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Coerver Coaching Assist at the adidas Lab

Coerver® Coaching were on hand to assist their global partner at the adidas® lab which took place over 5-days during the build up and following the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley. The purpose of the adidas® lab was to showcase four new, ground-breaking innovations that will launched in future seasons by the world’s leading football brand.

Special guests, retailers, bloggers and competition winners from across the world descended on Victoria House in London to visit the adidas® lab where they had the oppurtunity to test the new innovations which included the miCoach Elite Team System, the adidas® Smart Ball (see below image, Coerver® CEO Jimmy Galustian), in addition to the worlds lightest ever playing kit (630g) and football boot (99g).

Coerver® Coaching CEO, Jimmy Galustian and UK Director, Scott Wright provided coaching expertise during the event within the Smart Ball Zone. The adidas® Smart Ball, which has been in development for the last three years, has been designed to improve technique, power, spin and accuracy through an automated coaching system. Coerver® Coaching have been part of the project team, providing expertise on ball mastery and ball striking techniques.

German great, Michael Ballack and French legend, Zinedine Zidane, who were assisted by Jimmy & Scott, demonstrated their amazing shooting techniques in the Smart Ball zone (see below image of Michael Ballack in the adidas ®Smart Ball Zone).

adidas® ambassador, Zinedine Zidane (see below image of Zinedine Zidane in the adidas® Smart Ball zone) said, “I have been working with adidas for 17 years and throughout my career I have always known they have been leading the way when it comes to innovation in football. The adidas lab shows how the brand is shaping the future of football and is a great chance for fans to see it with their own eyes.”

Coerver® CEO, Jimmy Galustian (see below image – adidas® lab speed test) said “It was great to be invloved in such a high profile event before, during and after the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley with our global partner adidas. This event highlighted that without doubt, adidas are the leading football brand in the world and are at the cutting edge of football technology. We are really pleased to be assisting with the development of some of this new technology showcased here at the adidas lab that will help to shape the game in the future”.

Coerver® UK Director, Scott Wright added “It was great to be working with different people from so many countries who had been invited by adidas to attend the event. Also having the oppurtunity to assist Zinedine Zidane and Michael Ballack was a fantastic experience, I even had the chance to play in goal againt Zidane, that was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I’m not going to forget for a long time!”.

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“All I can say is, its the footballing bible”

I dont know if its the right address to write to but i must just write what a revelation the Coerver Coaching method has been to me. Back in the 70`s as a young player I remember the teacher and parent coaches I had they could only coach the team and a few tacticle practices , yes it helped but it lacked what the coaches couldn’t teach because they couldn’t do. As a player i reached quite a good standard, choosing to join the military than a football career was a regret but i managed to play against Celtic and Rangers which was a fantastic experience,  up against some footballing greats such as Pat Bonner, Tommy Burns , Billy stark (Celtic) and Billy Thompson (Rangers).
Since becomming a parent and being at the begining of my 40`s i decided to hang up my boots and look into coaching . I live in Germany and most of the parent  coaches in my local area lack the ability to coach individually and i wondered why it was missing , i played and watched amature football on a regular basis and found young children as well as adults lacking in basic ball skills , so before i took up coaching i searched the web, bookshops and dvd´s looking for the missing link in amature coaching.
As a Brit i naturally looked into English websites and came across  which was a massive help into the insight of coaching, organisation, do´s and dont´s, the basic general  coaching ideas i needed to get started.
But i still searched for that ” special one” if you know what i mean and came across Inside Soccer. com , I thought  wow this is more like it , skills that i can do as a player and an insight on how to bring it across to my group of 4 to 6 yr olds.
Then after a while i recieved an email advert for coerver coaching , All i can say is, it´s the footballing bible , Its just what i would of loved as a child and exactly the missing link in my sessions .
I first bought the skills dvd and was flabbergasted of how young children could do such fancy footwork , So i brought the improve your game dvd again i was amazed, it  got me practicing and brushing up on my skills ,which you can imagine my wifes face watching as her 5yr old son and her 40yr old husband learning new skills in the living room!! . My son who has been kicking footballs since the age of 2 and who´s heros are Fernando Torres ,Pele and Johan Cruyff has had an amazing time practicing the footskills , He is  strong with the right foot and now confident with left foot and can do quite a few tricks aswell.. Sorry to babble on , But really Thanks to such a marvelous insight to the coaching world. Next buy is definatly the session planner and  make your move dvds. Toby B.

