Eric Abrams Reference Letter / Recommendation


MFF Myanmar Football Federation Eric Abrams ex-Technical Director

To Whom It May Concern:

Mr. Velizar Popov, since January 2019 appointed as the MFF U23 National Team Coach at Myanmar Football Federation and now preparing the new generation U23s for the Sea Games 2021 after a very successful Sea Games 2019 in the Philippines rewarded with a bronze medal behind finalists Vietnam and Indonesia.

When I internationally advertised the job vacancy at MFF, Mr. Velizar Popov was amongst a 100 of candidates the one, who impressed in his overall knowledge of international football and the latest tendencies. He showed a very professional way of approaching players as a coach. Having experienced in Asia different professional environments, he understands well how cultures can have impact on player and team performances and what’s the best way to lead them. His football approach is ingrained by a very positive playing philosophy, wherein possession of the ball is critical to play a good brand of football and to be successful.

Further I experienced that his way of acting is meticulous and consistent, which impacted the U23 Myanmar National Team performances very positively and guaranteed progress in every game. Important underlying factors for his achievements are his good eye for potential talented players, his game-analysis and his quality to transfer to effective practical sessions, which made the players easy to understand the objectives and applying the playing principles. Finally on the basis of the success was a clear strategy plan, taking in account all factors and good corporation with his coaching staff. Aiming the highest professional approach, he understood in the same time the limits of the MFF and always managed this in a positive way. I appreciated Velizar’s open and also positive critical mindset, which was always looking for improvement as a coach, and looking further than only the result.

I can profoundly recommend Mr. Velizar Popov as a professional coach for professional Senior Club Teams, Senior and U23 National Teams.

Sincere regards,

Eric Abrams

Charyl Chappuis-Velizar Popov is the best coach I have worked with in Thailand Premier League

Myanmar preliminary squad for AFF U-22 Championship 2019 announced

Myanmar preliminary squad for AFF U-22 Championship 2019 announced

The Myanmar Football Federation has announced the preliminary list of players selected for its U-22 national team that will participate in the AFF U-22 Championship 2019.

The championship is scheduled to be held form February 17 to 26 in Cambodia with eight ASEAN nations fighting it out for the youth title.

Myanmar are pooled with hosts Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia in Group B while Group A will consist of Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals followed by the final to be held at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium on February 26.

Myanmar will be lining up at the AFF tournament under new coach Velizar Popov — the Bulgarian who has previous experiences at Suphanburi FC, Kelantan FA and Sisaket FC.

Myanmar preliminary squad for the AFF U-22 Championship 2019

Goalkeepers: Phone Thitsar Min (Shan United), Sann Sat Naing (Yangon United), Soe Arkar (Magwe FC), Tu Nanda Oo (Myawady FC)

Defenders: Win Moe Kyaw (Magwe FC), Soe Moe Kyaw (Ayawady United), Aung Wunna Soe (Zwekapin United), Ye Yint Aung (Yadanarbon FC), Hloo Khant Lwin (Yangon United), Thu Rein Soe (Yangon United), Ye Min Thu (Shan United), Zin Ye Naung (ISPE), Hein Phyo Win (Shan United)

Midfielders: Nan Hitke Zaw (Ayawady United), Lwin Moe Aung (Ayawady United), Zayar Naing (Magwe FC), Myat Kaung Khant (Yadanarbon FC), Aung Naing Win (Yadanarbon FC), Myat Htun Thit (Magwe FC), Zin Min Tun (Magwe FC), Zwe Thet Paing (Shan United), Aung Ko Oo (MFF U-19), Zaw Min Thein (MFF U-19)

Forwards: Hein Htet Aung (Hantharwady United), Htet Phyoe Wai (Shan United), Win Naing Tun (Yadanarbon FC), Kaung Htet Soe (Yangon United), Hlwan Moe Oo (Yangon United)

Head coach: Velizar Popov
Assistant coaches: Chit Naing, Soe Myat Min