Euro 2020: Social media customers are amused by Ukrainian hero Artem Dovbyk’s GPS monitoring vest

Ukrainian hero Artem Dovbyk sparked wild scenes last night after firing his nation to an extension win over Sweden at Euro 2020 – but he has been bizarre accused of wearing a sports bra by a number of social media users .

Dovbyk, 24, nodded home at close range, just as the round of 16 appeared to be decided on penalties, and spun away in wild cheers as he quickly took off his top.

Underneath, he was seen wearing a cropped vest adorned with the STATSports logo, and the surprising sight led viewers quickly to Twitter to share their confusion.

The device is one of the most sought-after products from a GPS monitoring and analysis company, the services of which are used by a wide variety of Premier League clubs to improve performance.

Players wearing the vests allow their coaches to keep track of certain stats, including speed, acceleration, heart rate, and distance traveled – which allows clubs to tailor training sessions to get the most out of their squad.

Conveniently, any information gathered by the technology can be streamed to a phone, tablet, or smartwatch so that employees can easily read, who then decide what their stars should or shouldn’t do.

Artem Dovbyk (right) scored a winning goal in extra time for Ukraine in the showdown against Sweden

However, this didn’t seem to be widely known, judging by the shocked reaction of a number of people.

HOW IT WORKS?

GPS trackers, like the one worn by Artem Dovbyk, are popular with many leading football clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.

The STATSports brand is supported by the English stars Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire and Harry Kane.

The technology can analyze 16 metrics of performance, including top speed, distance traveled, sprint distance, intensity and fatigue.

The devices also create heat maps to demonstrate the area of ​​the pitch the player is on and give sprint instructions.

The devices support the coaching staff in play and training. They can be used to analyze performance such as positional play, recovery runs to take up defensive positions, and attack movements to compare against team plans. The data can inform a substitution when a player begins to tire.

In addition, they are critical to managing a player’s physical stress. If the performance is deteriorating, this can be an indication of fatigue. Or, if a player has played at a high physical level, the coaches will adjust the training sessions so that they can relax.

“Why is Ukrainian striker Dovbyk wearing a sports bra?” asked a user.

Another wrote, “Dovbyk is the first professional male athlete I have ever seen wearing a sports bra.”

In a funny way, a third decided to take over the classical chant “He scores when he wants” for his own purposes and changed the text to: “He scores in a bra, he scores in a braaaaa. Artem Dovbyk, he scores in the bra. ‘

‘Artem Dovbyk has just immortalized himself by scoring the biggest goal in Ukrainian history and immediately taking off his shirt to reveal a sports bra. Simply brilliant, ”wrote a fourth.

Another said: ‘Dovbyk scores the winner, throws off the shirt to reveal what can only be called a sports bra … there are no words.’

A sixth user summed up the feeling of confusion perfectly: “I’m still not sure about Dovbyk’s sports bra.”

STATSports is a Northern Ireland based company and has worked with and supported their sports science departments with a variety of elite teams around the world since its inception in 2007.

“People are able to take in this data as they play and make decisions,” co-founder Sean O’Connor told The Times last year.

“You can use it to create a profile about a player. You expect a player to do X, Y, Z in practice and in games. As they begin to move away from these norms, there may be good or bad reasons.

“If they are in a workout and have 25 minutes left and they are way beyond what you normally expect them to, you can place a call to either cut them down or to pick them up earlier.

“It’s the same concept in a game. When deciding between two players to be replaced, the coach could ask his coach, “What kind of feedback can you give physically?”

The device is said to cost around £ 200 and has been used by Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

A triumphant Ukraine will now face England in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Saturday

A triumphant Ukraine will now face England in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Saturday

But a number of social media users were baffled and instead said the vest was a sports bra

But a number of social media users were baffled and instead said the vest was a sports bra

The technology is backed by leading players including Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire.

Now it turns out that Ukraine is also using the technology, and passing on Dovbyk’s numbers in the throbbing final moments of victory would have made for an exciting read.

His last intervention on Saturday evening in Rome sealed the quarter-finals against England, which yesterday knocked out the old enemy Germany.

The device developed by STATSports makes it possible to track the performance of stars

The device developed by STATSports makes it possible to track the performance of stars

Dovbyk hit the front post from close range, headed a cross home and sealed the win

Dovbyk hit the front post from close range, headed a cross home and sealed the win

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