19:49 Reactions to the death of Schrijvers: ‘He looked tough, but he was nice and gentle’

19:49 Reactions to the death of Schrijvers: ‘He looked tough, but he was nice and gentle’

The death of Piet Schrijvers made major headlines in the football world on Thursday evening. The legendary former goalkeeper of Ajax and the Dutch national team turns 75.

Edwin van der Sar, CEO of Ajax, wrote on Twitter: “As a teenager, Piet felt like a pragmatic keeper who ate ahead for fun in one-on-one situations.” “It is not for nothing that he has been a five-time champion at Ajax. I wish his family and friends a lot of strength in this difficult time.”

Ajax reported in an extensive tribute on the club’s website that the club will focus on the death of Schrijvers in Saturday’s home match against sc Heerenveen. The former goalkeeper played 356 games for the Amsterdam side between 1974 and 1983 and is affectionately referred to as ‘Beer van de Meer’, referring to his attitude and the stadium in which Ajax played at the time.

“He was known for a number of notable pseudonyms,” the KNVB writes. “Beer van de Meer” was what he was most proud of, but above all, Piet Schrijvers was an excellent keeper who guarded the goal of the Dutch national team for more than fourteen years.”

Schrijvers took part in several final tournaments with the Orange squad and was especially impressed by the 1978 World Cup. The 46-time international initially had to settle for a reserve role, but played on the base during the tournament at the expense of Jan Jongbloed. Unfortunately, Schrijvers missed the final against the losing Argentina due to his injury.

“He was a very sweet and kind man”

Although Schrijvers celebrated his greatest achievements at Ajax, he says he had the best time of his career at FC Twente. He played 234 games for the club between 1968 and 1974. “Piet was invaluable to the team, which enjoyed great national and international success in the late 1960s and late 1970s. Piet was a figure of FC Twente”, writes Tukkers.

After his career, Schrijvers started working as a coach. In 1995 he let Arne Slot make his debut for the former main squad of FC Zwolle. Feyenoord Slots coach ahead of the Europa League game against Lazio said: “He looked tough, but he was a very sweet and friendly man. At least for me as a young player,” he said. ESPN.

Schrijvers not only became manager at Zwolle, but also spent the last years of his career there, earning him the nickname “De Bolle van Zwolle”. Like Ajax, PEC will reflect the death of Schrijvers in the next league match. The Blauwvingers will take on Willem II in the Culinary Championship Division on Friday.

In recent years, Schrijvers has been struggling with health problems. In September 2019, it was announced that the legendary goalkeeper had Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: NU