Mathias Schober is a former professional goalkeeper in Germany. He is currently the Academy Director at Schalke 04. He oversees their entire youth soccer operation from U8-U19.
Erik Stover, a former guest on this podcast, introduced me to Mathias. Erik works for Match IQ and is helping Schalke increase their footprint here on American soil. When I spoke to Mathias, he was preparing to leave his hotel room to head over to the Soccerex conference in Miami. Even though this conversation was quick, it is jam-packed with useful information for American parents, coaches, and fans.
During our conversation, we discuss:
- Why it is important that Schalke serves their community first
- How and when Schalke begins scouting and recruiting players from outside of Germany and what that consists of
- The realities of doing business here in America
Alright, please enjoy this conversation with Mathias Schober.
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