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With the all-German UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, I thought it would be a great time to share Coerver Coaching’s experience in German football.

In 1988, Charlie Cooke and I were approached by adidas in the USA to do a Coerver Coaching clinic in Cincinnati, featuring German World Cup legend, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Karl-Heinz told us he had no real knowledge of the Coerver Coaching Method, and I agreed to meet him at his hotel the day before to go over some Coerver Moves, which was the theme of the session.

In the 80’s our curriculum was mainly focused on Ball Mastery and 1 v 1 Moves. Karl-Heinz told me it was a great concept, and he had never been introduced to such a coaching program when he was a young player.

I explained that the Coerver Coaching Moves were modelled on great players such as Beckenbauer, Cryuff, and Stanley Matthews. We discussed creating a Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Move for the clinic the next day. A few hours later, practicing in his room at the hotel, we came up with what we now call in Coerver Coaching “The Side Step” Set. This comprised of the single and double Side Step. Karl-Heinz was a superb athlete, and above all a great pro. The next day, we did the clinic with Karl-Heinz and Coerver kids from our Cincinnati school. Hundreds attended and by all accounts it was a great success.

That evening Karl-Heinz and I went to dinner, and he told me that in Germany there was little emphasis on teaching technique in such detail, and he really wanted to introduce Coerver Coaching into Germany, as he felt technique was one topic that German players needed to improve on.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Liam Brady, Peter Beardsley and Alf Galustian, Coerver® Clinic

We kept in touch, and in 1990, he contacted me about a TV project he was planning. The series was called Tele Soccer, a TV Football show hosted by him. The concept was to feature 10 of the greatest players of the day, giving tips to young players. He wanted me to write the coaching content, based on the Coerver Curriculum and to provide 12 young players to come to Germany for the filming.

We selected 12 young players from the USA and the UK and we went to film the series at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Karl-Heinz would introduce the Star. The Stars featured included Jürgen Klinsmann, Franz Beckenbauer, Marco van Basten, Pierre Littbarski, Rudd Gullit and Karl-Heinz himself, demonstrating a Skill Topic and then our Coerver kids doing a drill to improve that topic.

The 12 part TV series was a great success and aired all over Europe. It was also a wonderful recognition of Coerver Coaching.

Tele Soccer TV show filming with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Following the success of this series Karl-Heinz, who was also the Vice President of Bayern Munich at the time, asked me to come to Bayern to instruct his youth coaches on the Coerver Coaching Method. This began a 17 year relationship between Bayern Munich and Coerver Coaching.

Working with Bayern Munich Youth Teams

Over these years I visited the club several times and did many clinics for the coaching staff.
Initially I worked with Björn Andersson, who was the Technical Head of the Bayern Munich Academy. I also knew the Academy Director Werner Kern well, and he was also a big supporter of the Coerver Program. The great Gerd Müller was one of the coaches, and Stephan Beckenbauer was also one of the most enthusiastic coaches when it came to learning about Coerver.

Alf Galustian and Björn Andersson coaching Bayern Staff

Björn Andersson also asked me to work on Ball mastery and Moves with individual young players, one being Owen Hargreaves, a young Canadian player who went on to be a Bayern, Manchester United and England Star.

At the 2006 World Cup in Germany, through adidas, and the support of Jürgen Klinsmann and FD21, Coerver Coaching did many clinics around Germany and featured at the World Cup Village in Berlin. In 2008 Klinsmann became Head Coach of Bayern and I again started working with the Bayern Coaches on a more intensive education program featuring Coerver Coaching.

Alf Galustian and Jürgen Klinsmann

German Football Coaching – background

In the 2000 Euro Championships, Germany did very poorly and they identified technical levels as one cause. They determined that the solution was investment and thought into Youth Development.

The talent education program started in the season 2002/03 with 366 DFB-bases across Germany.

1000 certified coaches are working there (fee-bais paid), coordinated by 29 fulltime regional directors.

The second step was that every Pro club had to build an academy, at the moment there are 49 plus a few academies from regional federations in regions without a Pro club.

The third step was that every academy had to work with one of the 29 elite schools of sport. The class schedule is balanced so that players have much more time to play football than in regular schools.

