Brasileirão reaches 10th round rich in submissions, poor in scoring and with foreigners in the spotlight | statistical spy

In the Brasileirão of foreign coaches, they have an advantage: in 53 matches between teams run by foreign and national coaches, imports have won 17 and lost 15, with 22 draws. Foreigners got 45.2% of the points, while Brazilians got 41.5%. The foreign-dominated teams have so far occupied four of the top five positions in the Brazilian Championship classification.

The exception is Luiz Felipe Scolari, known as Felipão, coach of third place at Athletico-PR. The Palmeiras and Corinthians were coached by the Portuguese Abel Ferreira and Vítor Pereira, each leader and vice-leader in the classification. Atlético-MG, in fourth place, was coached by Argentine Antonio Mohamed, and in fifth place Coritiba, by Paraguayan Gustavo Morínigo.

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Foreigners like leader Abel Ferreira have an advantage over Brazilian commanders, with Felipão as a highlight – Photo: Info Esporte

In direct confrontation with Brazilian -led teams, the performance of foreign -led teams was higher when they were at home (53.1% vs. 48.7%) and also on visiting teams (37.2% vs. 34.6%). There are a few differences, but that’s football, a low -score game where whoever is more will take it all and throw the crisis on the other side. However, Flamengo and Internacional have replaced foreign coaches with national ones. Cuiabá did the opponent, even if they did not yet have team command on the field and, therefore, Cuiabá’s result was not considered.

With nine foreign coaches already playing in this edition (once again, Cuiabá has never played under Portuguese António Oliveira), Brasileirão is more under attack. This year’s edition has the second -highest average of submissions in the decade, 25.1 completions per game, behind the 2019 edition, dominated by two foreign Jorges (Jesus and Sampaoli): 26.6 submissions.

Average shots per game overall, home and fight

Brasileirão 2022 started with the second-highest average of shots per game, repeating the post-pandemic drop

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High productivity versus low efficiency

As of 2019, a larger offensive does not mean better performance: the efficiency of completions is the second worst in a decade. Teams need 11.2 shots to score a goal (in 2019 it was 11.8). The best time efficiency was achieved in 2013, when teams scored one goal every 9.5 attempts, not counting their own goals.

As the chart below shows, the home team came back this year to have better efficiency than the home team in shots per goal scored (not counting own goals), which hasn’t happened since onset of pandemic. Since it’s about effectiveness, the lower the number of shots per goal scored, the better. Overall efficiency is likely to follow the performance of whoever scores the most goals, in the case of the home team, but it also depends on the overall number of shots. See the graphic below.

Average shots per goal scored

Hosts are once again more efficient at scoring a goal, which has not happened since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic.

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In search of this efficiency, teams generally finished more from inside the box: 54% of all shots were made from inside the box, the highest mark in the last ten years. As a result, 89% of Brasileirão 2022 goals were scored by shots from inside the area, the highest mark of the decade; the second largest occurred in 2016 (87%).

Despite teams finishing a lot from within the area, where it is less difficult to score a goal, in 2022 we will see teams hitting the target only 35.6% of the time, the lowest rate. on the successful completion of the past ten years. The highest rate of successful submissions was reached in 2019 (37.4% hits). There are signs that this year the defenses are more closed: of all the shots, 26% deflected the defenses and didn’t reach the goal, the highest mark in ten years.

With the progress of the offensive, the number of self-targets increased. There were ten of the first ten rounds, the biggest mark of the decade. The average of goals against the past nine years was 5.3 in the first ten rounds. This year’s edition is almost double the average.

The number of penalties this year grew by 31.7% compared to the average in the last nine editions, which included games before and after the adoption of the VAR. This is VAR’s fourth year, and the average penalty shootout in the past three seasons has been 29.7 for ten rounds. In this edition, 32 penalties were scored, the second highest score for the first ten rounds (just behind 2020, when there were 37), and 25 goals were scored, as well as second mark (there will be 29 in 2020).

With an increase in the number of penalties and self -goals, the Brasileirão goal average is 2.35, the fourth highest in a decade. In the last ten years, the highest average was 2.61, in 2013.

The 2022 edition of Brasileirão was also marked by an explosion in the number of yellow and red cards. So far, 526 yellow cards have been shown, the second highest score in the decade, just behind the 2015 edition, when in the first ten rounds there were 547 yellow cards. Also shown were 32 red cards, the third highest score in the decade after 2020 (37) and 2015 (35).

Number of yellow cards in the first ten rounds of Brasileirão

Brasileirão 2022 has the second -largest mark in the last ten years

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The visitors had the third -best performance in the last ten seasons, winning 37.3% of the points played against 51.3% of the home team, which had yet to maintain the level of performance before the Covid pandemic. 19, as shown in the graph below, despite the public return to the stadiums and the record of paying fans today.

Use of hosts and guests in the first ten rounds of Brasileirões

After the pandemic, in the last three seasons visitors have achieved their three best performances in percentage points.

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*The Statistical Spy team is formed by: Felipe Tavares, Guilherme Maniaudet, Guilherme Marçal, João Guerra, Leandro Silva, Roberto Maleson and Valmir Storti.

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