The venue for the first OptaPro German Conference. Westfalenstadion. https://t.co/Bw2NzZ4IVQ 12 hours ago

This Thursday sees OptaPro host its first football analytics conference in Germany. bit.ly/2nrXNOJ. Presentations. 21 Mar

.@Worville provides an in-depth analysis of Napoli, assessing various aspects of their playing style. bit.ly/2nMFMKB. Informed. 20 Mar

BLOG: @Worville applies a possessions model to this data-driven analysis of @sscnapoli. bit.ly/2nMFMKB. Se… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 Mar

BLOG: @Worville uses a possessions model for an in-depth analysis of @sscnapoli. bit.ly/2nMFMKB. Partenope… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 17 Mar

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BLOG: OptaPro German Conference takes place

Over 50 analysis and recruitment staff from a range of clubs gathered at Signal Iduna Park for the inaugural OptaPro German Conference.

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BLOG: Partenopei: an in-depth analysis of S.S.C. Napoli

Tom Worville applies a possessions model to produce an in-depth analysis of Serie A side Napoli.

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VIDEO: Neil Charles presents at the OptaPro Forum

Neil Charles presents on Expected Goals, focusing on defining different teams' optimal shooting zones.

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NEWS: OptaPro to host conference in Germany

OptaPro will host a football analytics conference in Germany for the first time, taking place at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, on 23rd March.

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Identifying and assessing team-level strategies: 2017 OptaPro Forum Presentation

Will Gürpinar-Morgan provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation, in which some key findings are discussed.

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Art of crossing can still count in an age of crowded penalty areas

In an article for the Guardian, Sean Ingle provides a written analysis of Garry Gelade’s OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation on crossing.

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How Arsenal and Arsène Wenger bought into analytics

Writing for the New York Times, Rory Smith discusses how data-led analysis was introduced at Arsenal Football Club.

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Understanding the rugby analysts

Planet Rugby speaks with five different analysts from the game, discussing their roles, challenges and processes.

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Is there a hole in Mesut Özil?

Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke provides an in-depth statistical analysis exploring Mesut Özil’s creativity and underlying performance.

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Chelsea FC