FootballThomas Richard, fitness trainer and analyst, lives a great adventure at the sides of Bernard Challandes.
“The atmosphere was fantastic. The stadium was full and we could have put much more of the world if there had been the place!” said Thomas Richard (28 years). On 10 September, the Kosovo, led by the Neuchâtel Bernard Challandes, picked up his first victory in official competition after his second match in the League of nations. In the Face of the Faroe islands – who had been the first opponent of the small republic from its integration with the UEFA, in 2016 – the Kosovars have won 2-0. It was the first match not a friendly played in Kosovo, since none of the land in this country of 10 000 km2 was not up to international standards before this summer and the renovation of the stadium Fadil Vokrri (13 500 places). Vokrri was the patron of the Federation of kosovo (FFK), and had worked tirelessly to bring recognition to the football of his country within organs umbrella. He died last June at the age of 57 years. “It was a mythical character,” explains Thomas Richard, fitness trainer and analyst of the selection. His disappearance has really impressed people. A national mourning.”
The Morgien 28-year-old is preparing to relive the beautiful moments Thursday night at the League of nations, in the face of Malta. An adversary has a priori largely to the scope of Benjamin Kololli (Zurich/ex-LS), player of the selection of kosovo, and his teammates.
Of Armenia to Georgia
The adventure of Thomas Richard with Kosovo began in march. He did not hesitate before accepting the proposal of Bernard Challandes: “originally, we were met at the end of my training in 2014. He was looking for someone to go out with him take care of the selection of armenia. A beautiful project, with a contract that is very risky. He had to qualify for Euro 2016, but we have not managed to do it.” In Armenia, the young man was also held over. UEFA, who had spotted him, then offers to from exercise his talents in Georgia. “Between August 2015 and march last, I was in charge of the academy, and then also of M17 in this country, until Bernard Challandes, with whom I had much loved work offers me a new challenge. The Federation of kosovo has limited facilities, but there is an interesting potential. I love the contact with players, taking into account the needs of each individual. We communicate in English, even in French. Working with a national team is very interesting. It is necessary to take into account the state of fitness of each player is to build the workouts. And easier the recovery. The health and balance of the panel are fragile. Hence the importance of having a good cohesion. It is enough to see the success of France in the last World in contrast with the disaster of Argentina, who had the best players in the world.”
The competition increases
Every weekend, Thomas Richard tracks the performance of the players kosovars in their championship respective, and then sends a report of the statistics detailed in Bernard Challandes. “The competition is increasing little by little and everything is organized better due to the efforts of the Federation. Initially, it was more complicated, as it is with the gaming licenses or the conditions of work in general. The passports were, for example, delivered at the last minute and the players were often advised the day before a game if they were allowed to compete. Now it’s changing. It has a structure, a hotel and land that take to the road.” And a stadium will be full this Thursday evening for the coming of Malta.