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

NEWS: OptaPro expands team in Asia. bit.ly/2tT6jbD. Signing. 10 hours ago

.@ESPNFC on how @MLS teams integrate analytical processes to enhance performance & inform recruitment. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Culture. 22 Jul

.@penaltyblog showcases a new approach to visualise player statistics. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Radar. https://t.co/17CKGktXtu 19 Jul

This @SportTechie article provides insight into the data-driven culture at the New York Mets. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Plate. 13 Jul

.@FinerMargins has compiled and categorised links to useful football analytics resources. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Comprehensive. 10 Jul

The latest #ThreeAtTheBack episode provides additional insight into sequence data & the possessions framework.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 6 Jul

.@WillTGM builds on his #OptaProForum presentation with this in-depth article on fast attacks from deep. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Counter. 4 Jul

Hosted by @Worville, this episode also features @GregorydSam and @jmyrharkins. Quants. twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 4 Jul

PODCAST: This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack discusses & applies the new Opta possessions & sequences framework.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 Jul

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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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Opta Spotlight: New York Red Bulls

Each week, MLSsoccer.com and Opta highlights one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using analytics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture. This week's feature focuses on New York Red Bulls and their attacking talent's ability in front of goal.

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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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Interview with an MLS analyst

ESPN interview with New York Red Bulls analyst David Lee, discussing the differences between attitudes to sports analytics in the USA and UK and what his role entails.

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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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