Interview: Dieter Van Tornhout
This week Dieter Van Tornhout wanted to answer our questions. Dieter is a Belgian player who played for Club Brugge, Sparta Rotterdam, Roda JC, Enosis Neon Paralimni, Nea Salamis Famagusta, Kilmarnock, Antwerp FC and Roeselare. His best season was at Nea Salamis Famagusta where he managed to score 12 goals in 25 games.
Dieter Van Tornhout (°1985, striker) began his carreer at SK Nevele and Eendracht Aalter before moving to Club Brugge where he played 14 games over 3 seasons scoring 3 goals. He also played for Club Brugge in several Europacup games. In 2005 Club Brugge loaned him to Sparta Rotterdam (Netherlands) where he played 14 games and scoring 1 goal. Roda JC was very impressed and contracted him afterwards for 4 seasons where he played 53 games in which he scored 4 goals. In 2009 it was Enosis Neon Paralimni (Cyprus) who contracted him for 2 seasons scoring another 18 goals in 48 games. Van Tornhout was wanted by Nea Salamis Famagusta and they signed him for the 2011-2012 season where he scored 2 goals in 15 games. In the 2011-2012 season, Dieters’ carreer got to a climax. He signed a contract at Kilmarnock where he scored the only goal in a 1-0 League Cup win over Celtic. Later on he returned to Belgium and played for Antwerp FC and KSV Roeselare before leaving to KRC Gent-Zeehaven.
Do you have an particularly stadium you liked playing at during your carreer? Can you give us the reason why you liked that stadium?
I don’t really have a favourite stadium, but I liked Hampden Park (Glasgow) a lot. Also probably because I scored the winning goal in the League Cup final(with Kilmarnock) there which gave a great feeling!
At which ground did you experienced the crowd the most? Did this influence your game in a particular way?
I felt the most influence in the Kuip. The Feyenoord supporters are truly overwhelming! They surely intimidate the players from the opponent team. However this could also affect their own players in a bad way when things aren’t going their way. Therefore the pressure on the players must be immense…
You played a season for the scottish side Kilmarnock FC. Can you describe us the atmosphere there and is it comparable with some stadiums in Belgium?
You can compare the stadium from Kilmarnock to the stadium from teams like Westerlo and Sint-Truiden. The atmosphere is good, and like in the United Kingdom, the supporters are close to the pitch.
You also played three seasons in the Cypriotic first division. How is Cypriotic football, the atmosphere during the games and the life in general?
I find that Cypriotic football is a bit underestimated, you can compare it at least with Belgian football. The teams are able to buy players from Portugal, Brazil, The Balkans,… which increases the level. Furthermore the atmosphere during the games can be intens, especially when rivaling teams face each other. Alongside football it’s also definitely a nice country to live.
Which stadium you played in had the most beautiful dressing room?
Uhh, that’s difficult to tell. But I can say that for the teams I played for, Kilmarnock FC had the most beautiful dressing room!