When we decided to match the national team coach award with the name of our beloved friend Dimitri Nicolaou we had the unique purpose to keep alive his memory for the years to come. And we're proud to go ahead with this tradition, as we like to consider Dimitri still between us, enjoying futsal. And we're sure he does, he was in love with this magnificent sport! What he did for futsal is here to stay, www.futsalhellas.com is there to prove it (thanks to all the guys working on it!). Let's go back to the Umbro Futsal Awards 2010: who has been the Best National Team Coach of the World? And the winner is... JosŤ Venancio Lopez Hierro!
The hard life of being favourite The first tough challenge for the Venancio Lopez's roster came at the beginning of the year, as mentioned while celebrating Spain as best national team in the year 2010. The triumph achieved in 2007 in the Portuguese edition forced the iberian coach to confirm his status as technical guide of the continental leaders. An hard task, considering the continue improvement of nations like Portugal and Czech Republic, or the "brazeri storm" guided by Alecio. But Venancio's strategy proved too strong one more time, game after game. Third european title in a row for Spain.
Brave enough How to replace the mythical figures of spanish futsal? Believe in youth futsal, that's the answer! Easy on paper, hard on the pitch. But Venancio Lopez knew that this was the only way for a real future, rather than selecting decoys players in the middle of a troop of naturalized brazilian players, as some other nations still do. Aicardo, Lin, Pola, Charlie, Rafa Usin and much more. This is the answer, the rest is just mere lie.
Back on top The Rio de Janeiro memory was the main reason for the wounded pride of Spain, while moving to Anapolis. So that probably there was no randomness in the fact that, for the first ever time, Spain accepted to take part in the Grand Prix challenge. Ambitious project then: take again the "control" of world futsal in brazilian land, against the World Champions. Mission impossible? Rafa Usin, Ortiz: mission accomplished, the Anapolis sky is red and yellow.
We should then feature a good amount of reasons to celebrate Venancio Lopez as winner of the Best National Team Coach of the World - DIMITRI NICOLAOU AWARD category of the UMBRO Futsal Awards 2010 - 11th Edition by Futsalplanet.com!!
UMBRO Futsal Awards by Futsalplanet.com
Best National Team Coach of the World category - Dimitri Nicolaou Award - Winners 2010 -> JosŤ Venancio Lopez Hierro (Spain) 2009 -> Hossein Shams (Iran) 2008 -> Paulo Cesar De Oliveira "PC" (Brazil) 2007 -> JosŤ Venancio Lopez Hierro (Spain) 2006 ->not celebrated 2005 ->not celebrated 2004 -> Javier Lozano Cid (Spain) 2003 -> Javier Lozano Cid (Spain)* Since the 2007 edition the Best National Team Coach of the World category is dedicated to the memory of our unforgettable friend Dimitri Nicolaou * in this edition also clubs coaches were included in the same category
Dimitri, this is for you! Wherever you are, we hope you will enjoy... Keep in touch friend!
Close up on Venancio Lopez, best national team coach of the World 2010 - DIMITRI NICOLAOU AWARD (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
Pipoca, take this spanish flag but the Grand Prix title come with us to Spain (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
Looking at the match, every single detail is basic (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
Javi Rodriguez and Venancio Lopez, winning couple (Photo courtesy: RFEF)
Time to celebrate! (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
Spanish national anthem seen from the bench (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
A diagonal version of JosŤ Venancio Lopez Hierro (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
Are they doing what I've just asked them? (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
The best coach needs the best staff (Photo courtesy: CBFS)
Almost the end, Grand Prix 2010 champions! (Photo courtesy: CBFS)