Arsène Wenger to lead FIFA's Technical Study Group for Qatar World Cup
The Technical Study Group will be led by Arsène Wenger. It will also feature Jürgen Klinsmann, Alberto Zaccheroni, Cha Du-Ri, Sunday Oliseh, Faryd Mondragon and Pascal Zuberbühler.
- During the month-long event, FIFA will share the most modern metrics and performance data in the tournament’s history with the worldwide TV and online audience, as well as with the participating teams and their players.
FIFA on Saturday, November 19 unveiled a team that will provide analysis of all the FIFA World Cup matches, just a day before the quadrennial tournament kicks off in Qatar.
Dubbed the Technical Study Group (TSG), the team will provide cutting-edge analysis of the matches with the hope of increasing and developing understanding of the game across the world.
According to World's football governing body, the team will be led by former Arsenal manager - who is also FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development - Arsène Wenger.
Also in the TSG is Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany), Alberto Zaccheroni (Italy), Cha Du-Ri (Korea Republic), Sunday Oliseh (Nigeria), Faryd Mondragon (Colombia) and Pascal Zuberbühler (Switzerland).
"The TSG will be supported by FIFA’s Head of High Performance Programme Ulf Schott and Group Leader Football Performance Analysis & Insights Chris Loxston, as well as by a team of football analysts, data engineers, data scientists and performance analysts based in both Qatar and Wales," says FIFA in a statement.
FIFA promises a whole new experience in sports entertainment when it comes to analysing of this year's World Cup matches.
"During the event, FIFA will share the most modern metrics and performance data in the tournament’s history with the worldwide TV and online audience, as well as with the participating teams and their players. Developed by the FIFA High Performance team and Arsène Wenger, the Enhanced Football Intelligence service will offer new and exciting insights to enrich the coverage and analysis of every game at the tournament through a unique set of in- and post-match visuals presented as augmented reality and traditional graphics."
Besides analysing the action on the pitch, the TSG will also study trends and benchmarks for the future of the game and their impact on coach education and talent development.
“We want to describe, analyse and interpret what is happening on the pitch to inspire technical experts and football fans in general,” said Wenger. “We will not only be collecting more data than before, but we will also be aiming to find the right balance between technical expertise and data. And we want to inform people about our technical observations directly and during the tournament itself, not months after the tournament.”
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