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Die OptaPro Konferenz geht in Deutschland in die zweite Runde #OptaProKonferenz. Namenssch…… 14 Mar

NEWS: OptaPro to return to Germany to host its second #OptaProKonferenz. Namensschilder. 14 Mar

The most probable result - @GarryGelade shares an intuitive way of showcasing expected goals data from a single mat…… 13 Mar

.@Worville completes the second analysis in this two-part series focusing on Son Heung-min. This article focuses on…… 9 Mar

BLOG: @Worville uses Opta data to analyse the early phase of Son Heung-min’s career, focusing on his time in German…… 8 Mar

BLOG: Part 2/2 - @Worville follows up this analysis by exploring Son Heung-min’s early playing career in Germany.…… 8 Mar

BLOG: Head of OptaPro @BenMackriell shares his thoughts on #SSAC18. Cheers. 7 Mar

A Q&A with @NYAsports following the launch of their football analytics fellowship scheme (deadline for applications…… 5 Mar

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Premier League defensive profiles

Mark Taylor uses Opta data to analyse defensive actions, exploring where on the pitch teams and players are making these actions.

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Double Pivot Podcast

This episode of Double Pivot (@DoublePivotPod), a podcast hosted by Michael Caley and Mike Goodman, includes an in-depth analysis on quantifying defensive style and performance.

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href=""></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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Defensive Distance Profiles

Garry Gelade explores how spatial location of defensive activity correlates with opponents' chances of scoring.

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The value of the high press in soccer

Michael Caley shares his views on the adoption of a high press in football for an article in The Washington Post.

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Marseille: The Bielsa Press Quantified

Another installment of Colin Trainor's press intensity series. In this piece he focuses on Marseille's start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa.

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The High Press: Manager Tendencies and where AVB went wrong

Colin Trainor continues to measure the intensity of teams' high press, this time looking at the effect that individual managers have on a team.

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Defensive Metrics: Measuring the Intensity of a High Press

Opta data is used by Colin Trainor to quantify the extent and aggression of high presses employed by teams.

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World Cup: To d-mid or not to d-mid? 25 years of USMNT tactics under the microscope

OptaPro's Devin Pleuler uses network analysis to track the US team's tactical development over their last 6 World Cup appearances.

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Defensive metrics: An introduction

Colin Trainor tries to unpick one of the more difficult areas of analysis.

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