Magdeburg doing Magdeburg things - An Experiment ⋆ An Old International

Magdeburg doing Magdeburg things – An Experiment

These days Chat-GPT is the talk of the town or rather, the internet these days. Its power and its possibilities have even sent shock waves through Google HQ. Not many developments can do that. Of course, yours truly had to have a look at it and duly experimented with it. With widely varying outcomes. What follows is a mixed bag of match reports for the first game of the second leg of the 2022/23 season for FC Magdeburg who were playing away at Fortuna Düsseldorf.


The first was a match report with as much gloom as possible from a Magdeburg perspective:

The 1. FC Magdeburg team put in a dismal performance against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday, failing to make any real impact on the game. Despite having a strong side, Magdeburg were unable to make any headway against the home team, who dominated the match from start to finish.

Magdeburg’s defence was particularly poor, with the team unable to contain the attacking threat of Fortuna Düsseldorf. The visitors were unable to keep up with the pace of the game, and were often caught out of position, leaving them vulnerable to counter-attacks. In midfield, Magdeburg were unable to make any meaningful contributions, with the team unable to keep possession of the ball for any length of time. The visitors were unable to create any chances, and were unable to put any pressure on the Fortuna Düsseldorf defence. The attack of Magdeburg was also lacklustre, with the team unable to create any clear-cut chances. The visitors were unable to break down the Fortuna Düsseldorf defence, and were unable to make any real impact on the game.

Overall, it was a disappointing performance from 1. FC Magdeburg, who were unable to make any real impact on the game. The visitors were unable to contain the attacking threat of Fortuna Düsseldorf, and were unable to create any chances of their own. It was a performance that will leave the Magdeburg team with plenty to think about.

It was not a bad performance but a mirror image of the season, particularly, the early parts of it. Magdeburg were too often out of position and lacked the poise and wit to surprise and outplay Düsseldorf. The full backs are said to be pacy, yet that never came to use. Given, that a precise date was also given in the prompt (27 January 2023), the text produced contains the wrong day of the week. The game was played on a Firday evening, not a Saturday.

Outdated Info

The second attempt was a text following the prompt to produce a text which indicated that Magdeburg scored twice against a very good team – a fact that most observers would agree with – and that the difficulties to stay in the league are mounting, which is also true, given that around 40 to 45 points will be required to stay up. Currently, Magdeburg are on 17 points, thus the mountain to climb is clearly visible. Here is the text:

The match between Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Magdeburg ended in a 3-2 victory for Düsseldorf. It was a very exciting match, with both teams playing well.

Düsseldorf started the match strongly, taking the lead in the first half with a goal from Rouwen Hennings. Magdeburg responded well, equalizing shortly after with a goal from Christian Beck.

The second half saw Düsseldorf take control of the match, with goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Rouwen Hennings giving them a 3-1 lead. Magdeburg managed to pull one back late in the game, with a goal from Christian Beck, but it was too little too late.

Overall, it was a very good performance from Düsseldorf, who showed why they are one of the best teams in the division. Magdeburg, on the other hand, need to improve significantly if they want to stay in this division. Despite scoring twice against a very good Düsseldorf team, they were unable to get the result they wanted.

Here, the information on the players is outdated by a few years. Neither does Rouwen Hennings nor Christian Beck play for either clubs. The last paragraph somehow relates to the present.

No Prompt Given

The third attempt was simply a match report without any prompt, no additional information given.

On Saturday, January 27th, Fortuna Düsseldorf hosted 1. FC Magdeburg in a thrilling match at the Merkur Spiel-Arena. The home side started the match with a strong attacking display, creating several chances in the opening minutes. However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 15th minute, when midfielder Maximilian Müller fired a powerful shot into the top corner of the net. The goal seemed to spark Fortuna Düsseldorf into life, and they began to dominate the match. In the 25th minute, forward Timo Werner equalised with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box. The home side continued to press forward, and in the 35th minute, midfielder Florian Neuhaus put them ahead with a superb curling effort. The second half saw 1. FC Magdeburg come out with renewed energy, and they began to create chances of their own. However, it was Fortuna Düsseldorf who extended their lead in the 65th minute, when defender Niklas Süle headed in from a corner. The visitors continued to push forward, but the home side held firm and saw out the match to secure a 3-1 victory. It was a dominant performance from Fortuna Düsseldorf, who thoroughly deserved their victory. They will now look to build on this result as they aim to climb the table.

In this short text, Timo Werner and Niklas Süle played for Fortuna Düsseldorf and once more the day of the match was wrong as was the result.

The Human Factor

This little experiment showed that the human factor is still necessary when producing copy, particularly about football matches. An AI, however well trained it may be, cannot fulfil all the tasks in journalism or elsewhere – this has been stated by the Chat-GPT created by OpenAi itself in an interview. The question for this text was “Can an AI produce a match report for the match between Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Magdeburg?” The answers are there. Sure, i may have not trained the machine well enough and may need some improvement in wriing a prompt but nothing beats the human factor.

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