Back in the 90’s, Carles Romagosa and David Hernández were coaching at some of the best football academies in the world: FC Barcelona and CIDARF (a high-performance center near Barcelona). Romagosa and Hernández were used to win most of the games, as they were coaching a diverse range of extremely talented players. Today, some of those players established themselves as World Champions and UEFA Champions League winners. However, both Romagosa and Hernández started to share a common feeling: WINNING IS NOT ENOUGH. This motivation guided them to deeply analyze best players, coaches, and clubs in the world. Most importantly, they began to research about how to teach and train in the most effective and efficient ways possible. As this process began developing and taking form, the EKKONO METHOD was born.

Carles Romagosa, Ronald Koeman, Pep Guardiola and Mario Rosas during a training session of FC Barcelona first team
David Hernández, as Head of Methodology at Paris Saint-Germain, in his office at Camp des Loges

The first version of the EKKONO METHOD was strongly focused on player development. Romagosa and Hernández are both enthusiastic about every small detail of the game, thus they identified the most important concepts to support the development of players across all ages (from the U6 to Pro). Romagosa and Hernández further developed a didactic and pedagogical proposal that was adapted to the age of the player. This proposal not only aimed to explore what aspects of the game should be trained, but also how to train them. The focus at this stage was to provide the right concepts to players to help them interpret the game better and exploit their talent. That is why the EKKONO METHOD today is known for putting a vast amount of attention to perception and scanning skills.

David Hernández, during a conference at SoccerEx Europe in Lisbon
Carles Romagosa and Jordi Alba, during a training session at La Masia



Because of the rapid success on and off the pitch with players, more coaches wanted to know more about the EKKONO METHOD. Coaches from all over the world were reaching out to us to know more about our method and how they could help develop smarter players.

It was here when the EKKONO METHOD “SMART” version originated. This version solely focuses on supporting coaches and improve their skills as the sideline leaders. Through the EKKONO METHOD “SMART” version, coaches began to perfection their knowledge and become experts on technical and tactical concepts (such as basic fundamentals, individual fundamentals by position, and team fundamentals), as well as training (such as planning and training curriculum), and how to train efficiently through methodology and didactics.

Throughout the implementation and rapid growth of EKKONO METHOD “SMART”, we decided to introduce more coaches to our EKKONO family. With these new members, we were able to share our knowledge to more coaches around the world to thus reach new milestones and assist leaders become experts. Our EKKONO family today is bigger, wiser, and more prepared than ever.

Carles Romagosa during a conference for coaches in Poland
David Hernández teaching a course at Eerikkilä Sports Institute (Finland)



Through our journey of helping coaches to become experts, we noticed that more was needed to create everlasting change and longevity within clubs and football federations to achieve sportive sustainability and to reach the desired goals and objectives these stakeholders desired. This change needed to come from within the organization, from top management down, and not only by their coaches.

That is why we decided to develop EKKONO IDENTITY to help clubs, federations and associations implement an identity throughout all of their organization and internal culture. The creation of a methodology department was necessary to create the change we envisioned.

Throughout the years, the ambition of these clubs and football entities grew bigger, and through EKKONO IDENTITY, we began providing the necessary tools, processes, and guidance to those organizations interested in differentiating, being unique, and achieving sportive sustainability. Our mission is to provide the necessary procedures to attribute value and shape the identity of these stakeholders.

Learn more about our projects with clubs and football associations here.

Paris Saint-Germain (France), where the EKKONO METHOD IDENTITY was implemented, managing to achieve the FFF Best Academy in France award. In the image, David Hernández (right) during a Co-Learning activity.
Nara Club (Japan), where we are currently collaborating with the Academy and First Team through the implementation of the EKKONO METHOD IDENTITY processes.



Finally, the latest version is the EKKONO METHOD PROS. Here, professional coaches benefit from a holistic and structured way to organize and manage their teams. EKKONO METHOD PROS goes a step further than just providing game models and scouting. It deeply focuses on the management of the group, interacting positively and in alliance with different stakeholders, and improving the personal development. We understand that these different elements can become very complex to handle altogether, especially in times of intense competition. Hence, our support has become a driving element of success to those managers who have worked with us.

As you can see, the EKKONO METHOD is in constant change and development, just like football. It evolves on a daily basis thanks to its EKKONO LAB in Barcelona. Romagosa and Hernández, along with the rest of the EKKONO licensed coaches and family, work hard on a daily basis to update all the EKKONO METHOD versions and provide the best quality and support to all stakeholders.


FA Thailand

Albirex Niigata


Paris Saint Germain


Japan FA

GIF Sundsvall


Universidad Católica De Chile



China FA

PersIja Jakarta


FC Barcelona


Asian Football Confederation



HJK Helsinki


Hapoel Tel Aviv F.C.


San Jose Earthquakes


Shandong Luneng Taishan


Pachuca CF


Club Deportivo O'HIGGINS


Latino Coaches Group


If Elfsborg


Santiago Wanderers


Catalan FA

IFK Göteborg


Polish Football Association PZPN



Christian Pulisic

"I got an immediate improvement on my performance due to my work with Ekkono"

Cesc Fabregas

"Ekkono has helped me to gain a better undestanding of football and become a professional player"


“The Ekkono Method has helped me interpret the game better and make better decisions"

David López

"I have improved my performance as a center back thanks to the Ekkono Method"

Carl Starfelt

“The Ekkono Method has helped me to gain a better tactical understanding of my position, as well as to identify details that I need to improve in my game in order to become a better player and take the next step in my career”

Elijah Dixon-Bonner

"The Ekkono individual program has allowed me to deepen my understanding of myself as a player, understand some details, and learn how to perform better."

Verónica Boquete

"The Ekkono Method makes you a smart player, therefore it maximizes your performance"

Unai Bilbao

"I have been using ekkono’s individual coaching program. They analyse me on video, give me qualitative feedback through private sessions and help me to improve day by day"

Erik Lira

“The Ekkono Individual Performance Program helps me improve my performance and understanding of the game”

Luca de la Torre

“Working with Ekkono helped me understand who I am as a player and how to improve”


“Ekkono did a fantastic job analyzing, organizing, and explaining their work so it was efficient, easy to understand and applicable. They can definitely help any player continue to improve.”

Rasheedat Ajibade

“Ekkono Method has been of great help to me in improving my performance during the Africa Cup of Nations. I am looking forward to continuing the program during the coming season”

Santi Naveda

“The Ekkono method focuses on the small details and this allows me to improve my performance”

Jordi Mboula

"I would recommend Ekkono to reinforce those tactical aspects you do not have time to work with your team"

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