Kevin Großkreutz needs no introduction to anyone in Germany. The BVB legend won the German championship twice with Borussia Dortmund, the DFB Cup, reached the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley and, to top it all off, became world champion with the German national soccer team in Brazil in 2014. In spring 2021, Großkreutz officially ended his professional career and retired to amateur soccer in Dortmund, his hometown. There – where it all began. Since then, the 32-year-old has been lacing up his soccer boots for Westfalenliga club TuS Bövinghausen.
TuS Bövinghausen is a highly ambitious Westfalenliga club that wants to develop further in the long term and find its way into the regional league. To achieve this, the club wanted to improve decisively on all levels – i.e. especially in the area of digitalization – in order to be able to develop players further and, moreover, to steadily increase its own reach. AISportsWatch and its camera system offered the club the perfect conditions for exactly this development step.
AISportsWatch’s camera is capable of perfectly capturing every angle of the pitch. The artificial intelligence-based camera software can capture the game action in real time and transmit it to the viewers’ screens – and all this without a cameraman having to control the system. The graphics in the stream and the score are automatically integrated, and audio commentary can also be used to accompany the matches. In addition, banner ads can be integrated into the player and played out as often as desired. For Bövinghausen, an all-round carefree package.
Großkreutz raves about digital solution in amateur soccer
“That’s great, of course,” explains BVB legend Kevin Großkreutz. “The boys can watch their goals again in the evening in the pub. What more could you want as an amateur soccer player? Of course, I’m still used to that from professional soccer,” says the former Bundesliga player, “but now to see what mistakes or strong moments you had in amateur soccer as well – that’s really cool!”
High quality game analysis with the Coaching Tool
However, the camera system is not only capable of broadcasting live matches and showing highlights of the games. With the help of the recordings, the club’s coaches have the opportunity to conduct professional match analyses with the team and use various editing tools to explicitly identify the mistakes and strengths of each player on the pitch. Großkreutz – who is used to analyses from professional soccer – also sees this as a great added value for coaches in amateur soccer in general: “Of course it makes sense to look at scenes in amateur soccer as well and discuss them with the team as a coach. We are all ambitious – even at this level.”
Start with Bövinghausen already in 2019
As early as 2019, AISportsWatch installed its first camera system on the grounds of the Westfalenliga club and broadcast numerous matches of the club live. Since 2021, the latest camera system has been hanging in Bövinghausen, with which club boss Ayhan Dzaferoski is also very satisfied: “Our coaches use the system for analysis and if someone is ever on vacation, they naturally watch our boys’ players via AISportsWatch,” he explains. “Now, on top of that, fans around the world have the opportunity to watch a real world champion play with us. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
Kevin Großkreutz, at any rate, doesn’t think it’s so bad that the digitization of amateur soccer is also at a top level in Bövinghausen: “At least then the family will continue to see my goals,” explains the eternal Borusse with a twinkle in his eye.