San Jose, CA, November 3, 2016: Last week Almaden FC (AFC) Technical Director John Devine and AFC Director of Coaching Chris Strangio joined sixteen other Global Premier Soccer (GPS) and FC Bayern Affiliate clubs coaches on a technical visit to FC Bayern Munich. The technical trip allowed coaches to learn the FC Bayern philosophy, and methodology that they could bring back to the US and allowed them to gain exposure to the 'Mia San Mia' soccer culture firsthand.
"FC Bayern is a top class organization and we had access to the behind the scenes of the FC Bayern Youth Academy at all levels including training sessions for boys & girls U10-U21, senior men's first team training as well as goalkeeping technical sessions," said AFC Technical Director John Devine.
Personally I was able to gain a good amount of knowledge to bring back and help John implement into the Almaden FC style of play. Watching the various age group academy players train and play games was extremely insightful. I plan on, and have since I've been back, implementing some of the warm up routines as well as game structures we witnessed. Visits like this will only keep elevating the quality of our Coaches, thereby the quality of our play and players at Almaden FC." Chris Strangio AFC DOC
The main event of the itinerary was the presentation of the new FC Bayern handbook by Sebastian Dremmler, Director of FC Bayern International Programs. This document outlines an overview of the youth teams’ philosophy that GPS Staff will deliver across the country in the next 2 years. The visit also included presentations of the Goalkeeping and Women’s programs.
The goalkeeping Session took place on the third day with Uwe Gospodarek, FC Bayern Director of Goalkeeping, leading this. ‘The on-field session was focused on close feet diving – “the attention to the smallest detail was really impressive!”, said Eduan Naude, GPS Director of Goalkeeping.
Staff also particiaped in a Workshop about the FC Bayern Women’s Program hosted by Bianca Rech, Team Manager and former FCB Player, and Gina Lewandoski, current First Team player from the US. The program in Sabener Strasse starts with the U17 team and the main goal is to be the #1 club for young talented players in the Bavarian Region. Bianca outlined how the selection process works and how FC Bayern works on the women’s side to develop young players and give them the best possibilities to reach their potential.
During their five-day stay, John, Chris and the GPS staff attended many high-level games, including the UEFA Youth League cup U19 FC Bayern vs. PSV, a UEFA Champions League game FC Bayern vs. PSV, and a Bundesliga game between FC Bayern and Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Allianz arena.
On the final day, John, Chris and the GPS Staff attended a game between FC Bayern U10 vs FC Wacker (team from Austria). ‘The game had such an amazing flow, with no interruption and young players delivering a tremendous level of football’, said Peter Bradley, GPS Director of coaching. The game was “refereed” by a parent as supervisor, rather than intervening. A parents’ zone also created an environment where parents are not allowed to behave poorly towards the referee, players and coaches. This resulted in fast-paced games, where players are put in the right conditions to express themselves and enjoy a great football experience.
The level of access to FC Bayern facilities and staff displays the uniqueness of the most extensive European Club partnership ever seen in the USA.
"AFC are on track with the FC Bayern curriculum and being exposed to the high level education that exists at a club like FC Bayern will help cement the foundation of Almaden Soccer for years to come," said John Devine.
Check out the video below of AFC Technical Director John Devine & AFC Director of Coaching Chris Strangio at FC Bayern.
Through our partnership with Global Premier Soccer (GPS), we are pleased to announce that three additional Almaden FC (AFC) players will travel to Europe this summer to compete in two Global youth soccer tournaments including, The Gothia Cup (Sweden) and SuperCupNI (Northern Ireland).
Last month, AFC Coach Robert Stewart and Almaden 01’s player, Callahan Boronkay joined Team GPS USA to compete in the annual FC Bayern Youth Cup at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Team GPS USA competed against teams from India, Japan, Thailand, Austria and Germany. The team finished 5th in the tournament and will be hoping to move up the rankings next year. The team trained directly with FC Bayern Academy Head Coaches and attended the Bundesliga Final at the Allianz Arena against Hannover 96. When asked about the overall experience Coach Stewart said, "I would say the experience of traveling to FC Bayern to compete in the Youth Cup was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Callaghan and I. For Callaghan to have had the chance to be coached by the best youth coaches in the world and play at the Allianz arena is a memory he will never forget."
AFC Quicksilver NPL 03 players, Beth Mackintosh and Daniella Ciprian were recently selected for The GPS FC Bayern National Team to compete in this years Gothia Cup in Sweden. The Gothia Cup is the World’s largest international youth soccer tournament, attracting over 1600 teams from 80 nations. This year the tournament will run from July 17th-July 23rd and will include competition from Europe, Africa & USA.
AFC Mercury Premier 01 player, Santiago Gonzalez has also been selected to travel to Northern Ireland with The GPS FC Bayern National Team to compete in this years SuperCupNI. The SuperCup NI is known for providing a platform for young stars like David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, to show off their talent. The tournament will run from July 24th-July 29th and will attract soccer academies from across the globe including Liverpool (England), Real Sociedad (Spain), Southampton (England), CSKA Moscow (Russia), Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) and Club América (Mexico).
Best of luck to each of the players involved. Be sure to check back in via our website at www.almadensoccer.org for updates on each of the tournaments.
Who made this weeks team of the week? See the images below for the boys and girls teams. Congratulations to all involved now on to the next game!
Almaden FC is excited to announce that it has become an official affiliate club of Breakers FC (Santa Cruz) a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club. This partnership will enable both clubs to maximize player development pathways for boys born between 2000 and 2008 and will allow select players to compete at the highest level of competition currently available in the United States, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program. To date, 32 Mercury 2008 and 2006 players have been identified to participate in the Breakers FC Academy with more to follow.
Under the guidance of Almaden Technical Director John Devine, and Breakers FC Academy Director Paolo Carbone, the clubs will collaborate at all levels to maximize soccer development for both organizations. “We are thrilled to be working with a club that is committed to player development. It is a privilege to work with professionals such as John Devine, who has worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United Academy for over 10 years,” said Carbone, “both clubs will greatly benefit from this affiliation, and we are looking forward to a productive future together.”
Almaden President Gordon Mackintosh states, “I’m extremely excited to be partnering with another long-term nonprofit organization, Breakers FC. We share many common goals, most importantly a focus on player development. This affiliation will give players at Almaden a pathway to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in either a full-time or part-time capacity with training sessions taking place in both Almaden and Santa Cruz locations. Our selection as an affiliate of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program is a testament to the incredible transformation of our club over the last few years. “
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program is focused on improving everyday club environments to develop players to their full potential, with the goal of becoming world class players. Through established standards for coaches, players, referees, and a professional game environment, the Academy ensures players are best positioned to develop in age-appropriate stages as they progress to the next level. The standards are based on best practices for the sport of soccer that are utilized around the world and through continued observations and analysis of our landscape to develop the next generation of players.