Standing ovations for AEFCA Vice-President Zingraf

13 August 2012  –  The 55th edition of the International Coaches’ Congress, hosted by our German member Bund Deutscher Fussball-Lehrer (BDFL; the German coaches’ body) in Augsburg from 30 July to 1 August 2012, was the fitting occasion to bestow special honours on AEFCA’s 1st Vice-President, Horst Zingraf (73).

For his long-time commitment to the game and, specifically, the BDFL, he was awarded the German Football Association’s (DFB) Order of Merit by leading DFB representatives Rainer Milkoreit (Vice-President) and Helmut Sandrock (General Secretary) to the applause of some 900 congress participants.

For his decades-long service to the BDFL – Zingraf, who retires of his own accord, chaired the South-West section of the organisation from 1978 to 2003 before taking over from Klaus Röllgen as President – the BDFL members elected him Honorary President, unanimously and with standing ovations.

Zingraf’s unanimously elected successor is his deputy of many years, Lutz Hangartner (69). Watch this space for more details about this and many more congress-related issues.

Congratulations! Recently-appointed England manager Roy Hodgson was 65 on 9 August 2012  —  On the same day, Antalya Symposium presenter Pia Sundhage (52) joined her US women’s national team players in celebrating their Olympic gold medal win after beating reigning world champions Japan in the final to a sell-out crowd at Wembley stadium, the USA’s second consecutive gold no less.

This is how she responded to our congratulatory letter: “I’m so proud of the team. The semi-final and final we put it all together even if we didn’t play the way I had hoped. However, we found a way to win. Coaches were thinking and talking while players were emotionally charged and just did it”.

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