Steven in Italien

Steven Turek in Italy

First International Coaching Course with Arrigo Sacchi

Alongside Coaching Legends like Arrigo Sacchi Steven Turek talks about the tactical Game

Each year, the great Italian coach Portal allfootball organizes a conference over two days, in which, international greats such as Arrigo Sacchi give lectures on the latest trends in technique and tactics in Colorno. This year, a German speaker was invited for the first time. Steven Turek gave a presentation about counterpressing and demonstrated appropriate forms of training. In addition to Steven Turek different Italian coaches were present.

Among them where Arrigo Sacchi, who in his speech to the coaches recalled the importance of training young players for Italy. He then talked about his preferred strategy in build up situations and underlined once more that a ground pass opening is the best solution. He then showed different forms of training that made players better over his legendary career. His speech was rounded off his with anecdotes from his incomparable career.

"Conte asked me who to take with him to the EURO - i told him to look at their attitude rather than their pure talent. Being a good man is more important than being a good player." - Arrigo Sacchi

Arrigo Sacchi

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Arrigo Sacchi (born 1 April 1946 in Fusignano) is an Italian retired football coach. He was twice manager of A.C. Milan (1987–1991, 1996–1997), with great success. He won the Serie A title in his 1987–88 debut season and then dominated European football by winning back to back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.To this day, Milan are the last team that became European champions and successfully defended their title in the following season. From 1991 to 1996 he was head coach of Italy and led them to the World Cup Final in 1994, only to lose to Brazil in a penalty shoot-out. Sacchi is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time and his Milan side (1987–1991) is widely regarded to be one of the greatest club sides to ever play the game, and by some to be the greatest of all time.

Sacchi was never a professional football player (he had played as a part-time footballer in amateur clubs for some years) and for many years worked as a shoe salesman. This led to his famous quote directed at those who questioned his qualifications: "I never realized that in order to become a jockey you have to have been a horse first".

"Every trip abroad is interesting - that's the way it was this time too - we got to know many interesting people, with different views of football, but we also heard very different but each very interesting lectures - including the one by Steven." - Peter Schreiner


Other presentations dealed for example with the teambuilding. Sergio Borra delivered an energetic and very convincing presentation. He pointed to the ingredients to a successful building of a team.

Other presentations came from Angelo Pereni (specialist in strategies of defense), Isabella Gasperini (specialist in psychology), Andrea Cristi (1 to 1 specialist) and Massimo De Paoli (owner of a coaching school).

In addition to the coach Congress organized Allfootball a football school. Not only players could improve their skills, but also ten coaches. They had the opportunity for a week to learn from the inventor of the Castle method - a famous soccer method in Italy.