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Coaching pathway Claude Barrabé

FIFA, 25 Apr 2023

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Claude Barrabé is a former professional goalkeeper who made more than 200 Ligue 1 appearances. In this interview for the FIFA Training Centre, he explains how he got involved in beach soccer, looks back on his time developing beach soccer in Africa, and shares his goals for the future.

After his professional playing career, Barrabé became a FIFA beach soccer technical expert and played a big part in the development of beach soccer in Africa, especially in Madagascar. In this interview with FIFA, he discussed his coaching career, his role developing beach soccer in various countries, and how more qualified players and coaches could get involved in the sport.

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Part 1: Beach soccer career and developing the sport globally
Part 2: Beach soccer in Africa and his goals with the French national team

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Part 1: Beach soccer career and developing the sport globally
In the first part of the interview, Barrabé explains how his career in beach soccer began and how he came to be appointed as the assistant manager of the French national side. He then highlights how and why beach soccer can be a useful tool for professional footballers in the 11-a-side game, and especially for goalkeepers. Finally, he talks about developing beach soccer in Madagascar, and explains why African countries have a big advantage over other parts of the world when it comes to beach soccer.

Part 2: Beach soccer in Africa and his goals with the French national team 
In the second half of the video, Barrabé shares his thoughts on the development of beach soccer in Africa, and illustrates why the sport is an attractive option for young players who do not have the chance to become professional footballers. He also stresses the importance of structure and planning in beach soccer, citing the French association's long-term plan as an example. Finally, he turns his attention to his aims for the French national side, and indicates how he would like to strengthen his homeland's beach soccer development system.

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