Featured Coach: Giorgio Cerboni of Milan Academy
Our Featured Coach series continues with an interview with Giorgio Cerboni of Milan Academy.
Cerboni currently serves as the President and Director of Coaching for the club, and has nearly 30 years of coaching experience under his belt.
You can learn more about his journey through the game by visiting his official Milan Academy page.
1. Who is your favorite professional player to watch, and what is it about his game that intrigues you the most?
Giorgio: I enjoy watching Andrea Pirlo, as he provides a degree of calmness and tremendous vision on the field. In my opinion, no goalkeeper is ever safe when he gets ready to take a free kick.
2. What are the major characteristics that you try to instill in your players in order to help them strive to become a complete soccer player?
Giorgio: Players have to demonstrate a willingness to work hard and display integrity on and off the pitch. Winning is important, but so is developing players with great character and integrity.
3. Is there a specific individual training drill that you would recommend for all youth soccer players?
Giorgio: I encourage coaches to utilize slaloms set at different angles to improve touch and ankle flexibility.
A good formula would be: two minutes with weak foot, two minutes strong foot, and three minutes using both. There are so many variations to this drill; however, coaches need to spend time to maintain consistency.
4. What gives you the most satisfaction as a coach in terms of player and team development?
Giorgio: Watching players improve and learning lessons from the game that they can apply in real life situations.
Players are more than "X" and "O." Few will become pro, however, it's OK to dream and believe. I have been invited to weddings of players many years after they have stopped playing to be told I made a difference in their lives.
That means a lot to me.
5. What is the most influential piece of advice that you've received that's helped you throughout your career?
Giorgio: Winners never quit and quitters never win. To learn to soar as an eagle, you can't hang out with turkeys.