Juan Ferrando is probably one of the coaches with the most projection in Spain. With only 32 years, the Catalan coach has worked with players such as Cesc Fabregas or Van Persie. He has recently been removed from the Sheriff, a Moldovan team that leads the championship of that country. Today in “Colgados” we interview a coach for the first time.
Colgados: Hello Juan Ferrando, the elimination of the Europa League has been the main trigger in your dismissal, Do you think it was a suicide to agree to the classification to the next phase in a group in which there were teams like Anzhi or Tottenham?
J: It is true that the objective was very high, but for the club's short history it was important to set high goals in order to grow and publicize a team that participates in a minor league.
C: Even if you made the commitment to go to the next round, it is very difficult to understand your dismissal leading the Moldovan championship. How Sheriff Fans Have Taken It?
J: The truth is that the love of the fans is one of the most beautiful things that I take from my experience at FC Sheriff. It is a league in which the fans are used to having coaches from the area, so my arrival was viewed at first with some skepticism. As usually happens, with positive results came confidence, and beyond that the affection of a hobby that came to chant my name in meetings like the last in the Europa League (FC Sheriff vs FC Tromso). After my departure, the signs of affection that reached me through Twitter (@JuanFerrandoF), my Facebook page and my website were amazing. I will never be thankful enough or forget it.
C: How do you rate your experience in Moldova?
J: Pretty positive, I think it has given me the opportunity to put into practice my ideas in methodology and that, despite not having top-class players, It has helped us compete with large and consolidated teams.
C: What can you do in a city like Tiraspol?
J: Tiraspol is a small town located in the Transnistria area, self-proclaimed independent from Moldova and in which Russian is spoken. It is lived simply, the people is so kind. Since I lived in the sports city, on rare occasions I was able to enjoy the city, I only went to dinner at a restaurant a couple of times.
C: Returning to your origins, You say you have many memories of your childhood in Orihuela. A few months ago we interviewed José María Cases, a benchmark of Orihuela CF. What memories do you keep of the city?, Do you follow Orihuela CF?
J: Of course, every Sunday I check the results of Orihuela CF, both in 2nd b and 3rd. Since childhood he has always been the family team. From Orihuela I remember my wanderings through the Plaza de la Glorieta and crossing the bridges of the Segura river. Also the orange groves where I helped my father and where, I've done, I started to feel my passion for soccer: When I was a few years old, I was dedicating myself to sucking the oranges that had fallen to the ground, trying to put them in the open back of the truck.
C: Looking at your website you define yourself as a coach who applies new technologies to sport. What do the terms Smartcoach mean, Chronojump, Soccer Playbook & Eric 2.0?
J: They are all technologies to control the load of the players and to know their fatigue before and after the game.. With that, exact load for training can be adjusted. I find it exciting to be able to combine technology with sport.
C: You have worked with players like Cesc Fábregas and Van Persie, Do you follow its evolution?
J: I usually follow the evolution of the players and teams I have worked with, their minutes participate with their clubs and national teams… With many of them I still have contact and a good relationship.
C: You are licensed, you have a Master, a doctorate. It is not very common in the world of soccer to find someone with so many studies. How have you managed to combine a life linked to football and University?
J: The truth is that I have dedicated a lot of time and sacrifice, I have subtracted hours from the break and tried to relate to the maximum the studies applied to my work in the soccer field. It is clear that a day can not be asked for more than 24 hours, so you have to make efforts and also invest in it the few weeks that work leaves you free to go to hold conferences and train.
C: In an interview with our colleagues from the magazine "Kaiser" you say that you do not believe in game systems, but if you had to choose a style, Are you more of the Tiki-Taka or do you prefer to play the counterattack?
J: Hahaha, well in that case I prefer the Tiki-Taka since I understand football as a spectacle and the fan enjoys possession more than with the punctual actions of a counterattack.
C: Talking about future. Do you have any short-medium term project?
J: My project is to find a club in which to grow and to help improve. I would like a project that gave me a little more time to better gauge the progress of the team.
