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

If you didn't see it earlier this week, we're looking for an OptaPro Marketing Coordinator: optasports.com/about/getting-…. Club. 11 Jul

If you didn't see it last week, we're looking for an OptaPro Marketing Coordinator to join our team: optasportspro.com/about/optapro-… …. Signing. 7 Jul

Ahead of #ENGvIND, OptaPro's cricket analyst @Phil__Oliver asks whether there's hope for Alastair Cook's form: bit.ly/1mZseav Chef. 4 Jul

If you're interested in joining the OptaPro team, we're looking for a new Marketing Coordinator: optasportspro.com/about/optapro-…. Recruit. 1 Jul

Should #BRA or #CHI think about a half-time substitution? @devinpleuler analyses how effective that could be: optasportspro.com/about/optapro-…. Fresh. 28 Jun

The latest blog from @devinpleuler looks at the efficiency of half-time substitutions: optasportspro.com/about/optapro-…. Impact. 27 Jun

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Football League Attack and Defence Analysis

Ben Mayhew of the Experimental361 blog has developed a really interesting graphical analysis of attack and defence patterns in the English Football League.

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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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Opta and the paradox of possession

As the 2012 MLS season gets underway, critics still portray the league as inferior to its European counterparts - more reliant on physical ability than technical skill and teamwork. MLSSoccer.com examines these claims.

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The importance of attacking speed and the quickest attacking team in EPL

Colin Trainor uses detailed Opta data to analyse how quickly Premier League teams attack.

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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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Visualising completed passes by position

On Football's Sarah Rudd has long been a proponent of displaying raw data in interesting and informative ways in order to aid understanding - something that OptaPro is also helping coaches and analysts to explore. Her post entitled 'Visualizing completed passes by position' demonstrates a revolutionary way of displaying the passing accuracy of different teams, broken down by position.

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