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Editorial:

Crystal Ball
Gazing

Interview:
Frank Rijkaard

Which Way
to the Top?

Guido
Vantaggiato –
A Tribute

Keeping
your Balance

N EWS LET TE R
F O R COAC H ES
NO. 31
JAN UARY 200 6
IMPRESSUM
EDITORIAL GROUP
Andy Roxburgh
Graham Turner
Frits Ahlstrøm

PRODUCTION
André Vieli
Dominique Maurer
Atema Communication SA
Printed by Cavin SA

COVER
Gérard Houllier has
taken Olympique Lyonnais
into the next stage of
the UEFA Champions League
as group-winners.
(PHOTO: EMPICS)

Raul (Real Madrid), top scorer

in the UEFA Champions League since the

competition was launched in 1992.


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CRYSTAL BALL GAZING
EDITORIAL which stopped the goalkeeper from cope with the changes. They must
handling the ball following a back- remain open, adaptable and innova-
BY ANDY ROXBURGH, pass from a team-mate helped to tive about their role, no matter how
UEFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR keep the game moving; and the purge the football environment evolves.
on tackling from behind reduced Occasionally, it is useful to reflect on
violent challenges and encouraged the past and even to indulge in a
attacking flair. little crystal ball gazing, but if a pro-
fessional coach fails to concentrate
Fast forward to the World Cup final fully on the here and now, if results
in 2022, and with a little crystal ball go against him, then for the coach
gazing, imagine the changes which concerned there may be no future.
might take place between Germany
As we approach the 2006 FIFA 2006 and that not-so-far-off date in
World Cup, just think of the changes the third decade of the new millen-
which have taken place in football nium. Maybe you can see the FIFA
since the 1990 finals in Italy. In World Cup final being played on an
roughly a decade and a half, a short artificial pitch in Sydney, contested by
period of time in the big scheme national teams from Asia and Africa.
of things, the face of the game has Every player – each plying his trade at
been dramatically transformed. a top club in Europe – has a skybox
In the areas of technology, business, in the stadium to accommodate his
politics, legal matters and technical business associates (personal trainer,
development we have witnessed a agent, lawyer, sponsor, financial
total transformation. Looking back, director, dietician, etc.). The match is
we see the introduction and evolu- being transmitted in 3D to stadiums
tion of the UEFA Champions League, through- out the world, with the
which has changed top club football crowds watching on giant screens on
forever; we see the negative effect each side of the ground.
of the Bosman ruling on the financial
roots of the game and simultane- Millions are watching the action live
ously a dramatic increase in the on their mobile phones or through the
number of millionaire players, not to Internet, as they work, rest or travel.
mention agents; we see football The coaches have a monitor in the
clubs becoming PLCs and big busi- technical area which provides com-
ness dominating the sport; and we puter simulations/data about the
see the expansion of satellite TV, with game via a ‘live feed’. Meanwhile the
football omnipresent on our screens. referee, who no longer has touchline
assistants, has radio contact with the
In addition, competition regulations IT assessor, who has the technology
and certain other aspects of the available to confirm whether a player
game have changed. The golden is onside or offside, whether the ball
goal turned to silver and then melted is in or out, or whether or not it has
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without trace; the technical area crossed the line for a goal. In this
became a haven for hyperactive scenario, the man in black only has
coaches; the multiple ball system to decide if it is a foul, a dive, a fall
reduced waiting time; the number or a legitimate tackle.
of participants in the European
Championship finals increased from We do not know what the future
8 to 16, while FIFA expanded the holds, but we need to remember that
World Cup from 24 to 32 contenders; ‘today is the result of yesterday –
three points for a win gave victory tomorrow the result of today’. What
added value; passive offside stimu- happens today in technology, business
lated active debate; added time and politics will impact on the game, Rafael Benitez, a coach who is always
increased the drama; the 1992 ruling and technicians must be ready to on the look-out for new ideas.

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FRAN K RIJ KAARD

RECEIVES TH E

PRESIDENT’S PRIZE
INTERVIEW
FROM TH E
BY ANDY ROXBURGH,
UEFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR U EFA PRESI DENT.

