Youri Loen could Sunday barely express in words what the first promotion of FC Emmen in the club history to the Premier league with him). The midfielder, however, refused a stunt to speak after the 1-3 victory in the return on a visit to Sparta Rotterdam in the final of the play-offs.
“We knew this could happen, but that we actually deliver on it, is wonderful,” said Loen in the catacombs of The Castle in conversation with NUsport.
“The belief was really there the whole season already, but certainly after the 4-0 won heenwedstrijd in your own home against NEC in the semi-finals of the play-offs, there arose in the group a certain feeling of invincibility.”
The historic promotion made in Emmen quite a bit of los. Sunday evening upon my return were the players and technical staff by thousands of supporters celebrated on the city hall square in the centre of the Drenthe town.
“This means a lot for FC Emmen. The whole city is upside down. The fans are blissfully happy. It is one big insane asylum,” said Loen.
FC Emmen had against Sparta to see about having sufficient resilience to dispose of. The drent egyptians came to The Castle quite quickly to a 1-0 deficit by a goal from Stijn Spierings, but they withdrew in the sequel is still the longest at the end, thanks to hits from Michael Chacon, Anco Jansen and Alexander Bannink.
“We also have in this match let see what the power of FC Emmen. We are a close-knit collective. We can play football, but to fight also for every meter”, gave Loen to know.
“The trainer (Dick Lukkien, ed.) also has a large share in this success. He knows us always at the right time to energize, and is tactically very strong.”
Big question is of course what this summer transfergebied going to happen at FC Emmen. Also Loen is still uncertain whether next season will be active in The Oude Meerdijk.
“First I go holiday and then we’ll see what will happen. First I want everything on me. Watch what does and what does not. But with FC Emmen in the Eredivisie, where do I say not equal no. I think we have a nice selection. Of course, there’s still a bit to recover, but the basis is there.”