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A showcase of some of the best data analysis from across the web.

VACANCY: Recruitment data analyst position available at @NorwichCityFC. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Canary. 17 Aug

Ahead of the Premier League season, @StatsBomb have again published a host of analytical team previews. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Fixture. 10 Aug

FILM: Jason Lawson, head of recruitment & analysis at Reading FC, presents at the #OptaProKonferenz.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 9 Aug

PODCAST: @BenMackriell & @Worville discuss playing philosophies and how data can feed into team selection.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 Aug

The #ThreeAtTheBack pod explores how data is integrated within a playing philosophy and in picking a team.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 Aug

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Shots and goals: quality, expectations and context

Keith Lyons provides a comprehensive resource reviewing literature across introductions to analytics, shots and expected goals.

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Did Manchester City just run out of luck?

At the time of writing, Manchester City have turned a two point lead at the summit of the EPL into an eight point deficit in the space of a month. There have been many theories from various commentators that speculate how this occurred, many of which focus on perceived off-field problems. However, Chris Anderson (on his brilliant Soccer By The Numbers blog) uses data to argue that, unfortunately for City, their luck simply changed.

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CIES Football Observatory digital atlas

The CIES Football Observatory’s interactive digital atlas visualises and compares squad data throughout Europe.

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Tottenham: success awaits?

Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke applies a data-driven analysis to dissect Tottenham Hotspur’s performances over the past two seasons.

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New way of visualising the beautiful game

MLS.com's Central Winger article has developed a new way of displaying Opta passing data. Devin Pleuler has analysed passing trends from a selected MLS game last weekend to demonstrate a new way of showing how the two teams performed.

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Juggling expectations: the emergence of soccer analytics

Ted Knutson (StatsBomb Services), Padraig Smith (Colorado Rapids), Daniel Stenz (Hungarian Football Association) and Hendrik Almstadt (PGA European Tour, formerly Arsenal and Aston Villa) make up the football analytics panel at the 2017 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

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