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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

FILM: @LCFC_Analysis present at the #OptaProKonferenz on opposition analysis. Preparation. youtube.com/watch?v=3FyhlB… 31 Jul

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GUEST BLOG: Player turnover - Best practices at big-5 league level by Raffaele Poli

The hectic schedule of football competitions implies that player turnover is a hot topic in the professional game. This paper compares strategies followed by big-5 league clubs according to their last season’s results and allows us to highlight best practices in this area.
Posted by Raffaele Poli at 09:26

BLOG: EURO2012 - Super Mario II: Gomez's resurgence

During our research into the reasons behind Holland and Russia’s early eliminations from Euro 2012 (which can be found here) the comparison between Gomez’s performances in this tournament and its 2008 iteration caught our eye.
Posted by Paul Every at 14:24

BLOG: EURO2012 - Profligacy costs departees

The competition of the Euro 2012 group stages has given us an opportunity to utilise the statistical metrics created by Opta’s lead statistician Sam Green (and previously used inthisblog) to analyse the various teams’ shooting efficiency so far.
Posted by Simon Farrant at 10:11

BLOG: A goalkeeper's dilemma: Examining goalkeeper distribution trends from MLS 2011

US-based Opta analyst Peter Brownall has carried out some analysis on MLS goalkeeping trends, and attempted to establish whether differing distribution strategies can contribute to a team's overall success.
Posted by Peter Brownell at 14:42

NEWS: OptaPro launch new Reports service

OptaPro can offer a comprehensive suite of data and reports for all club and player scouting requirements.
Posted by Simon Farrant at 16:31