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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: Academy analysis at Arsenal and breaking into the football analysis industry

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Hosted by Ryan Bahia, Arsenal lead academy analyst James Krause joins the podcast alongside a returning Donald Barron, now at the University of Suffolk leading the sport performance analysis undergraduate degree course.

Split into two parts, the first half focuses on James’ role at Arsenal and the wider topic of innovation within performance analysis.

A common discussion point within this space is how people can break into the sports analysis industry. As well as sharing their own experiences, Donald draws on his thoughts as an employer (from his time at Norwich City) and how his life in the academic world has given a new perspective on this question.

James also draws on his experiences, along with sharing what he looks for when bringing in new staff to the club.

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PODCAST: Interview with Nick Cushing, Manchester City Women's Manager

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Manchester City Women’s Manager Nick Cushing joins host Ryan Bahia and OptaPro Data Scientist Tom Worville for this episode of Three At The Back.

In an in-depth discussion, Nick shares detailed insight on his football philosophy and how this is implemented with the team, his relationship with his analysis team and how City approach recruitment.

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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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