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Maxwell’s journey: from pitch to boardroom with the UEFA MIP

International footballer turned UEFA chief of football development, Maxwell Scherrer discusses how the UEFA Academy helped him prepare for life off the pitch.

Maxwell: My UEFA MIP experience
Maxwell: My UEFA MIP experience

As an international player who lifted trophies in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, as well as his native Brazil, Maxwell Scherrer has always been used to success.

Maxwell played for some of Europe's top clubs during a glittering career
Maxwell played for some of Europe's top clubs during a glittering careerGetty Images

But when the time came to start thinking about retiring from football, he was unsure of what to do next. That was until he heard about the UEFA Academy’s Master for International Players (UEFA MIP), which is designed to help former top professionals take their next steps towards a second career.

In the video above, Maxwell shares his experience of the course, his motivations and the benefits it provided.

How the UEFA MIP works

The MIP helps top players transition to a second career
The MIP helps top players transition to a second careerUEFA via Getty Images

Comprising of seven week-long sessions, which are designed to help players transfer their considerable skills in leadership, commitment and discipline into administration, the UEFA MIP provides a comprehensive overview of the football landscape. Each session looks at a different aspect of the make-up and governance of a football organisation.

The fourth edition of the MIP launches this week with a new squad of current and former players entering the classroom where they will learn the skills to prepare them for a second career.

Learn more about UEFA's education courses for players