Azerbaijani Football Specialists Doubt in German Coaches’ Success

Society Materials 15 September 2008 18:36 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijani Football Specialists Doubt in German Coaches’ Success

Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 September / Trend , corr. E.Ergun / Azerbaijani football specialists do not believe that coaches from Germany will achieve serious changes in Azerbaijani football.

"I do not believe German specialists will manage to do anything. We need football stadiums and bases rather than well-known foreign specialists," Agasalim Mirjavadov, owner of Glory Order, told Trend on 15 September.

Azerbaijan's national team, as well as U21 youth team and U19 junior team are trained by German coaches. The chief coach of Neftchi club is also German.

Mirjavadov believes that priority given foreign coaches as compared to Azerbaijanis will be hardly beneficial...

"So far, a lot of foreign coaches have been invited to Azerbaijan, whilst none of them achieved remarkable success. Local [Azerbaijani] coaches gained more successes as compared to them," former chief coach of Khazar-Lenkaran club said.

Shakir Garibov, former chief coach of national U21 team, claims 10 years are needed to achieve improvement.

"We need at least 10 years to achieve a remarkable improvement. Azerbaijani coaches know the local footballers better than the Germans do. Therefore, I do not believe that introduction of German system into national football will yield any result."

The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) and the Football Federation of Germany have signed several agreements so far.

During the last season, referees were invited from Germany to decisive matches in Azerbaijani Premier League.

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