Home > Confederations Cup 2009, Defenders, Tournament Statistics > Digging into Gooch’s Low Casterol Index – The Unadjusted Data

Digging into Gooch’s Low Casterol Index – The Unadjusted Data

Felt that Onyewu’s seemingly strong performance in the Confederations Cup merited more than merely letting the Casterol Index’s slight go uninvestigated.  So, I picked five other defenders and compared a variety of statistics that I thought could arguably be relevant to whether a player is a good defender.  The selected players (and their rank among defenders):  Lucio (1); Andre Santos (2); Carles Puyol (6), Matthew Booth (13), Jonathan Spector (29), and Oguchi Onyewu (34).

To keep the post manageable, it is being broken up into three parts.  The first, this post, contains the raw data on the six players selected for comparison.  The second will contain the data adjusted so that everyone’s stats is based on 450 minutes.  The final post will contain the players’ rankings in each category and our analysis.

Here is the raw data as taken from fifa.com.  Most are self explanatory (for Team Goals For and Against, we reviewed the players’ minutes and only used goals scored while the player was on the field).

  Lucio A. Santos Puyol M. Booth Spector Onyewu
Score 9.13 8.7 7.98 7.01 3.92 3.14
D. Rank 1 2 6 13 29 34
Minutes 430 335 270 480 450 450
Team GF 14 10 7 4 8 8
Team GA 5 2 2 6 9 9
Yellows 1 2 0 0 1 1
FC 3 6 2 6 4 7
FS 4 9 4 2 9 5
Handball 0 0 1 0 0 1
Goals 1 0 0 0 0 0
Shots 8 8 2 2 1 1
SOG 6 3 1 0 0 0
Solo R 3 14 0 1 6 0
TS 0 2 0 2 4 1
TSL 0 1 0 0 1 0
LB 1 3 2 1 6 0
Assists 0 0 0 0 2 0
DPA 0 7 1 3 1 1
TCK 8 2 0 4 4 10
TGP 6 2 0 0 1 2
CLR 15 4 0 15 7 21
RB 15 3 0 3 3 14
CC 9 1 0 3 2 9
CCR 60% 25% 20% 29% 43%
Passes 211 274 154 197 174 136
SPR 89% 88% 85% 80% 48% 47%
MPR 84% 87% 91% 80% 62% 73%
LPR 84% 75% 74% 63% 41% 52%
 DC (km)  41.4 36.9 27.2 50.9 51.3 45.9
 DCP (km)  16.1 16.7 11.1 17.7 16.0 13.5
 DCN (km)  16.0 13.7 10.3 22.2 24.0 22.2
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