What makes ICEF’s competition program successful?

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What makes ICEF’s competition program successful?

What makes ICEF’s competition program successful?

News - 08/25/2020
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The International Center of European Football is known for providing the most intensive and elite competition program to international student-athletes coming from all over the world.

Following the professional French “Ligue 1” heritage of its own club, Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, ICEF expertly develops players capable of competing at the highest level of football. According to Bryan Bergougnoux, UEFA Technical Director at the International Center of European Football and Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, here are the top three reasons why ICEF’s competition program is the most exclusive and unique:

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The world-class partner clubs

At the International Center of European Football, UEFA certified technical directors carefully build competition programs with highly regarded professional D1 and D2 partner clubs, allowing players to participate in at least 25 competitive games and 3 elite tournaments each season.

Partner clubs include Paris Saint-Germain FC, AS Monaco, FC Lyon, Servette Genève, Chateauroux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Paris FC, OL Olympique Lyonnais, ASSE, Clermont Ferrand, Nîmes Olympique, Cagliari Calcio.

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The level of competition through Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC

ICEF owns and operates Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, the biggest club in the Greater Geneva area gathering hundreds of elite players competing at the French national level in official leagues established by the French Federation of Football.

As a result, the most advanced players enrolled in the 10-month Pro Residency program at ICEF are selected to integrate the teams of Thonon Evian Grand Geneve to train and compete. This provides unique and extraordinary competition experiences, with opportunities to develop even faster and to receive exposure to the most competitive French clubs.

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Bryan Bergougnoux, Technical Director at ICEF and TEGG explains:

“Participating in ICEF’s intensive and elite competition program allows players to progress faster than in another football academy. In fact, international student-athletes bring a genuine philosophy of dedication and pursuit of performance. At ICEF, football players go out of their comfort zone and work their hardest to keep up with the level of competition, and also benefit from constant individual attention to boost their mental and physical capabilities. 

One of my responsibilities within ICEF’s technical staff is to successfully develop bridges between the residents and the most elite teams of Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC to create actual launching platforms for international players’ future football careers. The entire technical staff supports, monitors and mentors all players, leading them to reach the necessary level to perform their best and most efficiently in official competition.

I often compare ICEF to Olympique Lyonnais’ football academy, where I was trained to become a professional player. It is a very similar, improved version.”

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About coach Bryan Bergougnoux

Bryan Bergougnoux brings his personal experience in the French Pro Ligue 1 to coach the Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC Reserve Team. He is also in charge of developing ICEF student-athletes’ competition program together with coach Julien Bernard.

Professional playing experience: 2001 – 2018
Football Academy: Olympique Lyonnais
Clubs: France Pro Ligue 1, Italy Pro Serie B, U15, U16, U17, U21 French National Team player, Champions League player with Olympique Lyonnais and Toulouse FC, Europa League player with Toulouse FC.
Honors: (x3) France Champion (D1), Italy Champion (D2),
Coaching experience: 2015 – present
Certifications: UEFA A license, FFF DEF “Brevet d’Etat”

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The true colors of ICEF

ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

The true colors of ICEF

The true colors of ICEF

News - 08/07/2020
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Identity, Unity, Equality.

According to the football legend Diego Maradona, a player’s motto should be “giving everything for the shirt.” In football and in sports in general, the uniform is everything a team stands for: identity, unity and equality. Players wearing the same jersey and the same team colors truly feel like part of a group where everyone works together for the success of the team.

Talented Today, Unstoppable Tomorrow.

Student-athletes at the International Center of European Football learn how to respect the uniform and the team’s colors on their path to a professional football career. 

 
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The color black is associated with strength, elegance and power. Student-athletes participating in the 10-month Pro Residency program push their limits, develop a solid work ethic beneficial for life, and grow into physically strong and smart players able to compete at the highest level of football in the world. 

The color white is associated with new beginnings, purity, and perfection. ICEF’s student-athletes know it. Their future starts the moment when they take their first steps on the field. They are expertly trained and developed to reach perfection and become outstanding professional football players. 

