I am happy to announce that I signed with Pakhtakor FC, together with Shota Arveladze. #teamwork
The first football season of Iwaki FC has finished.
What a spectacular year it has been. We started with 5 players and ended up with 32. The club and the players went through a great development process and it is clear for everybody to see how much they have grown.
Starting with players fresh from high school and university we have trained harder then I have ever done before. I have to give the players credit for there hard work and determination.
All that hard work payed off as well by winning the league and the national amateur cup for provincial teams. The players have grown in strength and in football ability.
To finish it off Iwaki FC opened its own football facility this week to give real identity to the club.
I have to thank Dome corporation for their great support. Without them all of this would not have been possible.
I will look back at this season with great pleasure and am proud to have been part of the project.
But now it is time for me to move on. I am ready for new challenges and new environments to spread the passion for football.
Otsukarasama deshita おつかれさまでした
Onderstaand artikel verscheen in Dagblad van het Noorden op 17 september 2016
Article in Dutch newspaper, published Sept. 17, 2016.
I am happy to announce that I have joined Iwaki FC as head coach.
It is a once in a lifetime possibility to be part of such an ambitious project. Since I left Japan as a player 19 years ago it has been a dream to come back to this country to coach.
When I was approached to join the project I did not hesitate to commit. Iwaki FC is a new club supported by Dome Corp, the distributor of the Under Armour label.
It wants to establish itself as a role model club in Japan. Emphasis will be on development of young players. Iwaki FC will take international benchmark as its guide in this development.
After exactly one year working in Indonesia I am back in the Netherlands. It has been an interesting, frustrating and learning experience. When I first came there was a lot of energy in the Football Association (PSSI) office. A lot of changes were made over the previous two years to develop football in this football crazy country.
The association brought in two foreigners, Mr. Sivaji and myself, to help develop the sport in Indonesia. Mr. Sivaji is an experienced coach and instructor who is a member of the AFC technical committee.
We concentrated on one of the most important pillars for improvement of football: coach education. In a short period of time we set up a great program for coaches to get their AFC license in Indonesia. There had been a vacuum of 4 years in which the courses were not given or not recognized bij AFC. The new program provided 40 A-, B- and C-AFC courses and 36 National D-courses in 2015. The head coaches participated in the first courses. Many of them had previously followed the national courses which were not recognized bij AFC. Continue reading
Journalist Gijs Eijsink schreef het boek “De Top50 van FC Twente”.
In het boek staan de vijftig beste spelers van de jubilerende club centraal. Eijsink selecteerde de beste spelers uit de 370 spelers die sinds 1965 het shirt van het eerste elftal hebben gedragen. Ook de overige voetballers, het vrouwenteam, de trainers, de voorzitters en de cijfers en feiten van de afgelopen 50 jaar worden beschreven.
Het boek werd op 7 oktober gepresenteerd in het bijzijn van een groot aantal spelers van de top vijftig uit het boek, van de huidige spelers en van (oud)bestuurders. Helaas kon ik niet bij de
boekpresentatie zijn, maar het is een eer om in de Top50 vermeld te zijn.
Tot en met 6 december zijn in het Rijksmuseum Twenthe vijftig por-tretten te zien die naar aanleiding van het boek gemaakt zijn.
Koen Ebeling Koning maakte dit schilderij van mij.
(English: click continue reading)