I love stumbling across former footballers in their new post-playing careers. I recently learnt through overhearing some spectators at an OGC Nice match that former France stopper Joël Bats was now goalkeeping coach of Olympique Lyonnais and this post focuses on another giant between the sticks.
Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United fans will remember Edwin Van Der Sar as a reliable set of hands. The Dutch ‘keeper played a record 130 times for the Netherlands, and won two Champions Leagues, four Premier Leagues (England), the Uefa Cup, four Eridivisie titles (Netherlands) and a host of other trophies. But where is he now?
I was recently at Ajax versus Feyenoord, and in the match day programme attendees at ‘De Klassieker’ (The Classic) were greeted by none other than Edwin Van Der Sar, director of marketing for Ajax FC Amsterdam. [Continues]
I immediately felt a kinship for Edwin: I also am a retired goalkeeper (ahem, lower amateur leagues in England and Australia) and also work in marketing.
Ajax certainly looks after its own; former players from that magical Van Gaal era Frank de Boer and Dennis Bergkamp head up the coaching staff, while Marc Overmars was hosting the half-time entertainment on the pitch, interviewing Daley Blind and Toby Alderweireld.