Wolverhampton Wanderers have become the first Premier League club to implement the Scout7Xeatre.tv video analysis, scouting and management application.
Scout7Xeatre.tv, which was launched earlier this year, has already been adopted by Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Olympique Marseille in France and Valencia in Spain. The application, a collaboration between Scout7 and German media solutions provider Xeatre.tv, sees the club subscribe to television packages provided by domestic broadcasters, which are then recorded onto Scout7Xeatre.tv software in the country of broadcast and picked up by state-of-the-art receiver equipment at Xeatre.tv's headquarters in Munich. All the recorded footage is then available for the club and stored online, enabling the club to build an archive of full games and edited footage to be used by the club's performance analysis and player recruitment departments.
"Since securing promotion back to the FA Premier League in May, we have invested significantly into our infrastructures to enhance our performance analysis department, which has included the introduction of Scout7Xeatre.tv," said Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey.
"The application means that our team of analysts can now access legitimate footage of every game played by our opponents, which allows them to identify key trends as part of our preparation for each first team match. In addition, our player recruitment team, led by chief scout Dave Bowman and European scout Ian Evans can now monitor overseas leagues and keep close tabs on existing targets remotely on a day-to-day basis, as well as identifying emerging players breaking into top-flight football."
Scout7 chairman Mark Ansell added: "We have had a very strong relationship with Wolves over the past two years and we were very pleased to see Mick McCarthy and his team secure promotion back to the top-flight this summer. Now following commitments made by a number leading clubs on the continent, they are the very first top-flight club in England to implement the Scout7Xeatre.tv solution into their internal infrastructure.
"Of course we recognise there is no substitute for watching a player live within the stadium, but for most clubs it is impossible to monitor each individual target on a weekly basis if they play their club football overseas. However Scout7Xeatre.tv will enable Wolves to do just that – with each game being recorded and archived online for analysis. This is in addition to the benefits it offers their analysts in preparation for each match played in throughout the season."