Barclays data scientist gets big new job at top football club

As exciting as it is to work in data science in financial services, it doesn’t quite have the glamor of being a top data scientist for a football team associated with icons of masculinity like Cristiano Ronaldo. and David Beckham.

So we’re delighted for Vitor Lopes, who escaped the relative anonymity of his job as a senior data scientist at Barclays in London, and joined Spanish football club Real Madrid as “director of applied research”.

Lopes declined to comment on what he will do in his new role, but it will likely tap into the data science and machine learning capabilities highlighted on his LinkedIn profile. Further clues are offered by the content of a football data analysis course offered at the Real Madrid Graduate School. Like the banks, it looks like Real Madrid are ‘digitally transforming’ around data. But their data relates to biostatistics, injury prevention, training variables and historical analysis of football matches.

Lopes is not the only member of the team. It also includes data analytics manager Adrian Alonso and data scientist Edoardo Vivo, neither of whom come from the banking industry.

It is not uncommon, however, for data scientists in financial services to be drawn to data science in sports. In New York, data scientists at the Point72 hedge fund worked on analytics and technology for the Mets baseball team, which is also owned by Point72 founder Steve Cohen.

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Sean N. Ayres