Dear friends and colleagues,|
We are pleased to extend a most cordial welcome to you to the 27th UEFT Symposium scheduled to take place
from 3–7 November 2006 in the “golden city” of Prague. Together with our friends from the Czech FA (CMFS),
the Czech national coaches' association (UČFT) and, once again, generously supported by UEFA and FIFA, we
expect some 150–200 football coaches from more than 50 countries.
For the first time, this high-calibre event takes place in the Czech Republic. Declared a World Heritage site by
UNESCO in 1992, the Czech capital is a true cultural metropolis in the heart of Europe. The fact that the Symposium
will be under the patronage of Mr Přemysl Sobotka, the chairman of the Senate, the upper chamber of the Czech
parliament, is proof of the high esteem that football and its representatives are held in.
Detailing the history and status of football in former Czechoslovakia and today's Czech Republic would be like
carrying coal to Newcastle. The many titles won over the years speak for themselves: two runner-up places at FIFA
World Cups (1934 and 1962), Olympic medals (gold at Moscow 1980, silver at Tokyo 1964), not to forget the national
team's excellent European Championship track record, with one champions title won in the former Yugoslavia (1976),
one runner-up place (1996) and three third places (1960, 1980, and 2004). And rather than enumerate the
country‘s many famous players and coaches, suffice it to mention Dr. Václav Jíra, who made a major contribution to
introducing a standardised UEFA coach education structure including the mutual recognition of coaching degrees
beyond national frontiers (“Jíra Project Panel”).
This year's motto will be
Top Football Needs Top Coaches
– From Detail to Creativity –
The message being that in the long run, top-level football will only thrive (and, indeed, survive) if and when top
coaches will be there to impart their special know-how.
In the seminar room and on the pitch, renowned Czech coaches, coach educators and medical experts like Karel
Brückner, Ján Popluhár, Zdeněk Nehoda, Josef Masopust, Ivan Kopecký and Petr Krejčí, respectively, will present us
with their view on the future of the game.
The FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 ended only a few weeks ago, so it goes without saying that we will also take
a look back on an event that held the world in its grip in the summer of 2006. Holger Osieck, head of FIFA's Technical
Development and chairman of the Technical Study Group, will present his analysis and point at potential new
developments. In addition, we have established contact with some of the World Cup heroes, e.g. Marcello Lippi,
hoping we can add their names to the list of key presenters.
Speaking of whom, we will be privileged to hear all about “Tactical Trends 2006” from Andy Roxburgh who has
prepared his paper on the basis of the 2005/2006 UEFA Champions League and, of course, the FIFA World Cup 2006.
UEFA's Technical Director will also treat us to a highly interesting review of European football in the past half-century.
The Czech First Division team and record title holders, Sparta Prague, have been kind enough to provide us with
their club facilities for all outdoor activities, with the indoor presentations to take place in the Congress Centre located
in the immediate vicinity of the “Corinthia Towers” hotel.
And last but not least, our hosts will be keen to give us a taste of the cultural and historic treasures of “their” capital
– yet another reason to join us in the Golden City. We look forward to meeting you on 3 November 2006!
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION
• Arrival day: Friday, 3 November 2006.
With no programme activities planned for the evening, participants may time their arrival when it best suits them.
• Participants flying into Ruzyně airport (distance to city centre: approx. 20 km) are invited to use the shuttle service
that will be set up for trips to and from the “Corinthia Towers” hotel (cf. back page for details). To ensure the best
possible service, please use the enclosed registration form to provide your flight details.
• Departure day: Tuesday, 7 November 2006.
Please see the information boards in the hotel lobby for exact airport shuttle departure times.
• Costs: Our Czech hosts will assume the costs for all invited coaches for four nights, in double room
accommodation, including all meals from breakfast on Saturday to breakfast on Tuesday morning.
• Costs will be borne for two delegates from every UEFT member association, but only for one delegate from
European non-member associations and all other countries outside of Europe (for double room accommodation).
• Member associations may nominate a limited number of additional participants, for whom the following costs will
be charged: EUR 500 for four nights incl. meals (single room accommodation) and EUR 580 for four nights incl.
meals in a double room (costs to be shared accordingly). The same rates apply for participants' partners, friends,
• Travel costs, incidentals: Costs to be assumed by participants themselves include, but are not limited to, all travelrelated costs, insurance cover of any kind, visa, telecommunications (telephone/fax/E-mail/Internet access), laundry, minibar, extra meals, beverages consumed at the hotel bar etc. Hotel extras shall be invoiced by the “Corinthia
Towers” hotel and are payable prior to departure. Past experience has shown that taking out a personal travel and
sickness insurance to cover any medical expenses is highly recommended.
• Participants arriving prior to 3 November and/or departing later than 7 November will be charged EUR 125 per
night for a single room (or asked to share the EUR 145 per night charged for a double room).
•Simultaneous interpretation (in the German, English, Spanish and / or French and Czech languages) will be
provided for all indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations.
•To register, please use the enclosed form and return it not later than 30 September 2006. For all queries
concerning your travel and accommodation plans, please feel free to contact the CMFS dept. specified on the back
•The Czech FA plans to make further information about the Symposium available on its web-site www.fotbal.cz as
of mid-September (exact date t.b.d.).
We look forward to receiving your response and wish all participants a pleasant trip and an unforgettable XXVII UEFT Symposium in Prague.