Not only Arjen Robben and Maarten Stekelenburg returned to the Dutch football fields this summer, many more players got homesick for the premier league.
This week we’re counting down to the start of the competition that starts Saturday with the match sc Heerenveen-Willem II. A somewhat different start than planned, as the game between FC Utrecht and AZ has been cancelled and moved to 27 December.
On Tuesday we visited brand new RKC’er Vurnon Anita and today we’ll take a look at Henk Veerman, who is back at sc Heerenveen after two seasons at the German St. Pauli.
The Monaco of the Netherlands
Veerman’s period in the Second Bundesliga was unpredictable. He contributed quite a bit with 17 goals in 38 league games, but he also struggled with a heavy crossband injury for most of 2019.
This summer Veerman and his family wanted to go back to the Netherlands. “With corona it’s hard abroad. The three of you are always sitting together, in our case. That made it tough. At some point you’re done with that,” says the 29-year-old striker.
Veerman took immediate action. “Right at the beginning of the corona crisis I had my agent make some calls, to all kinds of clubs in Holland. The fact that Heerenveen took the bait is a lot of fun.”
An additional advantage: Veerman can live in his native village Volendam again. Or, in his own words: “The Monaco of the Netherlands. Everyone knows that.”