The Saudi prince Abdullah Bin Mossaad, known as co-owner of the English football club Sheffield United, Tuesday night reached an agreement with DCA to invest in Beerschot Wilrijk.
I am very proud of this agreement with DCA and the owner Francis Vrancken to a shareholder of KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk”, according to prince Abdullah, in a first reaction. “It is our objective to Beerschot Wilrijk a strong Pro Leagueclub. With a core that is worn by 35% players by the academy of Beerschot Wilrijk were trained. I was greatly impressed by the social responsibility of the club, with its seven hundred youth players. But also by the number of players by the club in the past was trained. Players such as Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Moussa Dembele and Radja Nainggolan prove that Beerschot Wilrijk has the potential to be a club that relies on its own trained talents.
“We will in the coming months, together with the club and DCA, work hard to Beerschot Wilrijk as a club to professionalize. Finally, I want the supporters of Beerschot Wilrijk thank for their unconditional support over the past years. Without them it would be the club never got my attention.”
Beerschot Wilrijk announces also the appointment of Jan Van Winckel as a board member. He will be on the Keel of the technical committee, further strengthening the. “Return to the Kiel brings me many beautiful memories. I experienced sporting a lovely time at Beerschot. I am happy to be part of this new project. In the coming weeks we will be together with the management board and the technical staff analysis, to see how we can further professionalize. I hope this can contribute with my experience and my network. I think the clear synergy between the investors with a local anchoring and international network with a lot of know-how is a key asset to Beerschot Wilrijk a stable Pro Leagueclub. The youth should take a central place. At this time, we must be especially the technical staff and the players quietly work and have them as one block as good as possible, try to support.”
Jan Van Winckel (43) holds a degree in sports science and business Economics at the KU Leuven and is a researcher still associated with the Department of Biomedical Kinesiology professor Werner Helsen. As a trainer and assistant coach, he stood between 1994 and 2014 on the payroll of Stade Leuven, KV Mechelen, the national team of the United Arab Emirates, Al-Hilal, Club Brugge, Al-Ahli and Olympique de Marseille, where he is in the right hand was the Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa.
In the 2011-2012 season, he was at Beerschot AC, assistant coach Jacky Mathijssen, and got there in solidarity with his head coach when that was fired.
Van Winckel is in possession of a UEFA Pro License diploma. Last year he led as technical director along with coach Bert van Marwijk, the national team of Saudi Arabia to the world cup in Russia.
Prince Abdullah Bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz al-Saud worked with Van Winckel, together with Asian football club Al-Hilal Saudi and the national team of Saudi Arabia and appointed him in december 2017 at Sheffield United as a Club Director.