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Report author Ben Gladwell, coordinator Stéphanie Tétaz and UEFA technical observers Patricia González and Jarmo Matikainen ©Sportsfile

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Finland's Jarmo Matikainen's playing career included spells with Helsingin Ponnistus 1887 between 1982 and 1988 and a year in the Finnish first division with FC Kontu, before a return to Ponnistus. After a spell with Malmin Palloseura in 1991 he moved into coaching while continuing as a player with FC Vikingit from 1992 to 1997. After another year at Ponnistus, he made his debut for the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) as assistant coach of the Women's under-19 side in 1999.

He filled a variety of roles within the Finnish FA's coaching team (assistant coach to the women's under-21 and senior teams from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2005, head coach of the under-17 team from 1999 to 2005 and head coach of the under-19s) before becoming the association's technical director. In 2010, he moved to the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to take over as coordinator of women's football.

He returned to the Finnish national association in March 2014 as director of coaching with responsibilities for player development and coach education in the Uusimaa district, which covers the capital and the southern area of the country. Matikainen has acted as UEFA technical observer at numerous tournaments.

Patricia González is still young enough to have a long playing career still ahead of her, although coaching soon became her passion and her inherent drive and determination guided her to embark on a particularly ambitious and rewarding challenge.

She left Spain in 2013 to become head of women's football and the national team coach for the women's under-19 and under-21 selections in Azerbaijan, where she developed the women's game and led the under-19 side to a historic first ever Elite round qualification. After almost four years in Baku, she returned to Spain in 2016 and has been engaged by UEFA and FIFA in coach education and technical projects, including, but not limited to, being UEFA technical observer for the Women's Champions League.

Before moving to Azerbajian, González was coach at Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, which is where she considers her football home. She played there from the age of 17 to 21, when she officially entered into coaching, having previously combined playing with coaching the club's under-13s. She coached all the age categories right through to the senior team before being selected by Azerbaijan.