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ChatGPT Builds All Time Cardiff City Matchday Squad

Updated: May 30, 2023

I've been experimenting with AI, and I thought this might be a good place to start with my club, Cardiff City.

Building the ultimate football team might seem like a daunting task, but with the help of AI, the process has never been easier. By analyzing vast amounts of data, including player statistics, performance metrics, and even social media activity, AI can identify the best players for each position and optimize team formations and strategies for peak performance.

But AI is not just about data analysis. It can also play a crucial role in building team chemistry by analyzing player personalities. This ensures that each player is working towards a common goal, resulting in a team that is functioning at its best, even for the all-time greatest.

Of course, building the ultimate football team still requires a deep understanding of the game and a keen eye for talent and strategy. But by leveraging the power of AI, fans can create teams that would seem truly unbeatable.

This is the first XI that came up for me on Wednesday, 10th May 2023. I'm timestamping this as I will regenerate the response a couple of times over the next few weeks to see if it changes anything. After the initial XI was decided, I asked ChatGPT to name me a substitute bench.

Leveraging AI to Assemble the All-Time Best Football Team

Football enthusiasts and analysts have long debated the composition of an all-time best football team. With countless players to consider and subjective opinions at play, reaching a consensus can be challenging. However, recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have opened up new possibilities for creating an optimal lineup. In this article, we explore how AI can assist in assembling the all-time best football team by leveraging vast amounts of data and statistical analysis.

  1. Harnessing Big Data: AI algorithms can process and analyze extensive data sets, including player statistics, match records, and historical performances. By ingesting this information, AI models gain a comprehensive understanding of player abilities and contributions, enabling them to make data-driven decisions.

  2. Statistical Analysis: AI algorithms utilize statistical analysis techniques to evaluate players' performances objectively. Key performance metrics such as goals scored, assists, clean sheets, pass completion rates, and defensive actions are considered. Advanced metrics, like expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA), provide deeper insights into a player's impact on the game.

  3. Contextual Factors: AI takes into account contextual factors such as the era in which players competed, the level of competition they faced, and their overall influence on the team's success. By considering these elements, the AI model can adjust player evaluations accordingly.

  4. Balancing Positions and Styles: AI algorithms aim to create a balanced team composition that optimizes various positions and playing styles. By examining historical formations, player roles, and tactical approaches, AI can identify the best combinations to maximize the team's overall performance.

  5. Subjective Adjustments: While AI provides an objective approach to team selection, subjective adjustments can be made to ensure a human touch. Football fans and experts can fine-tune the AI-generated team based on their own insights and knowledge of the game, adding a personal touch to the final selection.

AI has revolutionized the process of assembling the all-time best football team by leveraging big data, statistical analysis, and contextual factors. By removing biases and subjectivity, AI algorithms can provide objective insights into player performance, helping to construct a balanced and formidable lineup. While AI serves as a powerful tool in the decision-making process, the ultimate selection can still benefit from the human touch and expertise of football fans and experts.


AI Has Another Go!

Originally I set out to do this every week, but then I thought, why? I should give AI some time just not to be naming the same side over and over again, considering it would only be using the data, analysis, factors and everything else like before.

Moving on a whole three weeks since I initially did this, and I've still to release what other teams look like, this is the second team that ChatGPT has pulled up as a Cardiff City all-time best XI with substitutes as well.

ChatGPT's 2nd attempt at the all time XI with substitutes

Reaction from the previous team was varied, but ultimately people felt it had left out some great players to don the Bluebirds shirt. Jay Bothroyd even questioned AI's knowledge of the beautiful game in the Welsh Capital.

Many questions were raised over the omission of goalkeepers like David Marshall and Neil Alexander, along with no mention of players like John Charles, Dave Bennett and the FA Cup-winning captain Fred Keenor, who definitely had the comments on Twitter going. I was keen to point out that I had no say in this team as I would have probably chosen a string of different players, some like Michael Chopra, Victor Camarasa or even Sol Bamba, but that is why I left it all down to AI.

Even down to a positional sense, AI got a few wrong; playing Don Murray at right-back was one that stood out, a position might have played once or twice in his 406-game Cardiff career.

The response to my question asking AI how it came to this decision regarding the new lineup was straightforward.

"As an AI language model, my responses are generated based on a mixture of licensed data, data created by human trainers, and publicly available data. I don't have direct access to my training data or know where it came from. However, I was trained on a mixture of licensed data, data created by human trainers, and publicly available data. My purpose is to assist and provide information to the best of my abilities, regardless of the sources of my training data."

Ultimately, I'm using this as a tool to drive a conversation and to see if it will ever get to a place where most fans agree on a starting XI, which I very much doubt it!

Part 3 coming soon


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