I have been working in Japan since the middle of January 2016.
Time is just flying past. Before we start our competition games on April 10th, here’s an update of what we have done so far.
“It is time to show Japan that this area has recovered from disaster and can be a breeding ground for ambitious sports projects.”
Met up with the Rangers family-members in Koriyama. Great evening, good company. My old teammate Mark Hateley.
Proud to present Team Iwaki FC 2016 “Walk To The Dream”.
TV News coverage can be watched here, including my attempt to speak Japanese.
January 23rd : Iwaki FC Combine: Trial Day for Iwaki FC players
An important first step: testing players for our new team.
New: Facebook and Twitter for IwakiFC
This article was published in the Japan Times on January 15th.
Dome Corporation president Shuichi Yasuda has the vision, Satoshi Okura the know-how and former Dutch international and Rangers player Pieter Huistra the experience. The goal now is to combine their respective talents as they embark on the task of building a professional soccer club from scratch.
Yasuda announced the creation of the new team, Iwaki FC, earlier this week at the Dome Kickoff party at Ariake Coliseum, and he has grand ambitions. He wants the club to become a pillar in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (among the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011), and ultimately, years, maybe decades down the line, help change Japan’s sporting landscape.
“We would like to energize Japan through sports,” Yasuda said Wednesday. “Well, actually, reform it. When you look at America and European countries such as Germany and Britain, they lead their societies with sports. We’ve looked closely at what they do and we’ve always wanted our society to do the same. We must do it. We’ve talked about this project over the past year and it has materialized.” Continue reading
On Saturday January 2nd the traditional New Years game between ex-internationals and Hollands oldest football club Royal HFC from Haarlem was played for the 83rd time. It was a very enjoyable day (as to be expected) with many old colleges and an enthusiastic big crowd. Sponsor ING Bank added to the atmosphere.
We played an unfortunate first half and due to some individual mistakes we lost 4-2 Scissors like in the old days / Schaartje zit er nog altijd in
After exactly one year working in Indonesia I am back in the Netherlands. It has been an interesting, frustrating and learning experience. When I first came there was a lot of energy in the Football Association (PSSI) office. A lot of changes were made over the previous two years to develop football in this football crazy country.
The association brought in two foreigners, Mr. Sivaji and myself, to help develop the sport in Indonesia. Mr. Sivaji is an experienced coach and instructor who is a member of the AFC technical committee.
We concentrated on one of the most important pillars for improvement of football: coach education. In a short period of time we set up a great program for coaches to get their AFC license in Indonesia. There had been a vacuum of 4 years in which the courses were not given or not recognized bij AFC. The new program provided 40 A-, B- and C-AFC courses and 36 National D-courses in 2015. The head coaches participated in the first courses. Many of them had previously followed the national courses which were not recognized bij AFC. Continue reading