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PODCAST: @ryanbahia speaks with @Worville and @soccerquant on this latest episode of Three At The Back.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 10 minutes ago

BLOG: @ryanbahia assesses the 2017 #OptaProForum and discusses the future of the event. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Review. 16 Feb

BLOG: A review of the 2017 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Reflection. 16 Feb

.@lucyrushton12 speaks to @ESPNFC on data analysis, manager philosophies & different data cultures. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. International. 15 Feb

BLOG: The latest guest article from Neil Watson explores different game plans in rugby union.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 14 Feb

.@seaningle’s latest @guardian_sport column explores @GarryGelade’s #OptaProForum presentation on crossing. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Whip. 13 Feb

A data driven player snapshot profiling @ChelseaFC's Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Trio. https://t.co/fXWh1JpbPa 10 Feb

Presentations from the #OptaProForum will be posted online over the coming weeks. Film. twitter.com/dperdomomeza1/… 9 Feb

.@BenMackriell closes a really interesting day: the quality of presentations has been excellent across the board. E… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 Feb

.@MiamiDolphins' @LockAnalytics closing the day, discussing how he built an analytics dept. over the last 3 seasons… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 Feb

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Bill Gerrard launches ‘Winning with analytics’ blog

Experienced practitioner & academic Bill Gerrard has launched a new blog that focuses on the actionable insights of analytics.

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Vardy, Kane or Sturridge? Profiling England’s striking options

Neil Charles uses Opta data within his one-page player snapshots to assess England's striking options at Euro 2016.

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Opta Spotlight: New York Red Bulls

Each week, MLSsoccer.com and Opta highlights one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using analytics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture. This week's feature focuses on New York Red Bulls and their attacking talent's ability in front of goal.

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An identikit for shot selection

Garry Gelade develops quantitative descriptions of shooting locations and uses this information to classify and compare different players.

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Arguing about Marcus Rashford and young player development

Writing for StatsBomb, Ted Knutson applies data to analyse player development, focusing on Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford.

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Interview with an MLS analyst

ESPN interview with New York Red Bulls analyst David Lee, discussing the differences between attitudes to sports analytics in the USA and UK and what his role entails.

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