“There they are!” exclaimed Fadi Naoum, pointing excitedly at a laptop as Germany’s World Cup winning soccer team appeared on the screen.
The Beirut-born vice president for sports and entertainment at SAP was presenting its new soccer program, Match Insights.
The software collects everything about the players: The precision of passes, the time between receiving and passing the ball, as well as pedantic details about running and acceleration. This data is then crunched in a massive computing center.
Soccer, or football, will never be the same again.