HOW AND WHEN YOU NEED TO FILE AWAY A MATCH

It makes no sense to look at a disproportionate number of games if you don’t have a consolidated method of storing information. Observing at least a couple of games per day, (Art.: At least two matches per day read here) the brain must elaborate a series of information that will be carried over time to forget.

Between the first game on monday and the second game on Friday there is an interval of eight matches and, as much as we can have an iron memory, for every match we watch we try to capture the characteristics of 22 players, so hence the urgency to write something in the ninetieth after every game.

After many years of using this method, I think I can say that writing my notes at the end of the game can really be the secret. Obviously, the fact is the knowledge of one’s own limits and I, the maximum number of matches I can follow without writing reports is two. The exception that allows me to derogate from the method, is when I have to follow a team that plays the next game the same time or several times on the same day, which varies at most one or two men (and then I go to write me two lines on the or on players who will not play, so that time does not erase the memory).

There can be various reports that can be written and the requests of the technical area manager or the sports director can be various: in the crucial phases of the market situations can be created that can represent an opportunity for the company, like the possibility of one exchange of players, or being able to buy a player who is approaching the expiry of the contract that is offered by the prosecutor: in this case the player must be reported immediately and a report on the physical and technical characteristics must be written, possibly in response to objective criteria, with a final judgment that must summarize, but most of all, must highlight the subjectivity of the scout who must give his own judgment. At the risk of making a mistake, an opinion must be expressed.

The same procedure in writing reports must take place when the observer has seen a player who has hit him and wants to report it to the technical area manager: to the descriptive part of the physical and technical characteristics with objective criteria, follows the judgment where the qualities are highlighted that convinced the scout to write a “spontaneous” report, that is not required, but that derives from a personal initiative – the scout, in addition to the work assigned to him, must try to see other matches of other championships to avoid the risk of flatten. This way you can “notice” other players and if you really believe them, report them.

It could also be enough a phone call to weave the praises of a player, if the relationship with the sporting director or the scouting manager is direct, but you always have to write and send an email because the manager could be busy or he could forget the suggestion, only because in that moment has other priorities or urgencies to manage.

In addition to the report on the individual footballer, it is usual practice in the most famous football teams to assign championships to the scout who then have to submit the results of his work. There is a minimum of 10-12 teams to watch (like for the Swiss Super League or the Austrian Bundesliga) at 20-22 like some European B series or even, 30 teams as happened a few years ago for the Argentine Championship.

This is why it is essential to write your own feelings immediately after watching each match, as it is crucial to write the formations before watching any race, accompanied by game modules from both teams provided by the image provider: the first thing I do is to see the fidelity of the form with respect to the information assumed, to then begin to memorize the mesh numbers.

Given the generic method, the interpretation becomes personal: I have a photographic memory that requires writing on paper to develop at its best. The variants are welcome because they reach the final result.

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