One of the best ever European coaches, Istvan Korpa, is talking about his coaching career.

As a player and a member of the Yugoslavian team, Korpa was a regular on podiums at World and European events in the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s. After a short time of playing in the Bundesliga, he began working as a German national team coach. For three decades he successfully led generations of players. At the time of his retirement, Germany was the undisputed number one in Europe and just one step behind the China at World title events.

Part 1

In Part 1 you will learn about his career transition from a successful player to a successful coach.

Part 2

In Part 2:

  • importance of working with players individually (0:001:38)
  • how to treat talented players (1:384:00)
  • opportunities to follow players in different stages of their career (4:006:56)
  • about self-awareness (6:579:40)
  • seeing coaching from a long-term perspective and an important year (2004) in his career (9:4112:15)
  • pre-competition routine and motivational speeches (13:0014:10)
  • time out, with some real-life examples (14:1116:35)
Part 3

In Part 3:

  • important abilities of a good coach & the best decision in his coaching career (0:002:05)
  • how to help players develop their game, juniors and seniors (3:254:43)
  • how to find talented players, and what skills to look out for (4:4510:00)
  • his hobbies, autogenic training, how to deal with anxiety & the importance of observing your opponent (11:1715:14)
  • the future of table tennis & why Chinese players develop faster (16:3020:00)
  • about retirement & how he is transferring his experience to young coaches (20:0021:35)
Part 4 - Bonus

In Part 4 – Bonus 1:

  • his strengths as a coach & how a coach can follow the match better than the player (0:002:30)
  • how you know when you are playing against a good coach, when to let your player do his thing & the change from long to short sets (2:306:22)
  • about speaking aggressively to his players from time to time, the importance of the first 3 ball contacts & simulating game situations in training (6:229:50)
  • how he played many balls & when to improve weaknesses and when to focus on the strengths of your players (9:5013:15)
Part 4 - Bonus 2

In Part 4 – Bonus 2:

  • his feelings about being one of the top coaches in the world & why he never compared himself to others (0:002:13)
  • what he regrets in his career & his thoughts about why Timo Boll never became a World Champion (2:134:47)
  • when he realized how talented Timo Boll was & and about Boll’s back injury (4:479:32)
  • when to be flexible with your tactics, how to prepare for a competition & about the 2nd place at the 2004 World Championships in Qatar (9:3213:41)