2018 Copa Libertadores

2018 Copa Libertadores Review: River and Boca close one era and start another – Football Article

It’s now 2019 and the opening stages of the 2019 Copa Libertadores start in three weeks, but let’s take a look back at the 2018 competition, which didn’t end that long ago. It started with 47 teams, developed into a two-country race, and ended in a mouthwatering and compelling but ultimately depressing and farcical Superclásico final. What a way to end the era of two-legged finals and, effectively, start the new era of neutral-site finals. The Cup gets older The…

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Analyzing the goalkeepers of Copa Libertadores 2018: Brazilian over-30s lead the way – Football Article

The recently concluded 2018 Copa Libertadores saw a pair of Argentine goalkeepers in the media spotlight: River Plate’s Franco Armani and Boca Juniors’ Agustín Rossi. Both ‘keepers made their share of howlers and brilliant saves during the tournament, but they weren’t dominant figures of the competition. The expected goalkeeping statistics provides some support for this observation and points instead to a quartet of Brazilian goalkeepers. I’ve written about expected goalkeeping metrics, such as expected saves and expected goals allowed, in…

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