Monthly Archives: December 2011

Kloten Flyers at Spengler Cup Davos 2011

Spengler Cup 2011

26/12-31/12/2011 – Flyers in Davos

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The Spengler Cup has been held in the picturesque mountain town of Davos since 1923 and is considered the oldest professional hockey tournament in the world.

The annual Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland, is the hockey world’s second-oldest on-going club-team tournament, after the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For fans, the annual six-day event at Vaillant Arena is one continuous party, on and off the ice, from the day after Christmas to New Year’s Eve. But to the participating teams in the five-team invitational event, it’s a grueling test of endurance to play up to five games in less than a week.

Now in its 85th edition, the 2011 tournament pits host team HC Davos against a field consisting of fellow Swiss National League A team Kloten Flyers, KHL team Dinamo Riga, Czech team HC Vitkovice, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg from Germany’s DEL and Team Canada.

Barcelona win

Barca wins FCWC 2011

18/12/11 – Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan

FC Barcelona – Santos Futebol Clube 4:0 ! – Goals by  Messi (2), Xavi and Fabregas – Referee: R.Irmatov

Welcome to planet football, where Barca reigns …

Cover ICRS Journal

CARTILAGE & football

15/12/2011. Interested in articular cartilage lesions in football players? => Don’t miss the new special supplement of CARTILAGE, the official journal of the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), and supported by F-MARC.

CARTILAGE – January 2012; 3 (1 suppl)  Special Issue Articular Cartilage Injury in the Football (Soccer) Player

Guest editors: Kai Mithoefer, Lars Peterson, Daniel Saris, Bert Mandelbaum and Jiri Dvorák


National Training Center Tokyo

JISS & National Training Center Tokyo

12/12/11 – Thanks to JFA, we can visit the impressive and modern facilities of the Japanese Institute of Sports Sciences (JISS) and the AJINOMOTO Olympic National Training Center in Tokyo.

Simply an incredible structure, where athletes (not only Japaneses) of various sport find all what they need to be able to compete at the highest possible level


Banners at stadiums

11+ banners @ stadiums

11.12.2011- Since few years now … At FIFA tournaments, 11+ (and 11 for health) banners are regularly displayed around the field during the official matches … worldwide promotion of the 11+ injury prevention programme!

Stadium OL 1964

Tokyo National Stadium

8/12/11 – Training session at the Tokyo National Stadium, home of the 1964 Olympic Summer Games. Usually no training is allowed on the football pitch, because it’s reserved only for official matches (as the final of the Emperor’s Cup,  always played on January 1st). It’s a big honor for us to walk into this historical stadium.


Tokyo cars and g

Tokyo Motor Show 2011

7/12/11 – Free day, we visit the Tokyo Motor Show 2011, featuring some futuristic cars and other …

Nishimura cones

Thanks Yuichi

06/12/11 – A special thank to my friend Yuichi Nichimura, Japan, one of the top football referees worldwide (acted as 4th match official at the World Cup final last year in South Africa). Through his connections with ADIDAS Japan, he provided us special 11+ cones for the 11+ course we had last week in Nagoya.

Biz at Waseda Uni

Lecture at WASEDA University Tokyo

05/12/11 – Following an invitation by Prof. Dr. Toru Fukubayashi, famous researcher and orthopaedic surgeon (was among the first to perform double ACL reconstructions many years ago), today I’ve the honor to hold a presentation (Injury prevention in football – from research to the field) at the WASEDA University, Faculty of Sports Sciences, Tokyo. Waseda University  (est. 1882) is one of the most prestigious private universities in  Japan and Asia.

Team at FCWC 2011

Preparing for the FCWC 2011

After an intense “11+ week”, I’ll stay in Tokyo for the FIFA Club World Cup, and namely at the Referee’s Headquarters.

F-MARC organizes as usual the medical care of the match officials for this competion.

Together with me are long-time friends Mitsunori “Mitsu” Tsumaki, and Takashi “Taka” Toriumi (TSM college, Tokyo).

Have a look on for this year’s tournament (Dec 8-18, 2011), featuring powerhouses FC Barcelona (incl. Messi) and FC Santos (incl. Neymar).