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Coaches of Sevilla FC Academy carried a clinic at the Europa FC Academy

The activity coordinated by the R&D&I Department of Sevilla FC through the Innovation Center never ceases, and last week it was the turn of two youth coaches from the club, Javier Álex and Diego Blanco, who traveled to Gibraltar Camp with the Europa FC Academy. There, they carried a clinic and explained the training methodology followed in Sevilla FC Academy.

Two training sessions, alongside John Moreno, director of the Europa FC Academy, helped the young footballers of the Gibraltarian team and their coaches gain a basic understanding of the main principles followed at Sevilla FC. The sessions were focused on players born between 2006 and 2012 initially, and then between 2013 and 2016.

With this type of activity, one of the main objectives of Sevilla FC’s Innovation Center is fulfilled: to share the knowledge generated through this platform with others. This educational intention is channeled through training programs.

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Sevilla FC hosted the new edition of the FCE ProCourse 2024

The Sevilla FC training facilities hosted one of the training sessions organized by the Dutch Football Academy for future football coaches. Dutch coach Raymond Verheijen conducted a course for 39 coaches from different parts of the world, focusing on the ‘Team Tactics Formation Process’. During the course, the coaches witnessed training sessions of various youth teams from the Sevilla Academy and gained detailed insights into the daily operations of different areas within the Sevilla FC Academy. The visit concluded with a tour of the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

Football Coach Evolution (FCE) is a globally renowned football educational institute that provides knowledge to many federations and clubs worldwide. Raymond Verheijen founded the Dutch Football Academy for coaches who wish to develop their knowledge and challenge the status quo in football. Verheijen’s mission is to educate football coaches in a more objective and football-specific manner, rather than relying on trendy styles or merely copying the champions. Verheijen’s mission is supported by Guus Hiddink, one of the most successful Dutch coaches of all time, who became a global ambassador.

The Innovation Center Sevilla FC is expanding its educational offerings with a new sports education project set to launch next October. In this new project, Sevilla FC will offer official vocational training programs at both intermediate and advanced levels, leading to the qualification of Technical Sports Specialist in Football, which enables individuals to work as football coaches in Spain. Additionally, this qualification allows for subsequent access to certain university degree programs.

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Sevilla FC’s Technological and Digitalization Commitment Presented at DES 2024 in Málaga

This week, the 2024 edition of the Digital Enterprise Show (DES) was held in Málaga, a conference that covered various aspects related to digitalization, artificial intelligence, and the use of all kinds of technology in the daily operations of businesses. The event aimed to include the presence of different professionals from Sevilla FC, who explained how the club has become a national and international reference in all these areas.

In this context, the Head of the Data Department at Sevilla FC, Elías Zamora, presented in the main auditorium how the club, with the help of IBM, has developed the Scout Advisor tool, which has revolutionized the world of scouting through the application of generative artificial intelligence. Zamora also presented in another exclusive panel all the milestones that Sevilla FC has achieved in recent seasons through its commitment to technological development in all business areas.

Meanwhile, Jara Cisneros, Head of Digital & CRM at Sevilla FC, detailed how the DruID tool enables the actionability of user and consumer data, their identification, real-time traceability, and advanced segmentation.

With participants from over 50 countries, DES fosters an international exchange of knowledge that inspires and facilitates the sharing of extraordinary success stories, like that of Sevilla FC.

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Sevilla FC Chair Present at the XVI UPOEmprende Awards

This week, the XVI UPOEmprende Awards were presented at the Pablo de Olavide University, an initiative that aims to promote the entrepreneurial spirit among university community members, fostering the formation of entrepreneurial teams and the establishment of innovative companies based on knowledge and/or research results developed at the university. This competition has seen the participation of Sevilla FC for the third consecutive year, sponsoring one of the awards through the Sevilla FC Chair: University, Business, and Sport.

Out of the 80 initiatives presented, 17 were selected for the final presentation of the projects, which took place last Tuesday. Subsequently, in an event presided over by the rector of Pablo de Olavide University, Francisco Oliva, and with the institutional representation of Pablo Blanco on behalf of Sevilla FC, the jury’s decision and the award ceremony took place, including the ‘company established at Pablo de Olavide University’ award, sponsored by the Sevilla FC Chair. The winning project proposed the creation of a company dedicated to the manufacture and distribution of reusable silicone anti-drug covers, designed to protect consumers from chemical submission in certain environments.

