Austrian FA coaches’ seminar delivers again
25 February 2014 – Mid-January is the traditional timeframe for the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) to organise its annual coaches’ seminar at Maria Enzersdorf near Vienna.
Attended by some 350 coaches (all holders of the B, A, and UEFA Pro License, respectively), the event featured indoor presentations as well as outdoor demonstrations and was hosted by ÖFB Sporting Director Willi Ruttensteiner and the association’s Head of Coach Education, Thomas Janeschitz.
Willi Ruttensteiner kicked off proceedings by providing a “state of the nation” account of Austrian football; after that, renowned Norwegian sports psychologist Geir Jordet spoke about the benefits of psychology in elite football, and Austrian men’s national team head coach Marcel Koller shared his views on successful attacking play.
On Day 2, participants met in the Generali Arena. The experts in charge who put Austria Vienna’s high-flying U19 Champions League players through their paces were SCR Altach coach Damir Canadi – whose spirited presentation the day before about the current 2nd Division leaders’ philosophy had galvanized listeners -, as well as Poland’s Sporting Director Stefan Majewski, und Marcel Koller.
On the final day, U21 team coach Werner Gregoritsch spoke about defensive play, before keynote speaker Gérard Houllier, Global Sporting Director at Red Bull Soccer, gave his presentation about the Key Ingredients of a Winning Team – with perfect timing indeed as Red Bull Salzburg had only just beaten German giants FC Bayern München in sensational fashion (3-0) in a friendly before the restart of the Bundesliga after the winter break.
All those wishing to re-live the event (as well as those who were unable to attend it) are invited to download the majority of presentations (in their original versions, i.e. Houllier and Jordet in English, all others in German).