UEFA-BOZZANI
FRANK RIJKAARD WAS A GREAT PLAYER. LIKE A ROLLS ROYCE CAR, HE GLIDED ACROSS
THE GROUND WITH GRACE AND STYLE. HIS LIST OF CREDITS IS REMARKABLE, AND INCLUDES
73 INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES FOR THE NETHERLANDS (1981-94) AND A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNER’S MEDAL. AS A CLUB PLAYER HE WORE THE SHIRTS OF AFC AJAX (TWO SPELLS),
REAL ZARAGOZA AND AC MILAN, WINNING THE EUROPEAN CUP THREE TIMES, THE EUROPEAN CUP
WINNERS’ CUP, THE EUROPEAN SUPER CUP TWICE, THE EUROPEAN/SOUTH AMERICAN CUP TWICE,
THE DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP FIVE TIMES, THE DUTCH CUP THREE TIMES, THE DUTCH SUPER CUP,
AND THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP AND ITALIAN SUPER CUP TWICE EACH. IN HIS ROLE AS COACH,
HE HAS LED THE DUTCH NATIONAL TEAM (1998-2000), SPARTA ROTTERDAM AND FC BARCELONA
(SINCE JULY 2003), WINNING THE SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE SPANISH SUPER CUP.
FRANK RECEIVED THE UEFA PRESIDENT’S AWARD IN 2005 FOR HIS FAIR-PLAY ATTITUDE.
AS THE HEAD COACH OF FC BARCELONA, FRANK HAS PROVED TO BE A GREAT PROMOTER
OF SUCCESSFUL, ATTRACTIVE FOOTBALL. DESPITE HIS REMARKABLE CV, HE REMAINS HUMBLE
AND TOTALLY DEDICATED TO THE GAME. HE IS THE GIFTED…

FRANK RIJKAARD
1 • How would you describe your As a player you are more concerned remember doing them. But as a
team’s style of play? with the moments when you have coach, you are looking at more gen-
I think you could describe it as an possession of the ball or are about eral things. Are we organised?
attractive way of playing but neverthe- to receive the ball. You are watching Are the lines between the defence,
less with the final result in our mind. your team-mates and trying to midfield and attack short enough?
That goes with the philosophy of the decide what the possibilities are. Do you leave any space? Things like
club and the way supporters think When you are a coach you are watch- that. So it is more about controlling
about football here in Barcelona. They ing how the team is positioning itself the system. But the most important
like to see a good team, to be offered on the field – if your team is in pos- thing and the most enjoyable thing
an attractive game with good skilful session of the ball, you are already is when players create something
players, but in the end they always anticipating what could happen if out of nothing and that is the most
want to win. So we try to make a com- you lose the ball. As the coach, you beautiful thing about football.
bination of these things, which has have more of a holistic view. When
always been the task of the big teams. you are playing, you have certain 3 • To what extent have you been
players who can create magic in influenced as a coach by the
2 • Does Frank Rijkaard the coach a moment – you could not even top coaches you played
have the same view of the game as imagine what they will do because it under?
Frank Rijkaard the player had? is not logical. If you are playing your- It is a privilege if you have
No. I think your view of the game self, you are prepared to do things in had the opportunity to work
changes because you are developing. the game and afterwards you don’t with great people in the

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FINDING

TH E RIGHT BALANCE

BETWEEN

GESTU RES AN D

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ORDERS.

world of after international duty. I do not worry


football. about injury, that can happen any-
If you know where, at any time. The travelling, the
them personally recovery time, that is what concerns
and you know their way me most. However, we simply have
of working, it gives you to cope with it.
great experience. Of course,
you gain many impressions from the 5 • How has football changed
past. You still have it in your mind when since you were at the height of your
you become a coach, and if something playing career?
happens you can recall how it was dealt The evolution of football has seen
with. But I strongly believe that you a reduction in the space between the
cannot copy anyone. The decisions that teams. It is therefore important for
a great coach made years ago will not the modern footballer to react and
necessarily work today. It was wonderful be quicker than in the past, because
to see how Rinus Michels, Arrigo Sacchi, there is more happening in the
Johan Cruyff and Fabio Capello were restricted space. The basic skills,
working, what they thought about foot- however, remain the same, although
ball, and how they handled their teams. times are changing. The attention
I repeat, it was a privilege to gain such of the media is growing, so it means
an experience. that you can watch games from all
over Europe on TV. Even friendly
4 • As someone who has been a matches are covered and it means
national coach and is now a club boss that the players from the top clubs
in charge of many international players, have to deal with the enormous
what is your view about the relation- pressures of the media. It seems like
ship between club and country? they are always being scrutinised.
I understand very well that if you are
a national coach you want to use 6 • What are the main problems
all the opportunities that you have to facing top clubs today?
meet up with your team. Of course, If a big team, like Barcelona, is win-
as a club coach the national-team com- ning the championship or another
mitments do not always come at the important competition, no coach will
right moment, but there are interna- talk about the problems. It is just a
tional rules and we have to live by moment of happiness. I think you
them. So I can always understand the must point yourself towards the beau-
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national coaches when they are press- tiful things you can experience in foot-
ing to select certain players, although ball. This last year, the happiness of all
it might be better to give them some the Barcelona fans after winning the
rest. But I understand. When a lot of our Spanish championship is something
squad are away on international duty, we will never forget. To be part of that
we cannot have a normal preparation, is what we are working for. Of course,
but I am not the only one who is in that in a big team you have to make
situation. Teams have to cope with that results, you have to play an attractive
fact. It is not the best way for us to pre- type of football. But I do not think you
pare a game, and with South American can view this as a problem. Having
players exposed to long journeys and too many top players in the squad is
different time zones, the games and not something I should complain
training are only part about because other less high-profile
of the problem. clubs also have big squads and their
It is very diffi- coaches still have to deal with each
cult for some human being. Being a coach is a privi-
players to lege, but of course success is impor-
recover in time tant because it influences the way

