A busy weekend of football for me. On Saturday I got along to watch Fiorentina vs Juventus reserves play. That was a great game which Fiorentina ending up winning 2-0. I then got along to watch Mirko’s U14 lads play against Lucchese FC, which Fiorentina won 6-1. On Sunday, I watched Matteo’s U16 team play against Parma. They too came away with a well deserved 1-0 victory playing some great football in the process.
The clip above is a snippet from Mirko’s match against Lucchese. Mirko Mazzantini has over 20 years coaching experience in all youth categories for Empoli FC and ACF Fiorentina. He has been coaching at Fiorentina for over 10 years which is testament to his quality as coaches here in the youth system are only ever given one year contracts. You will be surprised to know that Mirko is not full time at ACF Fiorentina despite the fact that he is the technical director for the U9-U14 age categories. He also works in the family shoe and clothing business as well as running Soccer Italian Style with Simone Bombardieri.
We are very fortunate to have this relationship with Mirko, Simone and the other SIS coaches. They are all very passionate about football and most importantly about player development. Like us, they value learning and development above all else. In the highly competitive world of Italian football this is not an easy thing to do. Pressure is intense from all sides, especially if the academy directors place results before the education of their players, which unfortunately, is often the case here also.
As an organisation, Top Flight is extremely grateful to have people of the calibre and experience of Mirko, Simone, Ale, Matteo and others supporting us in our endeavours to provide the best education, in line with current professional methodologies from Italy, to all our young players.
Enjoy the clip of Mirko’s U14 (YOB 2004) boys and I’ll be back tomorrow with some more snippets.