Hans van Breukelen has recently become an ambassador of our foundation. At our invitation, he visited Gambia together with a television crew from Well. Media.(a Geert Hoes company). They observed and filmed the way we go to work in Gambia and were extremely impressed with our activities.
To quote Hans on his visit, “It’s difficult to describe the feeling, you really have to be there. The experience of seeing the joy in the children’s eyes is so worthwhile. We had a fantastic weekend full of joy but we also shed a few tears”. The television crew filmed the whole weekend so we can later look back at a successful and emotional time in Gambia.
OUR AMBASSADOR HANS VAN BREUKELEN
Van Breukelen grew up in De Bilt, where he played in the BVC youth academy. In 1976, he moved to FC Utrecht, where he played 142 matches. After two years with Nottingham Forest, Van Breukelen moved to PSV Eindhoven in 1984. With PSV, he won six league titles and three domestic cups. In 1988, Van Breukelen also won the European Cup as part of the Treble after saving Benfica’s sixth penalty in the shoot-out. In the Netherlands, he was named Goalkeeper of the Year four times.
Van Breukelen played 73 caps for the Dutch national team. In 1988, he triumphed at the European Championships with The Netherlands; Van Breukelen stopped a penalty in the final. He also appeared at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1992.
After his football career, he became an entrepreneur in different non-football business ventures, also he served as director of football at FC Utrecht and is a member of the PSV board of directors since 2010.