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

.@TiagoEstv uses Opta data in this article for @StatsBomb, in which he assesses upcoming prospects in @ligaportugaltwitter.com/i/web/status/9… 11 Dec

OptaPro's data scientist @Worville will be speaking at the 'Getting your Data skills noticed - Data Science and Vis… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 Dec

.@EuanDewar uses Opta data to dissect and discuss Atlético Madrid’s attack this season. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Ailing. 4 Dec

.@jair1970 writes a 12-game Premier League shot analysis, focusing on teams’ performances in relation to previous s… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 27 Nov

.@OptaPro will host a panel tomorrow at #SAC17 with @soccerquant, Ben Stevens (@CPFC head of performance analysis)… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 23 Nov

.@EuanDewar and @EveryTeam_Mark co-author this data-driven article that explores Manchester City's impressive start… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 23 Nov

The latest #ThreeAtTheBack episode outlines further information on @scout7football becoming part of OptaPro.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Nov

Following the acquisition, the #ThreeAtTheBack pod discusses this in further detail, along with a conversation on c… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Nov

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href="www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/"></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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World Cup: To d-mid or not to d-mid? 25 years of USMNT tactics under the microscope

OptaPro's Devin Pleuler uses network analysis to track the US team's tactical development over their last 6 World Cup appearances.

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Why the best scoring margin doesn’t guarantee a championship in European soccer

Opta data is used in an article on FiveThirtyEight.com, that looks at how teams perform in the league relative to the number of goals they score.

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Beane Counters

An interview with Billy Beane, looking at how the Oakland A's have developed their analysis post-Moneyball.

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The search for intelligent life

Nate Silver looks at the current analytical state of play in US sport.

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Is David Beckham MLS' top free-kick taker since 2011?

Devin Pleuler extends his free-kick research to MLS and examines David Beckham's true direct free-kick ability.

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Life Beyond the Arc

Fascinating article looking at the NBA, and how analytics have directly affected on-court play.

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CourtVision: The revenge of Monta Ellis

Great basketball analysis from Kirk Goldsberry, with definite implications for football/rugby analytics.

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