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

VACANCY: Recruitment data analyst position available at @NorwichCityFC. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Canary. 4 hours ago

Ahead of the Premier League season, @StatsBomb have again published a host of analytical team previews. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Fixture. 10 Aug

FILM: Jason Lawson, head of recruitment & analysis at Reading FC, presents at the #OptaProKonferenz.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 9 Aug

PODCAST: @BenMackriell & @Worville discuss playing philosophies and how data can feed into team selection.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 Aug

The #ThreeAtTheBack pod explores how data is integrated within a playing philosophy and in picking a team.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 Aug

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Expected goals and evaluating performance

The New York Times speaks with OptaPro advanced analyst Johannes Harkins about expected goals and their application in the Women’s World Cup.

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Examining USWNT's "Abby-dependence" at Women's World Cup

Writing for MLSsoccer.com, Devin Pleuler’s follow-up article on the Women’s World Cup explores how the USWNT performed in Abby Wambach’s absence.

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The Patterns of Penalties

A brilliant interactive penalty visualisation from the Wall Street Journal, using Opta data.

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Has Holland expelled its obsession with possession football?

Is counter attacking football the new tiki-taka? 11tegen11 uses Opta data to investigate.

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The Armchair Analyst - Brazil v Croatia

The Armchair Analyst uses OptaPro tools to analyse the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

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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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