JOHANNESBURG – GERMANY is again making the most of technology to make an impression at European Championships.
Ahead of the tournament, SAP, the multinational software corporation, developed new prototype technologies and enhanced existing tools to provide the German National Football Team (DFB) with unique, data-driven and interactive insights to more effectively prepare for opponents and upcoming matches.
SAP developed these technologies as part of SAP Sports One in collaboration with German Football Federation (DFB) for use leading up to and during the Euro tournament.
Among the solutions are SAP Challenger Insights helps the DFB prepare for each of their European Championship matches by providing data insights surrounding an opponent’s offensive and defensive tendencies, formations, and more – all powered by the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
A Penalty Insights Function for SAP Sports One, powered by the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, provides goalkeepers and goalkeeping coaches with insights into the tactical behavior related to penalty kicks of all teams and players competing in the European Championship in real-time.
Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board, SAP, said digitisation affected the entire economy and society, and is also entering the world of sports.
“SAP and DFB teamed up to spearhead this digital transformation and to take football to the next level. With SAP Challenger Insights and the penalty insights function for SAP Sports One, we are putting the power of real-time data and information directly into the hands of coaches and players,” said Leukert.
Oliver Bierhoff, Manager of the German National Football team and SAP ambassador, said, “Together with SAP, we have created a match plan that puts the power of real-time data and information into our hands and helps us gain a competitive edge.”
In 2013, SAP announced its partnership with the German Football Association (DFB) to improve the efficiency of the organization.
Months later, Germany were crowned world champions. They are among the favourites for European championships which begins in France on Friday.
– Guardian Sport