In October 2021, Driblab reached a multi-year partnership agreement with GNK Dinamo Zagreb, one of the most traditional and prestigious talent development clubs in Europe, with an extraordinary ability to discover and develop players of the highest talent and level. From that moment on, we started working with his scouting department, with whom we are in constant contact to make the analysis tools more flexible according to their needs and to create reports based on data with the aim of finding talent that matches their requests.
This is an example of how we work with a top European club and how it relates to data for scouting and analysis.
1. Before GNK Dinamo decided to introduce advanced statistics and the use of data in decision making, what was the main need, challenge or capacity for growth in the scouting area?
Before GNK Dinamo decided to introduce advanced statistics and data-driven decision making in their scouting efforts, the main challenge was related to the limited resources and access to information available to the club’s scouting department. In many cases, clubs like GNK Dinamo have limited budgets for scouting and don’t have the resources to scout extensively in all leagues that are interesting from a scouting perspective. This can make it difficult to identify and recruit talented players who may not be on the radar of larger clubs with more resources. Additionally, scouting can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, requiring extensive travel and analysis of game footage. Without access to a deep and flexible database or advanced performance analysis tools, scouting efforts may be less efficient and less effective. By introducing advanced statistics and data-driven decision making, GNK Dinamo overcame these challenges by leveraging technology to improve the efficiency and accuracy of scouting efforts. This allowed the club to identify players more effectively.
2. What does the sports management of GNK Dinamo value most in relation to data and advanced statistics in the day-to-day running of the department?
The sports management of GNK Dinamo values the use of data and advanced statistics in the day-to-day running of the department primarily for the purpose of making more informed decisions related to player recruitment, team strategy, and player development. By analyzing data on player performance and using advanced statistical models, the club gained insights into player strengths and weaknesses, identifying potential transfer targets, and optimize tactics and game plans. This helped the club to make more strategic decisions and ultimately improve its performance on the field. In addition, the use of data helped in better understanding the potential value of players, both in terms of their on-field performance and their potential resale value. This can be particularly important for a club like GNK Dinamo, where we may need to rely on player transfers as a key source of revenue. Overall, the sports management of GNK Dinamo values the use of data and advanced statistics as a tool for improving the club’s performance, increasing efficiency, and making more informed decisions that can help the club achieve its goals.
3. What does the arrival of Driblab and its database mean for the scouting department of GNK Dinamo and how does it help in all talent detection processes?
The arrival of Driblab and its database provides significant benefits to the scouting department of GNK Dinamo in terms of improving talent detection processes. One of the main benefits of Driblab’s database for GNK Dinamo is the ability to access detailed performance data on players from a wide range of leagues and competitions. This can help the club identify potential transfer targets who may be overlooked by other clubs or who may be playing in less well-known leagues or competitions. In addition, Driblab’s database provides valuable insights into player strengths and weaknesses, allowing the club and its scouting department to make more informed decisions about player recruitment and development. By analyzing data on factors such as passing accuracy, dribbling ability, and defensive performance, we can identify players who are likely to be a good fit for the team’s style of play and who have the potential to improve over time. Overall, the arrival of Driblab and its database represents a significant boost to the scouting department of GNK Dinamo. By leveraging advanced data analysis and performance metrics, the club improved its talent detection processes and identified potential transfer targets more effectively.
4. How is GNK Dinamo’s relationship with Driblab’s consultancy service. How does it rely on this service and what value does it provide in the process of analysis and detection of players.
