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FC Emmen gets Michael the Lion after 2.5 years to return to the Eredivisie

Michael the Lion returns after 2.5 years back in the Premier league. The attacker has Monday a contract until the summer of 2020 signed at FC Emmen, with an option on an extra season.

The 32-year-old Lion comes press conference about the Chicago Fire, the club for which he FC Groningen in the summer of 2016, four years after exchanged. Previously he came for BV Veendam and De Graafschap.

His transfer to Emmen that means for The Lion, a reunion with coach Dick Lukkien, with whom he also in Groningen, the netherlands cooperated. During his time at FC Groningen was the Brabander in 111 Premier league-duels to 46 hits and he won the TOTO KNVB-cup.

“The creation of opportunities in the first half of the season no problem found. But those opportunities must be completed. With Michael we will add more scoring power and experience to the selection”, says director Ben Haverkort on the site of Emmen.

Emmen belongs this season with nineteen goals to the least scoring teams in the Premier league. Only FC Groningen (eighteen times), PEC Zwolle (seventeen) and The County (fourteen) found less often.

Michael de Leeuw (middle) won in 2015 the cup with FC Groningen. ()

The Lion: “There was more interest’

The Lion, who on 4 January with Emmen travel for a training camp in the Spanish Estepona, hopes his new club forward.

“There was more interest, but FC Emmen was very energetic and their story really appealed to me. We are going to first maintain, then grow,” said the attacker.

The Emmen of coach We are as a phd student a decent first half of the season behind the back. The hillside club is busy with seventeen points to the thirteenth place in the Premier league, although the differences at the bottom of small.

Emmen begins the second half of the season on 20 January with a home game against front-runner and reigning champion PSV. In the round then the team will visit VVV-Venlo.

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