Being originally from the UK I am a huge soccer fan and while the Euros are the other side of the Atlantic I have been following very closely. This year the German football team have been using Big Data & Analytics from SAP to give them the competitive edge. They have also been using a 'penalty insights function' to help goalkeepers and coaches spot patterns around how their opponents take penalty kicks.

While I personally think Italy's penalties in the shoot-out on Saturday were somewhat woeful there is no doubt that SAP's technology is an amazingly powerful tool that I am sure all soccer teams will in time implement - it's an interesting read...