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UEFA technical observers

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UEFA's technical team analysed what they saw at the finals ©Sportsfile

UEFA technical observers

UEFA's technical team at the Women’s Under-17 finals was made up by former Switzerland coach Béatrice von Siebenthal and ex-Wales manager Jarmo Matikainen.

Former Wales national team coach and Finland technical director Jarmo Matikainen is a director of coaching for the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) with responsibilities for player development and coach education in the Uusimaa district, which covers the capital and the southern area of the Nordic country. His work with his native association began in 1999 as assistant boss of the WU19s and evolved through a variety of posts within the SPL-FBF coaching set-up, most notably as technical director between 2000 and 2009. Additionally he was assistant coach to the WU21s and senior team from 1999–2000 and again from 2005, head coach of the WU17s from 1999–2005 and head coach of the WU19s. He moved to the Football Association of Wales (FAW) in 2010 as coordinator of women's football, including coaching the senior and WU19 sides. In March 2014 Matikainen rejoined the SPL-FBF to assume a coaching directorship and continues in that position today. The Icelandic tournament was one of many at which Matikainen – who played as a central defender in the top two Finnish divisions before becoming player-manager at FC Viikingit – has acted as a UEFA technical observer.

Béatrice von Siebenthal, who represented her native Switzerland as both player and head coach, is a technical observer, coach education specialist and consultant who collaborates regularly with UEFA and FIFA. von Siebenthal's most prominent role to date was a near seven-year tenure as Swiss women's national team coach between 2005 and 2011, though her career with the Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF) spanned 17 years. Appointed coach of the WU19s in 1995, she became a full-time member of the SFV-ASF coaching operation 12 months later and, among various achievements, set up and headed the organisation's national girls academy from 2004–2012, also taking charge of talent identification and establishing a player pathway. Her own playing credentials had been cemented during 18 months with the national team as well as stints with BCO Alemannia Basel 1919, SV Sissach and FC Bern. After hanging up her boots, von Siebenthal became the first Swiss woman to hold a UEFA Pro licence and after a year in regional football, took over at FC Rot-Schwarz Thun before graduating to the SFV-ASF. Also a FIFA instructor, von Siebenthal has served as UEFA technical observer at the full range of women's final tournaments from WU17 to senior.

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