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FBref Adds Youth Leagues

Posted by Alex Bonilla on October 8, 2019

FBref continues to expand the variety of competitions covered on the site, as we are now announcing the addition of the following youth leagues:

* Premier League 2 - Division 1 (U23)
* Premier League 2 - Division 2 (U23)
* A-Junioren Bundesliga (U19)
* B-Junioren Bundesliga (U17)

One name Bundesliga enthusiasts may be hearing for years to come is Youssoufa Moukoko, who has scored 15 goals through the first 7 games of the A-Junioren Bundesliga season for Dortmund. He moved up to A after scoring 46 goals and 37 goals in the last 2 B-Junioren Bundesliga seasons. Mind you, he will celebrate his 15th birthday later this year.

From the English youth leagues, Harry Wilson led PL 2 - Div 1 in goals scored in 2016-17, as well as finishing 3rd the following season. This year he's playing at the top level with Bournemouth on loan from Liverpool and already has 3 goals on his 2019-20 ledger.

Youth league statistics will appear in a separate table on player pages when applicable. You can keep up with the latest additions of competitions coverage and new features here on the Sports Reference Blog, or by signing up for the This Week in Sports Reference mailing list. Feel free to send us any questions or suggestions through our feedback form or FBref's official Twitter account.

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Basketball-Reference Adds Quarterly/Half Boxes

Posted by Alex Bonilla on October 1, 2019

To complement our box scores, Basketball Reference has added a feature that allows you to see the stats in a particular quarter or half for all boxes back to the 1996-97 season. Examples of famous quarters and halves that you can now more easily see context for include:

* Klay Thompson's 37-point 3rd quarter against the Kings on January 23, 2015.
* That time the Mavericks only managed to score 2 points in the 3rd quarter of their April 6, 1997 meeting with the Lakers.
* Dikembe Mutombo racking up 8 blocks in the 3rd quarter against the Bulls on December 1, 2001.
* Chandler Parsons going 10-11 from the 3-point line in the 2nd half on January 24, 2014.
* Clyde Drexler getting 8 steals in the 2nd half against the Kings on November 1, 1996.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Chinese Basketball Association Stats Now on Basketball Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on October 1, 2019

On the Sports Reference Blog, we've previously announced that Basketball Reference had added coverage of Australia's National Basketball League to its stable of international basketball leagues on the site. We also want to announce that Basketball Reference also has Chinese Basketball Association statistics back to its 2011-12 season.

This addition covers the majority of Stephon Marbury's international career, as well as recent high-scoring stints from Jimmer Fredette and Michael Beasley. The 2018-19 CBA champion Guangdong Southern Tigers were led in scoring by Sonny Weems, who has spent 2 seasons in China after several years in European leagues.

The 2019-20 CBA season will also be covered on the site, so you can keep up with how recent CBA signees such as Jeremy Lin, Jerryd Bayless and Lance Stephenson are doing this year. Cross-referencing newly created international pages with NBA pages where applicable is a large project that we hope to work through in the near future. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Advanced Defensive Stats on PFR for 2018 and 2019

Posted by Alex Bonilla on September 18, 2019

At the beginning of the 2019 season, Pro Football Reference announced the addition of advanced offensive statistics, provided by Sportradar, the NFL's exclusive distributor for official real-time scores, player statistics and play-by-play data. This week, we have also incorporated advanced defensive statistics from Sportradar. These stats include:

* Times targeted as a defender
* Receiving yards per reception allowed
* Completion percentage and passer rating allowed on targets
* Average depth of target as a defender
* Yards after catch allowed
* Times brought on a QB blitz
* QB pressures (hurries + knockdowns + sack plays)
* Missed tackles

We've added these statistics to 2018 players and will be updating them for 2019 as well. These statistics are provided via game charting and will be populated by the Wednesday following completion of the game, if not earlier. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form or Pro Football Reference's official Twitter account. Thanks for following PFR!

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Venezuelan Primera División Stats Now on FBref

Posted by Alex Bonilla on September 11, 2019

The most recent league addition to FBref's vast stable of domestic football competitions around the world is Venezuela's Primera División. We have this league's standings covered back to 2014-15, and player statistics back to 2016. Some young Venezuelan players abroad who have Primera División history include Sergio Córdova and Jefferson Savarino. Córdova currently plays for Augsburg in the Bundesliga, but played for Caracas in 2016 and 2017. Savarino is a key scorer for Real Salt Lake in MLS, carrying that skill over from his 20 goals scored for Zulia in 2016 and 2017.

You can also follow along with the ongoing 2019 season, currently in Week 9 of the Clausura phase. You can keep up with the latest additions of country coverage and new features here on the Sports Reference Blog, or by signing up for the This Week in Sports Reference mailing list. Feel free to send us any questions or suggestions through our feedback form or FBref's official Twitter account.

