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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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Want to have a long career? Play in goal or central defence

Writing for ESPNFC, Michael Caley applies data to analyse ageing patterns in relation to position.

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Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Real Madrid: Match analysis

Following the Champions League semi-final first leg between Bayern and Real, Footballistically analyses the game using Stats Zone.

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An examination of corner kick strategies in European leagues

Alex Rathke provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum poster, which is an in-depth analysis of corner kicks across major European leagues.

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Is Tony Pulis' so-called Pulisball the most effective way for West Brom?

Adam Bate from SkySports analyses Tony Pulis' effectiveness at West Brom using Neil Charles' OptaPro Forum presentation.

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Rafa Benitez analyses an MLS game

Using Opta data, Rafa Benitez tactically analyses the LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers match.

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The Numbers Game: Which teams are the worst travellers?

As England head out to Sri Lanka to continue their defence of the No.1 test ranking, S Rajesh's analytical discussion of how teams from outside Asia have fared in the subcontinent on Cricinfo makes for essential reading.

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