ÖFB coaches’ workshop, Vienna, 16 to 18 January 2015

More the 300 national coaches and international guests followed the call of ÖFB, the Austrian football association, to attend their continuing-education workshop.

The ÖFB initiated this year’s series of high-level European continuing education for football coaches, conducting its workshop in Vienna from 16 to 18 January 2015.

After welcoming addresses from Holger Osiek and Ioan Lupescu on behalf of FIFA and UEFA respectively, Willi Ruttensteiner, ÖFB’s sports director, opened the coaches’ workshop at the Maria Enzersdorf/Vienna EVN Forum, giving an analysis of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In his opinion, four of the best teams ended up in the semi-finals, and Germany, the strongest of them, eventually won the title.

This was followed by a panel debate in which Ioan Lupescu, Technical Director of UEFA, Marcel Koller, ÖFB team manager, and Peter Schöttel, a former coach in Austria’s Bundesliga, tried to infer from the 2014 World Cup findings ideas for further development of Austrian football. All participants agreed that Austrian football had taken a very positive turn in recent years, as testified in particular by how well Austria’s national team is doing in the qualifiers for EUR0 2016.

The following day saw Roger Spry, ÖFB’s conditioning coach, kicking off delivering a very lively presentation on his take on current international and national football. Then Ioan Lupescu used some of UEFA’s statistical evaluation to explain the prevalent trends in the Champions and Europa Leagues in recent years.

The practical part of the programme at Vienna’s Generali Arena was launched by a session on state-of-the-art conditioning presented by Roger Spry. Peter Schöttel demonstrated forms of exercise and play specific to positions, and Thomas Janeschitz, ÖFB’s head of education, ended the practical part with a session on “long vertical passes.”

On the final day, Franco Foda gave a lecture on the continued development of his philosophy for the game. Unfortunately the presentation by Urs Siegenthaler, the head scout of the German football association, had to be cancelled at short notice.

Willi Temper, the President of the Austrian association of football coaches (BÖFL), and Jürgen Pforr, the Vice-President/Treasurer of the German association of football coaches (BDFL), appeared on behalf of the AEFCA executive and acknowledged the organisers efforts in staging a very successful workshop, highly structured in terms of content and featuring first-rate speakers.

AEFCA wishes Austrian football all the best on its path towards success.


Jürgen Pforr


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