. @BenMackriell joins OptaPro as new head of professional football. bit.ly/1QXlGZq. Interview. 3 Feb

A short interview with @BenMackriell – OptaPro’s new head of professional football. bit.ly/1QXlGZq. Welcome. 2 Feb

. @GarryGelade analyses qualitative text-based scouting assessments for @scout7football. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Wordsmith. 2 Feb

#OptaProForum – the guest speaker for the 2016 event is @DeanO_Lytics. bit.ly/1nnh0Qx. Headliner. 27 Jan

. @DeanO_Lytics to deliver guest talk at next month’s #OptaProForum. bit.ly/1nnh0Qx. Announcement. 27 Jan

OptaPro working with @TFF_Org on analysis education programme. bit.ly/1ZYMkH6. Development. 25 Jan

JOB: First team performance analyst role at #CPFC. bit.ly/1yaizz5. Vacancy. 25 Jan

News & blog

NEWS: Ben Mackriell joins OptaPro

Ben Mackriell joins OptaPro as the new Head of Football.

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NEWS: Dean Oliver to deliver guest talk at OptaPro Forum

NBA statistician Dean Oliver to present the event’s first ever guest talk.

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NEWS: OptaPro supports Turkish Football Federation education course

OptaPro supports TFF education and development programme for future analysts.

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BLOG: Visualising defensive involvement in the Eredivisie

Michiel Jongsma analyses non-defensive actions and build-up patterns across European leagues.

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Interesting links

The value of analysing qualitative text-based scouting assessments

Writing on the Scout7 website, Garry Gelade provides a thorough analysis of text-based scouting reports.

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Planet Fútbol podcast

Daniel Altman (@NYASoccer) contributes to the Sports Illustrated Planet Fútbol podcast, discussing his take on using analytics to evaluate goalkeepers.

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Will Wales miss the expertise of their departing analyst?

Alex Bywater of WalesOnline discusses the importance of outgoing analyst Rhys Long's work with the international rugby union side.

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Contrasting fortunes of Chelsea and Leicester explained

Duncan Alexander applies Opta's expected goals metric to analyse the performances of Chelsea and Leicester over the past 18 months in an article for the premierleague.com

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Bundesliga at the break: Bayern and Dortmund

Dustin Ward, writing for StatsBomb provides unique insight into the performances of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this season.

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