Christoph Biermann

Game Plan. The New Football Matrix


Game Plan. The New Football Matrix

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The future of football begins now!

International football is undergoing a tremendous change right now: Mathematical analyses are changing our understanding of the game, data-based scouting is changing how teams are put together and clubs are adopting systematic strategies. There’s been talk of digital processes in football for a long time already, but the big technological revolution is only just beginning. Football is going to be revolutionized in ways we can’t begin to imagine today. Playing on grass will be affected, as will the scouting of pros, the strategies clubs use and how the media reports on the sport.

This new race in the international football industry is also one between the majors and their flush coffers and the outsiders, geeks or rule-breakers who are providing surprising and fresh impetus to football with their own ideas. To keep up in this race you need a game plan – and not just for the next match. Christoph Biermann set off to explore these disruptive transformations, talking to scientists, trainers, managers, scouts and psychologists in the major German clubs and traveling to England, Holland, Denmark and the USA, completely rediscovering today’s football. A revelation for all football fans.

“A book full of thrilling ideas and inside views on what we know about football today. The most exciting book in an exciting time of football.” - Thomas Hitzlsperger



ISBN: 978-3-462-05100-1
release: 12. April 2018
288 pages, Flexcover


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About the Author

Christoph Biermann, born in 1960, is a member of the editorial board of the football magazine 11 Freunde and previously worked for Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Biermann is one of Germany’s most renowned football journalists and has published numerous books about the sport. His book Die Fußball-Matrix (“The Football Matrix”) was voted “Football Book of the Year 2011”. Fast alles über 50 Jahre Bundesliga („(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about 50 Years of Bundesliga“) was published in 2013, followed by Wenn wir vom Fußball träumen (“When We Dream of Football”) in 2014.

His books have been translated into French, Serbian and Norwegian.

Further titles by the author:
Die Fußball-Matrix (The Football Matrix. In Search of the Perfect Game)
Fast alles über 50 Jahre Bundesliga (Almost Everything About 50 Years of the Bundesliga)
Wenn wir vom Fußball träumen (When We Dream of Football)