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

FILM: Gegenpress tactics are analysed using the sequence framework. Dortmund. youtu.be/A5sf04n1sC8 22 Jun

Using the sequence framework, @BVB's tactics are assessed under Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. Analysis. youtu.be/A5sf04n1sC8 19 Jun

.@mixedknuts introduces and discusses a more considered approach to evaluate passing ability. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Distribute. 15 Jun

‘Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball’ – @voxdotcom assess how well sports measure skill. Variance. youtube.com/watch?v=HNlgIS… 13 Jun

Taken from the OptaPro Portal, we share some brief highlights from this year’s @TounoiToulon.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 9 Jun

.@Worville applies sequence data to the 2016/17 Premier League season. bit.ly/2qZh0Zu. Involvement. https://t.co/r947vLVV0h 8 Jun

BLOG: @jmyrharkins introduces the possessions model and discusses applications of ‘sequences’.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 Jun

.@jmyrharkins introduces and discusses the possessions model that underpins this analysis from @Worville.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 Jun

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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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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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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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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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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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