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

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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Analytics as a decision support system

Analytics practitioner Garry Gelade (@GarryGelade) reflects on his 10 years in this industry and the role of analytics and data science in football.

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Interview with Marek Kwiatkowski

Matthieu Bouchépillon (@OMalytics on Twitter) interviews influential analytics community member Marek Kwiatkowski (@statlurker). The interview, in French and English, features discussion on Marek’s own work, where he sees the most impact from this style of analysis and thoughts on the wider contributions and activity throughout this industry.

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Getting into sports analytics

OptaPro data scientist Sam Gregory discusses his thoughts and personal experience on breaking into the sports analytics industry.

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North American sports culture helping MLS clubs buy into analytics

This ESPN article explores how analytical processes are being integrated by MLS teams across both analysis and recruitment.

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Number crunching: why analytics still adds up at Brentford

Writing for the Guardian, Sean Ingle explores the place of analytics in professional football.

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Can analytics help a league’s bottom team avoid relegation?

Writing for 21st Club, Richard Whittall explores how club analysts can effectively contribute to on-field performances.

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My data analysis toolkit

Data analyst Neil Charles answers a host of questions about his preferred analytical software.

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Data-led team building: increasing the odds of success

Featured in the Guardian, OptaPro’s Angus McNab contributes to the discussion around data’s influence on squad selection ahead of the 6 Nations.

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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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Will academia one day rule the roost in football analytics?

In his latest article for 21st Club, Richard Whittall discusses the relationship between the academic and online community as well as exploring the future of analytics and its place in football.

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In the Future: No one will talk about football analytics

Richard Whittall predicts a change in how the media covers analytics as it becomes the norm in football.

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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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Why the best scoring margin doesn’t guarantee a championship in European soccer

Opta data is used in an article on, that looks at how teams perform in the league relative to the number of goals they score.

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Beane Counters

An interview with Billy Beane, looking at how the Oakland A's have developed their analysis post-Moneyball.

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The search for intelligent life

Nate Silver looks at the current analytical state of play in US sport.

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Is David Beckham MLS' top free-kick taker since 2011?

Devin Pleuler extends his free-kick research to MLS and examines David Beckham's true direct free-kick ability.

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Life Beyond the Arc

Fascinating article looking at the NBA, and how analytics have directly affected on-court play.

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CourtVision: The revenge of Monta Ellis

Great basketball analysis from Kirk Goldsberry, with definite implications for football/rugby analytics.

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