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The latest #ThreeAtTheBack episode outlines further information on @scout7football becoming part of OptaPro.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Nov

Following the acquisition, the #ThreeAtTheBack pod discusses this in further detail, along with a conversation on c… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Nov

.@GregorydSam shares his thoughts and experiences on breaking into the sports analytics industry. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Career. 6 Nov

OptaPro will be at @Leaders_Insight next week. Get in touch if you’d like to meet at the event. Conference. twitter.com/Leaders_Insigh… 3 Nov

BLOG: @GregorydSam explores crediting players for their involvement in dangerous sequences. bit.ly/2yjIErVtwitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 Nov

BLOG: @GregorydSam discusses quantifying player involvement in build-up play beyond traditional statistics.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 Nov

Head of performance analysis Joe Carnall leads a behind-the-scenes tour with the #DCFC analysis team. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Rams. 31 Oct

‘AMA’ with @bencfalk, former VP of basketball strategy for the Sixers & former Blazers analytics manager. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Glass. 26 Oct

.@devinpleuler presents at #NESSIS on style of play and providing data driven tactical insight. Cluster. youtube.com/watch?v=Az0ZwC… 23 Oct

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Getting into sports analytics

OptaPro data scientist Sam Gregory discusses his thoughts and personal experience on breaking into the sports analytics industry.

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North American sports culture helping MLS clubs buy into analytics

This ESPN article explores how analytical processes are being integrated by MLS teams across both analysis and recruitment.

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Number crunching: why analytics still adds up at Brentford

Writing for the Guardian, Sean Ingle explores the place of analytics in professional football.

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Can analytics help a league’s bottom team avoid relegation?

Writing for 21st Club, Richard Whittall explores how club analysts can effectively contribute to on-field performances.

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My data analysis toolkit

Data analyst Neil Charles answers a host of questions about his preferred analytical software.

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Data-led team building: increasing the odds of success

Featured in the Guardian, OptaPro’s Angus McNab contributes to the discussion around data’s influence on squad selection ahead of the 6 Nations.

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href="www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/"></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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Will academia one day rule the roost in football analytics?

In his latest article for 21st Club, Richard Whittall discusses the relationship between the academic and online community as well as exploring the future of analytics and its place in football.

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In the Future: No one will talk about football analytics

Richard Whittall predicts a change in how the media covers analytics as it becomes the norm in football.

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World Cup: To d-mid or not to d-mid? 25 years of USMNT tactics under the microscope

OptaPro's Devin Pleuler uses network analysis to track the US team's tactical development over their last 6 World Cup appearances.

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Why the best scoring margin doesn’t guarantee a championship in European soccer

Opta data is used in an article on FiveThirtyEight.com, that looks at how teams perform in the league relative to the number of goals they score.

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Beane Counters

An interview with Billy Beane, looking at how the Oakland A's have developed their analysis post-Moneyball.

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The search for intelligent life

Nate Silver looks at the current analytical state of play in US sport.

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Is David Beckham MLS' top free-kick taker since 2011?

Devin Pleuler extends his free-kick research to MLS and examines David Beckham's true direct free-kick ability.

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Life Beyond the Arc

Fascinating article looking at the NBA, and how analytics have directly affected on-court play.

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CourtVision: The revenge of Monta Ellis

Great basketball analysis from Kirk Goldsberry, with definite implications for football/rugby analytics.

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