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Fulham: When Ex-Manchester United Coach Rene Meulensteen Picked An Elephant To Play For Brondby

by | 20th, November 2013

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FULHAM’s new Head Coach, Rene Meulensteen gets a mention in  Per Nielsen’s autobiography 4 Per Nielsen Brøndby for evigt? . Rene coachjed Per at Danish club  Brøndby IF.

Meulensteen immediately changed the daily routines around the squad. At first, a lot of small things like when the club had to train and when they had to leave for matches. Later he decided to change the colour of the hallway leading to the team’s locker room at the stadium from yellow (which is Brøndby’s shirt colour) to green. This was intended to give the player’s hope and calm them down when they went from the pitch to the locker room after the first half. He explained to the squad that since they were excited after the first half they needed to calm down a bit. Nielsen, and the rest of the squad, were wondering why this was important because they needed to be ready and excited for the second half a moment later anyway.

It gets even better , as :

Nielsen also spoke about training sessions where the players were juggling with the ball and Meulensteen would suddenly would jump in front of them and yell “BOOOH” in their faces. This was meant to prepare them for the noise there would be at the stadium when they played in front of 10.000-15.000 people, he explained to them…

Brøndby was facing Frankfurt in the UEFA Cup. Before the match started, Meulensteen gathered the players in the locker room together in front of a white blackboard. He then started pointing at the players and made them tell what kind of animal they wanted to be on the field. The players found this very weird and no one answered. As the captain Nielsen felt like he had to step up, and says he wants to be a snake. Meulensteen then replies:

RM : “No no, Per, goddammit. That won’t work. Snakes are slow animals, we cannot have snakes in our defense, the Germans will outrun us then.”

PN : “Then I’m a tiger. Is that okay?”

RM : “That’s perfect! Tigers are brave, fast and strong. That is exactly what we need

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