INTERVIEW WITH HEADCOACH MAROUN HAYEK


1.    When did you join Athletico? Tell us more about your first year experience.

I was 19 years old when I started as an assistant coach with Coach Michel Goudiaby in 2009 in SJS. We were responsible of the youngest kids aged 4 and 5 years. I learned from Coach Michel how to be patient with kids, keep a smile on my face always and no matter how old you are, you have to think like them to be able to communicate with them.

 

2.    What are you main objectives, now that you are the SJS branch’s Head coach

As a head coach, which is something still new for me, my main objective is to keep all coaches motivated in order to provide the highest quality training for kids of all age categories. To succeed in what you do in life, in this case football, kids have to love the game. My second main objective is to ensure that kids are loving what they are doing on the training ground and therefore coaches are loving their job.

 

3.    In your opinion what’s the difference between a “coach” and a “head coach”

A coach is responsible of his players only, a head coach is responsible for all the teams. I play more a role of the organizer making sure everything is in place and on time.

 

4.    What was your biggest achievement?

Yes football is about winning, but that’s only one part of it. My biggest achievement is seeing players I used to coach when they were very young, now play with the older teams and still have passion and drive to even become better.

 

5.    Who’s your favorite soccer player?

My favorite player is mentioned below but I won’t say who.

Zidane’s first touch. Ronaldo’s determination. Totti’s loyalty. Hazard’s acceleration. Ronaldinho’s skills.  Messi’s creativity. Mbappe’s speed. Zlatan’s strength. Hulk’s power. Ramos’ leadership. Kante’s work rate…

 

6.    If you want to give an advice to the youngsters, what will it be?

Always play with a smile on your face. Trust your teammates and your coach. An opponent on the field, a friend outside. Dream big and keep pushing yourself until your reach your goal.

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