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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

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

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VIDEO: Interview with Thiago Larghi, Brazilian National Team Lead Aanalyst

OptaPro caught up with Thiago Larghi in August 2013, prior to Brazil's friendly match in Switzerland, to find out what it is like working with the Confederations Cup winners and 2014 World Cup hosts.
Posted by Simon Farrant at 15:35

NEWS: OptaPro named as Official Data Partner for the Brazilian National Team

The Brazilian national team, the most successful side in FIFA World Cup history, have named OptaPro as their Official Data Partner.
Posted by Simon Farrant at 09:37

NEWS: OptaPro's Devin Pleuler part of IBM panel

OptaPro's Advanced Data Analyst Devin Pleuler will be forming part of an innovative IBM panel on Thursday August 8th, discussing the convergence of professional sports, the cloud and Big Data via Twitter.
Posted by Simon Farrant at 17:36

GUEST BLOG: Analysing fullback play in the English Premier League

Has fullback played changed over the last five years? Which players secretly flew under the radar while having surprisingly good seasons?
Posted by Ted Knutson at 11:47

BLOG: Sustainable possession

Some possessions are meandering treatises on the premise of slowly coaxing the opposition out of a disciplined shape. Other possessions are break-neck attempts to exploit a fleeting weakness. The rest of possessions reside in a limbo between these two extremes; not so fast that you're tripping over your own feet, but fast enough that you can still exploit open space. In this article, we will dig into this middling rate of play.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 11:42