GNK Dinamo’s relationship with Driblab’s consultancy service is quite strong, as the club has and will rely in the future on Driblab’s services to help with the analysis and detection of players. Driblab’s consultancy service provides GNK Dinamo with a range of services, including player scouting reports, data analysis, and statistical modeling. These services helped the club to make more informed decisions about player recruitment, development, and team strategy. One of the main benefits of Driblab’s consultancy service is the access to a team of experts with a deep understanding of football data analysis and player scouting. This expertise can be invaluable at times. In addition, Driblab’s consultancy service provides the club with access to advanced statistical models and predictive analytics, allowing the club to identify potential transfer targets and optimize its tactics and game plans based on data insights. Overall, the value provided by Driblab’s consultancy service to GNK Dinamo is significant, as it helps the club improve its analysis and detection of players and make more informed decisions about player recruitment. By leveraging Driblab’s expertise and advanced data analysis tools, GNK Dinamo can compete more effectively against larger, more resource-rich clubs and achieve its goals on the field.
5. Like all clubs, GNK Dinamo works according to a specific style of play and a concrete and specific line within the club. How do you work with the data to follow that route and how does Driblab adapt to all the requests related to the model?
GNK Dinamo works closely with Driblab to leverage data and advanced statistics to help the club follow its specific style of play and team strategy. Driblab’s services can be customized to meet the specific needs and requests of the club, allowing the club to tailor its analysis and scouting efforts to align with its overall strategy. One of the main ways that GNK Dinamo works with data to follow its specific style of play is through the use of performance metrics and statistical modeling. Driblab provides GNK Dinamo with customized reports and insights to help the club track the progress of individual players and the team as a whole, allowing the club to make informed decisions about player development and team strategy. Additionally, Driblab has shown us numerous times that they are able to adapt to all requests related to the model by providing customized services and solutions based on the specific needs and goals of GNK Dinamo. This may include developing custom statistical models or reports, providing analysis on specific player attributes, or offering insights into specific leagues or competitions. Overall, GNK Dinamo’s partnership with Driblab allows the club to leverage data and advanced statistics to improve its scouting, player development, and team strategy efforts.
6. How would you define the relationship over time with Driblab and how that has influenced the scouting departments and analysis to be able to work in the long term.
The relationship between GNK Dinamo and Driblab has been a positive and productive one, with Driblab’s services playing an important role in the club’s scouting and analysis efforts. Over time, the partnership has deepened, with Driblab providing more customized and tailored services to meet the specific needs and goals of GNK Dinamo. Collaboration with Driblab has influenced the scouting department and analysis of GNK Dinamo in several ways. Firstly, it has enabled the club to build a deeper understanding of football data analysis and player scouting, with Driblab’s expertise and insights helping the club to refine its approach over time. This has allowed us as a club to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the industry and make more informed decisions about player recruitment and development. In addition, the relationship with Driblab has enabled GNK Dinamo to build a more robust scouting network, with Driblab’s services helping the club identify potential transfer targets more effectively. Overall, the relationship with Driblab has been a valuable one for GNK Dinamo, with the partnership allowing the club to stay competitive in a highly competitive industry.
7. Data creates more and more trust in clubs and decision makers. For clubs that don’t have as much investment capacity, getting it right with signings that can be revalued is an important factor. In the current competitive context, would GNK Dinamo make a signing without checking it against the data?
It is highly unlikely that GNK Dinamo would make a signing without checking it against data and advanced statistics. Data analysis and scouting have become an integral part of modern football, and clubs of all sizes and budgets rely on data to make informed decisions about player recruitment and development. In the current competitive context, where transfer fees and player salaries continue to rise, it is more important than ever for clubs to make smart investments in their squads. For clubs like GNK Dinamo, that may not have the same financial resources as some of their larger competitors, getting it right with signings that can be revalued is a crucial factor. By leveraging data and advanced statistics to identify potential transfer targets, GNK Dinamo can reduce the risk of making costly mistakes in the transfer market. Data analysis can help the club identify players who have the potential to perform well in the future, even if they may not be well-known or highly rated at the time of the signing. Data analysis and scouting have become essential tools for GNK Dinamo to compete effectively in the modern football landscape. By leveraging the latest data analysis and scouting tools, the club can make more informed decisions about player recruitment and development, reducing the risk of costly mistakes and achieving success on the field. Special thanks to Mr. Paco Lopez, as he is always ready to help and to give very insightful information.