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CoachesNet Insider Interview with Juan Sebastian Veron

Coaches Net caught up with Estudiantes de La Plata captain and Argentina National Team player Juan Sebastián Verón . Verón discusses U.S. Soccer’s upcoming trip to Buenos Aires, the coaches who influenced his career and much more.    

Verón, whose professional career began in 1994 with Estudiantes de La Plata, has played for Boca Juniors (Argentina), Sampdoria (Italy), AC Parma (Italy), SS Lazio (Italy), Manchester United FC (England), Chelsea FC (England) and Inter Milan (Italy). In 2004, Verón was chosen for the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary observances. He has earned over 60 international caps for Argentina and is preparing for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  

Open to all coaches, CoachesNet attendees will head to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday, Feb. 11, and return to the United States on Friday, Feb. 19. This unique trip will allow coaches the opportunity to study and learn from two very successful international clubs and, specifically, the clubs’ training cycles and youth development philosophies.   

In addition to Juan Sebastián Verón, other scheduled presenters are:
Jorge Amor
Boca Juniors President

Alfio Basile
Boca Juniors 1st Div. head coach

Sergio Batista
U-20 National Team head coach

Carlos Bianchi
Boca Juniors General Manager

Jose Luis Brown
U-17 National Team head coach

Ruben Filipas
Estudiantes de La Plata President

Alex Sabela
Estudiantes de La Plata 1st Div. head coach

Space is still available. Interested coaches should register no later then Monday, Dec. 28.  

The first few days in Argentina will center on Casa Amarilla, home of the Boca Juniors training center, where coaches will participate in lectures and observe youth and professional training sessions with Coach Alfio Basile and his staff. Access will allow coaches an insider’s perspective into one of the most successful clubs in the world. Coaches will also attend two professional matches and take part in lectures led by the Argentina Football Federation (AFA).   

Upon departing Buenos Aires, coaches will head south to the city of La Plata where they will spend the next four days with professional club Estudiantes. During our stay with Estudiantes, coaches will focus on how the club’s teams prepare, train and play from their youth to professional sides. Coaches will attend training sessions, take part in lectures and interact with their coaching staffs. This opportunity will give coaches a unique view on how Estudiantes, a club known for developing players, prepares and trains their players.   

Registration includes a certificate of attendance from U.S. Soccer, NIKE traveling gear, meals, accommodation, two professional games and a full-time bilingual guide. A group flight option is also available from Miami, Fla.  

To register, visit Questions can be directed to Space is still available.  

CoachesNet: What attracted you to the game of football?

Juan Sebastián Verón: “Many things of course, but my passion grew more and more from seeing my father and everything he accomplished with Estudiantes. Also, every kid is born and he gets a soccer ball as a present, I was not the exception.” 

CN: Why did you sign with Estudiantes de La Plata after playing in Europe for so many years?

JSV: “Because my old man (Juan Ramón Verón) was a player here, he is a fan now. You learn to love the club as you become a fan of the club and as a fan of the club you dream with playing in Estudiantes. I was fortunate enough to live that dream.” 

CN: You have played for many coaches throughout your career. Who has had the most influence on your development as a player?

JSV: “Omar Bermudez and Eduardo Flores. Both of them were the ones that taught me many things when I was getting started in Estudiantes. And my father for everything he was as a player in the club.”

Ed. note: Both coaches mentioned coached Verón during his youth playing career with Estudiantes de La Plata. Juan Ramón Verón is an Estudiantes de La Plata icon. His soccer resume includes three Libertadores Cup championships, one InterAmerican championship and one Intercontinental (World Club Champion) championship.

 CN: You are well-known for your passing and vision on the field. Do you attribute this to years of practice?

JSV: “Some things are innate, others you acquire through time. Soccer is a sport in which the more you repeat plays, ways of hitting or trapping the ball the better it is for perfecting your skill.” 

CN: Is there a certain training philosophy all players at Estudiantes are taught?

JSV: “To train and go out and play is something I do with a lot of passion. Estudiantes is one of the best clubs in Argentina and its progress is due to a unique philosophy of forming good players together with instilling good human values.” 

CN: What are your thoughts on U.S. Soccer bringing coaches to Argentina to learn from and about Argentina football and specifically your club?

JSV: “Very good, this demonstrates that in the U.S. they are interested in comparing youth systems by getting informed of the work at Estudiantes. Here more than sport accomplishments, it was always a soccer school. The youth system always developed players for the first team and that has a very important value.”

To Register:
Download the application form and either fax (312-808-9708) or mail to:

U.S. Soccer
Attn: CoachesNet
1801 S. Prairie Ave
Chicago , IL 60616

We hope you will be joining us next year in Argentina!

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