Friday 28 November 2014

Premier League clubs to utilise Football Manager database

Published 11/08/2014 | 14:42

Sports Interactive, the creators of Football Manager, have struck a deal with Premier League clubs for use of their extensive player database
Sports Interactive, the creators of Football Manager, have struck a deal with Premier League clubs for use of their extensive player database

Premier League clubs gave the computer game Football Manager the ultimate endorsement by striking a deal to use the database to scout playing talent.

The creators of the game, Sports Interactive, signed an agreement that will allow their information to be fed into Prozone RECRUITER, an online platform used by professional teams across the globe.

The data will be integrated into Prozone’s existing database – which includes archived video footage – to help clubs unearth potential signings.

The deal will give the clubs access to biographical, contractual and positional information on tens of thousands of players collected over the past two decades by 1,300 scouts stationed around the world.

“For years, we’ve heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process," Sports Interactive’s studio director, Miles Jacobson said today.

“From now on, it’s official … real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager.

“The information gathered by our network of more than 1,300 scouts around the world, combined with Prozone’s amazing performance data, makes this an invaluable tool for any football club that takes player recruitment seriously.”

Sports Interactive struck a deal with Everton back in 2008, while Football Manager also created a real-life manager two years ago when Azerbaijani student Vugar Huseynzade was put in charge of FC Baku’s reserve team based on his success in the game.

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