ABOUT EBBE SAND
In 2012 the former Danish professional football player, Ebbe Sand joined forces with CETA to start Shanghai’s first professional football academy. As a player Ebbe Sand achieved more than most and in Denmark he is considered a national hero, having won the Danish championship 3 times in a row 96, 97 and 98. He finished his remarkable 98 season with a double and scored 28 in the league more than any player have done before or after. Bigger clubs noticed the Danish striker and after the astonishing year that earned him the award as Danish player of the year, in front of among others Michael Laudrup, he moved to Schalke 04 where he played the rest of his career.
ABOUT OUR PHILOSOPHY
In Shalke he won the German DFB pokal in 2001 where he was once again honored as Danish player of the year but also managed to become top scorer in the German Bundusliga with 22 goals, these achievements earned him the MVP honor in the Bundesliga, a reward given by his colleagues. In 2002 he managed once again to win the DFB pokal. As one of Denmark's best players for his time, he played 66 matches for the national team, where he scored 22 goals and competed twice in the world cup. The first time in 1998 and the second in 2002. He also took part of the national team representing Denmark at the Euro cup in 2000 and 2004. Before finally retiring at the age of 33 with an honorable match setup by Schalke 04 to commemorate his achievements for the club in 2006.
Ebbe Sands High-Performance Philosophy is inspired by Danish, German, and Spanish soccer and is the foundation of all ESSA programs. To deliver a High-Performance training, all ESSA coaches use the manual SPD (Structure, Progression, and Development), which secure a well adapted training and progress for all players on all levels and the same high-performance coaching level in all our venues, independent of who is coaching the players. The SPD manual includes 250 different kinds of exercises and is based on appreciative pedagogic methods. This means that the SPD manual and thereby "Only the Best" at its core focusses on peak performance and successful experiences for our players as well as coaches. We believe that these types of experiences allow the players to develop in an environment that makes room for positive action. This is supposed to result in players experiencing a heightened energy level, both physically but also mentally.