Bayer 04 Leverkusen


The First Bundesliga Team With Ball & Player Tracking in Training

With head coach Peter Bosz, the playing style of Bundesliga football team Bayer 04 Leverkusen changed significantly. The new game philosophy was also reflected in game statistics. KINEXON technology played a decisive role in this.

Everything you do with the data must follow a philosophy.”

Marcel Daum (Chief Analyst at Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
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About the Club

Bayer 04 Leverkusen is a member of the Bundesliga, the highest German football division, since 1979. The Werkself”, as the team is also called, has been known for decades for its attractive style of play. Their greatest successes include winning the UEFA Cup (1988), the DFB Cup (1993), a second place in the Champions League in 2002 and five vice-championships. Under head coach Peter Bosz and chief analyst Marcel Daum, the team developed a playing philosophy based on dominant ball possession.

The Challenge

Bayer 04 Leverkusen is one of the most innovative clubs in the Bundesliga and works with various sports technologies. This is supplemented by player tracking data from league matches provided by the German Football League. The problem: Different data bases and missing data from training sessions do not allow for valid data comparisons or complete analysis.

The Solution

By using KINEXON’s ball and player tracking system, Bayer 04 Leverkusen now also collects movement data of players during training sessions as well as league games. In addition, all generated training and match data from both sources are made comparable and processed in a centralized KINEXON analytics platform.

The Result

The coaching staff is now able to record, compare and analyze tactical implementations of the team in training and matches precisely and seamlessly in digital form. The live data processing and viewing allows them to monitor tactical and technical specifications in a data-based manner and to react with specific training exercises if necessary.

A Philosophy for Measurable Progress

Only with a clear game idea progress can be measured in data. At Bayer 04, the quantity and quality of passes rose to an elite level:

Relevant Football Metrics

With ball and player tracking as well as KINEXON software, all currently known metrics and data can be processed and analyzed. Bayer 04 Leverkusen strategically relies on selected information such as:

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Successful passes

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Unsuccessful passes

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Distances between players

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Pass quality per ball possession

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Outplayed opponents

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Passing direction

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Passing distance

… and many more.

The Technology Bayer 04 Leverkusen Relies On

Three components are needed to collect movement data of players
and ball in real time for tactical analysis:

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Ball tracking is the supreme discipline of tracking technology. Tactical analysis can only be carried out by taking the ball movement into account. Highest physical and technical requirements make data collection difficult. KINEXON is the first supplier for official match balls with an integrated sensor.

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Sports technology uses a combination of sensors and software to collect sports analytics on players that coaches can review.

KINEXON Player Tag

There are several technologies available for recording movement and performance data of players. However, none is more precise, stable and faster than the UWB-technology used by KINEXON. For good reason, top clubs in European and U.S. top leagues (including about 75% of the NBA) trust KINEXON!

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KINEXON Platform

Precise data is one thing. Ultra-fast visualization, simple operation and individual linking and synchronization with other data sources are another. With our exclusive real-time platform, trainers keep all data, analysis and more on their desired device, anywhere and without delay.

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Outlook: The Training Pitch Becomes Smart

Movement, performance, ball and tactics data have different sources in all clubs. In some cases, different methods are used, which makes comparability even more difficult. With the KINEXON iPitch, KINEXON merges all sides in one central infrastructure! Bayer 04 Leverkusen is the first club to use iPitch.

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Take a look at the possibilities of KINEXON Sports in a software trial with us. Get exclusive insights into the first practical experiences with KINEXON iPitch in a webinar with Marcel Daum (Chief Analyst at Bayer 04 Leverkusen) or ask us your questions!


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