Christian Riecks is the Academy Technical Director for Holstein Kiel in 2. Bundesliga.
In this episode of our 2020 SF Glens Webinar Series, Christian will discuss how the staff at Holstein Kiel sets standards and utilizes small-sided games for their Academy, where he has been since 2012. Since his arrival, "The Storks" have ascended from the fourth to the second division in Germany, and in 2017-18, they were one win away from promotion to the Bundesliga top-flight despite having the smallest stadium in the league (10,200). Several academy graduates have been called up to strengthen the first team, which was in seventh place before COVID-19 postponed all play.
Holstein Kiel entered an official partnership with the San Francisco Glens in USL League Two in the summer of 2019. To kick off the agreement, Christian and U19 coach Dominik Glawogger ran a training camp for the Glens' U15 through U19 players in San Francisco.