Dit interview verscheen in Voetbal International – feb. 2021
Vanuit het Friese dorpje Goënga trok Pieter Huistra (54) de wereld over. Het voetbal bracht hem naar België, Schotland, Japan, Indonesië, Japan en Slowakije. Momenteel is de oud-international gelukkig in Oezbekistan, maar hij zou ook graag als gerijpte trainer terugkeren naar de bron.
Het was een dik boek, gekregen van zijn ouders: Landen en Volkeren. Pieter Huistra en zijn drie broers konden er geen genoeg van krijgen. ‘We stampten alle feitjes uit ons hoofd en overhoorden elkaar’, weet de achtvoudig international nog. ‘Uiteindelijk kenden we elke vlag en munteenheid. De populatie van elk land zelfs.’ Kortom: de interesse voor de wereld buiten zijn geboortedorp Goënga zat er al vroeg in bij Huistra.
Het voetbal stelde hem in staat de gebieden uit zijn toenmalige lievelingsboek ook echt te verkennen. Als linksbuiten wervelde hij via FC Groningen, BV Veendam en FC Twente naar Glasgow Rangers, Sanfrecce Hiroshima en Lierse SK. Als trainer begon hij pas echt aan een zwerftocht over de wereld. Nu meldt het nog altijd jongensachtige hoofd zich vanuit Tasjkent, de hoofdstad van Oezbekistan. Huistra is er al drieënhalf jaar werkzaam. In Nederland werd er weinig van vernomen. De Fries vraagt zelf niet snel om aandacht en heeft weinig lijntjes lopen naar de pers. Maar hij heeft wel degelijk wat te vertellen.
Pieter Huistra, who until this day worked as an assistant coach of our team, has been appointed as head coach of Lions.
He worked with Shota Arveladze as part of the coaching staff. Thus, the game of the team practicing the philosophy of attacking football will be continued. Pakhtakor will continue to delight spectators and fans, demonstrating beautiful, dynamic, attacking football, without changing its style and philosophy, which has been built in recent years.
Pieter during his football career played at the famous Glasgow Rangers in Scotland for five seasons and five times became the country‘s champion. Pieter also performed in clubs such as Groningen, Wendam, Twente, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Liers and Rosendal. In the championships of Holland, Scotland, Japan and Belgium, he took part in 413 matches and scored 78 goals. As part of the Dutch national team in 1988-91, he played in 8 matches.
Huistra began his coaching career in 2001. Then he was appointed head coach of the Groningen youth team. After 4 years, he became an assistant to the head coach at Vitesse, from where he moved to the same position at Ajax. Later he worked as a head coach in the youth team Ajax, Groningen, De Graafshap and in the national team of Indonesia.
Since June 2017, he began working as an assistant coach at Pakhtakor and contributed to the team‘s victories.
Now Pieter will continue his career at Pakhtakor as head coach.
From www. pakhtakor.uz – January 2021
I can say that I am a typical product of the Dutch football school. I grew up with and was influenced by the people who have largely determined the football landscape in the Netherlands: Johan Cruijff, Rinus Michels, Louis van Gaal, Guus Hiddink, Wiel Coerver and Raymond Verheijen. My whole life I am busy with and interested in all topics related to football. Besides being a player and trainer, I have been active as technical director, youth and assistant trainer. Furthermore, as a board member of the CBV, I was responsible for the football technical matters for a number of years. In this capacity I was part of several sounding board groups and the technical platform of the KNVB. Continue reading
I am happy to announce that I signed with Pakhtakor FC, together with Shota Arveladze. #teamwork
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Iwaki FC is a club with a big ambition. The club is completely new and operating for 4 months now. The club had no past, so no history, no culture and no trophies.
To build a professional club you need to have in mind the reason why you want to build such a club and how you want to position it in the present football landscape.
The goal of Iwaki FC is a clear one. We want to build a modern football club that is part of local community. It has to become a magnet for everything that has to do with football. It also has to have a social function that plays a binding part in in the local community. In order to achieve this we started the first initiatives to attract people to our club. It is good to see that the fanbase is slowly growing with every home game. Continue reading
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