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BARCELONA’S STRIKER

ETO’O LISTENS TO H IS COACH’S

INSTRUCTIONS.

suffering and needs help, then the


coach comes into play. It is part of the
job to be constantly watching the group.
I do not do this alone because my
Frank Rijkaard
staff are also part of this. Every day we was in the Dutch
discuss the attitude of the players and side that won
if we detect a problem, then we talk the European
to the player involved. We are always Championship
trying to find a way to help each player. in 1988 at
the expense
Sometimes, however, you may have to of the USSR.
disappoint someone. Maybe you need
to correct him because he will not
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accept this or that. So it depends. There


is no book to deal with this – you have would not work. Many times I pay more
to keep your eyes open, and if you attention to the players who are not
have good people around you who playing because they are important in
people think about you. I try not to communicate well, there is a better the dressing-room. The key to success
think about this and focus on our goals chance that you can detect problems is to keep on working, and to have the
and the job to be done. Our main which could arise in the dressing-room. right team spirit by treating everyone
target is, I think, to satisfy the spectators. Motivating through passionate speeches as an individual. You never do this job
Everything starts in the dressing-room, is a great gift, especially if your team alone, or without staff you can trust.
with having a good team spirit. You lacks quality. This way you can get It would not be possible to achieve
have the task of making decisions, of something extra out of them and you things without the support team.
preparing the squad, but I do not think make them hard to beat. But if you
you have the right to complain about it. are working with players of a higher 8 • Do you think the game has
quality, the more passionate you get become more defensive at the top
7 • As a manager, how do you as the coach, the less credibility you level?
motivate millionaire players? get. Sometimes you have to find other In professional football results are very
I very much believe in self-motivation, things to motivate players, and often important and every team has the right
because that is what it takes to reach these are small things. With the talents to choose their system and their way
your goals. Of course, if somebody is we have, always speaking passionately of playing in order to gain points. With
all respect, it was not a great moment
for football when Greece, playing a
defensive game, won EURO 2004.
The coach did a wonderful job but it
was a defensive way of playing. Playing
an attacking game requires more risk,
better quality players, a greater game
intelligence. I think it is sad that a lot of
coaches are choosing a defensive style
because we must remember that we
are playing for the public. Football has
to be something that people want to
see. It can, of course, be interesting to
see talented players defending well, but
it would be great if we all tried a little
more to promote an offensive game.

9 • You are part of the Dutch dynasty


at FC Barcelona – what has made this
relationship so successful?
Rinus Michels was the first and he had
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great results. Then Johan Cruyff, Louis


As a player, Rijkaard spent a few glorious years with AC Milan. van Gaal and others came to Barça and

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AN DY ROXBU RGH

PRESENTS A SET

OF U EFA COM PETITION

M EDALS TO

UEFA
FRAN K RIJ KAARD.

tory as a football player, it is an advan-


tage. But the advantage stops when you
start working because you have to pay
the bill. If you do not get results, then
you have a problem. It is the law of foot-
ball. Also, having great experience as a
player does not guarantee that someone
can be a successful coach. I had an
advantage in that I played in almost
every position in my career as a player
and I observed a lot. Therefore I am able
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to understand what my players are expe-