The winners of the different categories will have free access to the accommodation services of the Andalusian Centers for Entrepreneurship (CADE); sponsorship of university entrepreneurial talent by the Association for Business Development and Technology Transfer of Dos Hermanas (TIXE) and the Federation of Industrialists and Merchants of Alcalá de Guadaíra (FICA); free access for six months to the business accommodation services of the Sevilla Chamber of Commerce’s Business Incubation Network; and the opportunity to apply for the SPUTNIK entrepreneurship promotion program. From Sevilla FC, we congratulate the 8 winning projects in the 7 categories called.

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Sevilla FC opens its doors to the managers of the Future Falcons Project

Sevilla FC continues to work on ways to strengthen ties beyond its borders in its determined commitment to internationalization. Within this framework, the club has received a visit from the sports officials of Saudi Arabia’s Future Falcons, Ghassan Felemban and Romeo Jozak.

The Future Falcons project is dependent on the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and has been based for years at a high-performance center in the Catalan town of Salou. In recent years, this team has organized matches against some of the best teams in Europe, such as Sevilla FC, whose National League youth team played a friendly match against the Future Falcons last April.

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Participation of the club in the XXXI Isokinetic Conference in Football Medicine: Bridging Science and Practice

The Isokinetic Conference 2024 brought together more than 2,000 participants from around the world over three days at the Civitas Metropolitano stadium, with representation from 80 countries and the participation of over 250 medical professionals. This event was organized by the Isokinetic Medical Group in collaboration with FIFA.

Sevilla FC was represented by two specialists from the Club’s Youth Academy Medical Services, selected among the top 14 cases of the conference.

Dr. Fátima Breña presented a case titled “Use of surface EMG in muscle injury: a case report in a female football player” along with Javier González, Rafael Castaño, Julia Gutiérrez, Matías Morán, Carmen Márquez, Andrés Márquez, and Esther Melero. The case presented by Dr. Breña at the XXXI Isokinetic Conference focused on the application of surface electromyography in muscle injury recovery, used as a tool to evaluate the dynamic part of the muscle (activation, symmetry, and coactivation). This method complements imaging tests and provides valuable real-time information for different professionals (doctors, physiotherapists, and rehabilitation specialists), useful for the “return to play” process.

In the context of sports injuries, Javier Antonio González Alcántara, a physical and sports rehabilitation specialist from the Club’s Youth Academy, presented a thorough and innovative review of the early stages of an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a reserve team player. This presentation took place on Saturday, May 25, as part of the “Best Case Report Contest.”

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The seminar series on physical and sports performance at UPO has concluded

During April and May, three seminars on physical and sports performance were held at the facilities of the Pablo de Olavide University, led by the Head of Physical and Sports Performance R&D at Sevilla FC and PhD candidate Carmen Serrano Cañadillas.

In the seminars, the main results of the latest articles published in high-impact journals (indexed in the Journal Citation Report – JCR) in the field of “Sport Science” were presented and discussed, primarily with the aim of analyzing or improving physical and sports performance.

During the first seminar, held on April 11th, the results of articles published in March were presented. Out of all the reviewed publications, 22 articles were selected. One of the initial topics addressed in this first seminar was the role of the “Sport Scientist.” Questions were raised about what a sport scientist is, what training and experience they should have, what tasks they should perform, and in which areas they should operate within the sports institution. Additionally, the seminar explored the degree of relationship a sport scientist should have with other professionals involved in the sports phenomenon, including coaches and athletes.


During the second seminar, held on April 25th, three fundamental topics were addressed: evaluation of physical and sports performance, the effect of endurance and repeated sprint training, and the effect of strength training. In the first block, three articles were used to first reflect on the necessity of evaluating athletes’ performance and then to examine the methods and means used in the evaluation processes, as well as the variables considered important for obtaining sufficient information on potential performance changes.

The third seminar was held on May 15th and covered different thematic blocks. During April, a significant number of studies were published related to quantifying the training and match load in football players. Another important topic to consider when scheduling the training load during a week is deciding when to introduce the rest session (MD+1 or MD+2) or how to manage the weekly training load between players who participate more in the match (starters) and those who participate less or not at all (non-starters).

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Sevilla FC’s presence in Boston at IBM Think 2024

This week, club representatives travelled to Boston for IBM’s biggest convention of the year, the IBM Think 2024. The event showcases industry leaders that have enjoyed success with technological information and the use of data in sporting management.

Elías Zamora, the club’s Chief Data Officer, was invited as a guest speaker to discuss the launch of Scout Advisor. The tool uses IBM’s generative AI platform, watsonx, to sort through scouting databases quickly and efficiently, turning data into comprehensible language.

