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Right central defender
Jeffrey, Introduce yourself…
My name is Jeffrey Gouweleeuw. I am 30 years old and I live in Augsburg. Besides playing football I like to spend my time with my family.
Why did you start playing football? And were you immediately a defender ?
My father used to play football and the first thing he thought of when he had a son was that he wanted me to play football. Of course I really wanted this too. I started playing football when I was five years old. At Ado’20, the amateur club where I played, I was a midfielder. Here I have played from the F’s to the C’s. When I went to SC Heerenveen football club in the B, I became a central defender. My trainer thought this was a good idea, because of my height.
How did you get into the youth of SC Heerenveen ? And who helped you the most ?
There were scouts from Heerenveen at Ado’20. They regularly came to see me. This allowed me to do an internship. First I participated in training and then I was allowed to play a match. Many family members were there to encourage me. At these competitions there were also several scouts who judged me. After this match I was told that I could play football at SC Heerenveen.
In 2010, you started your senior career at SC Heerenveen, and you played there three seasons. Did you noticed a lot of difference between your youth academies and the first team ?
Yes there are definitely differences. In the first team there is of course much more and harder training. In addition, the pressure is much higher with the first team. You have many more supporters who have certain expectations of you.
Jeffrey, you made your debut for SC Heerenveen in 2009 at training camp in a practice match against MVV. How important was that moment for you ?
It was a very special moment. It was always a dream to achieve that. I also worked hard for it, so it’s nice when that moment comes. I am very grateful to Heerenveen for this and I will never forget it.
After three successful seasons for SC Heerenveen, you moved to AZ Alkmaar. And you stay there for another three seasons. How was your time there ?
I experienced my time at AZ as very pleasant. It was close to my birthplace, so I could live in Heemskerk again. I also got to see a lot of my family again. I learned a lot at AZ. We played a lot of European matches, which contributed to my development. I also became captain in the 2015/2016 season.
In January 2016 you moved to the Bundesliga club FC Augsburg. What can you remember about your first team debut with FC Augsburg.
At FC Augsburg I made my debut as a defensive midfielder in a home game against Bayern Munich. That match I had to shadow Thomas Müller for ninety minutes. Despite the 1-3 defeat I had done reasonably well.
You have been captain of FC Augsburg for several years now. What is the best thing about being a captain ?
It is an honour to wear the captain’s armband every game. It expresses a lot of appreciation from the club. You have a lot of responsibility.
You have also played three matches for the national team of Netherlands U21. What was it like to join the national football team of Netherlands U21 ?
To play for the Dutch national team is of course a great honour. They were always fun and educational moments to experience.
Jeffrey, what are your targets for this season?
My goal is to stay fit all season. I hope to play as many matches as possible. In addition, the goal is to play another year in the Bundesliga next season.