UEFA – October 2008
The EURO 2008 final on 29 June in Vienna marked the end of the European football season, just as the new season had got under way with the final edition of the UEFAIntertoto Cup. The first task for many football associations after the EURO tournament was to find a new national coach, since the final round of a major competition often means the end of a contract, and EURO 2008 was no exception; even the new European champions Spain had to look for a new coach after Luis Aragones’s move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.
Nonetheless, the member associations have not lost sight of their long-term projects, such as coaching and improving match and training facilities. With this in mind, several tournaments have been organised for young players, such as the Slovakia Cup, in which eight national U-18 teams participated, and which was won by Ukraine In Liechtenstein, the focus has been on football for girls, in collaboration with the schools.
With regard to facilities, a project has been launched in Slovenia in the framework of UEFAs HatTrick II programme with a view to constructing 30 small artificial turf pitches for young players over the next three years. In Ukraine, a dome-covered pitch has been inaugurated near Kiev, which will allow young players to train in excellent conditions all year round. In the Faroe Islands, a UEFAclub competition match was played on an artificial pitch for the first time: HB Torshavn hosted the Swedish side Elfsborg in a UEFA Intertoto Cup fixture In Austria, the football association has launched a new development tool: a DVD of 274 exercises to help players to prepare physically.