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About 5 Added Minutes

5 Added Minutes uses data and statistical analysis to find football truths.

Recycled myths and opinions from ‘experts’ and fans dominate daily discussion; a bit of research and analysis often shows these views to be misguided. Used in the right context, numbers can reveal what’s true or false, significant or insignificant, and important or irrelevant.

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About the author

I’m Omar Chaudhuri – I research and write all the posts on 5 Added Minutes. I’m an Economics graduate from the University of Warwick, and Head of Football Intelligence at 21st Club. I’ve previously worked at Prozone Sports and Decision Technology. All views expressed on this blog are my own.

You can follow me on Twitter – @OmarChaudhuri.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 23 June 2011 4:18 pm

    Came across your blog on Talksport’s Facebook comments. I look forward to checking it out! I love reading different views on football.

    If you get a chance, check us out too!

    Perhaps we can add each other to our blog rolls?

    Any way, good stuff!

  2. Peter Berlin permalink
    14 September 2011 11:44 am


    Hi. Intrigued by the article in May on competitiveness in the Premier League (and Spain). I am doing a piece on the effect that the Premier League and the Champions League for the Cambridge University Football Companion. The most common criticism is that over the last two decades, the biggest European leagues have become increasingly dominated by a handful of rich clubs. How true is this? I am looking for statistical measures of competitivity to use as graphs or charts (obviously credited). I would be interested in the stats you use. Can you think of any other measures of competitiveness? There is obviously the question of how much turnover there is in the top 5 or 4 or 3 or 2 in a league over a period of time. I would be very grateful for your help.

    (PS couldn’t find the article you referred to on the statto site)

    Peter Berlin

  3. Peter Berlin permalink
    14 September 2011 5:05 pm

    many thanks

  4. 16 May 2014 8:25 am

    Dear Omar,
    I am very keen to do some data mining research on team formations and team strategies, and it seems that Prozone tracking data is the right dataset for us. Is it possible to obtain it for research purposes? There are numerous scientific publications mentioning Prozone sets, but the policies are still unclear for me… Thanks!

  5. 27 December 2014 9:35 pm

    Hi Omar,

    Came across your site and loved your posts – any chance you would consider doing one or two guest posts over We’re a social betting community and would love to have a few blog posts with some solid knowledge about crunching numbers in sports. Shoot me an email please.


  6. Tamzeed permalink
    15 October 2015 6:00 am

    How do you simulate football matches? What do you use? Kindly let me know. Thanks.

  7. James Kirby permalink
    28 October 2017 5:35 pm

    West Ham have just let in an equaliser in the 7th minute of extra time… 12 seconds before the whistle. It is my belief that the Hammers let in more goals after 90 minutes that any other side in history! Moreover, they seem to let in more goals after 80 minutes than anyone else. Particularly under Allardyce, no one seemed to know that games lasted 90 minutes: they’d all wind up after about 78 minutes… and let in vital goals. Am I right, or just a Hammers fan?

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