Holland-Senegal, the problem between Van Dijk and Dia: their stories

Obstacles, redemption, dedication: in Holland-Senegal the stories of two gamers who met (and received) future

From our reporter Fabio Bianchi

Virgil, at his job, is considered one of the finest in the world, if not the finest. Boulaye, in his backyard, is looking for the proper place. Let’s say they’re on two completely different flooring. This afternoon, nonetheless, they discover themselves in the identical place, the most admired footballers, dealing with one another. Virgil van Dijk to guide the Netherlands in the World Cup to the highest aim in accordance with the will of his coach Van Gaal (“we will go all the method”). Boulaye Dia shall be honored, with a thankless process, with out burdening the absence of the man of Senegal’s image, Sadio Manè.

We come from distant

Senegal-Holland is the predominant problem of group A, whoever wins provides an excellent jolt to the dash for first place. Many stories are linked inside the sport, Virgil and Dia are maybe the most lovely for individuals who additionally see soccer as the redemption of humanity. They have already crossed the golf equipment, in the present day they may expertise the pleasure of competing in the nationwide workforce. The central defender who was the costliest in the world (then Maguire arrived), towards a participant who exhibits in the small Salernitana that he can rating targets. What can they agree on? That they may very well be buddies. Right now they’re coming from distant. Even 10 years in the past, nobody would have thought they had been right here. But they’ve eradicated the suspense, the drama, the twists and turns of destiny and nature. Making himself a soccer participant, who has solely himself to thank, his ardour and his stubbornness. It is feasible that when Boulaye touched the ball of his first worldwide competitors to a broken automobile that didn’t take him to the Saint Etienne tryout, he was 12 years outdated and his father was offended as a result of he didn’t. have upkeep prices. Maybe he’ll keep in mind one other trick, of nature, when Lyon rejected him at 15 as a result of he was too brief. He climbed to 80 meters later, when he completed his research, he labored as an electrician to help his household and performed Jura sports activities, scoring tons of targets. Reims then provided him an opportunity to play in Ligue1. But his fame as an electrician adopted him a lot {that a} good friend requested him to cease by the home to repair the electrical energy. “I advised him: what’s the problem? And I defined to him intimately tips on how to clear up it. The suspect known as an electrician who repeated the identical to him”. No one requested Van Dijk to scrub the dishes after dinner. Because that is what he did as a younger man in the evenings, for £3 an hour, in the restaurant “Oncle Jean” in Breda, the place he was born. He needed to deal with himself as a result of his future was very tough: his father left the household (should you meet him, name him Virgil, as a result of he does not like Van Dijk). He was divided between research and the youth group of Willem II and the restaurant, and the proprietor, Jacques Lips, who repeated to him: “Stop enjoying and keep right here to seek out”. But he was decided, particularly when, already taken by Groningen, he was in peril of dying of peritonitis. Things obtained so dangerous that he signed a doc handing over his property to his mom.


The relaxation is historical past. For Dia, the explosion of Reims, the bounce to Villarreal and now the restart in Salernitana. For Virgil rising up between Celtic and Southampton to develop into a millionaire with the Champions League and Liverpool. The outdated dishwasher simply misses the cherry on Holland. The humble Boulaye as a substitute, surprisingly, already has the icing: the African Cup was received by Coulibaly for 2 years. Ah, in their few video games, Dia at Villarreal managed to attain towards Van Dijk in the semi-final of the Champions League. His first aim in the cup. Does historical past repeat itself?


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