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What Watducks does better than Club Brugge(and all other Belgian teams)

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Brussels hockey club crown to the best of Europe

What Watducks does better than Club Brugge(and all other Belgian teams)

Never had a Belgian club in the main European cup won in an olympic ploegsport, but Waterloo Ducks broke into the easter weekend the ban by the Euro League to win.

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Pieter Van Straaten scores the 3-0 in the Euro League final against Rot Weiss Köln. belga

Brussels hockey club crown to the best of Europe

What Watducks does better than Club Brugge(and all other Belgian teams)

Never had a Belgian club in the main European cup won in an olympic ploegsport, but Waterloo Ducks broke into the easter weekend the ban by the Euro League to win.

Marc Vermeiren

BrusselHet national hockey counts his blessings. World champion in 2018. Olympic silver in 2016. Best Player of the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Best player of the World in the same years. Best goalkeeper of the World in 2017 and 2018. And since Monday is also home to the best hockey club of the Old Continent, just across the language border. A Belgian team was never closer to the Supreme hit than Club Brugge in 1978 with a 1-0 defeat in the final of the europa cup 1, the precursor of the Champions League. Their colleagues from the volleyball, basketball or handball were killed in the preceding stages or booked their success in smaller competitions. After the 4-0 victory against Cologne, may Waterloo Ducks so the honour claim. Consultant Bert Wentink, the Dutch architect behind the Belgian hockeysucces, about that milestone.

This Is a surprising title?

‘In 2013, had Dragons of Brasschaat all once the final of the Euro League met, so a complete surprise, I would title of Watducks not call. What that triumph is remarkable, it is the way that came about. Usually leads to success at club level to good performance at the national team, but in Belgium you’ll see the reverse. Belgium has, since 2006, a lot of time, energy and money in the national team set that as the engine functioned for the rest. The Belgian internationals brought their experience and their knowledge with them to their clubs. They also wanted a better framing and more professional and so have the Dragons and Watducks the gap with the best of Europe poem. The Belgian vrouwenclubs are internationally seen nowhere, but over time, they too will aanpikken by the boom of the Red Panthers.’

Watducks reached the final after three shoot-outs, in which goalkeeper Vanasch excelled. How to play chance play a role?

‘That you hear sometimes as the ‘larger’ hockeylanden about Belgium talk, but our little performance is already much too long. Is it a coincidence that Vanasch sparkled? No, because he has a good level of education. Our world title in India was the result of very hard work, just as the title of Watducks that is. The policy of Dragons or Braxgata is already for many years excellent in each other. The best Belgian players in recent years have tons of experience in top tournaments. They have in the jeugdreeksen determined that they should not inferior to their foreign peers. Twelve years ago I was young Belgians, a poster of Dutch celebrities over their bed and hang out, now watching the kids on to Arthur Van Doren.’

The Netherlands will be worried now, also on club level by Belgians afgetroefd?

Ever had Belgian children a poster of Dutch artists, now look at the youth players on to Van Doren’
Bert Wentink
Ex-technical director of the Belgian hockey federation

Bert Wentink

Ex-technical director of the Belgian hockey federation

“Holland had even for the first time, no team in the final four of the Euro League. A few years ago had three of the four clubs in the Dutch play-offs a foreign keeper and a foreign cornerspecialist, among whom were the Belgians Tom Bean and Loïck Luypaert. Clubs opted for a kortetermijnpolitiek and neglected their education, while Watducks now just reaping the benefits of its excellent jeugdpolitiek.’

A second alarm after the world cup in India?

‘Belgian, Spanish and German clubs are becoming more and more up, what the competition stirs up and the level up. Therefore, I argue for years for a cross-border league with the best Belgian and Dutch clubs. Watducks has once again shown that together are worth. But in both countries I found hearing.’

However, there is a lot more money for hockey.

“But the budget need not be the determining factor. Belgium does some things smarter than in the Netherlands. That way you can Watducks a European title in the address, just like Ajax so much richer teams such as Real Madrid and Juventus can turn it off.’

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