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riencing. Yes, I can read the game from
all had a big influence. With all the suc- individual playing perspectives, but as a
cess of the Dutch coaches and players coach you need to see the big picture
of the past, it was understandable that and to read the opponent’s game. How
Barça might try another Dutchman. can we take advantage of certain situa-
But we must not forget all the coaches tions? When do we need to pay atten-
from other countries who made a great tion? We have great scouts and we have
contribution here. Personally, I must be field player to get into the first team than our video sessions to prepare the next
grateful for the work of the pioneers at it is for a striker. Barça is a great club match. I delegate much of this because
this club, like Rinus Michels and Johan and they always buy top players with my mentality is not to be too concerned
Cruyff, because they opened the door. big names. It is therefore more difficult with the opponent. In my opinion, if
I think the people here admire star to get into the top team as an attacker. you make players think too much, they
players first and foremost, but they We must develop a few players through will lose their great gifts. Some players
also have a positive philosophy about our academy because it is vital that the will absorb all the information you give
the game, similar to us in Holland. culture of the club is maintained. them, and then try to implement every-
thing. But some players do not like you
10 • Apart from your own team, 12 • What do you emphasise most to talk too much. I can recognise this
which sides have impressed you during your training sessions? because I did not like the coach talking
most in recent years? We favour ball-possession games, to me too much. If you give a player
I have seen a few great games in the played in a small area because we like individual tips, that is OK, but do not
last year involving Lyon. They have been to play our matches in the opponent’s burden him with excessive details.
especially impressive against other half of the field. This means less space
strong teams. They certainly have a lot and time and if you are better in ball 14 • If you could change
of talent. I think Chelsea were impres- possession in these restricted spaces something about today’s football,
sive the way they won the champi- you have an advantage. We also like what would it be?
onship in England. They were very well to press in the opponent’s territory in I would change the offside rule. If you
organised and great on the counter- order to make it difficult for them to want to play attacking football, I do not
attack. Our match with them in the get behind us. We have a lot of exer- see how someone can stay behind your
UEFA Champions League at Stamford cises for practising this, so that the back line and then gain an advantage.
Bridge was a great spectacle, but we players know how to position them- I think this is ridiculous. Winning teams
made one or two mistakes too many. selves in pressing situations. always used to play as a unit, so when
they won the ball they would push out
11 • How important is youth develop- 13 • What has been the advantage/ as a group. But now, this great tactical
ment to a club like Barcelona? disadvantage for your coaching career weapon is in doubt because an oppo-
It is very, very important, especially that you were an experienced star player? nent can stay behind, in an offside posi-
because the people appreciate very An advantage is that some people will tion, but it does not matter because the
much Catalan players who play in the immediately give you more credit through ball is not played directly to him.
youth sides and then reach the first because you were a well-known player. The ‘offside’ player then receives a pass
team. So for the culture of the club, But there are other coaches with from another team-mate, gains an advan-
you must keep developing youth play- greater experience who are not famous tage, and scores. It really is ridiculous.
ers. I think it is much easier for the and they are not selected as the coach So, if I could change something in today’s
youth player as a defender or a mid- of a top club. If you have a certain his- football, it would be the offside rule.

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UEFA
FU N FOOTBALL I N CYPRUS.

WHICH WAY
intranet site to make sure that the
player’s work schedule is in keeping with
his needs and his development targets
(working on weaknesses in his game,
for instance), while the DBU’s technical

TO THE TOP?
director also monitors progress via the
intranet four times a year. Academic
targets are also monitored and no player
is allowed more than one year without
some form of further education.
AS ANY CLIMBER WILL TELL YOU, MOVING UP THE MOUNTAIN
As a knock-on benefit, the close relation-
FROM BASE CAMP TO THE HIGHER CAMPS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE ships between the DBU’s ITD coaches
BIGGEST CHALLENGE. THE REAL TEST IS USUALLY RESERVED FOR and the clubs where ‘their’ players do
their day-to-day training allow both par-
THE FINAL LEG, WHICH WILL DECIDE WHETHER THE ENTIRE EXPE- ties to improve levels of communication
DITION IS CLASSIFIED AS A NEAR-MISS OR ENTERS THE RECORD and cooperation – and the club versus
country issue was, once again, among
BOOKS AS A SUCCESSFUL BID TO PLANT A FLAG ON THE SUMMIT.
the major concerns expressed by the
THE SAME APPLIES TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, IN youth coaches at the conference.
WHICH THE COACH PLAYS SOMETHING AKIN TO THE ROLE OF THE
Another area of concern was develop-
LOYAL AND INVALUABLE “SHERPA” WHO HELPS THE STAR PER- ment plans for the coaches themselves.
FORMER IN HIS ATTEMPT TO SCALE THE HEIGHTS. There are wide discrepancies with regard
to the sort of contracts offered to youth
At the UEFA Youth Conference in As Wim Koevermans highlighted in coaches and frequent changes are hardly
Cyprus, coaches from various countries Limassol, this problem has been conducive to stable, well-organised
raised questions about whether the addressed in the Netherlands, where development programmes – and it was
final assault on the summit is being three clubs – AFC Ajax, Feyenoord and widely felt that stability is a valuable ele-
properly organised. In other words, PSV Eindhoven – traditionally rule the ment within today’s frenetic footballing
there was a general feeling that base roost. Other clubs are now being environment. As more clubs become
and intermediate camps are being cor- encouraged to pool their most talented aware of the value of their youth devel-
rectly set up, yet doubts have crept in youth players on a regional basis with a opment programmes, the time has come
about whether we are doing enough to view to upgrading the level of competi- for the youth coaches to be given the
help young talent through the crucial tion and laying better foundations for status and respect they deserve so that
18-21 age bracket and on to the foot- the push to the summit. the “sherpas” can help the young climbers
balling summit. find the best route to the summit.
The Danish association (DBU) has been
The English coaches are wondering if, in addressing the same issue for over a
this day and age, their reserve leagues decade and Flemming Serritslev was in
are the best solution. Their French coun- Cyprus to report on the Integrated Tal-
terparts might ask the same about ent Development (ITD) programme that
learning curves at National or CFA levels, swung into full operation in 2004 after
or the Spaniards about the sort of les- four years of pilot projects. The DBU has
sons being imparted in Segunda B. And, made funds available for the appoint-
with more and more young talented ment of full-time ‘ITD coaches’, whose
players being attracted to elite clubs like role is to ensure that talented players in
iron filings to magnets, it is legitimate to the 16-21 age bracket are given opti-
enquire about the number of genuinely mum opportunities to develop into elite
tough games the top youth players face footballers. The ITD coach works in
in a domestic league season. At the conjunction with 14 leading clubs to
same time, it was recognised that the ensure that each individual has a struc-
European footballing map features tured plan for complete football devel-
countries where the national association opment and academic education.
UEFA

