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The Footbonaut is a football training machine which fires balls at different speeds and trajectories at players, who must control and pass the ball into a highlighted square. In addition to honing ball skills, the machine is designed to improve a player's reaction time.[1]

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Footbonaut was invented by Christian Güttler in Berlin, Germany.[2] The machine is also described as a robotic cage.[3] The Footbanaut, which costs $3.5 million is as large as an apartment with a cube shape and is capable of firing balls from a range of 360 degrees at different speeds and trajectories toward the training players.[4] The players, who are standing inside a circle, must control the ball and pass it through one of 72 gates.[5]

Mario Götze's winning goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final has been credited to his years of practice using Footbonaut.[6] The Footbonaut is also credited for the success of Borussia Dortmund, who first used the machine.[7] It was reported that the team achieved its highest finish - ninth - in the Bundesliga for five years after using the contraption.[5] There are three clubs currently using Footbonaut in their training. [8]

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