“New club: Me 31 years FREE player, clubs AZ Alkmaar, AJAX Amsterdam, Spartak Moscow and RSC Anderlecht 3x Champions 2 cups all different teams”
If you were to take the above introduction and, in place of the various soccer clubs listed, rattle off a handful of vague, desirable human qualities, you’d have the structure for a decent singles ad fit for the Sunday morning classifieds section of your local small-town newspaper.
Instead, what you read above is the opening to the very low-budget (read: free of charge) advertisement of Dutch midfielder Demy de Zeeuw, currently a free agent after leaving Spartak Moscow in June 2014, which can be found on the business networking website LinkedIn.
Great initiative by Demy de Zeeuw, who is currently a free agent. In need for a new football club? Just use LinkedIn! pic.twitter.com/BLILGqmoLp
— Total Dutch Football (@TotalDutchFB) December 29, 2014
The 31-year-old once scored 11 goals in a season (Ajax, 2009-10), so there’s surely a decent player in there somewhere that someone — anyone — somewhere in this massive soccer world could use. However, he is said to be a bit of a pain in the rear as he was criticized by former Anderlecht manager John van den Brom for having a poor attitude.
While De Zeeuw should certainly be applauded for his initiative and dedication to his craft, a simple advertisement on LinkedIn doesn’t even hold a candle to Owen Hargreaves’ YouTube workout tape audition of 2011, which can be watch again in all its glory, here and here.