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BLOG: @ryanbahia assesses the 2017 #OptaProForum and discusses the future of the event. Review. 16 Feb

BLOG: A review of the 2017 #OptaProForum. Reflection. 16 Feb

.@lucyrushton12 speaks to @ESPNFC on data analysis, manager philosophies & different data cultures. International. 15 Feb

BLOG: The latest guest article from Neil Watson explores different game plans in rugby union.…… 14 Feb

.@seaningle’s latest @guardian_sport column explores @GarryGelade’s #OptaProForum presentation on crossing. Whip. 13 Feb

A data driven player snapshot profiling @ChelseaFC's Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Trio. 10 Feb

Presentations from the #OptaProForum will be posted online over the coming weeks. Film.… 9 Feb

.@BenMackriell closes a really interesting day: the quality of presentations has been excellent across the board. E…… 8 Feb

.@MiamiDolphins' @LockAnalytics closing the day, discussing how he built an analytics dept. over the last 3 seasons…… 8 Feb

.@joe_mulberry looking at better ways of measuring take-on ability, using a combination of event and tracking data.…… 8 Feb

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GUEST BLOG: Shooting activity - the most is not always the best

Following on the insightful Sam Green analysis on shooting, this paper investigates shooting attempts at big-5 league level since 2009/10. The goal is to determine to what extent shots and goals are correlated to club results in each of the five major European leagues over the four last seasons.

GUEST BLOG: Big-5 league scores: half-time and full-time

This paper by Drs Loïc Ravenel and Raffaele Poli of the CIES Football Observatory analyses the score of big-5 league matches since the season 2003/04, both full-time and half-time.

GUEST BLOG: Insights from the brand new CIES Football Observatory Annual Review 2012

The seventh edition of the CIES Football Observatory Annual Review is now available. This publication unveils the logics of success in the five major European leagues using a novel and unique "demo-technic" approach. The latter combines the study of players' demographic profile and their on-pitch performances both on an individual and collective level.
Posted by Raffaele Poli at 14:19

GUEST BLOG: Player turnover - Best practices at big-5 league level by Raffaele Poli

The hectic schedule of football competitions implies that player turnover is a hot topic in the professional game. This paper compares strategies followed by big-5 league clubs according to their last season’s results and allows us to highlight best practices in this area.
Posted by Raffaele Poli at 09:26