C: You say you would like to train in the Premier, if you could choose, Which Premier team would you like to coach?
J: The truth is that a Championship or League team 1 I would already find it very interesting, since the challenge would be to make it move up the category. But, posts to ask, if I was one of the Premier it would be a dream to take Manchester or Liverpool for its great football tradition.
C: And in the Spanish League?
J: In Spain maybe I would go for an Andalusian team, since the character of his hobby seems exceptional to me. But being able to train in my country would be a pride no matter where..
C: Cholo Simeone is one of the fashion trainers. Do you think he is the best coach of the moment?
J: If we talk about the Spanish league, without a doubt the results are endorsing the work of Diego. I think he conveys very well the winning character and the ideas about the game he wants to his players.
C: In his day "Hanging" I present you as a candidate to occupy the position vacated by Djukic. In the end Pizzi came. Would you train a team with the institutional problems that Valencia has?, What opinion do you deserve Pizzi, champion with San Lorenzo de Almagro?
J: The important thing for the coach is sports problems, in this case of Valencia at the level of results. I think Pizzi has had a great season with San Lorenzo and that he worked very well with a club that had a lot of sports problems at the time..
C: The best player you have trained is ...
J: Robin van Persie, for his football intelligence and dedication to work.
C: Is there a coach who has marked your sports career?
J: None has marked me, but from all I have learned. It is inevitable that when working as a team you end up adopting the ideas that seem good to you and adapting them to your way of understanding the game.
C: I'm going to give you some names, I would like you to order them from one to ten who of these coaches is closer to the football idea of Juan Ferrando (one is the one that comes closest, ten the most)
• Brian Clough. 4
• Jose Mourinho. 3
• Villas Boas. 5
• Pep Guardiola. 10
• Rafa Benítez. 6
• Arsene Wenger. 7
• Alex Ferguson. 2
• Jurgën Klopp. 8
• Fabio Capello. 1
• Vicente del Bosque. 9
C: In a World Cup year, How do you see the Spanish team?. There are players who do not play in their clubs and are fixed for Del Bosque. Would you summon players like Torres, Iniesta, Albiol or Casillas just for history, leaving out others like De Gea, Boil, Inigo Martinez, Isco or Borja Valero?
J: I see it very consecrated at world football level, but perhaps the time has come to really stop being the best in the world on time and become the best in history, with two world championships in a row. As for the players, I think that a call must always be made with the best players in the country at the specific time. Thus, in some cases I would bet on the entry of new names.
C: Who do you think will be the revelation in the next World Cup in Brazil?
J: Probably Neymar for Brazil. Y, even though he is not doing a great campaign, Falcao for Colombia.
C: We cracking of sports programs in Spain on our website Colgados, only speak of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. What do you think of Spanish sports journalism?, Do you see any program?
J: I think bipartisanship is something that should be abandoned. Soccer cannot be limited to two teams since it has much more to offer. Even though, Clear, I speak from the point of view of a coach and passionate about this sport. Possibly the sales numbers affect the information that is published. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of a specific program, I always try to see summaries and opinions in several to form my own vision.
C: Do you read Colgados?, What do you think about our website?
J: The truth is that all online initiatives seem very interesting to me, and especially those that bring together young lovers of sports and journalism, that treat the content rigorously and objectively. New technologies are the present and future.
C: Let's ending. Who is for you the best player in football history?. And the best Spanish history?
J: Maradona, because it made a difference at the time. Being asked about the best Spanish in history puts me in a bind, but in my opinion I should mention Raúl, Xavi and Casillas.
C: Finally we want you to get wet and give us the forecasts to win the League, Champions, the World Cup and the Premier.
League (Spain): FC Barcelona.
Champions League: Real Madrid.
World Brazil 2014: Spain.
Premier League: Manchester City.
Thank you very much Juan Ferrando, we hope you are very lucky in the 2014 and soon you're training a big team, We certainly trust that it will be so. Our best wishes from "Hanged".
Thank you for the work you do and your interest in mine.. Greetings to the Colgados team and to your readers. And happy 2014!