Big Data and football, an increasingly closer relationship

Statistics have become an essential tool for improving performance in football. The idea is that Big Data helps to improve decision-making and to minimize the margin of error, completing the knowledge of experts and constituting an effective working mechanism. It seems necessary for clubs that sports scientists interpret these statistics and their respective influence on team behavior. Several companies have specialized in data collection and analysis by signing contracts with clubs, sports federations or audiovisual producers.

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The most common football injuries and how to overcome them

As we all know, any high-performance sport represents an activity with a risk of suffering injuries as a result of the high physical demand. Thus, football, given that it is the most widely played sport in Spain -it has more than 900,000 federative licences, in addition to many other people who, although not federated, play it regularly- has many health benefits, but there are also threats.

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Use the bug!

The gaming world is a competitive and even hateful one, but it has also found a community of users that know how to deal with errors in the product and is able to formulate constructive criticism and take any opportunity that pops up during a game with a pinch of salt and a lot of humour. As a matter of fact, these mistakes have brought life to the gameplay channels that arrived years ago to stay. This makes it convenient to present every type of error that players can find during their games, being bugs the top-notch.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY (5): The consolidation of today’s football

Today we are going to continue with our serial that traces the history of football through the evolution of its rules. In the first 4 chapters we learned that football as we know it was born on 26 October 1863 when The Football Association was founded in the United Kingdom. From that moment on, year after year, different rules and regulations were introduced, which led the four British football federations to create the International Football Association Board, better known by its acronym IFAB, on 2 June 1886. Since that day, the IFAB has been the organisation in charge of modifying and preserving a group of common rules for the practice of football all over the world.

The last chapter ended with FIFA becoming the fifth member of the IFAB. In this way, the two most important football associations in the world joined forces.

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Maradona lives

Two men sitting on a small sofa are watching a television. The one on the left, an old man. The sparse gray hair reveals a prominent forehead of a wrinkled face with an exacerbated nose. Tired eyes in a sometimes expressionless gaze stare at the screen. The companion, located at the right of the old man, seems not to be so focused on what is happening on the television, but being more aware of the reactions of his partner.

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Mateu Lahoz’s big international bag

International refereeing has many names on its list and, nowadays, Spanish referees keep arriving stronger than ever and fighting for a place in the officiating Olympus. However, for this to happen, others have been working for years to open the path for them based on hard work, perseverance and good decisions on the field. Without a doubt, one of these predecessors is Valencian referee Mateu Lahoz, a Spanish classic in Europe who will be in charge of the next Champions League match.

Before this big date in European football that awaits him this May 29th in Estadio do Dragão in Oporto, in Laboratorio Hypermedia we wanted to look at his extensive career. Without a doubt, in his long and professional curriculum we find more than enough reasons to justify his election as the referee to officiate the Champions League final.

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Yolanda Parga Rodríguez: “If I were born again, I would be a referee again”

We continue with #UnaSemanaUnaFederacion (One Week, One Federation), a Laboratorio Hipermedia campaign in which each month we talk during a whole week about the main projects of an Spanish local federation, also interviewing to a relevant person in the world of refereeing in the region.

The previous month we could talk with Marta Huerta de Aza, referee affiliated to the Referees’  Committee of Tenerife, and in May the leading role is Yolanda Parga, former national and international assistant referee and now Responsible of Female Refereeing in Madrid Referees’ Committee, among other posts. The Galician, although settled in Madrid 14 years ago, speak with our colleagues Lara Llanos and Carlos Chelle through video call.

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Evolution of augmented reality: videogames and events in pandemic times

At first sight, the term augmented reality may be conceived as innovative and new, but we can actually trace it back to the past century, even though it wasn’t known with the same name and the spotlight laid more on the milestone itself. The history of augmented reality points straight to one name: Tom Claudel, researcher, as the first one to introduce this concept through a gadget design to repair planes where an image with information (such as indications and cables) was displayed from a camera from the operator’s view. With this, conscience about this technology started to shape up as we know it today.

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Russia World Cup 2018: the establishment of VAR

June 16, 2018. Roll the ball in the Kazan Arena. France faces Australia on the first day of their group in the 2018 World Cup. The Gauls arrive as one of the great favorites to win the trophy, while the Australians defend themselves as best they can against the French onslaught.

60th minute of the match. Griezmann falls in the area. The game stops. The referee goes to the VAR (Video Assistant Referee). After the review on the screen, he signals a penalty for France. The Atletico de Madrid player at the time scores. The match ends with a 2 to 1 in favor of ‘Les Bleus’. The play, in the end, goes down in history for being the first in football history where the technology known as VAR was used.

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