Professional Goalkeepers Coach History
Patrick Sulmann (25-01-1975) is a former professional goalkeeper who played at various German football clubs such as: SC Preuzer Munster, VfL Osnabrück, and FC St. Pauli. He has prominent influence with advanced professional goalkeeper training, now that legacy lives on among arrived and rising goalkeepers.
Currently this fully professional licensed coach (EUEFA PRO) is a member of the technical staff and takes the position of goalkeeper trainer/coach at the established Eredivisie club (League 1), FC Emmen, where he also runs the youth goalkeeper academy.
Today Patrick likes to explore new opportunities after 8 years serving FC Emmen well. Patrick Sulmann: “I’d really like to find out if I could join a new club and roll out my energy and my gained expertise elsewhere”.
The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) continues to support Patrick Sulmann by acknowledging him as one of the leading trainers in the Netherlands. Patrick coached & trained numerous goalkeepers in every selection of the Dutch National Youth Team.
Professional Dutch football clubs such as: FC Groningen, SC Cambuur, FC Twente, AFC Ajax have benefited from the top talents they received from Patrick. Today we can observe talented goalkeepers who are consistently followed by club professionals of AFC Ajax, PSV Eindhoven among others.
Patrick leads the FC Emmen Keepers Academy, also known as “Riny van Vilsteren Keepersschool”, while simultaneously active with the full team. Patrick Sulmann is strongly engaged with all aspiring talents at the academy and committed to providing a platform for emerging regional talents to rise to the spotlight. Together with Evytal he started a project to scout, train and evaluate new upcoming talents from abroad by formulating an Elite trainings programme. Keepers such as Warleson Oliveira (Serie B, Brazil) & Bobbie Biddle (Premier League, UK) joined this joint venture programme.
Goalkeepers coached & trained by Patrick Sulmann
Kjell Scherpen [FC Emmen; AFC Ajax]
Dennis Telgenkamp [Heracles Almelo; FC Emmen]
Jelle ten Rouwelaar [FC Emmen; PSV; PEC Zwolle; NAC Breda]
Marco Van Duin [FC Groningen; NEC Nijmegen]
Thom van Rotterdam [U17 Emmen; U19 FC Groningen]
Kjell Scherpen made headlines after confirmed his deal from FC Emmen to AFC Ajax. Born in 2000, at the age of 18 Kjell saw himself as the leading keeper for FC Emmen, starring in 34 matches in the Eredivisie. This was largely due to his development under the keepers programme organised by the football club, seeking close supervision and guidance directly from Patrick Sulmann.
On the initiative of Evytal, Patrick formulated an Elite goalkeeper assessment training during the visit of Warleson Oliveira to the Netherlands. Patrick and assistant goalkeeper trainer Dani Kracht worked diligently to refine and equip Warleson with the essential physical, psychological, and personal preparations leading to the next step in his career. Immediately after this period Warleson was recruited under the choice of Cercle Brugge (2020/2021 season) to compete in the Jupiler Pro League.