Zamora said, “Talent cannot be identifed purely through data and statistics, it is important that human opinions are involved too. At Sevilla FC we have one of the biggest scouting networks in the world and we use the technology to combine data with our scouts’ judgements. We are using technology to supplement human knowledge so that we get the most out of our scouting network.”

In addition, the visit to the USA was used to further enhance the club’s relationship with IBM. Zamora had a meeting with the company’s Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Darío Gil, to discuss the possibility of future collaboration.

We also had the opportunity to learn about the technological projects of other sports entities in attendance, such as Major League Baseball teams the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, as well as the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Mexican football club Chivas de Guadalajara.

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Students from Tabladilla School visited the Training Facilities as part of the ‘Work Experience’ initiative.

As part of the ‘Work Experience’ initiative and in collaboration with the Sevilla FC Innovation Center, a group of high school students from Colegio Tabladilla visited the Ciudad Deportiva José Ramón Cisneros Palacios. The aim was to integrate these students into the daily activities of a company or institution, in this case, Sevilla FC, just before they choose their university specializations. In this way, the students were able to experience firsthand a day in the life of professionals in various areas of the club.

On one hand, students focused on communication and marketing attended the Open Media Day organized that day by the Club’s Communication Department, together with La Liga, during which many of the first-team players engaged with the media in preparation for the upcoming El Gran Derbi that same week. Subsequently, they received guidance on potential career paths within the organization from José María Cruz Gallardo, the head of R&D at the club. They also interacted with colleagues from the Communication and Brand departments, visited their facilities, and toured the recording sets.

Likewise, students interested in the healthcare field spent the morning with Rafael Castaño and Julia Gutiérrez, members of Sevilla FC’s Youth Academy Medical Services. They experienced a typical workday of these professionals and their tasks with the future players of Sevilla FC. In this way, Tabladilla School students had a first-hand introduction to the professional world they will soon enter, helping them to orient their future in an immersive manner.

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Diploma of Expertise in Tactical Analysis and Research in Invasion Sports

The title of Tactical Analysis and Research in Invasion Sports has now reached its third edition at Pablo de Olavide University, one of the strategic training partners of the Sevilla FC Innovation Center, which participates as a collaborating entity and educator. This course, starting on May 29 and ending on June 21, is presented as innovative training that delves into a key figure for the success of team sports, that of the analyst. The student will be able to acquire analytical skills and the ability to create and interpret useful scientific data, as well as a strategy for understanding the functional logic of invasion sports in order to improve performance.

This course is part of the Sevilla FC Chair: university, company, and sport, which the club maintains at UPO. Through this training, the student will also learn to design research within observational methodology by applying the statistical techniques of this approach. For further information and to proceed with pre-registration, click on this link.

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Sevilla FC showcased its youth academy in the Czech Republic

Sevilla FC continues to participate in various international congresses, both in the technical field and in the football industry. Last week, José Collado, Head of International Projects, traveled to Ostrava, Czech Republic, to present the training methodology of the Sevilla FC youth academy. He did so as part of the Annual Coaches Conference organized by the Czech Football Federation, with FC Banik Ostrava serving as the host club.

Collado delivered one of the most anticipated presentations titled ‘Sevilla FC Youth Academy Football Laboratory.’ This visit reciprocated the one made in 2023 by a large delegation of youth academy coaches from the Czech federation to the Sports City, as part of the ‘Coaches Academy’ program offered by the Sevilla FC Innovation Center.

The invitation, extended by Martin VLK, Head of Training at the Czech federation, aimed to deepen the synergy of work between Sevilla FC and the Czech organization, thus enhancing the training and development of Czech coaches, which was the ultimate goal of their participation in the ‘Coaches Academy’ program.

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Students from the Master’s program in Physical Preparation and Sports Rehabilitation visit the Training Academy

Students from the Master’s program in Physical Preparation and Sports Rehabilitation in Football, offered by the University of Murcia, visited the facilities of the Nervión club last week. They did so to continue their education through special sessions held at the José Ramón Cisneros Palacios Sports City by professionals from the first team and the youth academy.

Specifically, it was Dr. Matías Alonso and readaptation specialist Antonio Muñoz who explained the details of their work to the students. They also received instructions from the medical staff and physical preparation and rehabilitation area of both the male and female youth teams of Sevilla FC.

UCAM is one of the academic partners of the Sevilla FC Innovation Center. Both entities recognize the importance of developing talent through high-quality educational offerings inspired by a philosophy of continuous improvement and constant pursuit of excellence as a way of working. For all these reasons, Sevilla FC makes available to society the knowledge generated by its professionals during its more than one hundred years of history.