Josselin - From Wales to Pro in Spain & France

When the Head Coach was sacked in November, I was trusted to have a more important role within the staff and started as Interim Assistant Coach for 2 months.




Name, age, where you are based?


Josselin Junker, 25, France



Current Role:


My contractual relationship with FC Sochaux Montbeliard just ended. I had a double function there (even a triple one, until December as I was translator for Head Coach Jose Manuel Aira) as I was assistant coach and match analyst.


I would propose, deliver and lead sessions according to my managers needs and provide all kind of reports for players and staff regarding opponents, as well as analysing our own matches and training videos.



Qualifications:


I have the UEFA B Licence, delivered by the Spanish Football Federation and will get my A Licence at the end of september 2019.


I also hold a number of Masters Degrees including one from Real Madrid University, in 2017, where I had the chance to have tutors from Real Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla FC, Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad ,among others.





How did you get into coaching And what has your path been like?


I got into coaching thanks to a teammate I played with in the first team of my local football club. One day he asked me to give him a hand with his U12's, I went there on a Saturday, I liked it and started to get more involved every day that went by. At the end of the season, I wanted to coach as head coach and my local club gave me the U12's for next season.


During the summer of 2013, an offer (volunteer work) came up to go to an orphanage in Chhattisgarh, India, to be an English teacher and football coach for girls aged 7 to 19yo. It turned out to be one of the best experience of my life.





After the 2012-13 season I spent another one with the U13's at my local club and due to my move to Cardiff University, I had to leave my local club and I started getting in touch with people in Wales, in order to keep coaching.


Someone from the FAW forwarded my email to Damian Flynn, who was in charge of girls and women's football at the time, and he was able to get me involved in the same area. After a month he mentioned my name to Daniel Smith, Academy Coach and “Supervisor” for the Foundation, who got me involved in the Academy, as well as in ADCs and ACCs.





At the end of the 2014-15 season I was again, moving due to University business and landed in Sevilla, Spain. I had met a group of Spanish coaches sent by the Spanish Federation during my stay at Cardiff City, one of them happened to have a cousin who was a fitness coach in Sevilla's third club : AD Nervion, and this led me to get involved as Assistant Coach and Match Analyst for their U16s. I was in charge of some sessions and specially dedicated to scout opponents in Spain's southern region : Andalucia.





After my season at Nervion I joined Sevilla FC's U17 as Assistant Coach/Match Analyst. The chance to be around a professional set