These meetings are vital as we look to develop the game even further in Asia and close the gap on other sides from around the world
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 4, 2020: After four years of being staged in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, the fifth AFC Elite Club Coaches Forum 2020 was held online on Thursday but still attracted some of the biggest names in Asian and world football including Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development.
The former Arsenal manager, who experienced the Asian game when he was coach of Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, joined former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier to discuss football management and the support that should be offered to modern coaches.
Between them they have 82 years of managerial experience and 33 major trophies and Wenger described the challenges now faced by the modern coach with the need not only to coach a team but also to manage the team around the team.
He also shared the realities of dealing with top modern players while Houllier, also a guest in 2019, described his three ‘Cs’ which he employed before major matches such as Cup finals – Concentration, Composure and Control. They also discussed the positives and challenges of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system and its impact on coaching trends.
Among the guests were nine returnees from 2019 and these included the coach of the reigning Japanese champions and AFC Asian Cup 2015 winners, Ange Postecoglou and the coach of the recently crowned champions of Australia in Steven Corica from Sydney FC. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis coach Yahya Golmohammadi, who recently lifted the League title, was one of the ‘champions’ in attendance.
There were also other coaches from China PR, Qatar, and Korea Republic as well as Japan who were all given an update on the latest developments in the AFC Champions League from the AFC Director of Competitions and Football Events, Shin Man Gil.
Andy Roxburgh, the AFC’s Technical Director, said: “Unfortunately this year we could not gather in Shanghai, but we were still able to attract some of the game’s top names and there was the chance to look at some of the key trends in Asian football – including in the AFC Champions League in 2019 won by Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.
“We are extremely grateful to both Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier for joining us and for sharing their own experiences from their outstanding careers. These meetings are vital as we look to develop the game even further in Asia and close the gap on other sides from around the world.”