News at a glance (4)

1 October 2010 – Updated on a regular basis, the “Partner” navigation point features topical information about (or provided by) our long-standing partners adidas, FIFA and UEFA that we feel may be of interest to our affiliated member associations and coaches.

Two recent contributions, for example, are excerpts from the September 2010 issue of the FIFA World magazine, of which the article entitled “Spanish Lesson” will please fans and coaches alike with an insightful analysis of how the teams played in South Africa.

It seems like yesterday that Gérard Houllier (Photo: Eugen Pomtykin/BFF) treated the attendants of the 30th AEFCA Symposium held in Minsk in November 2009 to his “Ingredients for Success”
presentation. On 26 September 2010, he was officially confirmed as the manager of the English Premier League club, Aston Villa.

Things have got off to a great start courtesy of a 2-1 away win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

On behalf of AEFCA, we would like to wish the long-time FFF Technical Director and much-liked friend of many years all the best of luck and success in his new position.

In Holger Osieck (Franz Beckenbauer’s assistant in charge of the 1990 FIFA World Cup-winning German national team and 2007 AFC Champions League winner with Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds), another presenter at the Minsk symposium has taken on a new challenge. Having completed his assignment as the head of FIFA’s Technical

Study Group at the World Cup in South Africa, Osieck (Photo: Eugen Pomtykin/BFF) has been the Australian national team coach since August this year. His mission, in a nutshell: getting the “Socceroos” to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

For more information about Australian football, visit

With more than 100 participants, the coaches’ symposium organized in Helsinki on 24/25 September 2010 by our Finnish member association “Suomen Jalkapallovalmentajat” (SJV), was remarkably well attended.

The main topic was condition training, as renowned experts such as Raymond Verheijen (The Netherlands), Prof. Dr. Elmar Wienecke (Germany) and Finland’s “A” national team coach Stuart Baxter presented their ideas and concepts on the issue.

The not-to-be-missed evening attraction on day one of the event was visiting the Finnish FA Cup final, won 2-0 by FC TPS Turku against local heroes HJK Helsinki.

For more information on the Finnish coaches organization, visit

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