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11th August 2014

Football Manager gets real!

A ground-breaking partnership between Sports Interactive and Prozone Sports will see information from the hit football management simulation used in real-world player recruitment by professional clubs across the globe.

Sports Interactive, the creator of the best-selling Football Manager series, and Prozone Sports, the industry-leading provider of elite sports performance analysis, have today signed an agreement which will see the Football Manager database used by some of the world’s leading football clubs to support the player recruitment process.

The agreement sees Sports Interactive’s extensive database of player information, collected and refined over two decades, incorporated into Prozone RECRUITER, an online analysis platform designed to support football clubs in the complex and competitive field of talent identification and player recruitment. Combining biographical, contractual and positional information from the Football Manager database with Prozone’s extensive suite of data analysis tools and 
archived video footage, Prozone RECRUITER allows for the indexing, benchmarking and comparison of tens of thousands of players from around the world, bringing a global scouting platform to the fingertips of its users.

Prozone RECRUITER has been built to supplement the intuition of scouts and coaches by delivering detailed performance information on over 80,000 players worldwide,” says Prozone CEO Thomas Schmider. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, instead it’s been designed to empower clubs to tailor its functionality to suit their own unique recruitment requirements.”

“The Sports Interactive database is a highly accurate and valuable resource that will further enhance the recruitment services that we provide. Complementing our exhaustive technical data and video footage with excellent biographical, contractual and positional information, the integration of Sports Interactive data further establishes RECRUITER as the most comprehensive recruitment and asset management platform available.”

“For years we’ve heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process,” says Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson. “From now on, it’s official…real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager.”

“The information gathered by our network of more than 1,300 scouts around the world, combined with Prozone’s amazing performance data, makes this an invaluable tool for any football club that takes player recruitment seriously.”
A fully integrated player recruitment and asset management system, Prozone RECRUITER facilitates the analysis of players in a way that accurately determines their value and ability to adapt to specific league and team contexts.

Over time, more players will be added to the system to take into account the hundreds of thousands of players around the world that are monitored by the Sports Interactive scouting team. Prozone will incorporate the resulting information into the RECRUITER platform as well as using it to supplement bespoke consultancy services to many of its clients worldwide.

Football Manager 2015 will be released in November 2014. For further information or to pre-order visit www.footballmanager.com.