Athletes to analysts: How big data gave the German football team a leg up

When Germany met Argentina at the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-final for a penalty shoot-out, then-goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann, brought with him a crumpled piece of paper onto the pitch.

It was a cheat sheet written by his goalkeeping coach and contained tips on how to stop Argentina’s likely penalty takers. Germany won the shootout 4-2.Fast forward a decade and current goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had at his disposal slightly more advanced means of stopping Italian penalty takers in a nail-biting 6-5 penalty shootout that his team won to progress to the semi-finals of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

Author: Saheli Roy Choudhury

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