the making-khof / Ligue 2 / J15 / Sochaux-Bastia /

Six years in the past, Kevin Van Den Kerkhof performed in N3, after being ousted from the reserve of FC Lorient. After scouring the Belgian decrease divisions and Luxembourg, it’s on the Sporting Membership de Bastia that the 26-year-old proper piston takes his revenge.

Saturday 1er October, 10e day of Ligue 2. We enter extra time on the Annecy Sports activities Park, and the Sporting Membership de Bastia leads 1-0. Tom Ducrocq intercepts a ball from Haut-Savoyards and launches Kevin Van Den Kerkhof on the appropriate aspect of the sphere. The best piston resists the return of Bissenty Mendy earlier than dealing with the goalkeeper and arming a flat proper foot that ends behind the online. No. 22 turchinu explodes with pleasure, runs to the nook put up to have a good time, joined by his teammates. The consecration for his first professional objective. “I felt plenty of feelings within the current second. After the match, I believed again to all of the recognized struggles and the sacrifices made prior to now to get up to now. , says Kevin Van Den Kerkhof. That day, the native of the North put just a little extra evil on the literal translation of his surname – “from the cemetery” in Dutch -, exhibiting himself extra alive than ever and pushing again the chrysanthemums that we might predict him a earlier in his soccer profession.

The North with tooth

If he’s having enjoyable for granted piston in Bastia right this moment, the 26-year-old younger man has not at all times recognized solely moments of happiness. Skilled in Maubeuge and never stored among the many younger individuals of the VAFC due to his small dimension and his frail physique, he descended a number of flooring, extra exactly in Aulnoye-Aymeries. A development spurt later (he now stands at 1.90m), KVDK took over the administration of FC Lorient in the summertime of 2015 as a professional trainee. Whereas enjoying with the reserve and alongside the professional group on a number of events, he tore his quadriceps, which left him on the ground. Again from damage, he was sidelined as a consequence of competitors. Exit coaching in reserve alongside Guendouzi, Claude-Maurice, Bouanga, Hamel and Krasso – with whom he remained shut – and return to sender a yr later. Right here he’s once more in Aulnoye, in a membership which has since merged with Feignies.

“He’s an individual very connected to his household. This mentality caught nicely with the membership, which depends closely on the human and household side. » Manou Goergen, sports activities director of F91 Dudelange

The dream of getting into the skilled world is fading away, however not the motivation. “After Lorient, it was tough mentally, however I instantly received again to work. This ordeal hardened me and allowed me to succeed in the highest degree” testifies the Bastia piston. “He’s somebody who has at all times proven selflessness. He labored onerous on his return to Aulnoye to have the ability to transfer ahead and obtain his objective of changing into knowledgeable. , confirms Laurent Clarembaux, vice-president of the Entente Feignies Aulnoye. Introverted and humble, the younger Kevin depends on a stable and benevolent household circle, with which he maintains an in depth relationship, and which helps him enormously on this ordeal. On the identical time, he continues his research by beginning his second yr of BTS Administration of enterprise models. After a season in Nationwide 3, he crossed the Belgian border and landed at RAA Louviéroise (D4). There, his offensive qualities, his bodily slaughter and his skill to repeat efforts in his proper lane are taking their toll. 55 video games and 12 caramels in two seasons are sufficient to make him change division in the summertime of 2019. It’s at Olympic Charleroi (D3) that the Franco-Algerian continues to make the powder discuss for a season, earlier than making a brand new chip leap in Luxembourg D1 and F91 Dudelange, which recruited him the next summer time.

Lifetime of Lux’

If the technical qualities happy the managers of the F91 Dudelange, they have been additionally seduced by different arguments. “We relied on knowledge to recruit Kevin, however not solely. We contacted varied individuals, who gave us very constructive suggestions on each the sporting and human features.replays Manou Goergen, sports activities director of F91 Dudelange. We had a primary bodily assembly. He had gone to the membership along with his entourage, and this assembly proved fruitful. We had affirmation of the info, his atmosphere and the sensation. These three features made it doable to make his arrival a actuality. He was very attentive to the recommendation of the workers and confirmed nice humility. He’s additionally an individual very connected to his household. This mentality caught nicely with the membership, which depends closely on the human and household side. »

“When SC Bastia and Régis Brouard come to get me, there isn’t a doable hesitation in my head. For me, it was a dream since I used to be little. » KVDK

The acclimatization in Luxembourg was quick, to the purpose of seeing him rapidly impose himself in Carlos Fangueiro’s beginning lineup. The quantity 22 from Bastia has had a blast for 2 seasons. 20 pralines, 14 caviars, 64 matches and a BGL Ligue win have been sufficient to catch the attention of Régis Brouard, then coach of the RFCU, a membership within the grand-ducal capital. The previous US Quevilly tactician is bewitched by the participant. The 2 males are in common contact. When Régis Brouard turned coach of SC Bastia in October 2021, he breathed the identify of Kevin Van Den Kerkhof. His recruitment will happen in the summertime of 2022 for 2 seasons. “When SC Bastia and Régis Brouard come to get me, there isn’t a doable hesitation in my head. For me, it was a dream since I used to be little. The coach requested me a number of questions and he noticed my motivation to affix the membership and do good issues. I mentioned with the president, who gave me his confidence. It was another reason to provide the whole lot for the coach, the president and the membership. claims the native of Saint-Saulve.

The Jonathan Clauss 2.0?

With SCB, KVDK has performed all Ligue 2 matches for the reason that begin of the season, for two targets and 1 help. The piston lastly has the popularity it was ready for, however retains its head on its shoulders: “All of the golf equipment I went by way of confided in me: “You should play a lot greater.” After I was advised that, it made me just a little nervous. I heard this sentence a lot that I used to be bored with listening to it as a result of I used to be not greater. Now that I am there, it is one thing distinctive that I savor daily. » Local weather change is clearly not there to encroach on his happiness. “Definitely, the dwelling atmosphere modifications rather a lot from what I knew earlier than, however I stay solely centered on soccer. » The environment of Furiani is there to remind him. KVDK was capable of see it after the equalizing free kick scored for Furiani in opposition to the Girondins, in the course of the 12e day on October 12. Laurent Clarembaux admires his profession as much as Ligue 2. “It is not a shock when you understand his self-sacrifice, however we did not suppose he would impose himself so rapidly” , concedes the northern chief. The commentary is identical for Manou Goergen: “We had confidence in his qualities to see him win in Ligue 2, and even greater. Lots of people are shocked at Kevin’s trajectory. , says the sports activities director of F91 Dudelange. Thought-about one of many revelations of Ligue 2 throughout this primary quarter of the championship, Kevin Van Den Kerkhof doesn’t chorus from dreaming even greater. With why not a convocation with Algeria, the nation of his father? In spite of everything, there’s a boy, Jonathan Clauss, to not identify him, who has the same place, traits and background, who was roughly on the identical level 4 years in the past and who’s right this moment worldwide…

By Pierrick Bastide
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