An additional benefit is that DFB-coaches and youth coaches from Pro-Clubs go into the schools to do extra training in the morning (in the afternoon they go to training at their academies).

The talent promotion has four steps:

Basic promotion (grassroot clubs & schools)
Talent promotion (elite schools of sport, academies, DFB bases)
Elite promotion (youth national teams, academies of Proclubs)
Top class football national team, international football, Bundesleague)

The Coerver® Influence

Since the National focus was heavily on improving technical topics, the Coerver Program became crucial to many coaches, through exposure to the Coerver Clinics or through the DVDs/Videos that had been on the German market since the 90’s. The credibility of many years working with Bayern also advanced the Coerver influence on German football.

Coerver® Coaching activities in Germany

Coerver Coaching has expanded all over Germany since I started working there in the 90’s. We have conducted many camps for young players nationally and coaches clinics at Bayern Munich; FC Nuremberg; FC Kaiserslautern; Arminia Bielefeld; FC Schalke 04, Alemannia Aachen and FC Cologne.

Aachen Coaches Clinic

FC Cologne Clinic

Schalke Clinic

We have written three articles for the DFB coaching magazine including one that was filmed, which is part of the DFB online coach education library. Several of the Coerver Coaching Videos/DVDs are best sellers in Germany and have been so since the 90’s.

The first Coerver Coaching Camp was in 2006 and in 2008 Rafael Wieczorek became the Director for Coerver Coaching in Germany. He has now 7 head coaches and 35 junior coaches operating across the country. In the last five years Coerver Coaching in Germany has delivered approximately 50 courses with more than 1500 coaches and we have worked with more than 100 different grassroot clubs.

In 2012 we had over 2000 players in Camps and football schools and 495 coaches in different clinics. We also do regular events with our official partner, adidas®. We have done 25 events nationally with adidas®, including introducing their latest products such as F50, Predator, micoach and the new nitrocharge.

adidas® event with Bayern & Germany captian, Philipp Lahm

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DVD Feedback – The Ultimate Bundle

Hi Chas,

Hope all is well. Thanks for the early reply. It’s all good now. The “Coerver Coaching Ultimate Bundle” is brilliant. I’ve been having successful sessions with my team, & their enthusiasm, ability, performance have been terrific. The session planning is a lot
of fun. In the not too distant future I WILL be attending one of your Coaching Clinics, & hopefully get some of the squad to join in the kids camps.


Scott R.

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DVD Feedback – The Ultimate Bundle

Hi Chas,

Hope all is well. Thanks for the early reply. It’s all good now. The “Coerver Coaching Ultimate Bundle” is brilliant. I’ve been having successful sessions with my team, & their enthusiasm, ability, performance have been terrific. The session planning is a lot of fun. In the not too distant future I WILL be attending one of your Coaching Clinics, & hopefully get some of the squad to join in the kids camps.


Steve R.

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Youth Diploma at Real Madrid

Coerver® Coaching are delighted to announce that the first European Youth Diploma of 2013 will be hosted by Spanish giants, Real Madrid CF. The course will take place between the 14th & 15th May 2013 at the “Los Blancos” Valdebebas training centre which is widely regarded as one of the best professional sports training facilities in the world (see below image).

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Youth Diploma Feedback

Thank you so much for the course training and the material provided. In just three weeks from attending the course, I have already seen results from my U10 boys by implementing the Coerver Coaching method. Not only have I seen growth in the players as individual’s, but they are enjoying every minute of it! I appreciate the energy that you provide in the class more than anything, you make the learning environment fun and exciting for the coaches as well. I can’t wait to see the boys growth over the next season and using the Coerver method to develop the U13 and U15 boys that I will be coaching in the near future. With the different variations to each training exercise, there will be something to challenge them all.
Thank you again for everything!!
Paul B
CVU Blackhawks 99′, 01′, 04′

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Coerver Coaching Collaborate on Mourinho Project

Coerver® Coaching are delighted to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Sports Stars Media plc (“Sports Stars”), the Portuguese-based sports animation and media company.

The organisations will collaborate across a number of media platforms with Coerver® Coaching providing soccer skills know-how to be showcased in the up-coming Mourinho and the Special Ones TV series (See above image), Mourinho Trading Card Game and the Multi Skills Cup.

