Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City has earned his UEFA A coaching license.
He qualified along with nine other Belgium international teammates, such as Youri Tielemans of Leicester, Leandro Trossard of Brighton, and Dedryck Boyata, who used to play for City. According to De Telegraaf, they all got their awards on Tuesday, right before their Nations League games.
All of these things were made possible by a project started by the Belgian FA after the 2018 World Cup. Nineteen members of the qualifying team for the tournament who had 50 caps or more were given the chance to take part in a first-of-its-kind project that let them get their B and A licenses while on international duty.
As it turns out, De Bruyne was training with City’s youth teams earlier this season as part of his diploma. Usually, footballers have to be retired to do it, but UEFA made an exception for the Belgian FA.
The plan was made to help the “golden generation” of players, who came in third place at the World Cup finals in Russia, get jobs in the game after they stop playing. But in April, De Bruyne told the Daily Mail that he is not sure if he will immediately become a coach after he retires.