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Players long for understanding

Today’s story may sound scarily familiar to you. You have become the coach of the club (school team) you wanted. You are happy that the club (school) with a long tradition and reputation has recognized in you an expert who will take a step forward. You know most of the players from the club because you have noticed them before and followed their development. These are high-quality players with proven potential. You are convinced that they will readily adhere to your way of working and your coaching culture in order to …

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The Ivankovic dynasty

The football history of the small baroque town of Varazdin, situated in the north of Croatia has been enriched by the Ivankovic family for years. The Ivankovic football dynasty has left the most impressive record in the city’s football history in terms of numbers and achievements. Although the head of the family Franjo Ivankovic had only a short refereeing career in football, his three sons and three grandchildren have left (and are still leaving) an impressive mark on the football history of Croatia and Asia. The biggest breakthrough among the Ivankovic …

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Varazdin – a football coaching phenomenon around the globe

In the north of Croatia, near its capital Zagreb, the small baroque town of Varaždin is located. Beside its magic which is reminiscent of Vienna, Varaždin, a town with fifty thousand inhabitants represents a football coaching phenomenon in the world. There the football career of three top world-famous football coaches was built: Zlatko Dalić, Branko Ivanković, and Dražen Besek. Regardless of their world-famous careers, all three of them with their families still live in Varazdin. All three coaches first imposed themselves on the football public as players of the local First …

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What makes the difference between a good and a successful coach

It is generally accepted that the relevant skills needed for the job of a football coach are professional coaching knowledge, knowledge of technique, tactics, and fitness training. Shortly, professional and technical knowledge and skills that can be learned and practiced through education, and with the help of literature and experience. But what about those “intangible” at first glance hidden, but strongly influential elements of the coach’s personality? How important is the way in which each of the coaches thinks in different situations, feels and behaves in a specific manner for success …

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One who has knowledge knows no fear

Unlike a football game that is very conservative in terms of change, off-field shifts happen at high speed. This is best seen in demanding job of a football coach. In addition to standing behind the players, the coach is increasingly becoming a crucial figure in the club’s business success, regardless of whether it is about school, amateur or professional club. For quite some time now, the role of the coach has not been exclusively related to the team, but is constantly being supplemented and expanded. It no longer includes only technical-tactical …

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