In the world of football, where data driven decisions are crucial, Club Brugge’s collaboration with Eyedle’s SPADE marks a significant step in data management. At the core of this development is the advanced sports data platform, designed to centralize and optimize data management.
The sports data platform at Club Brugge functions as a central storage system, essential for effective data analysis. A key aspect is ensuring up-to-date data, crucial for high-quality analysis in football. SPADE’s system efficiently manages data revisions and API versions, ensuring constant access to the most recent data. Thanks to the ability to compare different data versions, such as those from StatsBomb’s events API, Club Brugge can precisely tailor and optimize their analysis models and algorithms.
A major advantage of the data platform is the reduction in dependency on external APIs. By centralizing data, the need to access external data sources is reduced, solving performance- and rate limitations. The high processing speed of the data platform ensures rapid data retrieval, which is essential for quick decision-making in a dynamic sports environment.
The data platform uses a metastore to organize raw data. This allows users to specifically query and retrieve only the necessary data for their analyses. This methodology is not just efficient, but also vital in sports analytics, where the ability to quickly respond to queries and iterate during experimentation is key to unlocking valuable insights.
In conclusion, the data platform developed by SPADE for Club Brugge is an example of how technology can transform sports. It combines advanced data management techniques with the operational needs of a professional football club, positioning Club Brugge at the forefront of applying data-driven strategies in the football world.
Jan Van Haaren, Head of Data & Technology – Club Brugge: “The data platform comprises multiple components that nicely integrate with the existing data infrastructure at Club Brugge. The data platform enables the development of new metrics as well as the integration of those metrics in our existing internal web applications, adding immediate value across the club.”
Koen de Raad, Data Engineer – Eyedle: “We are proud to work together with industry leaders Jan van Haaren and Tom Van Regenmortel. In this project high quality and stability is key, while immediately adding value to the data scientists and software engineers.”