Wyscout on ZDF: the work of a talent scout explained
Among the many aspects that are part of life in the world of football, the talent scout profession is certainly one of the less well-defined for most people. Of course, any enthusiast or insider could perfectly explain what a scout does in details, but not so many – maybe even within the football world – knows exactly how scouts’ days are scheduled and which are the tools they use the most. That’s why ZDF, the German tv channel founded in Mainz in 1961, dedicated an extract of his SPORTreportage program to scouting in the football world, aired last January 13. Spoiler Alert: there was a lot of Wyscout.
ZDF reporter Mario Kottkamp worked side-by-side to Christian Möckel, former Head Scout at Hoffenheim and Athletic Director at Hannover, that today is a professional scout. In the SPORTreportage extract seems clear how the integration between technology and on-field activity is more and more essential in the scouts’ daily work, allowing him to have a wide and immediate knowledge of more than 550,000 footballers around the world, to complement with the direct observation of the players that, according to Möckel, takes him to see around 250 matches every year, covering between 25K and 50K miles. And they would be even more without Wyscout.
Wyscout Forum, held last November in the beautiful Johan Cruijff ArenA, played its part, allowing football professionals to dedicate two days to intense networking ahead of the winter transfer window. As proven by Möckel, though, the heaviest part of his job happens in front of his laptop, where Wyscout tools allow him to easily find the players that fit the best with his needs.
Take a look at the extract from SPORTreportage below and request your 15-days Wyscout free trial here.