News at a glance (1)
7 July 2010 – Dany Ryser (53) was voted “Coach of the Year 2009” by the members of the Swiss Football Association (SFV) and the Swiss Football League (SFL).
Born in beautiful Neuchâtel and a well-known figure in AEFCA circles, SFV coach Ryser (Photo: SFV) took the Swiss U17 national team to unprecedented heights, winning the FIFA U17 World Cup trophy in Nigeria last November.
A gifted tactician, Ryser was first “spotted” while managing FC Biel by outgoing SFV Technical Director Hansruedi Hasler, who persuaded him to join the SFV coaching staff in 1997. Ryser obtained the UEFA Pro Licence as early as on 1 November 1986 and had showed great promise as a coach instructor.
He is now a member of UEFA’s Jira Committee and a much sought-after coaching expert, with guest assignments all over Europe.
Equal praise and accolades were bestowed on the Fulham FC manager, Roy Hodgson (62), by the professional coaches organised in the English League Managers Association (LMA). At the LMA Dinner Awards event, which took place in London on 10 May 2010, Hodgson (Photo: LMA) was awarded the “Manager of the Year” prize for his outstanding record, having claimed an excellent 12th place ranking in the English Premier League before taking his club to the UEFA Europa League Final in Hamburg.
Hodgson, whose last presentation for the AEFCA dates back to the XXIIX AEFCA Symposium in Helsinki in 2007 (as the then Finnish national team coach), was recently appointed the new Liverpool FC manager and will coach the Reds from the 2010/11 season onwards.
Horst Zingraf and Karlheinz Raviol attended the event in their capacity as AEFCA 1st Vice-President and General Secretary, respectively.
Information about a successful advanced coaching course has reached us from the Austrian coaches association (Bund Österreichischer Fußball-Lehrer, BÖFL). Organised in Schielleiten from 25-27 June 2010, the programme featured, among other topics, “children-oriented training methods”, “scouting in youth football”, and “coaching in amateur football.” Course participants also included the AEFCA representatives Dr Jozef Vengloš (President) and Horst Zingraf (1st Vice-President).