iPod saves the day

by Dave Redden

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

United still on track for quintuple trophies … thanks to an iPod!

Congratulations to Manchester United on lifting the Carling Cup after a penalty shootout against Spurs on Sunday.  Love them or loathe them, you have to admire their success.

However, this trophy landed in their overflowing cabinet with the aid of the iPod.  Yes folks, technology has entered the professional football arena.  Apparently United goalkeeper (for the day), Ben Foster used the iPod of goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, to view video content of past penalties of the Spurs players immediately prior to the shootout taking place.  United won the shootout 4-1.

The BBC calls the move “innovative”.  I’m not so sure.  In a sport where video is not allowed to change refereeing decisions it seems that the iPod move is a legal aspect of the game.  I understand the need to scout teams and even individual players but, in my mind, to take actual video onto the pitch and use it while in a game is not on.  Even the American Football fraternity with all their gizmos and replays and 4 hour games don’t allow teams to use video as part of their in-game strategy, although still photographs are allowed.

As I have already pointed out, it seems the move is a legal move but is it within the spirit of the game?

Do you think United would have mentioned to Harry and the Spurs players that they were busy watching videos of the five chosen to take the penalties?  Knowing Sir Alex, probably not.  He aims to create and use as many beneficial scenarios for him and his team as possible.

I’d be interested to see what you, the reader, thinks of all this.  Try not to consider who the team involved is.  Think about it from both angles.  If it happened against your team, how would you feel?  Would your thoughts still be the same if it was your team benefiting from the move?  Comments are welcome!

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I actually think it’s genius, it’s fool proof and no way it can or should be banned. If only the Spuds players would have thought of the same thing and studied Ben Foster they might have won.

    Long live the iPod!!

  • http://reassessthepress.wordpress.com Sam

    I also don’t see the harm. Its just like the goalkeeping coach coming on the pitch and giving him advice on which way to go for each penalty player (assuming he had done his homework). The use of the ipod could simply be because some footballers understand pictures better than words. Plus, Ben could have calmed his nerves with a bit of chill out before the shoot out. (I recommend a bit of zero seven or some mellow incubus.) No harm, no foul.

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