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Video analysis to develop future stars at Beşiktaş JK Akademi

Video analysis to develop future stars at Beşiktaş JK Akademi

Beşiktaş JK is one of the most successful teams in Turkey. They have never been relegated to lower categories and are the current Süper Lig champions. This season, their Academy teams have started using Nacsport to improve their performance analysis workflows.
Before the beginning of this season, video analysis in this Turkish side was made with conventional video editing software. The agreement with Nacsport has meant a quantum leap for Beşiktaş JK as it allows them to “provide efficient output for the players and teams to maximise their potential and contribute to their development”.

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It’s Esat Kaan who’s talking. He is the Head of the Analysis Department. With a degree in Football Coaching, he is currently doing a post-graduate in Performance & Training Science along with being a certified UEFA B coach.

A milestone for the Academy

“Using Nacsport has been a milestone for our club”, claims Esat. “With the help of this software, we can better identify strengths and weaknesses which are shown to our players in both individual and team meetings. Also, we are able to develop technical knowledge of players so they can be ready for the next games”.

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One measurable factor to confirm the success of video analysis in the Academy teams has been “the increase of Beşiktaş JK players in the corresponding national teams”.

Communication processes between different departments have been also enhanced by using Nacsport. “The Analysis Department is now the vehicle to transfer our playing style and philosophy to our players. Communication between coaching staff and analysis staff is continued and that’s turned into another key factor for our success”.

How does analysis work?

Nacsport plays a key role in their performance analysis workflows. Templates are being generated according to the preferences of the technical staff. Then, Esat Kaan is the man responsible for registering and preparing presentations. Indeed, he travels with the teams playing away games to collect data.

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“When data is collected, I prepare presentations –no longer than 30 minutes to avoid our players losing focus- which are generated generally on Monday and Tuesday, with detailed variables, to show players in video sessions”, he explains.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, it’s time for meetings: with Technical Staff and multiple individual and team meetings with U17, U19 and U21 teams to prepare for the following games, opposition and tactical issues. On Thursday, it’s time to do the same for the younger players: U14 to U16.

Objective depending on age groups

“This year, we have started to integrate match analysis in our daily routines for younger players so they can understand and learn the fundamentals of attacking and defensive positioning”.

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However, from U17 to U21, the purpose is to “develop match performance and game knowledge, so they can develop their performance and work better to correct their errors”. Also, for these older age groups, video analysis in real time is also made to provide staff with information at half time. “It has helped us so much, so coaches can provide players with feedback”, he adds.
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