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Why perfect shouldn't be the enemy of the good in player recruitment

A piece by Richard Whittall looking at how the player recruitment strategies of clubs can be improved with the use of data.

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Marseille: The Bielsa Press Quantified

Another installment of Colin Trainor's press intensity series. In this piece he focuses on Marseille's start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa.

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The Adolescence of Soccer Stats

Mike Goodman's assessment of how the increase in availability of stats is leading to a new era for analytics in football.

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Central Winger: How to measure a player's influence through touches

An article by Devin Pleuler analysing the correlation between a players position on the pitch and their influence on the game.

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The High Press: Manager Tendencies and where AVB went wrong

Colin Trainor continues to measure the intensity of teams' high press, this time looking at the effect that individual managers have on a team.

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