Youth Soccer News: Germany is highly acclaimed for their focus on developing youth soccer players and is one of the top countries in the world for soccer. Arne Friedrich is one of Germany’s former top players and he has coached his nation’s U18 National Team.
Arne Friedrich is a German football legend — the former defender played 82 times for the German National Team and was the Coach/Manager of Germany U18 National Team. This year, you might have seen Arne Friedrich on TV as an expert commentator on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The first choice for right back for his country, Arne Friedrich played for Germany in five major tournaments including the 2010 World Cup roster in South Africa. He started every match and was pivotal in Germany finishing third and became one of the best defenders of the World Cup and even scored his first goal for his country in the quarter-final against Argentina.
In both 2006 and 2010, he has received the Silver-Laurel-Leaf, which is the highest sports award in Germany. During the EURO 2008, Arne Friedrich helped Germany make it all the way to the final, where they lost to Spain. Before hanging up his pro cleats, he played for MLS’ Chicago Fire, earning the 2012 season’s Defender of the Year.
Arne Friedrich is a man players want to learn from. He has more knowledge to share and practical playing experiences than most men who ever walk on a youth soccer field.
Diane Scavuzzo: Your international playing career kicked on when you were on the German U-21 team. What do you believe is the most important trait for an elite soccer player — if they want to be successful and become a professional soccer player?
Arne Friedrich: Being good at soccer is about decision-making.
Goal setting is also critical.
IF YOU HAVE A GOAL, YOU HAVE TO KEEP IT IN MIND WHEN YOU MAKE DAILY DECISIONS.