AEFCA member NFT celebrates 25th anniversary

15 December 2011 – Our Norwegian friends from the Norsk Fotballtrenerforening (NFT) made good use of their 24th coaching congress, the “Cupfinaleseminaret”, to also celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary in Oslo from 4-6 November 2011.

More than 500 licensed coaches from Norway took part in the event highlighting Foppe de Haan as the keynote speaker whose input was instrumental for the success achieved by the Dutch Eeredivisie club, SC Heerenveen. In addition to the Dutchman who took the KNVB’s U21 team to European Championship glory in 2006 and 2007, the list of renowned presenters also included Stuart Baxter (former national coach for Finland and South Africa), Petr Kouba (goalkeeper coach of the Czech FA, the CMTS), as well as former Norwegian international Anders Giske. Capped 38 times, Giske plied his trade in the German Bundesliga, totalling 217 appearances for 1. FC Nürnberg, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and 1. FC Köln.

The official banquet was the fitting opportunity for AEFCA President Dr. Jozef Vengloš and General Secretary Karlheinz Raviol to present the NFT with an official gift and an honorary certificate in appreciation of their long-term, constructive partnership since 1 January 1988.

To round things off, all event attendees were treated to two exciting football matches: the women’s cup final in the Telenor Arena – Stabæk clinched the trophy beating Røa 5-4 on penalties, following a 2-2 draw after extra time – and the men’s cup final in the Ullevaal national stadium, won 2-1 by Aalesunds FK against the bookies’ favourites, SK Brann.

To find out more about Norwegian football and, specifically, the NFT, go to MEMBER ORGANISATIONS and select “Norway” on the map of Europe, or visit

See also: Fotballtreneren Spesial, Nr. 1/2012 – PDF, 2.4 MB


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