Saturday, June 26, 2010

A fisherman's Son

Dutch right winger Dirk Kuyt comes from a fishing family and in his selfless and hardworking style on the pitch, he has never been one to go angling for complements or praise.

The 29-year-old, who scored his side’s second goal in the opening 2-0 win over Denmark, has proved that he will give everything for the cause for club and country.

Netherland's no. 7

This season alone he has played 65 times and 53 matches for Liverpool, scoring 11 times, and 12 for the Dutch, hitting the back of the net on four occasions.

Kuyt insist that he is not tired – a complaint often voiced by others at the finals – and is enjoying every second of the tournament which saw the Dutch become the first side to qualify for the second round when Denmark beat Cameroon on Saturday.

Kuyt, who was born in the fishing town of Katwijk and who seemed to be destined to become a fisherman like his parents, doesn’t mind that his place in the starting line-up of Dutch footballing artist is constantly called into question by the domestic media. “It is obvious, I am not the same type of player,” said Kuyt.

“I don’t have the same qualities, I have others. I am different.”

“At the base of it (the criticism), it is what gives me my strength.”

Kuyt’s battling qualities, forged in the unforgiving climate of his birthplace, were recognized by the coach of his first professional club, FC Utrecht.

“He was not the subtlest of players but on account of this workrate, he became the best player,” saud Narj Witte.

Kuyt really blossomed at Feyenoord where he scored an impressive 83 goals in 122 matches (from 2003 to 2006), and earned himself a 15 million Euros transfer to EPL giants Liverpool in 2006, when then coach Rafael Benitez switched him from center forward to wide on the right.

Liverpool's no. 18

While it obviously dried up his ratio of goals to matches played, it helped him in terms of establishing his place in the Dutch team as his opportunities had been limited up front by Ruud van Nistelrooy’s presence. He is so honest and without ego that even when Arsenal forward Robin ban Persie said that there should be no place for him in the attacking first choice quartet at the World Cup – that it should be van Persie, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Arjen Robben – he simply shrugged it off.

“Robin was right, those are four fantastic players,” admitted Kuyt.

“But a team doesn’t consist of 11 players.”

“I don’t feel bitter towards Van Persie, who I am sure walked into a trap laid by a journalist.”

(Taken from The Star, 22.6.2010)


Though I always lament his not-so-able performance for Liverpool, but it's true there are much to learn from him.

I've changed my view and perspective on Kuyt.