Germany lifted the World Cup title in 2014 in Brazil with a stunning volley from Mario Goetze, defeating Argentina by 1-0. Four years on the side led by the coach Joachim Loew is eager to become only the second nation after Brazil to lift two back back-to-back World Cup trophies.
Now with the tournament moving to Russia, Germany is using technology to give themselves to conduct a player analysis. In order to push themselves as the favorites to defend the title.
According to the report, the Die Mannschaft have partnered with software giant SAP and have created applications for analyzing match data. The applications have also been store and record personalized feedback on players.
Germany national team manager Oliver Bierhoff said, “We have an incredible amount of data at the German national team that we need to process and share in real time with the trainer, the players, and the analysts. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning play a significant role in football and are an essential part of (Germany’s) data analytics”.
Here come few insights regarding Germany’s tryst with technology:
- Player performance is analyzed by using the multiple cameras that surround playing field.
- This data is used to measure the number of touches, possession time, distance traveled, movement speeds and directional changes.
- The first application is SAP Challenger Insights. It provides information on the opposition’s characteristics, their offensive and defensive tendencies and their formations.
- The second is called Penalty Insights Function. It is meant to help goalkeepers and coaches spot patterns around how their opponents take penalty kicks.
According to the report, in 2014 Germany, improved their passing speed. The average possession time got reduced from 3.4 seconds in 2010, to 1.1 seconds. Germany has used technology to build a younger squad. The average age of players in the squad is 25.7. This makes the team the second youngest squad in this World Cup 2018 after Nigeria.
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