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Mono Burgos becomes the first coach to utilise Google Glass in an official competition

by Tom Conn | Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014

Atletico Madrid assistant manager, Mono Burgos, for all outward appearances, doesn’t seem like one to be up to date on the latest technologies, but the former goalkeeper stepped out from the tunnel prior to Sunday evening’s match against Getafe, sporting Google Glass with a specialised data system developed by the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), Mediapro and La Liga.

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The images of Burgos sitting on the bench immediately hit social media, where it became more of a talking point than the actual game at hand and following the match, La Liga and Atletico Madrid released a statement on the breakthrough technology and the images of what Burgos saw.

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The product allows the analysis of games in real time and the extraction of data from each game; clubs will have all the information about their own game, and of the sides they will face throughout the season. It will be the first time that Google Glass integrates such a useful footballing service.

Germán Burgos could access, without taking his eyes off the game, statistics updated every 30 seconds and grouped in four fields. With a simple flick of his finger, our assistant coach could “browse”’ between “General statistics”, “Game Building”,”Defence” and “Shots”.

Furthermore, the glasses had the statistics from the previous game saved on them, so they were available to consult without the need of an Internet connection. For a live trial like this Sunday’s, the glasses were connected to the Internet to be able to receive the data.

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