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In the Future: No one will talk about football analytics

Richard Whittall assesses how the media coverage of analytics will change as it becomes the norm in football.

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World Cup Penalty Kick Analysis

Coach Johan of the Shut-Out University blog looks at the stats behind the penalties taken at the 2014 World Cup.

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The Science of Scouting: Defenders

Leicester City’s head of technical scouting Rob Mackenzie, tackles the tricky business of assessing the the performance of defenders.

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Defensive Metrics: Measuring the Intensity of a High Press

Opta data is used by Colin Trainor to quantify the extent and aggression of high presses employed by teams.

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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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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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