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30 August 2010 – Willi Ruttensteiner (47), Director of Sports at the Austrian FA (Österreichischer Fußball-Bund, ÖFB) and one of the keynote speakers at the XXVIII UEFT Symposium 2007 in Helsinki, has taken pen to paper and produced “Learn from the Best!”, a book offering an insight into more than a decade’s work that may well become a source of reference for future coaches.

On 200 pages, Ruttensteiner brings readers up to date on subjects as diverse as sports psychology, match and training philosophy, training drills and tactical planning, richly illustrated with great graphics and interspersed with quotes by the world’s best coaches.

The German edition costs EUR 25.90 plus p&p (VAT included) and can be ordered on-line from the editors At the time of writing, an English translation is being produced and is going to be available shortly.

Our English member, the League Managers Association (LMA), has published a quarterly journal since summer 2008. Entitled “The Manager”, the magazine features in-depth, straight-from-the-horse’s-mouth pieces on modern football management, including leadership, communications, and the development of strategies.

The current issue kicks off a new series entitled “The Technical Area”, with LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson (66) looking back on the 2010 FIFA World Cup and analysing the adoption and implementation of successful match tactics and systems. From 1998 to 2004, Wilkinson was one of the UEFT (which later became the AEFCA) Vice-Presidents, and a co-opted Executive Committee member until 2007.

To view the complete article, click on Coaching/Training Aids or download the PDF file below.

PDF, 4.2 MB

The FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 was the fitting occasion for the award of the FIFA Order of Merit to the former TV journalist and long-time football development aid specialist, Holger Obermann.

Commissioned by the German Olympic Sports Association, the German Foreign Office, and the German FA, Obermann became a true cosmopolite who readily accepted assignments even in countries torn by war or natural disasters, his self-given mission being spreading education and hope to children through football.

FIFA assignments included work in Kashmir after the 2005 earthquake, as well as in Sri Lanka in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. FIFA also honoured the former Dutch world-class international, Johan Cruyff, as well as Thabo Mbeki, the former President of the Republic of South Africa.

Obermann, who will be 74 on 31 August 2010, holds the UEFA Pro Licence and was a class goal-keeper in Germany’s highest league in the 1950s. He went semi-professional and played in the U.S. from 1961 to 1965, and featured prominently at the XXI UEFT Symposium 2000 in Frankfurt, where he emceed a much talked-about panel discussion.

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