offers better development facilities than He also monitors the electronic diary
the club academies. kept by each individual on a protected Flemming Serritslev at the UEFA Youth Conference.

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UEFA TECHNICAL

DIRECTOR ANDY ROXBURGH

TALKS ABOUT

UEFA
READING THE GAME.

The 8th UEFA Youth Conference in Cyprus proved that tions and where there is a need for a
common strategy. There was also a call

SILENCE IS
for each association to identify a ‘con-
tact person’ to act as go-between on
all youth football matters; for associa-
tions to provide better feedback to the

NOT GOLDEN
players’ clubs after matches, tourna-
ments and training camps; and for the
material, feedback and action lists
from UEFA conferences, seminars and
MOST COACHES AND PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ON THE PODIUM workshops to be distributed to clubs
as well as national associations.
AT PRESS CONFERENCES WHERE, WHEN INVITED TO DO SO, THE At the same time, several concerns
MEDIA ARE STRANGELY RELUCTANT TO BREAK THE ICE AND ASK were expressed about the number and
status of specialised youth coaches,
QUESTIONS. WHEN THE YOUTH CONFERENCE GOT UNDER WAY IN
with suggestions that ‘big-name’ techni-
A PACKED AUDITORIUM ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF LIMASSOL, THERE WAS cians could be recruited as ‘ambassa-
NO HINT OF EMBARRASSING SILENCES – JUST THE OPPOSITE. dors’ to help attract coaches into youth
football. UEFA was invited to help create
The enthusiasm and commitment of ■ Increase substitutions from three to a clearer ‘career pathway’ for youth
just over 200 people deeply concerned five at Under-17 level. coaches who, at the moment, tend to
with youth development was illustrated ■ Increase squads from 18 to 20 for be undervalued and therefore consider
by a welter of observations, ideas and final tournaments and increase dele- work at youth level as little more than a
proposals, many of them in response to gations from 24 to 26, with one of stepping-stone on the way to ‘higher
top-class presentations by top-class the two extra places to be occupied things’.
youth coaches. Some of the proposals by a press officer to help promote In telegraphic form, here are some
strayed beyond UEFA’s jurisdiction the tournament. It was mooted that of the other suggestions:
and will have to be forwarded to FIFA, the other place could be filled by a ■ Focus on creating a ‘football for all’
such as strict rulings on the release teacher. environment
of players for youth tournaments; the ■ Allow up to two replacements to be ■ Invest in better training facilities
reduction of the maximum age for drafted in to replace injured players and structures
changes of nationality from 21 to 19; at final tournaments – and, possibly, ■ Bring youth coaching systems
and the question of financial compen- at mini-tournaments. up to UEFA standards
sation for the association that has ■ Maintain the status quo in terms ■ Search for better coordination
invested in a player’s development only of structures and dates for youth of school football
to be faced with a change of nationality, competitions but ask FIFA to incorpo- ■ Ensure that national association
thereby excluding any possibility of a rate three ‘European youth football youth coaches’ tasks are clearly
‘return’ on the investment. weekends’ into the international defined
Sorting the others is no easy task. But calendar during the autumn, clarify- ■ Achieve greater pan-European
maybe the best way to go about it is ing the exact dates three years in uniformity in terms of domestic
to classify them under sub-headings, advance. competitions
starting, for example, with a few of In terms of the future of youth devel- ■ Maintain and enhance the support
the answers to questions concerning opment, the proposals landed thick and offered by UEFA’s HatTrick pro-
competition structures: fast on UEFA’s table – and some of gramme
■ Welcome the UEFA Executive Com- them will undoubtedly provoke some ■ Establish youth coach education
mittee’s endorsement of the proposal serious thinking about the best ways within UEFA’s coaching convention
to introduce an extra rest day of channelling resources into youth ■ Create an international documen-
between matchdays 2 and 3 of mini- football. tation centre and establish a UEFA
tournaments as from 2006/07. When asked how to further improve national youth coaches’ forum.
■ Do the same between matchdays relationships between clubs and In other words, there was no time
1 and 2 of final tournaments as from national associations, the participants in wasted during the conference in Limas-
2008. Cyprus pointed clearly to better routes sol – and it will be interesting to see
■ Agree to delete paragraphs relating of communication aimed at increasing how many proposals have been con-
to ‘matches played under the league mutual consideration and respect in an verted into reality when the next Youth
system’ from youth competition area all too often dominated by self- Conference takes place in Cannes in
regulations. interest on the part of clubs or associa- just under two years’ time.

