In my last blog post, I showed you pictures from my study trip to London in December. Well, I still have photos to show you, but this time it is from Skövde.

Last weekend, I visited Skövde for the event VFF Symposium. It is an event where coaches, referees, players, leaders and football / soccer workers from all over Sweden visits to see seminars and lectures. Over 1000 people visited Skövde during this weekend.

So, with no further ado, here is some pictures from VFF Symposium 2019 (next time, I promise you I will write a more proper blog post, but in the meantime, enjoy!).

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Arena Skövde from the outside. An early morning in january, and still no sign of the sun…

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Peter Gerhardsson, the former Head Coach for BK Häcken’s Men’s Team (now Head Coach for Women’s National Team), started the VFF Symposium with his speech. Among many things, he talked about his view on leadership, the difference between contacts and relationships and how you can have structured attacking style.

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William Lundin, from FC Trollhättan, shows how his team plays 3-5-2. A young and very interesting coach, to say the least. Funny fact – He was coach for BK Wobbler before I came there in 2015.

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It wasn’t just football / soccer on VFF Symposium. Here is Rikard Grönborg, Head Coach for ice hockey national team for men. He talked about his own view of leadership, which is a mix of the swedish and american style since he has lived in the states for large part of his life. Leadership is universal.

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Magnus Edlund, former assistant coach of IFK Göteborg, shows the importance of individual defense. We had a bit of an argument about man-man-marking versus positional defense, but I do have a great respect for him. You don’t have to think a like all the time.

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Katarina Dunder Olsson and Erik Lundstedt, now in Sjömarkens IF, shows their view on defense and attacking. Not very impressed, but still it takes some guts to stand on the stage.

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Pics from London

2019-01-13

It’s picture time!

As some of you may know, I visited London over the christmas holidays. Partly to visit some coach colleagues, partly to make some educational visits to a handful of London clubs. Luckily, most of the clubs I asked were more than happy to welcome me.

So, this blog post will be a little different. Now, it will be more pictures than words for a change. I guess some of you will be happy over that fact…

Enjoy!

The first stop at my trip was Leyton Orient. They currently play their games at The Breyer Group Stadium in the northeast of London. It was an unusual experience to watch a non-league game. I haven’t heard so many swear words in my life, either before or since then. Very genuine. Funny fact: Leyton Orient was the first club that I managed in Championship Manager 94 / 95. Oh, does memories… And hours I won’t get back. 

 

I didn’t have high hopes for the visit at Stamford Bridge. My view on Chelsea has been that it is a very “plastic” club, but oh, I was so wrong. They really cared about their former heroes. This is the old wall where the old stands were. On the wall, they have pictures of former CFC-heroes.

 

Peter Osgood was / is a good for CFC fans. Here as a statue outside Stamford Bridge. Not a statue (or even a picture) of José Mourinho though… I talked with some of the staff at CFC and they admitted that Mou is their greatest manager of all time, but they don’t like him very much. Their favourite? Carlo Ancelotti.

In the CFC dressing room. In the corner, a whiteboard with the text “How to win”. I guess Sarri’s men didn’t listen, cause they losed against Leicester the day before…

 

Outside Unai Emery’s office at Arsenal Training Ground. Too bad he wasn’t at work that day.

 

Dennis Bergkamp is perhaps the greates Arsenal hero of all time. Here, he is a statue outside Emirates Stadium.

 

During my visit at Fulham, I wasn’t allowed to sit on the bench during the game. Instead, I was placed behind this camera man the whole game against Wolves. Cozy stadium, though.