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Grouping team styles: @jmyrharkins identifies similar teams across Europe. bit.ly/1SQsCVo. Characteristics. https://t.co/CwhLGLRBla 14 hours ago

.@jmyrharkins uses data to group teams from Europe’s top 5 leagues based on similar playing characteristics. Style. twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 17 hours ago

BLOG: @jmyrharkins analyses team styles and discusses the value in identifying common characteristics. bit.ly/1SQsCVo. Shared. 20 hours ago

Inside #LCFC: a look back at an article on data analysis within the club. bit.ly/1PuUMqc. Integrated. https://t.co/LaHyVI0gvj 3 May

Congratulations @LCFC_Analysis @Peter_Clark23 & @ABlake7. Champions. 2 May

Presentations from the 2014, 2015 & 2016 OptaPro Analytics Forums can be viewed here. Library. youtube.com/playlist?list=… 2 May

. @GarryGelade’s latest analysis explores the value in making the correct shooting decisions. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Hopeful. 30 Apr

Stuart Lancaster visited our Leeds office this week and spoke with collection manager Conor Tyndall. Coach. https://t.co/E4iRTL5gYb 27 Apr

.@SaturdayOnCouch uses key statistics to analyse teams ahead of the Champions & Europa League semi-finals. bit.ly/1Hnj29V Standout. 26 Apr

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The importance of high-return shots

Garry Gelade’s latest analytical blog explores the value in making the correct shooting decisions.

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Doing one thing well: standout statistics ahead of the European club semi-finals

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayonCouch) explores the standout statistics to analyse teams ahead of this season’s Champions League and Europa League semi-finals.

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By the numbers: How the New England Revolution gain an edge together

Tim Crawford, analyst at New England Revolution, discusses the role of analytics at the MLS team in an article for the official league website.

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Learning how to build a successful MLS roster from scratch

As part of OptaPro’s partnership with Columbia University, students take on the task of using data to build a 20-man MLS roster.

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The numbers don't lie: why football clubs place such importance on analytics

Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph writes about the implementation of analytics within professional football, discussing issues with West Ham’s Rory Campbell, technical scout and analyst at the Premier League side.

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Explaining and training shot quality

Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) discusses shot quality and influencing a player's decision-making in his latest StatsBomb article.

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