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A showcase of some of the best data analysis from across the web.

NEWS: OptaPro expands team in Asia. bit.ly/2tT6jbD. Signing. 24 Jul

.@ESPNFC on how @MLS teams integrate analytical processes to enhance performance & inform recruitment. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Culture. 22 Jul

.@penaltyblog showcases a new approach to visualise player statistics. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Radar. https://t.co/17CKGktXtu 19 Jul

This @SportTechie article provides insight into the data-driven culture at the New York Mets. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Plate. 13 Jul

.@FinerMargins has compiled and categorised links to useful football analytics resources. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Comprehensive. 10 Jul

The latest #ThreeAtTheBack episode provides additional insight into sequence data & the possessions framework.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 Jul

.@WillTGM builds on his #OptaProForum presentation with this in-depth article on fast attacks from deep. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Counter. 4 Jul

Hosted by @Worville, this episode also features @GregorydSam and @jmyrharkins. Quants. twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 4 Jul

PODCAST: This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack discusses & applies the new Opta possessions & sequences framework.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 Jul

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How Arsenal can stop Costa from repeat show

The Premier League have published an article using Opta Data Scientist Tom Worville's 'carries' metric to assess how Arsenal (and every other Premier League team) can combat Diego Costa's attacking prowess.

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Likelihood and the way humans think

An archive blog post by Vic Ferrari, ostensibly about the NHL. However, the crux of the article can easily be applied when analysing human performance in any environment. One of the best descriptions of the dilemma facing sports data analysts ever written.

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OptaPro Forum 2016: Find me a player like Andres Iniesta, Part 2

Neil Charles, a presenter at the OptaPro Analytics Forum 2016, provides a write-up of his experience at the event, and explains his poster presentation in detail.

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The Interview Series: Padraig Smith

Burgundy Wave sits down with the Sporting Director of the Colorado Rapids Padraig Smith for a discussion how you build and recruit a team.

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Swansea 3 – Arsenal 2: A detailed analysis

Dan Barnett uses Opta data to analyse Swansea's famous victory over Aresenal from last season.

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The PFA’s Australian Women’s Olympic football team technical report

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) have commissioned a technical report following the Matildas’ campaign at the Women’s Football tournament at Rio 2016.

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