24 November 2023
Precision fair: network and knowledge sharing indispensable for frontrunners in high-tech
At the age of 28, he first landed at PSV. After a year in Eindhoven, he began a tour of Europe where he got to know many different cultures. Ten years later, as a father of a son and a mountain of experience richer, he is back at PSV.
You just said that your little son feasts his eyes when you take him to work, does he already want to play soccer himself?
"Since we moved back to the Netherlands he has been playing soccer and before that he always wanted to kick a ball. We would do that in the garden or in the living room. It drove my wife crazy! So it's good that he's in a club now."
What is your favorite sport besides soccer?
"I recently started playing padel and I really enjoy that. I picked that up last summer. Watching I like to watch basketball and especially the NBA. Now it's not that I really favor a team, I follow more individuals that I think are good."
Which shirt do you like best this season?
"The third shirt or the orange goalie shirt. Normally I never have much with goalie shirts, but this year I really like the color. It might be hanging on my wall soon. And for the third jersey, I really like the color blue."
Which of your teammates would you take to a quiz?
"Marco van Ginkel and Luuk de Jong I think have a lot of general knowledge. Those are two smart guys, though."
Do you also let them play the music in the locker room?
"No, definitely not! Joël Drommel gets to do that. He often puts on the music in the locker room and the gym. We do have similar tastes. He has lists of R&B, hip-hop and house. I do like that kind of music."
Do all the players agree?
"Generally speaking, yes. Sure there are always a few guys who would rather put on André Hazes or something like that, but most can appreciate it."
Was it always the same abroad?
"No actually nowhere, except in Turkey. There the neighbors brought food and I was invited to everything, even though we couldn't even understand each other. People are really very hospitable there."
When you invite friends over, where do you take them?
"Well I'm not really someone who likes to go to museums or anything anyway. My wife can cook incredibly good food. You can be in her kitchen all day. So that's where I would spend a lot of time with them. It's also not like she just puts a dish on the table, she asks what you like and then she responds to that. She can make anything for you."
So if I hear it like that, you never have to cook?
"Well the other day she wasn't here and Luc Castaignos came by. We then facetimed with her. She told us exactly what to do. So even when she's not there, she cooks for me."
A penthouse in the city or a villa in the woods?
"Well a villa, but not in a forest! Just outside the city center is fine by me. Even though I'm not into sightseeing, I'm really a city person. I like being surrounded by people better than alone in a forest. But a villa attracts me more than a penthouse."
You just said you like being back in Eindhoven, but what do you like about this region?
"It's very special that a collective of companies are working together to help develop not only PSV, but the entire region and take it to a bigger plan. That is unique and is in this region."
"I think the Brainport concept is illustrative of Eindhoven."