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

JOB: OptaPro is recruiting a Sales & Account Manager (based in East Asia). Further information here: bit.ly/2msM8hx. Opportunity. 25 Feb

VACANCY: OptaPro is recruiting a Sales & Account Manager (East Asia). bit.ly/2msM8hx. Job. 24 Feb

PODCAST: The latest Three At The Back episode features an in-depth discussion with @soccerquant.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Feb

PODCAST: @ryanbahia speaks with @Worville and @soccerquant on this latest episode of Three At The Back.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 Feb

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

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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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