Patrick Decuyper working on Senegalese academy of Antwerp

What is behind the ongoing acquisition of R Antwerp FC by Patrick Decuyper? A dream of voetbalacademies at home and abroad, and a network of Belgian clubs. According to research from Sport/Voetbalmagazine.

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In the autumn of 2014 buy Patrick Decuyper in vierdeklasser KSK Ronse (belgium), he undertakes a vain attempt to resembled KSV Roeselare to take over, and he is studying the books of first division KV Kortrijk. At the same time, Antwerp is the initiative for a first appointment. Himself, he flies to Senegal.

Everything indicates that Decuyper since his inglorious departure as CEO of Zulte Waregem, one and a half years ago, to the realization of his ultimate voetbaldroom is started. At the establishment of three voetbalacademies: one in Belgium, one in Senegal and one in Asia. Three clubs, from low to high, thinking he needed to have the talents after their training at the large audience present.

New love

At the base of a dream is the Essevee Soccer School. Decuyper with pain in the heart the by him established football school in Waregem to leave. On the spoiled voetbalmilieu, he’s afgeknapt after all the scorn that he and his failed move to Antwerp on him has gotten. Youth football is his new love. Increasingly, dive in to the training ground of the Essevee Soccer School.

For his Belgian academy beckons Decuyper in the first instance to the Essevee Soccer School. The reason is simple: there is the know-how, in the person of Thomas Caers and Wim Declercq. Decuyper starts the conversation with Zulte Waregemvoorzitter Willy Naessens. Zijin attempts to a stake to be acquired in the Essevee Soccer School run on nothing.

Mbaye Leye

At the same time, he makes haste with his Senegalese academy. In Saly, south of the capital Dakar, are already two football youth academies: a former French football player Patrick Vieira and one of the Qatari Aspire. Decuyper also wants his academy to the same location to establish, using the existing infrastructure. Decuyper will fly to Senegal with his company Mbaye Leye. The Senegalese striker Lokeren is a friend since their shared time at Zulte Waregem.

Leye is not going to financially participate in the project, but should open the doors for Decuyper. In Belgium, some trainers are getting ready to go to Saly to leave. They are still here, in limbo about their future. In spite of all the impatience that Decuyper features, is the Senegalese project still. The intended start date – January 2015 – passes without he still.

Urban soil

In Kortrijk falls today to hear that Decuyper now is written off as a potential buyer. Of an academy there, option two is after the jump off of a participation in the Essevee Soccer School – is therefore nor there. And so, he more than once his arrows at Antwerp FC. In the Antwerp metropolis sees Decuyper the ideal urban breeding ground for a successful academy.

Read the full story about the ultimate voetbaldroom of Patrick Decuyper this week in Sports/Voetbalmagazine.

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