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Germany's Oliver Bierhoff welcomes real-time data for coaches at World Cup

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - The first ever use of tablet computers delivering real-time player data to coaches during World Cup matches next month is a useful tool that will make teams more flexible, Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Friday.

World soccer's governing body FIFA earlier this month approved the use of two statistic tablets for coaching staff and communicating data directly with the bench at next month's tournament in Russia.

Cameras then track the positional data of players and the ball and the information can be shared between the analyst and the bench during the game.

The introduction of tablets at the World Cup comes long after other sports, such as American football and rugby, have allowed the use of technology during coaching as well as direct communication between team officials and analysts in the stands.

Football has long resisted the introduction of technology in matches, such as video replays for referees or goal-line technology, and is only now gradually introducing video assistant referees.

Bierhoff said smaller teams could also benefit from data exchange at the World Cup as it now gave them more options to react during a game and coaches would gradually come to rely more on experts.

The Germans are in World Cup Group F with Sweden, South Korea and Mexico. For more information  W88

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