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Decoding the jargon-filled job ad for manager of Belgium’s national soccer team

Reuters/Yves Herman
Do you have “experience and results in the fast-changing world of football”?
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Last week, Belgium’s soccer team parted ways with manager Marc Wilmots after crashing out of Euro 2016 in the quarter-finals. The country’s soccer association is casting the net wide to find a replacement: it posted an ad for the job on its website.

Do you have what it takes? Judging by the job ad, in addition to tactical knowledge and leadership qualities, the manager will also need a firm grasp of jargon. Here are the seven bullet points in the “desired profile” for Belgium’s new head coach, with our interpretations in italics:

  • Experience and results in the currently fast changing world of football.

Previous World Cup wins is a plus. 

  • Proven record in transmitting tactical and strategical knowledge to top level players.


  • Proven record to be able to work with experts in modern high level football.

Those stats geeks might be onto something. The modern game sure changes fast.

  • Treating his own social and high performance context.


  • Strong and open communicator.

Shouty, in at least two of Belgium’s three official languages. 

  • Ruling generation management.

¯_(ツ)_/¯ ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Proved to be able to operate in an existing structure and organisation + in full confidence being able to work with the team management, training facilities and financial, commercial and communication framework.

No anarchists. 

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