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1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?
El Modelo de Juego del FC Barcelona. Una red de significado experimentada desde el Paradigma de la Complejidad. Cano, O.
La Preparacion Fisica del Futbol Contextualizada en el Futbol. Gomez, P.
Que es la “Periodizacion Tactica”? Vivenciar el Juego para condicionar el Juego. Tamarit, X.
2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
To paraphrase Bielsa, “the normal thing in people’s daily lives is failure; success is a punctual situation in the lives of people that does not happen very often”. So I`m failing every day, learning from it and working hard and smart to find a better version of myself. Even in a football coaches life, when we believe we have got success (won a game?), we are failing in something (there is something could be better). This is football and football is exactly the same thing as life.
3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
To have left my comfort zone, question what I have learned, re learn and see things from different approaches and perspectives.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?
Follow your passion, invest in yourself and never put money ahead of the opportunity to learn or gain experience.
5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?
“Be objective”. I believe that as subjects, we are and must be highly subjective. First, because this is what differentiates us from each other and in turn enriches us as humans and professionals by having the opportunity to learn from others. Secondly, because there are many things that are scientifically measurable, that we can objectively test, there is no doubt about this and we must maintain and use it. But working with human beings, there is a feeling, emotions, socio affective relationships, previous experiences and intuition. That cannot be measured, it cannot be taught, it cannot be explained and sometimes it makes the difference. Be subjective, be yourself, follow your instincts and passion in a high knowledge environment.
6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)
My dad and football itself. My dad always believed in me and there is nothing better to feel someone who cares about you and believe in you. He brought me up to be polite, to be honest, to be responsible and committed with my goals, to believe in myself, to work hard and being patient. Football proved me all of that (first as a player and then as a coach), it educated and keeps educating me on a daily basis.
7. How would you best define a coach?
It is a difficult question to expect a specific answer, as the coach must control lot of elements around themselves. To keep it simple I would say the coach must know about football and must know about humans being. The latter is the one missing most from a lot of coaches, as they love to learn about the game, tactics and methodology but as long as football is played by humans we must understand and know the humans being. And it is a very complex world as it is football itself.
8. What do you do for your own CPD?
I read (books, articles, interviews…), watch games on TV or in person, I love to see other coaches training, during the games, warm ups but I what I love most is to have the opportunity to sit down and have a chat about different topics around football and the profession of the coach. Depending on the coach and his/her professional environment, I will drive the conversation to different areas and goals. I won`t have the same question to a youth soccer coach than a coach who is working at La Liga or Premier League, for example.
Lastly, I love and I believe it is really important to talk and see what other coaches are doing in other sports. There are lot of tactical relations between football and basketball, handball, water polo, hockey, all the team sports who share the game space between the two teams. But not only about tactics, I like to know and ask about how they manage groups, egos, leadership strategies, teaching and learning processes…There are a lot of things to learn from everybody.