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“Why are we in the Belgian football on our DNA need to build (and not vice versa)’

As head of training of Germinal Beerschot worked Henk Mariman, inter alia, with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Moussa Dembélé and Radja Nainggolan. “Our players are of a young age, faced with all aspects of attacking, defending and switch, ” he says, ” and you see that back in their development.’

Mousa Dembélé (L) © Belga Image

There is intelligence and there is creativity. Intelligence is making the right decision at the right time, such as, for example, in the Spanish style, very strong. In addition, you have the creativity, the inspiration of the moment: the player who is able to make ‘from scratch’ an action to convert. In Europe, we want that today in all sorts of ways to encourage. That is certainly a good approach, mààr: don’t forget that we Latin-American creativity/intelligence can imitate the same product as they will be able to create. With them is that creativity is not developed on the field in the clubs. That was already there. They came with it, because that is in their DNA. It has to do with the origin of those guys: grew up in an environment that is not rich, poor fields, without the ball, et cetera. While we have largely been raised in a protected environment.

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“Why are we in the Belgian football on our DNA need to build (and not vice versa)’

We are strong in where they are in Latin America with struggelen: structure. In: how do I in a team attack and defend in various circumstances? That is our strength. So, in the youth that we have in our style are very flexible. That we collectively can build up, low and high, can defend, counter-attack play, et cetera. That is phenomenal and powerful.

In addition, it is also important that creative to excite. But we are in the training does not tend towards what is not our strength, and all in the sign of dominant one against one. The basis is in our DNA. We need to respect that and we need to build. Not the other way around.

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“We are strong in where they are in Latin America with struggelen: structure.’

Just look at the current world cup: of course, we are strong in our attacking impulses, collectively and individually, but also in the other hoofdmomenten a strong balance sheet. Our players are of a young age, faced with all aspects of attacking, defending and switch and you see that back in their development. Of course, his intelligence and creativity are important ingredients that we deeply need to boost in build and attacks. But that can also defend and switch. The future of us football is in the further development of all moments, all aspects of the game.

Read the full needs of Henk Mariman in the magabook “The Red Devils like you don’t know them’.

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