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Interview with Joey Van Den Berg: The Dutch Destroyer

We're joined by Reading midfielder Joey Van Den Berg.

Joey is currently on loan at NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch Second division and has quite the story to tell.


In his native Netherlands, he is akin to Sergio Ramos as he has the record for most red cards. He currently has 12 in his career including 2 this season.

When Joey was 22 he was released by Heerenveen due to issues with alcohol and drugs and was without a club. While he was out of a game he worked in a pizzeria, he washed cars and worked in construction among his many jobs.


Now, a little more than a decade later he's made more than 250 appearances and scored 25 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie and English Championship. So in this episode, we'll dive into his remarkable story and discuss how young players cope with stress, pressure and instincts to be a normal teenager.


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Timeline

7:47 When he tested positive

11:23 Releasing stress for pro athletes

16:40 Advice to young players

23:37 Talking to young players about money

29:15 Playing for Jaap Stam

38:23 Getting dropped to the youth teams

44:22 If he could change football


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