Football – a universal language? – UEFA Direct 175 out now

The phenomenon of the multilingual dressing room – and how coaches deal with it - is examined in depth in the latest edition of UEFA's official magazine UEFA Direct.

UEFA Direct 175 is available to read in English, French and German
UEFA Direct 175 is available to read in English, French and German ©UEFA

Coaches have always had to adapt to changes in football, be they tactical, physical, technological or sociological changes. And since the Bosman ruling in 1995, and clubs' recruitment of more and more foreign players, European coaches and technical staff have also had to add linguistic ability to their CVs.

The phenomenon of the multilingual dressing room is examined in depth in the latest edition of UEFA's official magazine UEFA Direct.

The language issue is a daily challenge at many clubs, and a fascinating article looks at how coaches get their ideas and tactical visions across to a team that might feature players from 11 different countries ... getting team-mates who may not speak the same language to 'speak the same football'.

A young Serbian goalkeeping prospect lost part of an arm in a road accident, but has found a way back into football as a referee. The story of Ljubomir Moravac's courageous recovery – portrayed in words and pictures – embodies the values of UEFA's #EqualGame campaign promoting diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football, and shows how the game can help to rebuild someone's life.

Portugal's national futsal team joined their outdoor football compatriots as European champions after clinching the UEFA Futsal EURO crown in February. UEFA Direct reviews a memorable tournament in Slovenia that set new standards for futsal on this continent.

Excitement is mounting as UEFA's new national team competition, the UEFA Nations League, moves closer to its kick-off in September. January saw the 'christening' of Europe's latest flagship competition with the draw ceremony, and UEFA Direct has the details.

Elsewhere in UEFA Direct 175:

• UEFA treasurer and vice-president David Gill tells us what football means to him

• Social responsibility: The limits of social media

• UEFA GROW – helping European national associations maximise their potential on and off the pitch

• The Italian Football Federation presents its ambitious programme for young migrants

UEFA Direct 175 is available to read in English, French and German.

 

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