News 28.1.2010

A Bit of Ajax’s Fame Comes with Van Veen

Technical director of AS played with Cruijff, Van Basten, and Rijkaard.

He spent most of his career in Utrecht, but he also played in Ajax Amsterdam and won the league title in the season 1982/1983 as well as the Dutch cup. He scored 174 goals in 555 league duels. This is a brief introduction of Leo van Veen – the new technical director of AS Trenčín. “My mission is to bring Dutch football thinking and philosophy to Trenčín. One thing we have in common is that our countries are small. In spite of this, the Netherlands is a very successful football country,“ said the 63-year-old expert at the beginning.

Offensive thinking is the key feature of ‘Oranjes’. This is the thing that the former coach of several Dutch top-league teams wants to implant into the playing systems of Trenčín teams at all levels. “I will try to communicate with the coaches in this direction. It’s true that results are important, but we also want to play in a way that is attractive for our fans at the same time. Failures will come, but that’s part of the game. The question is how you lose,“ Leo van Veen commented.

The recruitment of the experienced specialist hasn’t been an easy job. He was on the short list of the head-coach candidates already two years ago. “My commitments that time didn’t allow me to come here,“ said about the negotiations with one of the club’s owners Tschen La Ling with whom he played in Ajax. “He started trying to make me come again some time ago. He wanted me to come to Trenčín for a couple of days first. My first visit to Trenčín took place in October. I saw a very young and talented team. He got back to me once more after I returned to the Netherlands. My second trip already took three weeks. After I returned again, he asked me to consider staying here longer,“ the former forward finished his ‘Coming to Trenčín‘ saga.

He played actively for 21 years. He finished his career in Los Angeles along with probably the best Dutch player of all times Johan Cruijff. “We had already met before in Ajax. He was the best player I have played with. He was very fast and technically brilliant. I played in one team also with Marco van Basten or Frank Rijkaard who were at the beginning of their careers then,“ disclosed Van Veen who worked as a scout for Ajax and Nijmegen after he finished his career as a player. This experience may be very valuable for him in his current position as well.

Leo van Veen also has a coaching experience with Ajax as an assistant to Co Andriaanse. The players such as Galásek, Mido, Ibrahimovič, or Chivu played in the most famous Dutch club’s jersey in those times. “In spite of the wonderful times spent in Amsterdam, my favorite memories are of my coaching in Waalwijk. We won 21 games in a row then and advanced to the Eredivisie,“ the new member of AS management remembers. The AS fans would definitely like a similar scenario in the spring.

Author: mg, ek
Games schedule
Fortuna league, baráž, 14.7.2020
FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
Standings
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

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