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Adding Advanced Stats to Pro-Football-Reference for 2018 and 2019

Posted by Mike on September 5, 2019

In a huge addition for 2019, Pro Football Reference will now be bringing you advanced stats provided by Sportradar, the NFL's exclusive distributor for official real-time scores, player statistics and play-by-play data. In addition to the usual stat coverage you've come to expect from us, we're adding:

* Air yards passing and receiving - indicating how far a pass traveled in the air before it was caught.
* Yards after catch - receiving yards minus air yards, how far a receiver ran after catching the ball
* Receiving drops - receptions missed on balls given a reasonable (non-Odell Beckham-level) effort
* Bad throws by QBs - throws that weren't catchable with normal effort
* Times QBs were blitzed - either 5+ players rushed the QB or a DB rushed the QB
* Times QBs were hurried - defined as a situation when the QB is forced to throw the ball earlier than intended or is chased around/out of the pocket as the result of defensive pressure
* Times QBs were hit - occurs when the QB hits the ground after a throw, not marked on a sack play
* Quarterback scrambles and yards on scrambles (vs. designed quarterback runs)
* Yards before and after contact - defined as the number of yards gained after first contact from a defender
* Broken tackles, both rushing and receiving - the number of times that the runner does something significant to get past/through a defender

We've added these stats to the 2018 passing, rushing, and receiving pages, as well as on player pages and team pages and will be updating them on 2019 pages as soon as games start. These stats are provided via game charting and will be fully populated by the Wednesday following completion of the game, if not earlier. Look for more stat additions as the season continues!

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Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana Stats Now on FBref

Posted by Alex Bonilla on August 22, 2019

Among international competitions FBref already covers include the entire history of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the UEFA men's Champions League and the UEFA men's Europa League. We've recently added domestic leagues for various South American countries, and now we have also added the continental Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana to our coverage. Both competitions are covered back to their 2014 editions. The 2018 Copa Libertadores was claimed by River Plate, who defeated Boca Juniors in the finals on 5-3 aggregate. One key contributor to their squad was Gonzalo Nicolás Martínez, who recorded 3 goals and 2 assists in the tournament, including a goal in the 2nd leg of the final. Martínez has since moved on to join Atlanta United in MLS.

We are also covering the 2019 editions of these tournaments, which are currently in the quarterfinal stages. Palmeiras is currently leading in their Copa Libertadores quarterfinal matchup with Gremio, thanks to a lone goal scored by Gustavo Scarpa, who is tied for the tournament lead with 6 goals so far. The 2019 Copa Sudamericana is also in the quarterfinal stages, with the matchup between Corinthians and Fluminense among the yet to be resolved face-offs. Corinthians has gotten here in part thanks to Vágner Love, who scored 2 goals in 69 minutes played in the 2nd leg of their Round of 16 matchup against Montevideo Wanderers. Love spent his prime winning 4 Russian Premier League titles with CSKA Moscow in the 2000s.

You can keep up with the latest additions of country coverage and new features here on the Sports Reference Blog, or by signing up for the This Week in Sports Reference mailing list. Feel free to send us any questions or suggestions through our feedback form or FBref's official Twitter account.

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Australian NBL Stats Now on Basketball Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on August 21, 2019

Basketball Reference, in addition to covering statistics for the NBA and WNBA, also covers various basketball leagues around the world, such as Spain's Liga ACB, France's LNB Pro A and Italy's Lega Basket Serie A.

We recently added coverage of Australia's National Basketball League back to its 2011-12 season. Looking at the 2018-19 season's NBL player statistics, you'll spot Andrew Bogut leading the league in rebounds per game before he got called back to the NBA by the Golden State Warriors. Other NBA players with stints in the NBL in recent years include Patty Mills, Jonny Flynn and Al Harrington.

We will also be tracking the upcoming 2019-20 NBL season, which will be of interest to people paying attention to the prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft, as RJ Hampton, Lamelo Ball and Terry Armstrong are all expected to play in Australia this year in preparation for potential selection by an NBA team.

Cross-referencing newly created international pages with NBA pages where applicable is a large project that we hope to work through in the near future. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Indian Super League and I-League Stats Now on FBref

Posted by Alex Bonilla on August 20, 2019

India's football system is unique in that it houses two recognized top-tier leagues: the Indian Super League as well as the I-League. FBref now has statistics for both of these leagues on the web site. In the I-League, one import who's made an impact is Enrique Esqueda, who spent a decade in Mexican football and in 2018-19 contributed 9 goals and 3 assists to East Bengal's 2nd-place finish. In the Super League, Goa has been led by Ferran Corominas, who's scored at least 15 goals in each of the last 2 seasons after spending a decade in Spain.

You can keep up with the latest additions of country coverage and new features here on the Sports Reference Blog, or by signing up for the This Week in Sports Reference mailing list. Feel free to send us any questions or suggestions through our feedback form or FBref's official Twitter account.

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Uruguayan Primera División Stats Now on FBref

Posted by Alex Bonilla on August 16, 2019

FBref has been adding various South American leagues to its list of covered competitions, and now the site will also have coverage of Uruguay's Primera División, from its 2014-15 season through its currently ongoing 2019 season. Diego Rossi currently has 13 goals with MLS Supporters' Shield frontrunners Los Angeles FC, having joined the team after a productive age-18 season in 2017 with Peñarol, where he contributed 10 goals to their league-winning campaign. A new arrival to La Liga this season is Gabriel Fernández, who will be joining Celta Vigo after fruitful seasons with Racing and Peñarol in Uruguay.

You can keep up with the latest additions of country coverage and new features here on the Sports Reference Blog, or by signing up for the This Week in Sports Reference mailing list. Feel free to send us any questions or suggestions through our feedback form or FBref's official Twitter account.

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