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ANNOUNCEMENT: @PerformGroup completes acquisition of @scout7football. bit.ly/2xOwNSo. Signing. https://t.co/AKHyLk8y0u 18 Oct

The deadline for #OptaProForum submissions is tonight (midnight). bit.ly/2gQroTi. Reminder. 16 Oct

The dealine for the #OptaProForum is tomorrow at midnight. bit.ly/2gQroTi. Countdown. 15 Oct

There are just 3 days until the proposals deadline for the 2018 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2gQroTi . Imminent twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 13 Oct

With submission deadline approaching, we look back to Dennis Lock's guest talk from #OptaProForum2017. Dolphins. youtube.com/watch?v=xgSsI5… 10 Oct

The #OptaProForum submission deadline is in 7 days. bit.ly/2gQroTi. Rendezvous. 9 Oct

OptaPro have partnered with @FIGC to help deliver the first Hackathon in Italian football. bit.ly/2xWMdDt. Insight. 6 Oct

With the proposals deadline imminent, we look back to @DeanO_Lytics talk from #OptaProForum2016. Throwback. youtube.com/watch?v=qWp1TY… 5 Oct

With two weeks until the proposals deadline, this article looks at whats new for #OptaProForum2018. bit.ly/2j5JEsE. Upgrade. 2 Oct

.@Squared2020 shows how a simple & insightful metric can be built to run live using tracking data. bit.ly/2fB6yHs. Process. 29 Sep

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NEWS: World Champions sign up to OptaPro

The All Blacks, current Rugby Union World Champions, have signed an agreement to use OptaPro data and analysis software to power their player performance and opposition scouting.
Posted by Simon Farrant at 11:16

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