Former England manager Fabio Capello has gone ahead with the relaunch of his controversial player rating system, self entitled the 'Capello Index' to coincide with the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Initially launched in 2010 prior to the World Cup in South Africa, the Italian's project assesses the performances of footballers, and provides data within a couple of hours of a game finishing.
Marked on a scale up to 100, player analysis is based on a stringent set of criteria, with participants awarded points depending on the area of the pitch they are competing, and the importance of the match.
The model has evolved significantly since its initial launch two years ago, and from the start of 2012-13, will include coverage of five of Europe's most competitive domestic leagues in England, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, and will also incorporate dissection of the Champions League and Europa League competitions.
"The Capello Index is a vast project, carefully developed in order to bring together my experience both as a player and manager, with meticulous statistical analysis and scientific evaluation," explained the former Three Lions boss.
"A completely new prospective for a beautiful yet unpredictable game such as football which will effectively help propagate the knowledge of the game to millions of fans worldwide."
Capello's business partner Chicco Merighi, who discussed the online player rating system idea with gaming firm Football Cap Index - the initial creators of the project - revealed that the opportunity to exploit a gap in the market by providing unique analysis to a worldwide audience, was part of the motivation behind its relaunch.
"We are proud to have been able to make use of Fabio's in-depth knowledge and put together a model that has been so successful when applied to American sports.
"We know that the game of football is completely different, appealing and indecipherable at the same time, but also rich with information that if categorized in a scientific manner can contribute to help understanding its importance.
"No-one has ever tried to develop a completely objective and credible system that can compare different players' performance in different leagues."
With the first round of group stage fixtures now completed, the Capello index has highlighted Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev as the most effective player in the tournament so far, with a CI rating of 75.01.
The 21-year-old's match-winning performance, after scoring two goals in the 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday, has already added to his burgeoning reputation as an up-and-coming star of the future.
Italy striker Antonio Di Natale is rated as the second best player so far with a score of 74.75, despite the fact he featured as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Spain on Sunday.
With the scoreline goalless, Cesare Prandelli replaced Mario Balotelli with the Udinese forward, who wasted no time in breaking the deadlock, before Cesc Fabregas - Group C's second best performer with a score of 73.29 - restored parity for the reigning European champions just minutes later.
Ukrainian veteran Andriy Shevchenko (72.80) heads the list of Group D participants, after his brace for the co-hosts in last night's 2-1 victory over Sweden, while Joleon Lescott (70.89) and Samir Nasri (69.59) make up the top-three compliment, following their goals in the 1-1 draw between England and France in Donetsk.
Denmark's Michael Krohn-Dehli (74.05) is the final player worth mentioning, after his goal earned his nation a surprise 1-0 victory over the Netherlands, and ensures his place at the top of the list of players in Group B, ahead of Germany forward Mario Gomez (68.75) and fellow compatriot Daniel Agger (67.84).
To see the statistical analysis in full, visit the Capello Index website at: www.capelloindex.com
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