The first week I visited the two final Futsal games in Malta. Here I left two and a half year ago with the hope that they would follow the path I paved. The Maltese Football Association gave green light to Futsal to continue under its own flag. At the photo you can see that there is enough interest for the Futsal. When I started to develop Futsal in Malta, only a few people came to watch the games but now the hall was almost full. The only problem they have now: there are too many foreigners playing in the teams. During the final there were mostly 6-7 foreign players on the pitch; that’s not the way to develop your own players….
During the second week I visited the Manager of FC Futsal Innsbruck in Austria. In the past I gave two courses for FIFA in Austria where Peter Preisinger took an active part in. Austria has a hard time to give Futsal its own face. The competition is still played in two or three winter months; playing several games at one day. That’s not the way to develop an atttractive sport. Teams like FC Futsal Innsbruck, who work with futsal players only, must have tournaments to improve themselves.
In the third week I had to prepare the trainings camp for August in Holland and Belgium; book the hotel, bus, training hall etc.
Finally there was some time left to visit my children & grandchildren, brothers & sisters, parents, friends etc. and than you realize how time flies. All in all a busy but wonderful time!
Back in Bangkok I will now select the players for the AFF Tournament later this year in Malaysia. The competition is still running and after that I will start with a trainings camp here in Thailand.