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Matteo Koning - A Dream.

The story of Matteo Koning, once a great winger now struggling to get into the coaching area of football.
De Magere's avatar Group De Magere 2017-07-10 19:22
00 7 posts joined Jul 04, 2017
When the referee blew his whistle and I felt the pain, I knew. It was over, my career as a footballer came to an end. Here, in the depts of Spanish football it has ended. I saw the medics running over to me, I saw my teammates watching. They already knew, I saw it in there eyes. When I looked down I saw my foot, it was rotated the other way. My career is over..

6 years later…

Today was the day, at age 27 I got my coaching license. But the problem was, who wants a manager with no experience? I could not find any clubs that wanted me right away. Leicester and Rangers F.C didn’t want such an ‘nobody’. Ofcourse everybody knew me as a player. The great Spanish-Dutch right winger that was born in Barcelona and so played in the famous La Masia de Can Planes and moved on to the Netherlands but ended up at Deportivo Alavés. So now the wait begins..

Matteo Koning

Place of birth: Barcelona
Date of birth: 13-07-1988

Football Player Career

FC Barcelona 1995-1999

Fortuna Sittard 1999-2001 44 (15)
Ajax 2001-2004 22 (4)
Fortuna Sittard 2001-2002 33 (12)
Real Zaragoza 2004-2007 36 (7)
Deportivo Alaves 2007-2008 4 (4)

After the failed attempt at Real Salt Lake City, I tried my luck at Orebro SK in Sweden. I declared my interest in the position and applied.

After talking to the chairman it was a long wait until I heard something.. But finally I got a answer back.

Justice's avatar Group Justice 2017-07-11 19:05
00 4504 posts 555 likes joined Feb 11, 2013
Good luck!
De Magere's avatar Group De Magere 2017-07-12 16:59
00 7 posts joined Jul 04, 2017
Thanks @Justice.

Orebro SK

Name: Örebro Sportklub
Founded: 28 oktober 1908
Stadium: Behrn Arena, Örebro
Capacity 14.500
Chairman: Jan Karlsson
Trainer: Matteo Koning
Competition: Allsvenskan



After coming to the club on my first day it felt right. The people are nice and the place is warm. Something that reminds you of home. You don't even notice that there is a crisis, because there are bottom of the league with only 14 points after 20 games. Everyone stays calm and friendly and let you feel at home.


Evaluating the team

The team is 25 man strong. When I first looked at the team, I didn't understand why they are bottom of the league. The team is not that bad and there are some talents mixed with experienced players.

After evaluating what there strong points are in comparison what the other teams have, I noticed that there attack is very fast and that there lies the advantage in this team over the other teams. So that is where I need to focus on.

The Formation

I have picked the traditional 1-4-3-3. It has everything it needs to be and it is well balanced. With the front 3 set on roaming from position to maximise the strong element of the squad (the attack) it has everything to get us out of the relegation zone.

mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-07-12 20:38
00 2165 posts 316 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
Good luck in Sweden mate!
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2017-07-13 16:41
gb 834 posts 105 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
Interesting little side, good luck in Sweden! Never managed there myself so it'll be nice to see how you do.
De Magere's avatar Group De Magere 2017-07-14 16:40
00 7 posts joined Jul 04, 2017

@mgriffin2012 - Thanks, hopefully it will be successful.

@ScottT - I didn't either, will see what they can do.

Story of Matteo Koning

When I was about 5 years old, my dad got me into La Masia. He worked there for around 15 years and fixed the fields, made sure everybody got footballs for the training, etc. He traded most of his salary so that we have 2 season tickets for FC Barcelona. It was worth more for him that I could see the stars of Barcelona than have a expensive holiday.

It was just me and him in my youth. My mom left when I was around 5 months. He helped me with everything, but most of all in becoming a better footballer and person. Unfortunately he got into a fight with some of the board members of FC Barcelona and he got fired. That was also a sign that I was not welcome anymore as a youth players, regardless of my talents.

So we moved back to Holland and I got an chance at Fortuna Sittard to play for there senior team. I signed a 1 year deal with the option to extend it with another year.

And so it begins...

Orebro SK

Recap of the games

Allot of the games I should have won. We were the better side and dominated most games. But whenever the rival team got a bit more attacking 4/5 of my players got nervous or very nervous. That resulted in leaking some goals.

Avoid Relegation (target board)

Started at 20 games and 14 points


Best Match

My best match was by far the match vs GIF Sunsdal (H 1-1). We played that match out of our minds but like I said before. They got very nervous and we drew.

I have one year left in my contract and I will remain at the club for another year. This streak got me thinking what I can do when I have a whole season ahead. The good part is, if I play a good season (it ends in November) I can easily pick up a team in danger in a higher rated competition.

I will updated every transfer news, formation/tactics chances in the next update where I will discuss my pre-season with the team.

mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-07-15 09:26
00 2165 posts 316 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
Not the worst of starts, plenty of room for improvement though!
Justice's avatar Group Justice 2017-07-16 15:53
00 4504 posts 555 likes joined Feb 11, 2013
Quite a brilliant turnaround, well done!
De Magere's avatar Group De Magere 2017-07-16 17:40
00 7 posts joined Jul 04, 2017

mgriffin2012 - Yes, there was still allot of work to be done. Still was happy to get out to the relegation zone without a lose.

Justice - Was happy with the results. It evens out, some matches I should have lost and others I should have won.

The Next Step

I moved on from Orebro SK. I had done my job what they asked and I planned to stay for another year, but that was before FC St. Pauli came and asked me to join them. This is a chance I can't let go. Even though it is another relegation battle, it has the potential to go and work in 1 of the biggest football countries in the world. I could not say no even though Orebro SK offered me an extension of my contract.

Matteo Koning

Orebro SK 2016 - 2016
FC St. Pauli 2016 -

FC St. Pauli

Stadium Millerntor-Stadion
Coach Matteo Koning
Competition 2. Bundesliga
From Hamburg, Duitsland
Training facilities Kollaustrasse

Founded in 1910, Hamburg St. Pauli are a professional German club currently playing in the Germand Second Division (2. Bundesliga). Hamburg St. Pauli narrowly failed to win promotion from the Second Division last term.

The club play there home games at the Millerntor-Stadion and Possess average training facilities and good youth facilities. The Hamburg St. Pauli youth team play at Berzirkssportanlage Koningskinderweg. The club also has average junior coaching and a fairly basic youth recruitment network. The club is affectionately known as Die Paulianer and retains a fierce rivalry with FC Hansa Rostock and Hamburg SV.

The club enjoyed probably their best spell of succes during the 1970s. Although now enduring a nine year barren spel, having not won a competition since 2007, Die Paulianer still have a history of which they can be justly proud. Hamburg St. Pauli won the German 4th tier five times and were runners-up three times, won the Germans 2nd tier for the only time in 1977 and finished runners-up on three occasions, and won the German 5th tier in 1981, 1983 and 1986 and finished runners-up once.
GleNelG's avatar Group GleNelG 2017-07-16 18:37
gb 44 posts joined Oct 06, 2012
What an opportunity to get a foothold in Germany. Looking forward to seeing how it pans out for you.

Transfer budget allowing, any plans on taking/tempting any former players with you?
mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-07-16 19:54
00 2165 posts 316 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
An absolutely fantastic chance to establish yourself in one of the best league systems in Europe! Good luck!

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