Leon the Ball is emotional by the tribute that he Monday evening around the match Jong FC Utrecht-Go Ahead Eagles got in the Galgenwaard Stadium. The ex-striker performed the kick-off and received a cheque handed over.
The 27-year-old, The Bullet hit last summer badly injured in a car accident on the island of Malta and had his career end. Jong FC Utrecht-Go Ahead was the duel between two of his old clubs.
“It was a topavond. There were all players that I have played on, family, friends and supporters of Go Ahead and FC Utrecht. For me, it was very successful,” says The Ball is in front of the camera of FOX Sports.
“It was nice to see my old teammates again, because that kleedkamerhumor is something very wrong. The most emotional were the speeches on the field. That came best, within, just as the images on the screen were shown.”
Leon the Ball with FC Utrecht-captain Willem Janssen. (Photo: ProShots)
“Amount of 23,000 euro is absurd’
Through various actions, money was raised for the rehabilitation of The Bullet. It gave the former striker, who also for VVV-Venlo, Almere City and the Spanish UE Cornellà came out, a amount of more than 23,000 euro.
“That is absurd. That is within and gives a warm feeling. A large part of the cost is now covered, though it is still not everything. But we must not go ouwehoeren, because I must be very very happy with this amount.”
The Bullet passed through the youth academy of FC Utrecht, but experienced its greatest success at Go Ahead Eagles. For the club from Deventer scored the former jeugdinternational between 2015 and 2017 thirty times in seventy matches played.
Said earlier, The Ball is all that he is in the football world wants to remain. “I already have a trainer, that is something I would like. But also at the office, financially, commercially; I am open to everything.”
Career Leon de Kogel
- 2010-2013: FC Utrecht
- 2013-2014: VVV-Venlo
- 2014-2015: Almere City FC
- 2015-2018: Go Ahead Eagles
- 2018: UE Cornellà