The color gold is associated with courage, passion and success. ICEF’s full technical staff gathers the highest ranked UEFA / FFF certified professionals and football experts to transform every student-athlete’s passion for football into a successful life on and off the field.

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ICEF’s student-athletes are going back to school!

ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

ICEF’s student-athletes are going back to school!

ICEF’s student-athletes are going back to school!

News - 08/07/2020
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Summer is almost over and student-athletes enrolled in the 10-month Pro Residency program at the International Center of European Football are getting ready for the new season kicking off in only two weeks!

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Studying abroad, a life-changing experience

Studying in a foreign country, in a multicultural environment, allows students to mature into confident and successful individuals, expanding their cultural horizons and worldviews. At ICEF, the main language spoken amongst students is English, as it is the common language they share. However, students are exposed to a variety of different languages, as well as cultures, throughout their experience at ICEF.
They live in a French environment, are exposed to the French culture and lifestyle, and receive French classes at school. Student-athletes acquire French proficiency which is an added value that will be very beneficial for their entire lives. Even more, they are exposed to the European football culture, as well as receive exposure for professional opportunities in D1 or D2 European football clubs through a professional preparation modeled after the best-in-class European methodology. Students receive an authentic football education in Europe, where there is a true football culture.

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About ICEF’s residents for the 2020-2021 season

The International Center of European Football was designed for international players born between 1997 and 2009 coming from all over the world, who aspire to play at the highest level of football.

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ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe
ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe
ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

Meet ICEF’s world-class certified technical staff

ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

Meet ICEF’s world-class certified technical staff

Meet ICEF’s world-class certified technical staff

Articles - 08/06/2020
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For players who aspire to turn professional, one of the many opportunities they can find in a pro football academy in Europe is the quality and experience of its technical staff. These players are led by UEFA certified coaches, who implement the French Federation of Football’s (FFF) coaching methodology, to benefit and feed the most performant professional clubs around the world.

About the UEFA coaching certification

Preparing for a UEFA Pro, A or B certification represents more than thousands of hours of study and experience on and off the field with youth and adult players. It takes skill, passion and years of studies to graduate and be able to coach at the highest level.

A UEFA certified coach is an experienced football expert able to:

  • Manage and coordinate a full technical team;
  • Develop and execute individualized training plans;
  • Scout talent for professional clubs and plan for players’ career;
  • Monitor players’ development and performance;
  • Analyze all phases of the game assisted by technological tools;
  • Implement mental conditioning and psychology techniques within the group;
  • Plan competition with team’s objectives in mind (short, middle and long term);
  • Establish as a mentor and a leader of the group;
  • Acknowledge and follow UEFA rules and regulations.

In addition, many of the UEFA certified coaches at ICEF are also former professional players, allowing them to take the training to an even higher level.

Meet a few members of ICEF’s technical staff:

The International Center of European Football brings together the highest UEFA and/ or FFF certified technical professionals and youth development experts to prepare international players to play at the French national level. 

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Julien Bernard

Head Coach and General Technical Manager

Football Academy: Olympique Lyonnais, Grenoble Foot 38
Certification: UEFA A License, Master’s degree in Sports Management

“I ended my player career because my passion for coaching was stronger and I initiated my coaching career at FC Lyon which is to this day, one of the best French clubs for non-professional players. I am very proud of having developed high potential players into professionals, amongst them:

  • Hamza Rafia – U23 Juventus FC and Tunisian national player | Italian Pro D1
  • Marvin Tshibuabua – AS Saint-Etienne and U17 French national player | French Pro D1
  • Adam Yousfi –  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and U20 Tunisian national player |  French Pro D2
  • Kamal Bafounta – Borussia Dortmund Reserve player | German Pro D1
  • Muamer Aljic – Clermont Foot player | French Pro D2
  • Ayoub Meftai – Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC player | French National League
  • Sabri Randjioui – LB Châteauroux player | French Pro D2

They are my biggest pride and I work relentlessly to keep developing new players in the new generation of football requirements and play.”

