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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Why should we give good education and respect rules to football players?

Why should we?
Well just watch this link, hoping this will never repeat itself in any game around the world. Let us think twice about winning at any cost.

I've always been respectfull of my opponent. As a player, as a coach and as a man.

New rules - very hard ones - should be proposed to punish this kind of attitude on the field.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Increasing membership, BENFICA - 171.000

BENFICA in Portugal,
171.000 members!

In the past 25 years, football and business have done a giant step forward in the sports industry. Football club Marketing Directors started to investigate how to develop their membership potential more efficiently. These are the latest numbers put together by Futebol Finance, a Portuguese company:
  1. Benfica (171.000)
  2. Barcelona (163.000)
  3. Manchester United (151.000)
  4. Bayern Munich (146.000)
  5. FC Porto (115.000)
  6. International de puerto Allegre (100.000)
  7. Sporting Portugal (96.000)
  8. Real Madrid (92.000)
  9. River Plate (82.000)
  10. Shalke 04 (72.000)

Well, would you believe all these clubs started with only a few members... why have these clubs so many members compare to others?... food for thought.

Goodbye. - coach De Ridder

Tuesday, 14 July 2009


2009-2010 Another good football year for the CFT - Creative Football Training - method

The dream became reality for two young players who adopted the CFT for several years. ARNOR ANGELI, signed a two-year pro contract with STANDARD, the current premiership Belgian Jupiler League champion team and KENN VAN LIJSEBETH a two-year contract with FC Denderd, second division.

I'm glad to see how CFT has helped several youg belgian international players like MALANDA-ADJE Bernard playing now in OSC Lille (france) and TONINI Fabio (fc Dender) as well as ROSARIO SAPORITO transfered from RSC Anderlecht to Werder Breme (Germany) last year. A special mention to MORIAS ANDREA, U12 in RSCA Anderlecht, who is slowly but surely becoming a great value for his club.

Another special mention to HAROUN NADJIM from Germinal Beershot, Belgian premiership, for his fantastic pre-season preparation. Results speak for themselves: 3 games - 3 goals, one goal per game. His brother the Belgian A International HAROUN FARIS, who was part of the first team to use the CFT method, 14 years ago (LIONS SOCCER ACADEMY) scored 4 goals with Germinal Beershot last week. He's being pursued by a premiership French team.

This is a season where some other CFT players of great value will work very hard to come back to elite teams: DANIEL GERSHON who signed with RUSAS this year will prove he deserves to get back to elite championship, as well as NEGI BEN ALI.

A new CFT kid on the block to mention is: NICHOLAS ELLEFSON, 23 years old, Belgian/American born in Spain, 1.95 m tall central defender who can play defensive midfield and forward !!! - I believe he will do great in a few months, presently trying out for a premiership Belgian B team. Not forgetting JOSE-KELLY ZANZALA an unknown but talented U16 player player who will certainly surprise more than one elite club.

On top of managing 360 INDIA in Kolkata, Sanjoy Banerjee is working on building a 360 CFT center of excellence in the region of HALDIA. The CFT method was tested with success in 2005-2006 with the Kingfisher East Bengal A team lead by captain Baichung Buthia.
Last but not least... CFT could start in England.

I wish you all a great 2009-2010 season, full of success you deserve. - coach de Ridder

Friday, 12 June 2009

What would you do with £80 million and a weekly salary of £200,000?

Cristiano Ronaldo will join Real Madrid.

Manchester United have accepted a world record bid of £80m (€93 m)for the Portuguese winger.
All that remains is for Ronaldo to agree personal terms with Real - his wages are expected to be in the region of £200,000 a week.

The deal with Manchester United brings to an end one of the longest transfer sagas in footballing history. Ronaldo, 23, who joined Manchester for £12.25m in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon when he was just 18, became the world's greatest player under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. He scored117 goals in 290 games for United, and was crowned World and European player of the year.

Did you know it?

