Science is the overall prespictive
After the historical match between Germany and Brazil in the 2014 World Cup that saw a sweeping 1-7 victory of the Mannschaft over the Brazilians, the German footballers didn’t spend the rest of their time on the streets or over Facebook jubilations.
Analysts began to study and analyse the match statistics … They found it was almost the same as yesterday’s game stats here
This game between Bayern and Barcelona was a turning point as it’s system of analysis didn’t tie with the match statistics. A new era of football match analyses has come to light.
Two German footballers who worked as performance analysts (Reinartz and Keppler) devised an analysis method named (Packing) that depends on the effect of passing the ball … not the number of passes.
In Simplified terms: bypassing the opponents in the direction of the goal
Both have established a performance analysis firm to serve the Bundesliga, then contracted a deal with the German Football Federation itself for all German National teams in 2016.
That is why German football is a show of pragmatism and performance, of course, other factors helped them such as culture, mentality and the quality of players raised up in the Dutch environment.
Shall we note that, in 2017 only one year after applying this method with the Dutch junior National teams, Germany won three trophies in the same year:
- The European Junior Championships
- The European Youth Championship
- The FIFA Confederations Cup with U21 Squad
A second question thus comes to mind
Why do they produce outstanding results especially when playing against “sexy football teams” like Brasil or Barçelona ?
It’s simply because the teams which tend to dominate and open the game are the easiest to defeat as compared to teams which rely on a block squad (packing). Teams which have an open game system provide space and time for the German “Packing” system to move and make the most efficient decisions in effective ball passing.
The games (Brazil vs Germany or Barcelona vs Bayern) are good exercises to understand the “Packing” analysis technique.