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Three At The Back

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Welcome to Three At The Back, the football analytics podcast from OptaPro 

PODCAST: Five years of OptaPro

The latest episode of Three At The Back is now available to download.

 

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Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell and Simon Farrant, who makes his Three At the Back debut. Simon, now VP marketing at Perform Group, was part of the core OptaPro team when it founded in 2012.

This episode reflects on not only OptaPro’s past five years, but a wider look at the analytics industry – both inside and outside of the professional game.

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PODCAST: Roundup of German Conference

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 Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell and Three At The Back debutant, Philipp Obloch. Philipp is the OptaPro lead in Germany and also led last week’s first OptaPro football analytics conference in the country.

In this episode, the three discuss the event, focusing on presentations and how these will have resonated with the audience, which comprised 78 people from over 30 different teams across Germany, Austria, England and the Netherlands.

Philipp, a UEFA licenced A coach, also discusses how his coaching background influences how he sees data being best used in professional football, along with references to his own team, and his unique approach to pressing.

Presentations from the conference will soon be available.

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PODCAST: Interview with Chris Anderson

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Host Ryan Bahia (OptaPro) is joined by Tom Worville (OptaPro) and special guest Chris Anderson in this wide-ranging episode that covers a number of issues prevalent within football analytics.

Chris has an extensive background in this field having authored The Numbers Game, consulted on specific projects for professional teams, judged proposals for the OptaPro Analytics Forum and most recently was MD at Coventry City Football Club. 

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PODCAST: January transfer window

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Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell (Head of OptaPro) and Sam Gregory (Data Scientist, OptaPro) for a discussion on the January transfer window. Ben discusses his own experiences and club processes and Sam leads the talk on previous players whoo have moved in this window.

 

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PODCAST: Steve Head, Charlton Athletic Football Club

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Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell, Head of OptaPro, and Steve Head, Chief Scout at Charlton Athletic. Steve joined Charlton this summer and has over 30 years of experience in professional football, having had a number of different roles across analysis, recruitment, coaching and scouting.

Within this podcast, Steve discusses how his role has changed as performance data has become more widespread in professional football along with further discussion of his time at Fulham and Reading, where Steve and Ben worked together.

Steve also draws on his experiences as an opposition scout for the England senior team.

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