Interview with Christoph Biermann: Data Use in UK vs Germany + Breaking down 'Packing' metric
I'm joined by German football journalist Christoph Biermann. Christoph is a reporter for the monthly magazine 11Freunde.
He is also the author of the new book Football Hackers: The Science and Art of a Data Revolution which highlights some of the new analytical methods clubs and individuals are using around the world.
And in today's conversation, we'll discuss:
Data use around Europe…including in England vs Germany
'Packing' and other interesting metrics
Analytics in the media and how 'packing' was covered in Germany
The future of data in football
7:40 Chance in football
12:32 The lying of league tables
22:55 'Packing' in the media
29:13 Data at Dortmund
36:00 Video revolution
44:29 Why clubs are so secretive
50:07 If he were FIFA president for a day
Longtime listeners will remember I had Chris Anderson, author of the Numbers Game, on the podcast last year. I highly recommend you listen to that to supplement this episode if you haven't already, as it describes the history of the data revolution.