Premier League legend Freddie Ljungberg has been back to the classroom at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
The former Arsenal and Swedish international is among a current group undertaking their UEFA Pro Licence badge – the highest coaching qualification in Europe.
As part of a three-day residential course run by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust, the group had to analyse a live match.
And for the first time, the Trust chose a Welsh Premier League game, between Cardiff Metropolitan and Llandudno, at the university’s Cyncoed campus.
Cardiff Met are playing in the top league in Wales for the very first time, and have already taken some notable scalps this season.
Wales assistant coach Osian Robert is leading the current course, and said the live match analysis was an important part of their studies.
“They have to analyse a live game and then take part in a group post-match analysis and discussion about what they have learned and what they would do themselves in certain situations. They will typically do this at various levels of the game, but this is the first time we have chosen a Welsh Premier League game, and we are delighted to be here at Cardiff Met. The quality of football is very good.”
Dr Christian Edwards, Director of Cardiff Met Men’s Football, said the team were delighted to play in front of such exalted company.
But they were frustrated by their 1-1 draw after Adam Roscrow had given them a half-time lead.