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(In Italian) An introduction and explanation of the Expected Goals metric. Qualità. twitter.com/OptaPaolo/stat… 26 May

In an @ESPNcricinfo article, @ajarrodkimber discusses the increasing influence of data in T20 cricket. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Chess. 26 May

OptaPro will again be attending the 2017 @TournoiToulon, taking place from 29th May until 10th June. bit.ly/2qkxslV. Future. 24 May

.@EveryTeam_Mark shares a list of some of the most popular analytical articles from this past season. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Survey. 22 May

Scunthorpe United’s @HarryJamieson_ discusses his role with @footballfactman on the Different Game podcast. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Iron. 18 May

This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack discusses the perception, application & evolution of performance data.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 13 May

This episode is hosted by @ryanbahia and features @BenMackriell & @simonjfarrant, who makes his first… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 May

PODCAST: This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack focuses on the progression of applied data over the past 5 years.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 May

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GUEST BLOG: Shooting activity - the most is not always the best

Following on the insightful Sam Green analysis on shooting, this paper investigates shooting attempts at big-5 league level since 2009/10. The goal is to determine to what extent shots and goals are correlated to club results in each of the five major European leagues over the four last seasons.

GUEST BLOG: Big-5 league scores: half-time and full-time

This paper by Drs Loïc Ravenel and Raffaele Poli of the CIES Football Observatory analyses the score of big-5 league matches since the season 2003/04, both full-time and half-time.

GUEST BLOG: Insights from the brand new CIES Football Observatory Annual Review 2012

The seventh edition of the CIES Football Observatory Annual Review is now available. This publication unveils the logics of success in the five major European leagues using a novel and unique "demo-technic" approach. The latter combines the study of players' demographic profile and their on-pitch performances both on an individual and collective level.
Posted by Raffaele Poli at 14:19

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