Sports Stars Media CEO Ruben Dias said:

“Sports Stars has made significant progress since admission to AIM in February 2012, not only in signing up leading soccer personalities and business partners, but also adapting its offering quickly to the rapidly changing digital market, leaving it very well positioned to benefit.  It is in discussions with a number of broadcasters for the Gombby and Mourinho TV Series and is actively seeking business alliances globally for the Ronaldo World Championship.”


Jimmy Galustian CEO of Coerver Coaching commented:

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Sports Stars Media on their various projects. We believe that there is great potential for overlap between what we do and the new content being created  for Mourinho and the Special Ones and the Multi Skills Cup. We hope that these will not only entertain kids but be used as educational tools by parents and coaches. We will certainly be using them in our grass roots programmes globally.”

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Youth Diploma Sacramento, CA – April – 2013


A great weekend in Sacramento hosted by Chris Malenab of Coerver California North East.  A sold out course and great sunny California weather for all to enjoy.  Thanks to everyone who attended. For more photos and comments: Click Here

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Gerard Houllier interview Paris March 11, 2013

Gérard Houllier OBE


Clubs Managed and Coached

  • RC Lens
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Liverpool, with whom he won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001.
  • Olympique Lyonnais where he won  two French titles
  • Aston Villa
  • Red Bull : Head of Global Soccer

International Career

  • French national team coach between 1992 and 1993.
  • Technical Director France 1988 to 1998
  • France World Cup Win in1998
  • Technical Director France 2008-2010
  • Member of UEFA’s and FIFA’s Technical Committee for 2006  and 2010 World Cup finals

AG: As always, good seeing you. What are you doing now?

GH: Currently I am Global Sporting Director for Red Bull Football: We have 5 professional football units:

Austrian side FC Red Bull Salzburg, Germany’s RB Leipzig , New York Red Bulls from the US A, Red Bull Brasil and the Red Bull Ghana academies.

AG: it’s almost 20 years since you invited me to come to the Clairefontaine National Training Centre. Please go through the background that preceded this invitation

GH: As a professional coach and then as technical director of the French Federation, I had heard about Wiel Coerver and his methods, but to be frank, myself and many of my staff were a little sceptical. We agreed that focus on technical teaching was important, but from what we saw in the work, at that time, many of us felt it did not relate or move on to game conditions quickly enough. When I met you and you explained to me your ideas on technical teaching, I was keen to see for myself.

AG: I remember well the first course I did for you at Clairfointaine in 1994; to tell you the truth I really felt nervous because there were so many high profile coaches.

GH: In fact if you recall, the first course you did was for our 15 National Team Coaches; This included Aime Jacquet, the National Team Coach and coaches from every French National Team men and women, so no wonder you were nervous.

I was honest with you at the beginning, I left it to our National Team Coaches judgement, whether they liked what you presented or not. As you know they all came back to me, after your session, saying they were convinced that this teaching could be of great importance to us in France. I have to tell you that one of your biggest supporter was Aime Jacquet, who went on to win the World Cup.

The second course you did for us in the early days of the following season, was for the 120 National and Regional Coaching Directors of France. This course led to the many invitations you received to teach players and coaches at top pro clubs and our regional training centres.

AG: You have jogged my memory, yes those first two courses were crucial, I remember that I presented Ideas on Technical Teaching to Elite Players and how I thought Coerver had evolved. Do you remember the feedback that you got on that?

GH: Yes, that day you convinced even the most sceptical of coaches, that Coerver was about teaching effective use of skills and not just skill for its own sake. Many of our coaches had seen Wiel Coerver work or had his videos; you showed us the evolution of the method and how it had changed and moved on. 

AG: I remember shortly after these initial courses coming back to Clairefointiane at your request to video some of our work for your Official Library

GH: Yes and to this date almost 20 years later, the videos and work you did are still used as a resource for our coaches all over France.

AG: I was lucky to continue working with you for over 17 years all over France

GH: As technical director I received reports of all your work. I recall especially those at Auxerre, Marseilles, Lyon, Bordeaux and Paris.I really feel your effort and work in France over so many years, has helped us produce so many good creative players.

AG: I have been lucky enough to work at many Federations and Top Clubs around the World, and in my opinion, the French Youth Development System under you, is the best that I have seen.

GH: Thank you, we worked hard and Youth Development was a priority for us. Winning the World Cup validated our ideas and new orientation in our work.

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