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World Class DFB To Provide Insight at Symposium


With a total of five World Cups and 11 European Championships between the men’s and women’s sides, the German Football Association (DFB) is arguably the most successful of all time, especially after the reforms it underwent during the beginning of this past century on the men’s side.

While the women have made the last eight of every single tournament that they have qualified for, the men found themselves on the outside looking in of the group stage during Euro 2000, requiring dramatic changes in culture.

In came a new regime and ideas and the results included five semifinal berths in their next five tournaments as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup title and a runners-up medal in Euro 2008.

The recent success that the DFB has enjoyed is nearly unparalleled and two of its major contributors will appear in Northern California this summer for NorCal Premier Soccer’s June 28-30 Summer Coaching Symposium, to be held on the campus of Stanford.

Men’s National Team Assistant Marcus Sorg and Head of Sports Performance Nicklas Dietrich will both lead sessions at the symposium, bringing an international flavor to this star-studded event.

“I could not be more excited to attend and participate in the coaching showcase at Stanford University,” Sorg said. “In my sessions, I will provide insight into the game and my thoughts of the German national team and the strategy behind it. Talking about it is one thing, but we will also bring those learnings onto the field.”

Added Tobias Haupt, the head of the DFB Academy: “Participating in and hosting symposiums, congresses and showcases like these is hitting the sweet-spot of our academy. We have the ambitious goal to make the DFB-Akademie a global Center of Excellence, to become a home for the global soccer community and to provide expertise and knowledge in a very authentic and meaningful way.”

“Therefore, coaching education is a critical component, which my team and I take very seriously. There are no geographical restrictions when it comes to educating coaches, be it on a grassroots or professional level,” Haupt said. “At the same time, we also want to learn from the US sport and understand what coaches in different countries or continents is keeping up at night. We are looking forward to be part of this year’s coaching showcase at Stanford University.”