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An idea becomes reality

By the 1970s, the Association of German Football Coaches (BDFL, Bund Deutscher Fußball-Lehrer) was organising its International Coaches’ Congress (Internationaler Trainer-Kongress, ITK) on a regular basis, a much-appreciated opportunity for coaches from different countries to get together and exchange views. People soon saw the need for an organisation in its own right, so that the UEF was founded in Vienna on 12 January 1980, with representatives from eight nations being the founding members:

UEF

Board and Founding Members

President

Franz Leidl

Franz Leidl

1st Vice-President

Arthur Lenz

Arthur Lenz

2nd Vice-President

Fritz Buchloh

Fritz Buchloh

3rd Vice-President

Willy Scholer

Willy Scholer

General Secretary

Lothar Meurer

Lothar Meurer

Board Member

Herbert Widmayer

Herbert Widmayer

Board Member

Owe Bonnesen

Owe Bonnesen

Board Member

Frans de Bruyn

Frans de Bruyn

Board Member

Albert Adams

Albert Adams

Board Member

Reynir Karlsson

Reynir Karlsson

Board Member

Karl Decker

Karl Decker

Board Member

René Hüssy

René Hüssy

Board Member

Manuel Alepuz

Manuel Alepuz

GOALS

The AEFCA pursues the following aims and objectives

Representing its member associations at European level;

Representing licensed football coaches at European level;Representing licensed football coaches at European level;

Organizing an annual symposium as a forum for further education for licensed coaches and an international platform for the exchange of experience, opinions, suggestions, visions, and ideas;

Assisting with intensifying, and improving the standard of, coach education throughout Europe;

Closely cooperating with UEFA and its affiliated associations, with FIFA and all other international sports organizations, as well as with the media (written press, radio and television);

Advancing and promoting intensive, individual, and creative training and education of young talents in Europe;

Taking adequate action safeguarding that football remains the “Number One Sport” in Europe;

Taking adequate action safeguarding that football remains the “Number One Sport” in Europe;

Improving the public image of the coaching profession by adopting appropriate PR activities;

Respecting and promoting the spirit of Fair Play, as well as observing the principles of sport in all coach and coaching-related issues;

The AEFCA observes the principle of strict neutrality in all issues of politics, race and religions. It will protect the right of all member associations and their affiliated members to be treated in accordance with the principles of law and equity, and it will ensure that equal treatment will be afforded to all, irrespective of their descent, gender, nationality, denomination, ethnic origin, political belief or commitment to any party or union.

Respecting and promoting honesty and integrity in the coaching profession, and dealing internally, to the extent possible, with any transgressions against these principles.

Name

Country

Nominated

Franz Leidl †

Austria

1986

Herbert Widmayer †

Germany

1995

Dr. Jozef Vengloš

Slovakia

2013

Name

Country

Nominated

Georges Boulogne †

France

1995

René Hüssy †

Switzerland

1995

John Calogeras

Greece

2001

Norbert Konter

Luxembourg

2004

Name

Country

Nominated

Fritz Buchloh †

Germany

1986

Arthur Lenz †

Denmark

1986

Manuel Alepuz Andrés †

Spain

1989

Spartaco Fugani †

Switzerland

1989

Giuliano Zani †

Italy

1989

Dr. Václav Jíra †

Czech Republic

1993 posthum

Hermann Höfer †

Germany

1997 posthum

Sir Bobby Robson †

England

1998

Andy Roxburgh

Scotland

1998

Lothar Meurer †

Switzerland

2004 posthum

Ernest Jacky

France

2004

René Basler

Switzerland

2007

Walter Gagg

Switzerland

2007

Ramón Cobo Antoranz †

Spain

2009 posthum