Ugur Yildirim: SC Heerenveen

Heerenveen strengthens trainers' guild with old crowd favorite

sc Heerenveen is bringing Ugur Yildirim back to Friesland as a youth coach. Yildirim (40) signed a contract for two seasons and will become the coach of Under 18. Status Pro Sport has accompanied Yildirim in this fine transfer.

And with it, the former sc Heerenveen player returns to the old nest. In the period between 2004 and 2007, he wore the shirt of the Frisians 83 times. In it, he was good for no less than 12 goals and 25 assists. A successful time in which he also played once for the Dutch national team.

Head of youth training Marcel van Buuren: "Ugur obviously has a great past as a player at sc Heerenveen and is now building his career as a trainer. At Go Ahead Eagles he has been active as a trainer of Under 13 and Under 17, among others. With us, he will be responsible for Under 18. We have had pleasant talks and are convinced that Ugur is a valuable addition to our academy."

"More than unfortunate," Eric Whittie (head of youth training, Go Ahead Eagles) describes Yildirim's departure. "Uǧur has been there from the beginning of the re-launch of the Football Academy in 2014. In those years, he has had many youth selections in various age groups under his charge, which underlines his qualities. That he has always done this in a very passionate way, our youth players always greatly appreciated." According to Whittie, the combination of a lot of expertise coupled with the human being Uǧur Yildirim was the basis of pleasant cooperation. "I dare say that with Uǧur, I also lost a friend. The cooperation always went well and never anything too much for Uǧur. So everyone within the Football Academy fully supports the step he is about to take. Nevertheless, his departure is a great loss for our youth academy. In my conversations with Uǧur, it has become clear to me that Go Ahead Eagles is not just any club for him, but is deeply in his heart. On behalf of the entire Football Academy, we wish Uǧur the best of luck and we will definitely meet on the fields."

"On the one hand, I am of course very happy with this new step," says Yildirim. "On the other hand, Go Ahead Eagles is my club, for which I was active for many years as a player and youth coach. I, therefore, had quite an emotional conversation with Eric and am leaving the club with pain in my heart. Fortunately, sc Heerenveen also feels like coming home to me, as I also have a history there as a player. But before I start my new challenge in Friesland, I want to thank everyone at Go Ahead Eagles immensely for the chance I have had to develop as a youth coach."

Last season, an ESPN Doc about Uǧur Yildirim was published under the name 'The Turkish Beckham'. The documentary can be viewed on Go Ahead Eagles' YouTube channel via this link.


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