Simon Rolfes, captain of Bayer 04 Leverkusen until the 2015/2016 season and former national team player, has acquired a major interest in the Germany company GoalControl GmbH through his company S. Rolfes & M. Elsässer GmbH. Rolfes assumes the role of Chariman at GoalControl.
The medium-sized company GoalControl from Aachen caused a worldwide sensation with its goal-line technology GoalControl-4D at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with the first ever goal clearly decided by goal-line technology on the international stage in the group stage match between France and Honduras. GoalControl thus made soccer history and paved the way for further use of goal-line technology: In spring 2015, GoalControl was awarded a long-term contract from the French professional soccer league Ligue1 for equipment and match operations in France.
“For me personally and for our company, the stake in GoalControl is a forward-looking step. Digitalization is relentlessly forging ahead both in soccer and in other sports. GoalControl is in a strong position. We see excellent growth opportunities here,” said Rolfes. He continued: “The people involved with the dynamic company radiate a positive spirit. This was noticeable from the beginning and in our opinion will make a significant contribution towards its success.”
“In Simon Rolfes, we were able to attract a knowledgeable sportsman to our company and, at the same time, secure a strong basis for the future of GoalControl with his company’s commitment," said CEO Dirk Broichhausen, who will continue to head the company along with the CTO, Dr. Jürgen Philipps. “We had always planned to expand our sporting expertise. In Simon Rolfes, we have an expert coming on board with many achievements within professional soccer and the German national team. He will strengthen us strategically and with his entrepreneurial vision. Simon is an outstanding individual. We are looking forward to working with him,” added Broichhausen.
Dr. Markus Elsässer:
“When we began talks with GoalControl management, we were quickly convinced by the opportunities and concepts. Both Simon and I are very excited. We are impressed by the huge high-tech expertise of the company,” said Dr. Markus Elsässer, co-partner to Rolfes.
About S. Rolfes & M. Elsässer GmbH:
Rolfes & Elsässer - The Career Company is a sports management company founded by former national team soccer player Simon Rolfes and the financial expert Dr. Markus Elsässer. The company specializes in looking after professional soccer players throughout their entire career and acts with an entrepreneurial spirit as an investor in the international sports sector.
About GoalControl GmbH:
GoalControl GmbH in Aachen develops and distributes digital systems for visual real-time analysis and provides the desired contracting models. The team has many years of experience working with camera-based systems. These systems capture, identify and track objects in complex environments, e.g. a football in 3D on a soccer field. In addition to the FIFA licensed goal-line technology GoalControl-4D, which achieved global prominence at the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil, GoalControl provides new digital system solutions for video evidence, ball and player tracking, and entertainment/online platforms. In GoalControl France SAS, Paris, GoalControl has a 100% owned subsidiary for the French market and sales offices in Great Britain, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, USA and other countries.
December 3, 2015