* Cristiano was transferred to Sporting Lisbonne at the age of 12... for 25.000€
* Laslo Boloni, the actual Belgian premierchip Standard coach, gave him his first chance in Sporting Lisbonne A team at the age of 17.
* his weekly salary at Manchester United: 195.000€
* his complete name: Dos Santos Aveiro Cristiano Ronaldo
* Hight: 1.84 M - Weight: 75 Kg.

What could you do with 93 million Euros?

* Buy 375 Ferrari
* buy 10 Falcon flights
* Pay 71 times the anual salary of the Belgian best player (Boussoufa - RSC Anderlecht)
* Transfert 11 players as Vincent Kompany (8,5 million € from Hambourg to Manchester City)
* Buy 372 Very nice houses in Europe

What would you do with a £200,000 weekly salary?... well food for thought.

Good dreams. - coach de Ridder

Friday, 29 May 2009

MASTERCLASS Champions League players no taller than 1,70m. !?!

Incredible Barcelona !!!
Magnificent creative football !!!

Oliver Kay, the Times: "If Sir Alex Ferguson felt beforehand that United are a club who deserve to have more than three European Cups to their name, he could hardly begrudge Barcelona their third success after a performance that was embellished by goals from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi, and illuminated by the midfield artistry of AndrĂ©s Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, two wonderful players, who enhanced their reputations further on a night when no United player came close to living up to his." What happend to certain big names coaches and managers who were discriminating small players and praising tall big guys to play top football ?!?

The Champions League final was a big football lesson for certain "football expert"... and a big victory for those who believe in creative and magic football.

Did you notice that Messi, Iniesta and Xavi, starclass players, are no taller than 1,70 m. !?! What does that tell us?

Well, food for thought... goodbye. - coach De Ridder

Sunday, 16 November 2008


"The first sign of quality is consistency."
- Arsene Wenger

I totaly agree with Arsene's vieuw. Beating one of the top teams in Europe is great, but if you can't repeat week after week this performance... - you are not a top team, you are just a "good" team and... certainly not a team who's going to win the championship.

It is important to reconize it and be aware of it.

Consistency is another key of true succes. I've seen a lot of clubs, journalist and fans being "bluffed" by some players or clubs.

A player who plays very well one game and scores a goal but can't repeat this performance two, three, four times in a row is not a top player, is not a star.. he is just a good player not more. You can include him in the team but certainy not make him a player where you build your team around... and certainly not pay him a "star" salary.

"Star"salary comes only when the player can shows his "magical" consistency game after game.

To win a championship or cup, I've always gave my preference to a player who is consistant, even if he is a little bit lesser talented than a player who can once in a while produce some magic. This type of player is going to play well five or six times in your season... but let you and the team down twenty or twenty-five games, because he's not consistant.

The ideal are players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Berbatov, Teves, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Makelele, John Terry, Canavaro..ect. They have it all: consistancy and talend.
A key to consistancy: Great positive mental attitude.
- Coach De RIDDER

Monday, 3 March 2008

The secret behind Wayne Rooney's goalscoring...

Wayne Rooney spends up to 10 hours a week in a flotation tank

The secret behind Wayne Rooney's goalscoring can be revealed ...he spends up to 10 hours a week in a flotation tank.

The Man United and England star installed the £4,000 water pod at his £1million mansion in Prestbury, Cheshire, at the suggestion of financee Coleen McLoughlin.
Pals claim his sessions resting in the salt solution have been responsible for reversing a run of injuries and poor play. He has since scored 12 goals in 26 appearances.
A friend of 22-year-old Rooney said: "At first Wayne wasn't exactly keen to try it out but he was desperate to get fit after spraining his ankle so he thought he'd give it a go.
"He noticed an immediate improvement in his condition and made his return to action a couple of weeks ahead of schedule." By Sean Hamilton Showbiz Editor 2/03/2008

" I can't agree with this article, the flotation tanks are a well know tool to help players relaxing and recovering from injuries (to a certain point) but certainly not the goalscoring secret of any football player. It would be too easy... 10 hours a week in the tank and here you go! you'll be the next top scorer of your league !!!
Come on, lets be realistic, there is only one way to become a goalscoring machine: Hard and smart work on the pitch !!! - trust me on this one. " - De ridder