Scouting in times of corona: television instead of stadium

Scouting in times of corona: television instead of stadium

Clemens fritz would actually be traveling somewhere in europe right now. Sweden, france or austria – on any given soccer field, the head scout of werder bremen would take a close look at players who might be considered for a commitment.

Spring is usually the most hectic period for bundesliga scouts, as they have to put together the squads for the new season. But in times of corona everything is different. Also and especially for the scouts and game observers of the clubs.

"I can’t imagine any scout being out right now," says fritz. In all of europe, the game is currently suspended due to the unprecedented pandemic, and only in russia is the game still being played. However, this is not an interesting market for german clubs. "We’re certainly not going to send a scout to russia now," says fritz.

Are the numerous scouts of the first and second division teams all on forced vacation?? By no means. The employees are in the home office and sometimes work there more than in normal times. Finally, the new season must be prepared, even if no one can predict exactly when and how it will take place. "Our scouts can’t complain about a lack of work," mainz sports director rouven schroder told the "allgemeine zeitung" newspaper.

TV instead of a soccer stadium for globetrotters who otherwise watch several games live in one day. "Since all live viewings are currently cancelled, we are using the time to take a closer look at the players we have been and are focusing on," said schroder.

In addition, leagues are now coming into focus that would otherwise only be followed on the sidelines. "We certainly have preferred markets, but we’re now naturally also looking at leagues that we don’t normally have our eyes on," says fritz. "Everyone in the department has clear work assignments. Even those who are not on site in bremen," reports the ex-professional, whose department has twelve employees, seven of whom are only on the road for the professional team.

In addition to the lack of travel opportunities, the rough uncertainty in particular makes the work of the scouts, who usually work in secret, more difficult. When the 2020/21 season starts? What league do we play in?? How much money is available for new players? That’s a lot of "poking in the fog," says borussia monchengladbach. "At the moment there is still so much uncertainty due to the corona crisis that squad planning for the coming season cannot really be seriously implemented at the moment," says hertha BSC.

Why the transfer market is practically idle at the moment. "I can’t imagine that anyone is doing any rough transfers now," says fritz. For this reason, the players’ advisors are also calling the clubs less frequently at this time in order to advertise their professionals. "They’re a little more reserved," says fritz. Which gives the scouts even more time to do their jobs with extra care. For the bosses of the clubs, who usually like to take another look at the candidates themselves in the final phase of transfers, will have to rely more than ever on the expertise of their employees. "We will certainly not be able to get another live impression," says fritz.

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