As Juergen Klopp's high tempo counter-pressing strategy shoots Liverpool FC towards the top of the Premier League, Gennady and Natalia have been awarded the Best Poster Award at VAST 2016 for their work on Exploring Pressure in Football.
Their collaboration with the DFL (Deutsche Fussball Liga) generates new statistics on pressing and visualizes these as they evolve through a match and across the pitch. The graphics enable football analysts to interact with the data and explore the patterns of pressing - with Klopp's former charges at Borussia Dortmund the focus of some of the Andrienko's research.
A full paper describing the work has been conditionally accepted for the journal Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery and should appear early next year. By which time, Liverpool may be flying even higher in the league table?