The thing he is most passionate about when it comes to coaching is to stand on the side line and motivate the players to bring everything to the game.
“What we have practiced during training, my theories and plans, come to life on that field. When the team is successful I feel successful too.”
Stefano has coached men in soccer before and finds it very different to coach women. But he had a preconception of what it would be like.
“I thought there would be many conflicts and that women wouldn’t be as strong as men on the field. But I was totally wrong! My impression now is that women players can handle much more. They also take criticism very neutral and see it as a chance to develop, and ask themselves ‘how can we as a team solve this together?’.”
The national Futsal team he is coaching is very successful, ranked as number 2 in Europe. But for Stefano, this is not enough.
“We have a huge potential as a team. I know we can become number one! The next opportunity to show our skills is in the Futsal World Championships in Switzerland in November this year.”
When Stefano is not coaching the deaf women’s national Futsal team towards success, he works in the assembly line in Rastatt, Germany, building operating tables.
“I am proud to work at a company where I in the long run am part of saving people’s lives.”
As Stefano is both working at Getinge, coaching the team and still plays soccer himself, there are things he needs to sacrifice. Such as vacation and weekends.
“With the support from my family I can handle it. Because having hobbies and taking on challenges is very important to me, it makes me feel free and works as good contrast to my everyday life. It also clears my head and brings new perspectives.”
But right now Stefano’s mind is fixed on the Futsal World Championships.
“It will be tough, tougher than before. For example Brazil and Iran will show up with very strong teams. But I am confident we haven’t reached our limit. We will become number one someday.”
*Futsal is an indoor soccer variant and acknowledged by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The origins of the name are the Portuguese term futebol de salão and the Spanish term fútbol sala (‚indoor soccer‘).