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PODCAST: The latest Three At The Back episode features an in-depth discussion with @soccerquant.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 19 hours ago

PODCAST: @ryanbahia speaks with @Worville and @soccerquant on this latest episode of Three At The Back.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 22 hours ago

BLOG: @ryanbahia assesses the 2017 #OptaProForum and discusses the future of the event. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Review. 16 Feb

BLOG: A review of the 2017 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Reflection. 16 Feb

.@lucyrushton12 speaks to @ESPNFC on data analysis, manager philosophies & different data cultures. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. International. 15 Feb

BLOG: The latest guest article from Neil Watson explores different game plans in rugby union.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 14 Feb

.@seaningle’s latest @guardian_sport column explores @GarryGelade’s #OptaProForum presentation on crossing. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Whip. 13 Feb

A data driven player snapshot profiling @ChelseaFC's Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Trio. https://t.co/fXWh1JpbPa 10 Feb

Presentations from the #OptaProForum will be posted online over the coming weeks. Film. twitter.com/dperdomomeza1/… 9 Feb

.@BenMackriell closes a really interesting day: the quality of presentations has been excellent across the board. E… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 Feb

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Lucy Rushton Q&A: The role of analytics in building Atlanta United FC

Speaking with ESPNFC, Lucy Rushton, Head of Technical Recruitment and Performance Analysis at Atlanta United, discusses using data to build a team from scratch, adjusting to a manger’s philosophy and also compares differences in the USA and UK.

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Art of crossing can still count in an age of crowded penalty areas

In an article for the Guardian, Sean Ingle provides a written analysis of Garry Gelade’s OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation on crossing.

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How Arsenal and Arsène Wenger bought into analytics

Writing for the New York Times, Rory Smith discusses how data-led analysis was introduced at Arsenal Football Club.

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Understanding the rugby analysts

Planet Rugby speaks with five different analysts from the game - George Murray (Munster), Nathan Swarbrick (Doncaster Knights), Elliot Corcoran (Pau), Niall Malone (Ulster), and Cathal Garvey (Australia) - discussing their roles, challenges and processes within the sport.

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Is there a hole in Mesut Özil?

Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke provides an in-depth statistical analysis exploring Mesut Özil’s creativity and underlying performance.

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A mathematical approach to evaluating footballers

Martin Eastwood (@penaltyblog) provides a written version of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation from February 2016.

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