News at a glance (12)

26 February 2013  –  While some of the news presented below may date back a few weeks or even months, the information provided is certain to be of interest to all of the AEFCA’s member associations and their coaches.

At the 22nd general assembly of the Swiss coaches’ body Union Schweizer Fussball-Trainer (USFT), held in Zurich in the imposing home of FIFA on 20 December 2012, all of the incumbent office holders were re-elected for another two years – this applies to President Philip J. Müller (36, a co-opted AEFCA board member), Roland Guillod, and Davide Morandi (1st and 2nd Vice-President, respectively), the other board members being Hugo Schmidt und Willy Schmid.

No changes either resulted from the elections held by the Associazone Italiana Allenatori Calcio (AIAC) in Coverciano near Florence on 12 December 2012, where 7

2-year-old President Renzo Ulivieri continues to head the organisation until 2016, assisted by Vice-Presidents Biago Savarese (professional football) and Luca Perdomi, who represents the amateur game.

In December 2012, Vitor Maçãs (48) took over as caretaker President of the Portuguese Associação Nacional dos Treinadores de Futebol (ANTF), with new elections scheduled to be held in May 2013. Maçãs’s predecessor Silveira Ramos had previously received the honour of being appointed Technical Director of the Portuguese FA (FPF).


Many happy returns – well-wishers no doubt stood in line to deliver Happy Birthday greetings to AEFCA Honorary President Norbert Konter (who was 85 years old on 14 December), AEFCA Vice-President Andreas T. Michaelides (60 years on 29 December), Frank Ludolph, head of UEFA’s “Football Education Service” department (50 years on 20 December), and finally Dr. Jozef Vengloš, President of the European coaches’ association, who enjoyed his 77th birthday on 18 February 2013.

Pia Sundhage (53), much-acclaimed presenter at the 2011 AEFCA symposium in Antalya, Turkey, was crowned FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year 2012 at the distinguished “FIFA Ballon d’Or” event in the Zurich Congress Centre on 7 January 2013, by an impressive margin compared to the other (male) nominees, Norio Sasaki (Japan) and Bruno Bini (France). Also in December last year, Andy Roxburgh (69), UEFA’s Technical Director of 18 years, made his debut as Sporting Director of MLS club Red Bull New York.

To all those mentioned above, we’d like to extend our kindest congratulations, wishing them all the best of good luck and success in their respective (old and new, as the case may be) functions.

To conclude, here are a few up-dates on new and topical information to be found on the AEFCA website, specifically focusing on the following icons:

NEWS / AEFCA in the press

Ready for download: various member associations have sent us their reports of (and comments on) the symposium in Split, Croatia. The November issue of the Russian coaches’ body NFCAR magazine features an interview with the AEFCA General Secretary about the role and tasks assumed by the Alliance.


All member associations are actively encouraged to keep the AEFCA General Secretariat “in the loop” whenever there are any changes in terms of names, addresses, contacts, logos etc. to be reported. For example, there has been a major change of address in England involving both of our English members, the F.A. Coaches Association (FACA) representing the interest of amateur coaches, and the professional coaches’ body League Managers Association (LMA). They are now living under the same roof, having taken up residence at The FA’s brand-new St George’s Park near Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

Officially opened on 20 August 2012, the FA’s National Football Centre is a state-of-the-art facility right after every footballer’s (and coach’s) heart. Click on the link below to view a 90-second clip offering some first impressions. Talks have been initiated for St George’s Park to host one of the future AEFCA symposiums. There aren’t many better places than this around – watch this space.

Video Clip St George’s Park, 1:30 Min.

Upcoming events

Please check out the list of upcoming event, such as various member associations’ annual congresses in 2013. As regards UEFA’s schedule of events, coaches might be interested in the “Grassroots” workshop in Oslo in April, or the “Coach Education” event in Budapest in October.

Training Aids

Just to respond to what seems to have become a veritable FAQ lately: the official Split symposium report may still be outstanding, but all of the presentations that have been made available to us have been online for several weeks now.


It goes without saying that any changes in postal and/or e-mail addresses delivered have been effected on the data sheets exclusively available to AEFCA member associations. Please advise the General Secretariat of any new developments – thank you for your assistance!

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