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Style of play, training methodology, coaching, individual training, talent development, international football, German-English-Dutch


As Coordinator Methodology at AFC Ajax Amsterdam, Matthias created and implemented the Methodology Department in order to put Cruyff’s vision into daily practice.

In his role at Ajax, Matthias was responsible for the creation of a uniform language for all players, coaches and staff – based on a unique style of play and a distinctive set of football principles. The purpose of this unique language was to develop and implement the training philosophy and to professionalize the player development processes within the academy.

Matthias was the primary facilitator of the exchange of knowledge with and between professional clubs across Europe, among them Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC.

In addition to his work at Ajax, Matthias contributed to the development of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) Master Plan, designed to reform Dutch (youth) football.

Matthias played in the SC Freiburg academy before starting work for the German Football Association (DFB) and Ajax Cape Town. He holds an approval for the UEFA Pro License, a degree in Sports Economy, a Masters degree in Sports Mental Coaching and a fitness instructor license.