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UEFA
GUIDO VANTAGGIATO
A TRIBUTE ON 19 NOVEMBER 2005, GUIDO VANTAGGIATO, A VALUED MEMBER

OF THE JIRA PANEL (THE GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR UEFA’S COACHING CONVENTION)

AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE UEFA TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE,

DIED SUDDENLY OF A HEART ATTACK AT THE AGE OF 60.

After gaining his master’s degree Olympic teams. During a 17-year Azeglio Vicini and Cesare Maldini) who
in sport (with a specialisation in foot- period, he participated in five World had worked with Guido in some capac-
ball), he became a coach with the Cups (Germany 1974, Argentina ity travelled to his funeral in Florence
Juventus youth teams. Then, in 1971, 1978, Spain 1982, Mexico 1986 and in order to pay their respects to a man
he was employed by the Italian FA Italy 1990), two European Champi- who had dedicated his life to football in
(FIGC) at their technical centre in Flo- onships (Italy 1980 and Germany general, and the Italian FA in particular.
rence, and took charge of coaching 1988), and two Olympic Games
activities and the secretariat of the (Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988), Former UEFA CEO Gerhard Aigner, who
Italian national youth teams. Three the crowning moment being Italy’s had known Guido for over 30 years,
years later he was appointed national- World Cup triumph in 1982. It is sig- was in South Africa when he heard
team secretary, responsible for the nificant that four former Italian national the news of Guido’s sudden passing.
senior, Under-23, Under-21 and coaches (Dino Zoff, Enzo Bearzot, He immediately flew back to Europe
to offer moral support to Guido’s wife
Roberta and the rest of his family.
For Gerhard Aigner, Guido Vantaggiato
was a consummate professional,
a fighter and a man of great integrity –
above all, he was a wonderful friend.

Gérard Houllier, the Olympique Lyon-


nais coach, who had worked with Guido
on UEFA business for more than ten
years, sent his condolences – a UEFA
Champions League match against Real
Madrid made it impossible for him to
travel to Florence. On hearing the sad
news, Gérard immediately paid tribute
to Guido in glowing terms: “Guido was
a great inspirer. He always made every-
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one feel special, because as a man he


Guido Vantaggiato took part in many UEFA conferences. had great warmth and sincerity. Profes-

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of the Jira Panel), and he also acted
as vice-chairman of the Italian Associ-
ation of Football Coaches. No matter
which hat he wore, Guido always
showed his passion for football and
his genuine desire to help people.
In a business where many seek fame
and fortune, Guido Vantaggiato
was an ‘unsung hero’ whose major
concern was to help others with
their development.

Guido will be sadly missed by his


UEFA coaching colleagues, and on
their behalf I salute our friend,
Guido Vantaggiato, the professional
and the man.
Andy Roxburgh
UEFA

sionally, he made a valuable contri-


bution to the development of coach-
ing, both in Italy, and through his
work with the Jira Panel, in many
other UEFA associations. We will
miss him.”

Guido Vantaggiato’s last job was


as director of the FIGC coaching
school at Coverciano, one of the top
coach education centres in Europe.
Despite the demands on him, he
UEFA

managed to find time to work with


UEFA (he was a founder member Guido Vantaggiato with Giovanni Trapattoni and Andy Roxburgh.

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PACKIE BONNER,

TECH NICAL DIRECTOR

UEFA
OF TH E FAI.

KEEPING
YOUR BALANCE WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES FACING COACH EDUCATION?
WHICH IS THE BEST WAY TO FURTHER IMPROVE COACH EDUCATION? AND WHAT CAN UEFA
DO TO HELP NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS ALONG THE UPWARD PATH?

