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Three At The Back

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Welcome to Three At The Back, the football analytics podcast from OptaPro 

PODCAST: Interview with Donald Barron

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This latest Three At The Back podcast is hosted by Ryan Bahia and features Tom Worville along with special guest Donald Barron.

Donald has over 12 years’ experience within the professional game across three different clubs: Leicester City, Coventry City and Norwich City, where he was most recently head of technical scouting.

In this wide-ranging episode, Donald discusses his own roles across these different clubs, his thoughts on how data can be most effectively applied within a professional environment along with how analysts have to adapt and evolve in the ever-changing world of professional football.

Donald also shares his thoughts around the OptaPro Analytics Forum, an event taking place in February 2018.

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PODCAST: How data can inform tactical selections

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Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell (head of OptaPro) and Tom Worville (data scientist, OptaPro) for this episode. The two guests discuss how data can be integrated into overarching playing philosophies, and each selects an XI (with certain rules in place) where their decisions are informed by data.

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PODCAST: Introduction to sequences and possessions

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Host Tom Worville is joined by fellow OptaPro data scientists Johannes Harkins and Sam Gregory to discuss the new possessions framework, share insight on the process behind creating it and showcase examples and applications of the model in action, referencing German side RB Leipzig and new Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah.

Read the first article introducing this framework here.

Watch OptaPro’s analytical film on Borussia Dortmund that is underpinned by this possessions framework here.

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PODCAST: Five years of OptaPro

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Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell and Simon Farrant, who makes his Three At the Back debut. Simon, now VP marketing at Perform Group, was part of the core OptaPro team when it founded in 2012.

This episode reflects on not only OptaPro’s past five years, but a wider look at the analytics industry – both inside and outside of the professional game.

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PODCAST: Roundup of German Conference

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 Host Ryan Bahia is joined by Ben Mackriell and Three At The Back debutant, Philipp Obloch. Philipp is the OptaPro lead in Germany and also led last week’s first OptaPro football analytics conference in the country.

In this episode, the three discuss the event, focusing on presentations and how these will have resonated with the audience, which comprised 78 people from over 30 different teams across Germany, Austria, England and the Netherlands.

Philipp, a UEFA licenced A coach, also discusses how his coaching background influences how he sees data being best used in professional football, along with references to his own team, and his unique approach to pressing.

Presentations from the conference will soon be available.

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