Hoffenheim trial Videowall for real-time analysis

Nagelsmann was able to control the footage on the screen using an iPad

Nagelsmann was able to control the footage on the screen using an iPad

HOFFENHEIM boss Julian Nagelsmann has given new meaning to the phrase video analysis by erecting a huge screen on the side of the club’s training pitch at Sinsheimer Strasse.

On Wednesday, about 200 fans came to watch open training at the Bundesliga club. They were confronted with a huge screen - measuring six meters wide by three meters high - adjacent to the halfway line. There were two cameras on the tower, high above the halfway line, and one behind each goal.

Nagelsmann, 29, is trialling the technology ahead of the new season. The Bundesliga's youngest-ever manager is able to control the footage using an iPad and regularly halt to training in order for the players to watch. This means they're able to work on analysis during training, rather than having to go away to do it after a session.

"When I stop a situation, I have the opportunity to draw solutions and suggestions for improvement on the iPad,” Nagelsmann explained.

Rafael Hoffner, co-ordinator of IT and Sports Innovations for the club, added: “We test the Videowall for a week, run it day and night, and in any weather, to see how it reacts."

The test is being run in conjunction with the Israeli company that developed the system.

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