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SL Benfica team up with Genius Sports for data and broadcasting enhancement

Genius Sports will provide the team with innovative tracking technology through its Second Spectrum department.

SL Benfica of the Primeira Liga and Genius Sports struck their very first tracking data and broadcasting enhancement collaboration in Portuguese football.

Genius Sports will provide the team with innovative tracking technology through its Second Spectrum department, which will use machine learning and AI to acquire statistical data. New information elements, such as projected goals, pressing measures, and player and shot velocity, will be available to the Portuguese club’s fans, coaches, players, and partners.

Through prior relationships with the Premier League (PL), Major League Soccer (MLS), Danish Superliga and Club Necaxa, Genius Sports is already well-established in football, both domestically and globally.

Benfica Head of Performance Analysis Nuno Maricio, said the following, “It is with great pleasure that we can now rely on the data and reports provided by Genius Sports.

“The excellent quality of the system and data obtained, as well as the way in which all inputs are provided to Performance Analysts, Sport Data Scientists and the Coaching Staff, is perfectly aligned with the analysis model and holistic intervention of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, allowing us to further develop and enhance our individual and team performance.”

Second Spectrum Executive Director Paul Hunt commented, “As one of the most prestigious and innovative clubs in European soccer, Benfica has established an incredible reputation for going above and beyond for its fans.

“Our agreement will give Benfica the opportunity to continue to enhance and innovate the live fan experience, bringing its passionate supporters closer to the action with interactive and data-driven broadcasts.”

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