These key questions were put to the which was staged in Dublin and hosted benefit from career counselling when
participants by UEFA Technical Director, by the FAI, with their Technical Director, launching themselves as technicians.
Andy Roxburgh, at the 6th UEFA Sym- Packie Bonner, at the helm. For once, There is a tendency to assume that a
posium for Coach Education Directors the former international goalkeeper was star on the pitch will instantly become
fronting the team and, as it happens, a star on the bench, with the conse-
the theme of top players moving from quent risk that they will begin too near
the pitch to the technical area was one the top, find themselves out of their
of the salient features of the event. depth, lose motivation (or their job –
or both), and ultimately be lost to the
The coach education directors had game. There is no shortage of exam-
already remarked that more top players ples. Roland Nilsson graphically recalled
are moving on to a coaching career, how, when starting his career as assis-
and Zvonimir Boban, Gabriel Calderón, tant manager, he was thrust into the
Vlatko Markovic, Roland Nilsson and hot seat when his ‘boss’ was fired
Dan Petrescu were in Dublin to explain and, to put it briefly, was ‘burnt out’
their personal motives for making the so quickly that it has taken him years
switch. Each told a fascinating story – to rekindle the flame. The important
but the common denominator was a question, therefore, is how far the
love for the game and a desire to carry coach educator should go in terms
on being a part of it. of offering career advice in addition to
the purer science of teaching.
Their presence and their viewpoints
provoked some interesting reflections One of the other interesting facets
among the coach educators. There is the impact of an increasing number
was a unanimous desire to keep top of former players on the content of
players in the game as coaches but, coaching courses. It can be argued that
at the same time, there was an equally top players are already street-wise in
unanimous call for former players terms of reading the game and under-
without proper qualifications not to be standing the day-to-day mechanics of
admitted to coaching posts, for ‘shadow keeping a squad in optimum running
coaches’ not to be allowed to offer order. The areas where they may be
their diplomas as collateral for unquali- less well-equipped come under sub-
fied coaches, and for it to be absolutely headings such as character develop-
mandatory for technicians in role- ment, leadership, man-management,
model positions, such as national team communication skills and stress man-
coaches, to be properly licensed. agement. In this chapter, the question
for the coach educators is whether
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However, the debate went far beyond these components need to be given
the issue of official status. There was greater importance within coaching
Dan Petrescu playing for National Bucharest. a clear feeling that top players would programmes. And it is a question,

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OTTMAR H ITZFELD

FACES

EMPICS
Erich
TH E CAM ERAS. Rutemöller

tions already exploit these resources


very effectively, especially in terms of
offering great opportunities for coaches
or would-be coaches who need to
combine studies with a working day. But
is it a good idea to over-rely on studies
undertaken in ‘solitary confinement’?
The view in Dublin was that the chal-
lenge now facing the coach educators
is finding the right mix of various ingredi-
ents: residential courses, club visits,
practical sessions, self-teaching material,
web-based resources, and, as a sort
of ‘halfway house’ between the home
university and the training pitch, con-
ference calls involving small groups of
students.

But, from UEFA’s point of view, it defi-


nitely wasn’t a question of waving good-
bye in Dublin and telling the participants
“you’re on your own”. For UEFA, exactly
the same challenges need to be faced.
Current development programmes
are based on competitions at all levels;
meetings and forums from elite to
grassroots levels; courses, symposiums,
conferences, workshops and specialised
panels; extensive material in printed,
ROLAN D N I LSSON AS
video, DVD and web-based formats;
A SWEDISH I NTERNATIONAL and, of course, pan-European coaching
conventions and grassroots charters.
BEFORE TRAI NI NG For us, just like the coach educators
who joined us in Dublin, the challenge
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TO BE A COACH. is to find and keep the right balance.

bearing in mind that not all the partici- analyse the evolution of teaching
pants – nor even a majority – in coach- methods. In some respects, nothing
ing courses will necessarily be former has changed. Students still learn more
or current top players. The stars need to quickly and more effectively from per-
be catered for, but not at the expense sonal and practical experience. There
of the students with lesser pedigrees is no replacement for know-how
on the pitch. Otherwise we run the risk acquired on the training ground. But
of running the likes of Rafael Benítez the opportunities for distance-learning
and José Mourinho out of the game. have multiplied dramatically in a short
In other words, the challenge facing space of time. Historically, courses have
the designers of coach education pro- had to find a nice balance between
grammes is achieving the right balance practice and theory. Suddenly, they
so that ex-players and non-players are also have to strike the right mix of ‘solo
offered equal opportunities to acquire skills’ and team-work.
the skills they might lack.
These days, the ‘solo skills’ are related
Balance was also the key word when to the material easily accessed via web-
the coach educators debated current sites, video tapes, DVDs or CD-ROMs.
JAAFAR/AFP

trends. Erich Rutemöller of Germany, Internet and audio-visual technology


Henk van de Wetering of the Nether- have added new dimensions to coach
lands and Howard Wilkinson from education and represent wonderful
England took the stage in Dublin to learning tools. Many national associa- Gabriel Calderón

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UEFA
CLUB FIXTURE
Youth internationals: UEFA to
encourage clubs to arrange interna-
tional matches by, for example,
pegging them to UEFA Champions

IN CYPRUS
League fixtures and to help national
associations to stage non-competitive
tournaments.

