Euro 2016 tweet data to download and play with

Throughout Euro 2016, I ran a Python script capturing every tweet that mentioned the tournament hashtag “#Euro2016”, or any team hashflag such as “#ENG” or “#ISL”. The script captured over 13 million tweets, which I’m making available to the data visualisation and analytics communities to play with. If you want to try messing about with a […]

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Building animations with the chalkboard app

This is part two of the user guide to Hilltop’s chalkboard app. If you haven’t used the app before, then it’s probably a good idea to start with part one. Hopefully, you’re already comfortable drawing players and events on the chalkboard. In this guide, we’re going to learn how to add players in bulk, move them about […]

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Introduction to the Chalkboard app

You might already have seen Hilltop’s new Chalkboard app. I launched version one during the final game of the 2015/16 season, using the tool to describe Rooney’s opening goal. Too impatient for instructions? It’s not really complicated. Go here. The chalkboard app is a quick way to describe moves and to illustrate tactics. A few possibilities are… Describe a goal in […]

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Hilltop’s match dashboard

I’ve wanted to build a match summary dashboard for quite a while. Partly due to dissatisfaction with what I can find out on the web, and partly (along the lines of my player summaries) because I really like the challenge of trying to boil a dashboard down so that it fits onto just one page. My […]

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Find me a player like Andrés Iniesta

When you think about it, the standard categories into which we group football players aren’t very satisfactory. Midfielder, defender, striker. Those say little about a player, beyond where he stands as the game kicks off. So we add some more detail. Full back, wing back, defensive midfielder, “number 10”, “false 9”. And things quickly get […]

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