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“What Belgian coaches, the Chinese football can bring’

China put under president Xi Jinping sharply in on football. Among the many foreign coaches to the country to pour in nine Belgians. A descriptive summary of Céderique Tulleners (27), U-19 coach of Dayu FC in Hohhot (inner Mongolia).

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Since China president Xi Jinping came to power, the football is totally changed. He loves not only the sport, he also recognizes the social and economic benefits. Playing sports, working together as a team, is the social benefit that football offers; and if China is a voetbalgrootmacht is, will that also be good for the image of the country. Then it will be thanks to the football even more tourists and businesses can attract.

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What Belgian coaches, the Chinese football can bring

This suggested to the president some of the goals. This should, by 2020, to 70,000 football fields. In addition, by 2025 the number of schools with the focus on soccer to have grown to 50,000. Inter alia, this will result in a total of 50 million Chinese on a regular basis to play football. In 2030 or 2034 is China the world cup organizing, and in 2050 will become the world champion crowns.

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“The football knowledge in China is limited.

There is in China no major voetbalcultuur. The football knowledge is limited. Through foreign influences, they want in the short term, a lot of progress. For example, in the Chinese football, already some toptransfer happened. Belgium is, among others, by the Red Devil AxelWitsel and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco represented. They provide the dominating lofts at the top.

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‘A lot of people from poorer countries come here for their lucky find and try Chinese organizations to convince people that they coach.

In addition, it took China from abroad are also very many coaches and jeugdcoaches. Mainly English, Spanish and Portuguese organisations played it. A lot of people from poorer countries come here for their lucky find and try Chinese organizations to convince people that they coach. With thousands of jeugdcoaches try them here, the younger players something to learn. The disadvantage is that it is often not real coaches.

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“There are in the Chinese football four levels: professional football, semi-professional football, the schoolvoetbal and the grassrootsvoetbal.

There are in the Chinese football four levels: professional football, semi-professional football, the schoolvoetbal and the grassrootsvoetbal. Between all those foreign coaches, there are only nine Belgians. They are active on the four different levels.

In Belgium, we are aware of that for a coach at any level and at any age have different expectations. So differs the job of a head coach a total of with a coach for five-year-olds. Belgian coaches can differentiate and specialise in their specific role. That is the way we contribute to increase the quality of the players at all levels.

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‘Recently joined the royal belgian football association made a deal with the Chinese football association.

Recently joined the royal belgian football association made a deal with the Chinese football association. This is the Belgian football association also focus on the improvement of the quality of the training of football players. It is not intended to China on a large scale to change. This is the country too big. But with targeted and small-scale projects, there are huge opportunities.

Through such projects can Belgium voetbalexpertise share and which, together with the Chinese people optimize for the local culture. This helps our country to increase the quality of the youth in China.

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“In China, there is, of course, enough money. Most clubs build a impressive training complex.

In China, there is, of course, enough money. Because president Xi Jinping football fantastic, like all provinces, the Chinese government show that they are with football success. So they are investing a lot in. This comes from fields building in schools to sponsoring a club. In addition, there are also large companies who have lots of money put into football clubs, often with state aid.

Most clubs build a impressive training complex. But often missing on and off the field the knowledge to do this on the best way to use time and talents to develop.

Also at our club we try to put that knowledge to convey. As we integrate things that are standard in Belgium, but relatively unknown in China. Each small step that we can convert, is a major achievement in the long term.

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‘The motto in China is often: the more you train, the better you get.

The motto in China is often: the more you train, the better you get. There is a truth behind, all you have to know first what and how you train. We have moved away from the workouts of longer than two hours. This is done only exceptionally and when we see that it is necessary. In addition, we have a tight schedule, and we try the freshness to be retained by fewer hours to train. On the one hand, we do this by providing training to build, on the other hand, by the training.

We train regularly in smaller groups. Depending on the goal that we set, players will be selected on the basis of the number of played minutes, the position or the common working points. Every workout we also try to make as much sense as possible.

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‘In China, football is still an endurance – and strength training equipment.

In China, football is still an endurance – and strength training equipment. The harder you can run and the stronger you are, the better you’ll get in football. This we try to do things differently by focusing on: smart walk, at the right time at the right place.

Also, the video analytics are new to Chinese players. That are often confrontational, because they in the past did not know. They often take things personally. Therefore, we focus more on the solution than on the ‘error’.

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‘The players have to unfortunately choose between school and professional football.

Finally, we are also engaged with the person behind the footballer. Bad language and bad habits to tolerate. The older age group should be an example for the younger ones. Unfortunately, should the players choose a school and professional football, so our guys have a lot of free time. This is something we try to fill with things that contribute to their development as a footballer and as a person. So we talk with them also about eating habits, slaapgewoontes and communication with staff and other players.

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‘Here I get except a good wage is also an apartment and a car.

Meanwhile, I’m here for more than two and a half years. In October 2015 I began working in a football school in Beijing. The main reason to come to China to, was that I was there full-time with football involved. In Belgium, there are still few full-time youth coaches. Here I get except a good wage is also an apartment and a car.

After nine months I made from Beijing the move to Dayu FC in Hohhot, 600 miles to the north in inner Mongolia. I work with guys only with football. The players are recruited in the whole of China and life at the club. We play in the Chinese U19-B-league, in which we weekly record against other profteams. The adaptation to the ‘Belgian’ way of playing football took us quite some time to complete, but throws in the meantime, is paying off. Hopefully we can do this with the Belgian coaches here even more emphatically and at all ages and levels to apply.

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So far I can only say that it is very, very, very fine work is with the Chinese.

So far I can only say that it is very, very, very fine work is with the Chinese. They are grateful and respectful. My name they get, however, is not pronounced. They call me Du Moulting.

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