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Headsets, tablets, Peter Hermann in the stands: Bayern Munich debuts new tech at the Supercup

Starting Sunday, Bundesliga coaches will (officially) have in-game access to the bird’s eye view and replay abilities that modern fans have enjoyed for decades.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 02: The tablet PC for the Electronic Performance and Tracking System EPTS is handed over to Germany assistant coach Thomas Schneider prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 final between Chile and Germany at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
While Oliver Bierhoff (L) looks on, a tablet PC for the Electronic Performance and Tracking System EPTS is handed over to Germany assistant coach Thomas Schneider (R) prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 final between Chile and Germany at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 2, 2017.
Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

When Bayern Munich face Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday evening, Niko Kovac will not be the only novelty on the pitch: starting this season, beginning Sunday, the Bundesliga is allowing new technical aids that have previously been prohibited. Bayern’s coaching staff will now be permitted to use headsets, cell phones, and tablet computers to communicate, view replay, and even send signals to and from observers in the stands (Bild).

Of course, unofficially, Bayern have reportedly been checking footage on SkyGo on a tablet tucked away in one of the doctor’s bags. Now everything will be above board. Bayern quietly tested out their networking skills on Wednesday during their friendly match against FC Rottach-Egern. The club established a network with their medical team at a hotel in Tegernsee and reportedly also had contact in the stands.

Tomorrow, Jupp Heynckes’s former assistant coach, Peter Hermann, will be Bayern’s eyes in the sky. Hermann, whose contract as assistant coach officially begins on September 1, will watch the game from the stands in Frankfurt.

Niko Kovac commented,

With all the cables and cell phones, experience shows that it’s not quite so simple. Let’s see whether we get a signal to the stands in Frankfurt. Peter Hermann will sit up there.

It is no surprise that Bayern is moving rapidly to perfect its system as soon as possible.

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