Icy rain falls on the snow of the last few days. Behind barely a slice of light on the Via San Gottardo, a lot of shutters to. A couple of road workers only in orange protective clothing, tools of life. And every few seconds a whistle. You sounds street from the old ice rink down to the main and is one of Luca Cereda. A man who didn't want to be a coach. And much more important: the hope brought back to Ambri.
The reason for this is already apparent in the Training. With his bobble hat and glasses Cereda may look like an errant Student. But there is never a doubt as to who has the Say in the Rink. His voice, the 37-Year-old as energetic as his whistle. Again and again he knocks with his stick on the ice, observed, corrected. The pace is fast, the sequence of Exercises quickly. "As a player I have hidden on the ice in the world and my emotions lived," explains Cereda. Today, as a coach, he feels each unit, each of the Match the next day in the back and neck.
There are worse things. Once his heart stopped for eight seconds to beat. It would not have done that, would Cereda today, perhaps as one of the best Swiss player in the history. Instead, he is the greatest coach of hope in the country, is compared in his second National League season with Arno Del Curto. Because Ambri denies his Matches so, how it is trained. With clear, fast game heading for the Playoff. It is an unusual role for a Club that felt its identity for years, from the fight against the relegation: the speed refers to. Only a single playoff qualification, managed since 2006.
The man sitting in the wardrobe of the Valascia, has little of that, the instructed half an hour previously his Team. Ceredas voice is soft, his answers are considered, his gaze wanders around the room, if he searches for a word. What hockey have in mind for him? "We want to take to the opponent the space, and as quickly as possible forward play," said Cereda.
all of a Sudden it no longer comes to avalanche danger and in need of money
This answer is easy, he has given them to it, even to this day. Because the Swiss television is there and makes a report on local Trainer. The "view" is also on-site. Not, as usual, in January dominated by the question of whether this is the year in which the anachronism Ambri disappears from the highest League. Or how long the outdated, avalanche threatened the stadium can be operated in spite of the special permits at all. In 2019, it is a question that finally something weak mountain valley, that happens from the highway and from the railway line tunnel works in the structure.
Cereda is a godsend. Sport-in-chief Paolo Duca appreciates its most important employees for the training design, for the conscientious preparation and structured way of working. He praises the sense of the Cereda for people. And he also sees a man with two faces. "He has something of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," said Duca, "off the ice he is very quiet and thoughtful, in a Match as intense and full of emotions." President Filippo Lombardi experienced Cereda as "very dedicated, organized, precise people that leaves nothing to chance". The comparison with Del Curto he makes: "Both wear, are reluctant to tie. For gala events, we need to force Luca to have, a attract."
It is also a piece of clothing that doesn't fit to a Club where they sing after Victories, the mountain anthem "La Montanara". Where the Fans of the Curva Sud singing been partisan songs, long before "Bella ciao" captured in a disco version of the Charts and other Swiss stadiums.
800 000 Swiss francs, and the heart valve from a donor
flashback. It was twenty years ago, as the star of Cereda arose and shone like no other before him. With 17, he led Ambris first line, stormed to qualification victory, they came up just short in the Grand final a maximum of 1999 against Lugano. It's not the U-18 championship in Füssen, where he was together with Paolo Duca and into the All-Star Team played. NHL Scouts have traveled to see him all the way to Bavaria. And two months later, the Toronto Maple Leafs moved him in the first round of the Draft. So early except Michel giant had been drawn never to be Swiss.
Cereda under contract, line 800, a signed a three year, 000 francs in hand money. Everything seemed to be perfect. Then the Teenager of one day, had to learn on the other, how fragile an athlete's life.
In training camp with the Maple Leafs, was discovered during a routine examination a cardiac defect. In a four-hour Operation Cereda has received a heart valve from a donor, after that he struggled for two seasons, the second-rate AHL and returned, finally, to Switzerland. It was never like before. And after four seasons with Bern and Ambri, the heart ended his playing career for good.
"In a investigation in the summer of went between two heart beats eight seconds in which nothing happened," said Cereda. His voice remains calm, as he would explain a tactical variant, "athletes' hearts beat slower but not so slow." The confidence in the own body was gone and never returned. Cereda was 26. He had a pregnant wife, but neither an income nor a clue what he wanted to do in the future.
The high school he had completed, "but a bachelor's degree takes at least three years, and who then brings the money home?" He made a Stage at an insurance company – that was nothing for him. He made an examination for physiotherapists in Bern, "but I was not". As Ambri asked whether he wanted to stage a Mini as a Junior coach, he replied: "I have a taste of it. But I don't know if I can do it."
He could do it. Good enough to get into the season a contract as a Junior trainer for over four years offers. He immediately said. "I came by chance to the trainer profession. At the beginning it was good to drive in the Winter, the boredom. By the time I made the work better."
the Coach was in his studies. Cereda went to work as a Stagiaire to Arno Del Curto and Davos, was an assistant in the Junior national teams. And as Ambri in 2016, was looking for his new farm team in Biasca, a Trainer, was Cereda is the logical choice. It was the last step before the National League – and the last, before he was reunited with his childhood friend again. Duca stood in front of his last season as Ambri-player.
met had played the two, three, ten, as in the Ticino regional selection. Duca came out of Ascona, Cereda from Sementina, near Bellinzona. And there had to cases soon make an important decision: Lugano or Leventina? Football under the palm trees or the barren mountain valley, where industry and economy were already at that time, at sixes and sevens? His parents, ardent Ambri Fans, gave him the choice. "But if you go to Lugano, no longer do I wash your things," said the mother. The decision was made.
The friend who needs to lay off the other
In Ambri sought Duca and Cereda together upward. They stood out from their teams, and because the daily travel through the half of Ticino is not worth often, they stayed regularly at the holiday house of the family Cereda in Mairengo, a sun-drenched village above Faido.
Of the two contradictory teenagers were friends. "I'm more impulsive, direct," Duca, "Luca studied more." That is until today. Only the paths of the two crossed in the spring of 2017 in a whole new way. Ambris Board of Directors had decided on a radical strategy: It wanted to rely on local Create, Duca from the Captain to the head of sports, and Cereda from Biasca to carry. To the crucial conversation Cereda remembers well. "Paolo said: "We are friends, but the day could come that I must dismiss you: Are you ready for this? I'm not sure of himself." Cereda was safe. "The Business is, our friendship would change nothing." Thus, the issue was settled. to check
on the occasion that Ducas question of the reality of it. In the first season Ceredas team won in Playout scores in the League. In the second it is the positive Surprise of the season. And also in the environment of adventure prevails almost festive mood. In December, the celebration was done, the first ground-breaking ceremony for the new stadium, in March, the excavation is to begin, praised President Lombardi.
on the Outside, nothing reminds you of this freezing cold January day. It is afternoon, now it's snowing, only one is still in the old Valascia: Cereda, of the loose chamber in a jewelry continues a Tradition, of which he was once far away. His father was a teacher, his mother a kindergarten teacher; his sister is a teacher, his brother-in-law teachers – and even his wife was a kindergarten teacher. "I always thought I was as an athlete is the black sheep of the family," says Cereda on this day, "but now I realize that I have nothing else become am as a teacher: The training sessions are lessons, games, tests." The only Swiss NL coach so far there is shiny. (red/sda)
Created: 06.01.2019, 08:51 PM