Winning, not style of play, is my philosophy: Hallgrimson Oct 10, 2019 0 336 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaThe fifth edition of the “Aspire Academy Global Summit” on Football Performance and Science concluded on Wednesday, at Aspire Academy with intriguing panel discussions, workshops, applied sessions and presentations. Also, two football coaches, who are currently working in Qatar, Heimir Hallgrimsson and Slavisa Jokanovic, shared their approaches on managing a team.Heimir Hallgrimsson, who took over QSL club Al-Arabi in 2018 after successfully working as head coach of the Iceland national team, believes that in today’s football there is probably too much emphasis on the technical abilities of players over their character and attitude. “What l look for and seek to instill in players are certain values, like discipline, hard work and focused mind. Unfortunately, by focusing on a player’s technical ability foremost, what is lost are vital answers to questions like, what is the player’s background and how does it play a part in their attitude and personality. These are key questions which a coach needs answered before and as he deals with players.“I believe a coach shouldn’t go with a fixed style of playing football. I am not a fan of coaches who seek to play the Guardiola tiki taka or Klopp’s high-pressing style instead of coming up with a style that best suits the players they have. I think in the end what you want is to find and define your own philosophy which helps you answer the key question in football which is how to win games,” said Heimir Hallgrimsson.Fellow Qatar Stars League coach Slaviša Jokanović (Al-Gharafa) commented that modern day coaches need to be confident and able to be good observers. “In the end, the players are the key to success. My job as a coach is to improve them by using different tools and encourage them, so they start to trust in themselves and to trust in their teammates. From time to time you have to be a father, a teacher, a brother or a doctor to them. But that’s part of the job. If players could do everything by themselves, they would not need coaches.”The third day panel discussion on “Understanding the game: Key to developing our players” featured many interesting insights of experts from all over the world. Pedro Dias Marques, Technical Director at SL Benfica, stressed the importance that coaches focus on their players, since coaches are not there to coach for themselves. “Many times we feel that coaches constrain players in a bad way and take away their freedom. We have to make sure to use our time in the most effective way and avoid exercises that don’t benefit our players. When kids joined clubs ten years ago they came with the experience of spending a lot of time playing football in the streets, but this has dramatically changed and we have to take this into account.”Commenting on the success of the event, Aspire Academy’s Director of Football Performance and Science Valter Di Salvo said, “It is with much delight that l bring to a close what has been an intensive, but productive summit at which we chose to gather just the 50 full members of Aspire Fellows Community. We covered substantial ground on the three topics and its doesn’t stop here, but members will upload supporting presentations from their clubs on our platform, which currently boasts over 260 presentations. This means a continuation of the sharing and learning from each other goes on beyond the summit.” Pages 1234 RELATED ARTICLES Allowed access, Iranian women set to flock stadium for qualifier against Cambodia Oct 10, 2019 0 254 Djoko through, Zverev passes tough test Oct 10, 2019 0 96 ‘Happy’ Neymar prepares for his Brazil 100th cap milestone Oct 10, 2019 0 157 Tax problems made me want to leave Barca, says Messi AFP Madrid Lionel Messi has admitted he wanted to leave Barcelona when he was under investigation from the Spanish tax authorities but insists now he intends to finish his career at the club. Messi and his father Jorge were ..