CEO & FOUNDER, WORLD FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Raymond Verheijen is one of the global leaders in soccer specific conditioning and periodization, and boasts a wealth of experience coaching at the highest levels of professional soccer around the world. He has coached at every European Cup Championship since 2000 – EURO 2000 (a semifinalist with Holland under head coach Frank Rijkaard), 2004 (semifinalist with Holland under head coach Dick Advocaat), 2008 (semifinalist with Russia under heach coach Guus Hiddink), and 2012 (with Russia under head coach Dick Advocaat) – Verheijen has also been involved at every World Cup Finals since 2002: World Cup 2002 (semifinalists with Korea under head coach Guus Hiddink), 2006 (with Korea under head coach Dick Advocaat), 2010 (second round with Korea), and most recently in World Cup 2014 with Argentina, helping them progress to the final against Germany. Additionally, Verheijen also spent time working with Louis van Gaal and the Holland U-20 men’s national team at the World Cup 2001 in Argentina, and has worked as an assistant manager of the Welsh senior men’s national team with Gary Speed. At the club level, Verheijen’s experience is just as impressive. He has worked with the likes of Barcelona FC, Manchester City, Chelsea FC, and Zenit St. Petersburg. Verheijen has also implemented his philosophy within the famous Feyenoord Academy, which produced the most World Cup 2014 players of all club academies worldwide. Verheijen has published two influential books - ‘Conditioning for Soccer’ (1998) and ‘Periodisation in Football’ (2008) in Holland. His latest book was published in English in June 2014, titled “The Original Guide to Football Periodisation - Part 1”.