FCZ Academy: Management and Coaching Staff Changes
We‘ve previously announced that Ernst Graf, head of the FCZ Academy, has decided to resign from his position and accept a new challenge with the junior section of FC St Gallen. The exact time of this leadership change has now been determined: The 62-year-old is leaving FC Zurich by the end of March 2013. No successor has been appointed as yet.
Ernst Graf joined FC Zurich in September 2003 as the head of the club’s junior section. In 2006, the junior section was re-organized and re-named “FCZ Academy“. Under Ernst Graf’s leadership, the FCZ Academy developed into one of Switzerland’s most successful junior sections and made a name for itself also internationally. No less than 24 former FCZ Academy players have been promoted to FC Zurich’s first team since 2003; some of them have even established themselves abroad. Among his further great achievements are several Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup (U21) and NIKE Premier Cup (U15) wins.
The appointment of former U21 coach Urs Meier as new head coach of the first team has led to some FCZ Academy coaching staff changes. Martin Brunner, former goalkeeper coach of the first team and holder of the Swiss Football Association’s instructor diploma, will be taking on the responsibility for the U18 team. Ludovic Magnin and Dzevair Bedzeti will remain in their current positions as U18 assistant coaches.
Kresimir Stanic, who used to be on FC Zurich’s first team squad, has been appointed assistant coach of U16 head coach Heinz Russheim. The 27-year-old replaces former assistant coach Pascal Cadonau.