Last Thursday evening FIFA Museum Ambassador Pascal Zuberbühler welcomed former England national team coach Steve McClaren and FIFA football expert Chris Loxston as part of our Cultural Programme – And they brought plenty of personal anecdotes and technical knowledge with them.
In the first live talk of the year, Zubi and his guests, who are all regular members of the technical study group at FIFA tournaments, delved deep into the world of data analysis.
Asked about his first years in coaching, Steve McClaren recounted his time at Manchester United, where he was assistant coach to Sir Alex Ferguson from 1999 to 2001. He recognized the importance of data analysis in professional football early on. After all, the more information a coach has at his disposal, the better decisions he makes. With a smile, he goes on to explain what Ferguson once told him: "If you make 7 correct decisions out of 10, you're a good coach. I usually make 9 or 10 right decisions, that's why they call me a great coach."