 2–0 in the 55th minute when a foul from former Philadelphia Union defender Christian Arrieta resulted in a free kick delivery from Steven Neumann.

Montero-Johnson Forward Partnership About To Break Out?

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Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero are both scoring now. They each have an assist in 2012. What they don't have yet is that partnership, the very partnership that was the reason for the trade. A partnership is about more than each scoring. Several of Montero's "other forwards" did that. A partnership is what Nate Jaqua and Fredy had in 2009 when their interplay showed potency and baffled defenses.

The rejuvenation of Chelsea and Torres under John Terry

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The rejuvenation of Chelsea and Torres under John Terry - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Roberto Di Matteo John Terry took over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were reportedly in disarray following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas. Castrol stats shows that the Italian Englishman has rejuvenated the Blues since his appointment.

Monday After

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Before we jump into attendance figures for the weekend, a couple of quick items. First, we'll start with a programming note. Footiebusiness Contributor Dave Laidig is preparing a comprehensive and extremely interesting look at the Castrol Index and statistical evaluation of players. Dave has tried to account for the minutes played bias in the Castrol Index and has produced some extremely interesting numbers.