Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Football’s greatest players and coaches are currently in Brazil, battling it out for the World Cup, but one Worcester graduate is also embarking on an international adventure – the first step in a career that he hopes will reach similar heights.
Bogdan Micu, who is originally from Romania, has been offered a prestigious coaching internship with Hungarian champions Debrecen – just weeks after completing his Sports Coaching studies at the University.
During his three years in Worcester, Bogdan has taken every opportunity to gain coaching experience, combining roles with the likes of the Worcester Blind Football Club and Wolverhampton Wanderers with his studies.
“I’ve played football since I was seven,” he says. “But I came to Worcester to develop my knowledge as a coach. I have been able to benefit from the skills of the likes of Dave Mycock, Glyn Harding, Kelvin Beeching and Craig Williams in the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, who have been outstanding.”
After being recommended for a coaching role, Bogdan will now travel to Hungary to work with youth players at Debrecen , the most successful club in the country in recent times – they have won the league in seven of the last ten years and will play in the Champions League next year after winning the title again in 2013/14.
He explains: “I hope to stay in Debrecen for around nine months. There are some opportunities in life that seem to connect with all the dreams you have and for me, this is one.
“My dream is to become the best professional coach, but that doesn’t happen overnight. It is a long journey, with plenty of stages that you need to complete – rungs of the ladder you need to climb. I am realistic about this though; I will take everything step by step, do my job properly and not rush things.
“The most successful people are flexible and adaptable, and I will need to adapt to the environment and the culture in Hungary. I expect some things to come naturally – Romania and Hungary are very close together geographically – but some things will not.”
Although keeping his feet firmly on the ground, Bogdan has a clear vision for his future: “Eventually, I would like to return to the UK to take my UEFA B license coaching badge, and then maybe go to Spain or Germany to do my A license,” he continues.
“I want to maximise my coaching qualifications and knowledge before I step into a classroom again – I intend to learn and accumulate knowledge in order to make the most of my chance.
“My dream, though, is to be the best professional coach I can be, and to win a World Cup with Romania.”