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Jun 20, 2019

Belize National Team Gets a New Coach

The Belize National Football Team has a new coach. He is thirty-four-year-old Vincenzo Alberto Annese from Italy. The coach, according to the F.F.B., has extensive coaching experience that spans from Europe to Asia and Africa. Annese’s job is to coach the male national senior team and to provide oversight of the youth national teams. He signed a one-year contract that includes a probationary period during which he will be evaluated. The F.F.B. says that the new coach was one of more than a hundred applicants and was chosen because of his vision and the affordable cost of his coaching services. Here’s more from today’s presentation of the new coach.


Philip Marin

Philip Marin, Technical Director, F.F.B.

“Football is changing now, it is modern football. So, with the vision of the President and his executive and the technical department, we believe that for us to change football in Belize, we need a modern coach. So, we received more than a hundred applications for this job and we believe Coach Annese is the right person for the job because he has the same vision that we want to take the football. From the last head coach we had Mr. Palmero Salas. He did a wonderful job and his record was amazing but we had some disadvantage with Mr. Palmero because he couldn’t travel with us because, I don’t know, something with the U.S. Embassy and this was hindering the process of development of football. We played two games without him and those two games we lost. Now, we have a head coach that can travel and I believe with this head coach we will see how we can move football forward.   We received a hundred and odd application and we interviewed three coaches and Annese was the suitable one; he had the best price. He made it clear from the beginning that it is not about money. He is here to change football and make a name for himself.  His vision is almost the same like the President and the executive which is to focus on youth players. He believes that with youth players in the long term is the best way to go.”


Vincenzo Alberto Annese

Vincenzo Alberto Annese, Coach, Belize National ‘A’ Team

“For sure, Belize doesn’t have historical result about football but for me it is very important to stay here to make a good result for the Belize national team; to change a bit the football here; to change the mind of the people; to change the skills and the system. Because I know the previous coach and all previous coach were playing in one system and so I want to change everything to put the team with new players; to select the new players and to go myself to check in the first division league and premier league and select the best players for Belize National Team.  I will work twenty-four-hours. My life is about football. I am a very ambitious coach and this country will be ambitious too. So, I want to say to the public that I will give one hundred percent for this country and I believe that the country will improve not only in its national team but everyone will start to think differently about Belize football.”

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