However, much of the discussion


COACHES FROM 15 OF EUROPE’S LEADING CLUBS WERE was centred on the clubs’ increasing
INVITED TO THE 3RD UEFA ELITE CLUB YOUTH COACHES FORUM – need – or, rather, obligation – to
strike the right balance between foot-
A FIXTURE WHICH WAS PLAYED IN LIMASSOL AS A ‘PRELIMINARY
balling and academic education.
ROUND’ TO THE UEFA YOUTH CONFERENCE. With recruitment now targeting eight
or nine-year-olds, clubs are becoming
Their brief was quite simple: to express agreed by the Executive Committee, educating agents with responsibilities
their views on fundamental issues coaches who have completed their in terms of child welfare and protec-
related to youth development at club B-licence course can now choose tion. Expectations of a career in pro-
level, such as: between a ‘standard’ or ‘youth’ fessional football can tempt young-
licence at A level. sters and their parents to neglect
UEFA’s club licensing project: academic education, leading to high-
warmly welcomed as a way to Homegrown players: UEFA’s move risk situations in an environment
improve the quality of players and to set minimum levels in squad lists where the zealous search for young
coaches at youth levels, especially as for UEFA club competitions was talent (some coaches reported that,
the UEFA endorsement programme regarded as positive news for youth in their area, there are too many
for club academies has been written development programmes with, clubs chasing too few players) cou-
into the licensing system and grading indeed, some voices calling for a pled with early recruitment ages can
will be conducted. Call for UEFA to stricter definition of ‘home grown’. ultimately lead to drop-out rates
monitor standards regularly in order of 50 or 60 per cent in later teens –
to upgrade them and promote consis- UEFA’s role: call for UEFA to organ- and the clubs need to respond to a
tency throughout Europe. ise or support specialised courses moral obligation to give the ‘discards’
for youth coaches or stage seminars a viable alternative for a future career.
Youth coach licences: another warm where youth coaches can exchange In other words, there is a need to plot
welcome for the news that, as recently knowledge and experience. ‘exit routes’ for youngsters who do
not quite make the grade. For much
the same reasons, it was felt that
family values need to be protected as
far as possible and that emigration at
early ages should be discouraged, as
it disrupts family life and education.

One interesting viewpoint is that


family parameters have changed.
Smaller families mean that the tradi-
tional image of adults surrounded
by children has shifted into a situation
where children are surrounded by
adults and have less need to com-
pete. In other words, the youth
coach and the club academy are
taking on greater social relevance
and responsibility, along with the
UEFA

need to ‘teach’ qualities that, in the


The Elite Club Youth Coaches Forum. past, have been innate.

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THE STADE DE FRANCE

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IN PARIS-ST.DENIS.

TRAINING AG E N DA
2006
MY FAVOURITE January 17

PRACTICE Disability Football Panel

UEFA
(Nyon)

DROPPING OFF THE FRONT January 19


UEFA Women’s
BY JOHN PEACOCK National Team Coaches Forum
National Under-17 Coach England (Nyon)

● The player on the ball can January 27


use the wide players (they are
EURO 2008 draw
restricted to two touches)
or can directly find the striker (Montreux)
who has come off into the
free zone (i.e. defenders cannot February 13-15
enter this area). 2nd UEFA Futsal Conference
● The striker turns and plays 1 v 1 (Madrid)
or combines with his attacking
team-mate. March 14-17
● Repeat the move in the opposite 6th UEFA Grassroots Course
direction. (Florence)

Development
May 3-14
● One defending player can 5th European Under-17
join the strikers to create 3 v 2 Championship
Aim
in the attacking zone. A wide
(Luxembourg)
● To work on the strikers’ movement, player can replace the ‘missing’
in particular ‘dropping off the front’. defender in order to maintain
2 v 2 at the back. May 10
Numbers UEFA Cup final
● Remove the central zone
● 2 teams of 7 v 7 (including goal- restriction. (Eindhoven)
keepers) – two defenders, two strikers
and two wide players (the latter cannot Key coaching points May 17
enter the field). UEFA Champions League final
● The players in possession should
always try to play forward. (Paris)
Area
● The turning skills of the strikers
● Two areas (33 x 22 metres) divided
in the free zone should be quick
by a 3-metre free zone.
and fluid.
Rules ● Communication and support
play must be emphasised.
● One defender receives the ball from
the goalkeeper. On the first touch, the ● The finishing skills should be
opposition strikers can press. fast and appropriate.

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