I have traveled to Cologne, Germany for an International Diploma course that is being held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the German Soccer Federation. The course opened on Saturday with us viewing a game between Bayern Munich and FC Cologne. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. The local boy, Lukas Podolski, who had played at Bayern Munich but moved back home to play for FC Cologne scored the opening goal. In the second half, Byern Munich inserted the French international Frank Ribery and he helped produce the equalizer. It was a great game and great way to get the course going.
We woke up on Saturday morning with snow on the ground and the temperature never got above freezing. Before leaving for the game, I visited a cathedral that was started to be built in the 1200's and survived World War II. It was truly amazing and I felt very small inside this very large cathedral.
Today we watched FC Cologne's under-17 team win their game 2-0 and then had lunch at the teams training facility. We have spent most of our classroom time talking about match analysis based on the games we have observed. We will return to FC Cologne over the next two days to see the professionals and academy teams train and meet with their coaches concerning how they do match analysis.
I will update you again in a few days.
-- Tom Brown
Head soccer coach