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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: Data, technology and international federations

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Recorded in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup finals, host Ryan Bahia is joined by Head of OptaPro Ben Mackriell to discuss how international federations are using data and technology to inform and support performance.

In a conversation that explores how federations are using data from first-team through to talent pathways and early identification, the pod finishes by touching on how the presence of technology on the touchline could influence the role of the analyst this summer.

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PODCAST: Interview with Wolves Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell joins OptaPro for this latest episode of Three At The Back.

Also featuring Ben Mackriell (Head of OptaPro) and hosted by Ryan Bahia (OptaPro Marketing Manager), this episode focuses on an in-depth discussion on the role of a sporting director.

Alongside the implementation of a club philosophy, Kevin also draws on his background in academy football, with conversation revolving around player pathways and the integration of an academy culture alongside the first-team.

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PODCAST: #OptaProForum and interview with Devin Pleuler and Luke Bornn

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Recorded the day after the 2018 #OptaProForum, this latest episode of Three At The Back features both guest speakers – Devin Pleuler, Senior Analytics Manager at Toronto FC and Luke Bornn, VP Strategy and Analytics, Sacramento Kings.

Both Devin and Luke share their Forum highlights, discuss the evolving nature of football analytics and outline their thoughts around the future of this industry.

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PODCAST: #OptaProSoccer and interview with ESPN’s Paul Carr

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This episode sees OptaPro’s Three At The Back become Four as host Ryan Bahia is joined by OptaPro data scientist Johannes Harkins, OptaPro lead for North America Olive Miller-Farrell and special guest Paul Carr, senior researcher at ESPN.

The discussion, taking place just after the first #OptaProSoccer event in Philadelphia, revolves around the event in the context of analytics in North American soccer along with exploring the use of data for different audiences, and where there are clear differences and overlaps, looking at how each sectors can learn from one another.

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PODCAST: Interview with Ptolemy Coburn

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Ptolemy Coburn, Arsenal academy analyst, speaks with OptaPro in this latest episode of Three At The Back.

Hosted by Ryan Bahia and also featuring Sam Gregory (OptaPro data scientist), Ptolemy discusses how working across other sports has influenced the way he approaches his role at Arsenal, the differences between academy and first team football from an analyst perspective as well as sharing further insight on the Arsenal-StatDNA relationship.

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