Daniel Wimmer currently works for the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF). There he is deputy Technical Director, Head of Coach Education and Coach of the Women's National Team. Previously, Wimmer worked as Head of Youth Development and Youth Coach at 1. FC Nürnberg and SpVgg Unterhaching, among others. The 41-year-old studied "Football Management" at the Bundesliga Campus in Vienna, a joint project of the IFI and the Austrian Football League.
Daniel, how did you come to Lithuania and what is your role at the Lithuanian Football Association?
Reinhold Breu, the Technical Director of the LFF, contacted me to see if I could imagine a job in Lithuania. After some interesting discussions, I initially agreed to a one-year contract. I recently extended my contract for another two years. My role is that of Deputy Technical Director. I am also National Coach of the Women's A national team and Head of Coach Education.
What is behind the "UEFA PRO License in Lithuania" project?
We have modernized and restructured the entire coaching education in the country in close cooperation with UEFA. Especially with the Pro License as the highest possible level of education, it is important to focus on the individual person in the education and as a coach and to prepare the participants for all challenges as a head coach.
What is the goal and how should it be achieved?
We want to train modern coaches! This means that we prepare talented young coaches innovatively for the challenges ahead. It is important not only to look at current football, but also to understand how football will or can change. Coaches need to be taken out of their comfort zone and aim for the next level.
Which role does the International Football Institute (IFI) play in this?
It is important for me to gain a high level of expertise coupled with a lot of experience for our project. This is how we guarantee a high-quality international education. The IFI, with its top lecturers, is the ideal cooperation partner for this.
Lithuanian soccer is ...?
Very interesting. The young generation in particular is exciting and talented.