Interview: Timothy Derijck
It’s been a while but we have another interview. This time we found you a Belgian player who is still active in the Netherlands. He left Belgium (RSC Anderlecht) at young age and went to the Netherlands, where he played for Feyenoord; Timothy Derijck! Nowadays he’s spending his time at ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie, the highest level in the Netherlands.
At the age of 12 (1999) Timothy Derijck was already playing for RSC Anderlecht. When he became 18 he signed a professional contract at Feyenoord. His first season at Feyenoord he got loaned to NAC Breda. In the first part of his second season, when Koeman was his coach, he played 18 games and even scored 1 goal. But then Bert van Marwijk became the new coach and he no longer got a chance and he got loaned again, this time to FC Dender who were a newly promoted Belgian team.
At the start of the 2008/09 season Derijck was no longer needed at Feyenoord as he was told to leave. Derijck went to ADO Den Haag where he even managed to qualify for Europe in the 2010/11 season. The Belgian defender played a very good season but it was a surprise when PSV contracted him.
He played 43 games for PSV and got loaned to FC Utrecht. After that period PSV let him go on a free transfer to ADO Den Haag, where he still plays today.
Salomon Kalou, I played with him at Feyenoord. You could see by his quality that he would reach the European top, which was proven when he went to Chelsea.
Which is in your opinion the best stadium you ever played in?
De Kuip (Feyenoord) is by far the most beautiful stadium in the Netherlands. I was lucky to play in that stadium for a few years. It’s great to see so many to show up everytime.
You played for only 1 season in the Belgian first division. Is there a big difference between Belgium and the Nederlands?
No, but Dender was a great experience. Nowadays the Belgian competition is getting much more attractive, also because of all those new/renovated stadiums.
How did it feel to get called up for the national team? How is it as a “newby”?
It was a unique experience, also because I got my transfer to PSV Eindhoven that week. Years before I got called up I played for the national youth teams but this was another kind of football. At the start it feels a bit awkward to be new but I actually already knew a lot of guys from the youth teams and after I had to sing a song (which all new players have to do), It no longer felt strange.
If you could pick any team in the world to sign you for next season, which team would you go to?
I don’t think about that honnestly. I’m very happy for the moment at ADO Den Haag. I’m not really looking forward because in football, your situation can change very soon.