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Eric Guichard

Head Coach – First Team Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC

Eric Guichard is the Head Coach of ICEF’s first team, Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC, competing at the French national level. He interacts with the residents on a daily basis, observes them during training sessions and games, and monitors their progress. During the season, coach Eric invites the most advanced players to train with his team to test their abilities and receive exposure to be scouted and play at the French national level.

“I am creating strong connections between players from the club and the academy, also creating plenty of opportunities for the international student-athletes to live the life of a genuine professional player from the inside, and learn the reality about being a professional football player.”

Coach Eric’s career
Player experience: 1974-1997
Football Academy: Olympique Lyonnais
Honors: France Champion (D2, D3)
Coach experience: 1995- present
Certification: UEFA A license, FFF DEF “Brevet d’Etat”, FFF DES “Diplôme d’Etat Supérieur Football”
Clubs: France Pro Ligue 2, French National leagues 1,2 and 3, France CFA league
Honors: Winner of the “Coupe de la Ligne” vs. Paris Saint-Germain FC (2000)  with F.C. Gueugnon, quarter finalists of the “Coupe de France” with Stade Brestois 29.

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ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

Bryan Bergougnoux

Head coach – Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC Reserve Team

Bryan Bergougnoux brings his personal experience in the French Pro Ligue 1 to coach the Thonon Evian Grand Geneve FC Reserve team. He is also in charge of developing ICEF student-athletes’ competition program together with coach Julien. Coach Bryan interacts with the residents on a daily basis, observes them during training sessions and integrates them into the club’s teams to maximize their progress in intense competition.

“ICEF players progress faster than in any other academy because in addition to the group training sessions, they receive position-specific and individualized training sessions. I often compare ICEF to Olympique Lyonnais’ football academy, where I was trained to become a professional player. It is a very similar, and improved version.”

Coach Bryan’s career
Player experience: 2001-2018
Football Academy: Olympique Lyonnais
Clubs: France Pro Ligue 1, Italy Pro Serie B, U15, U16, U17, U21 French National Team player,
Champions League player with Olympique Lyonnais and Toulouse FC, Europa League player with Toulouse FC.
Honors: (x3) France Champion (D1), Italy Champion (D2),
Coach experience: 2015- present
Certification: UEFA A license, FFF DEF “Brevet d’Etat”

Aldo Zilio

Goalkeeper Coach and Assistant Coach

Aldo Zilio is the Head Goalkeeper Coach and Assistant Coach to Julien Bernard and Eric Guichard. He is in charge of the development of all goalkeepers for the academy and the elite teams of the club. Coach Aldo is in constant communication with ICEF players and contributes to the development of the entire group’s progress and competition program, and more specifically the goalkeepers.

Coach Aldo’s career
Player experience: 15 years of experience in Italy | D4 and National league
Football Academy: Venice Football Club, Italy
Coach experience: 1995- present
Certification: UEFA B license in progress, Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science, Physical Massage therapist
Academies and clubs: AC Milan Academy (Italy), FIGC GK Technical Director (Italy), Paris Saint-Germain Academy Florida(USA), FC Miami City (USA)

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ICEF International Center of European Football - Boarding soccer academy in Europe

Frederic Simonet

Physical and Recovery Trainer

Frederic Simonet is in charge of the physical development and performance of ICEF’s residents, monitoring physical status, physical tests, and organizing educational prevention to avoid injuries. He works hand in hand with Julien and the physical therapist team to establish an individualized physical development program adapted to each player’s age and needs. He also takes care of the injured players’ recovery programs to fasten and optimize their return to the group training and competition.

Coach Frederic’s career
Experience: 2015- present
Certification: Master’s degree in physical and mental development and recovery, FFF coaching license

Tryouts are open for next season

Online tryouts are open for ICEF’s 10-month Pro Residency program. Elite players born between 1997 and 2009 can try out to join the International Center of European Football for the 2020 – 2021 season. Only 2 spots remain available at this time. The 10-months program will kick off on August 24th.

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