This was a very special world cup for me. It’s not every day that all your football wishes come true: a highly competitive tournament where even the minnows could bruise the egos of big teams, a humbling of the Brazilians ( I stated my dislike of them in an early article) and the team that I have supported since 1994 lifting the trophy for the first time since I was three.
If we are to be truly honest, Germany is not a country whose players are blessed with individual brilliance. They have no national icon like Neymar, nor do they have a Messi who can turn a match with his dazzling brilliance and genius, or a talented Ronaldo. No. What they have is a team which is held together by great awareness, thrives on sheer grit, a lot of running and cunning.
Before each match they analyse the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents and choreograph a response. That means analysing billions of data points.
This feat was difficult to complete in 2006, when paper was still the tool used to analyse matches.They have excelled at past competitions but failed to take home the silver because they lacked the X-factor-Match Insights.
Apparently their world cup success is owed to a 12th man in the form of their Big Data analysis software called Match Insights.