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An eight-season analysis of the teams' performance in the Spanish LaLiga according to the final league ranking.

Errekagorri, I, Fernandez-Navarro, J, López-Del Campo, R, Resta, R and Castellano, J (2024) An eight-season analysis of the teams' performance in the Spanish LaLiga according to the final league ranking. PLoS One, 19 (2). e0299242.

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This study aimed to analyse the performance of 5,518 collective observations of the Spanish LaLiga teams for eight consecutive seasons (from 2011-12 to 2018-19), considering the final league ranking. The teams were divided into four groups: Europe (from 1st to 6th), Upper-Middle (from 7th to 11th), Lower-Middle (from 12th to 17th) and Relegation (from 18th to 20th). The variables recorded were: Passes, Successful Passes, Crosses, Shots, Goals, Corners, Fouls, Width, Length, Height, distance from the goalkeeper to the nearest defender (GkDef), total distance covered (TD) and number of points accumulated. The main results were that: 1) Europe, being superior to the rest of the groups, showed lower values of Length from 2015-16, and lower values of GkDef from 2014-15; 2) Upper-Middle showed lower values of Length from 2015-16; 3) Lower-Middle showed fewer Shots from 2013-14, and lower values of Length, GkDef and TD from 2014-15; and, 4) Relegation barely showed significant differences between seasons in any variable. The study concludes that the teams of the Europe, Upper-Middle and Relegation groups showed quite stable performance, while the teams of the Lower-Middle group presented a worsening in different dimensions as the seasons progressed. The information provided in this study makes it possible to have reference values that have characterized the performance of the teams for each group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Athletic Performance; Seasons; Europe; Achievement; Football; General Science & Technology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2024 11:16
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2024 11:16
DOI or ID number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0299242
Editors: Gardasevic, J
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22753
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