Enterprising soccer players

The orange garlands may come out of the closet today: the Netherlands kick off against Senegal at five o'clock at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. These (former) soccer players chose entrepreneurship in addition to a career on the turf. Hup (enterprising) Holland hup!

Demy de Zeeuw 

From 2001 to 2015, De Zeeuw played for Ajax, AZ the Russian Spartak Moscow and the Dutch national team, among others, for which he played a total of 27 international matches. In 2016, De Zeeuw bid a final farewell to professional soccer. Quitting soccer opened new doors to entrepreneurship. Currently, the former soccer player has three successful companies under his belt: clothing brand BALR., digital media agency WANNAHAVES and the successful Instagram account 433. A household name in the soccer world with a whopping 52.9 million followers. 


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Dries Boussata 

Boussatta played in professional soccer from 1991 to 2004. He played for FC Utrecht and AZ, among others. In 1998, Boussatta played for the Dutch national team; he also played three more matches for Morocco. Nowadays the former soccer player is the owner of coffee bar Buengiornowhich is located in De Baarsjes and he owns Rein Cityspa.

Alexander Büttner

The names of soccer clubs behind Alexander Büttner's name is impressive enough, but the names of people who own his clothing brand are perhaps even more impressive. Currently, Büttner plays for De Graafschap, but in addition to his professional career, he owns the clothing brand AB Lifestyle.


Ryan Babel 

In 2005 the player debuted in the Dutch national team, in total Ryan Babel played 69 times in the orange. Currently, the footballer is busy investing in real estate. For example, he owns several properties in Amsterdam, which he transforms into apartments.


Fabian Sporkslede 

Sporkslede made his Ajax 1 debut in September 2012 in a cup match against FC Utrecht. Later, he also played for Willem II, Chievo Verona, Lupa Roma and NAC Breda. Together with Marc Klok, he started Amplify Sports Equipment in 2015. The company wants to help professional soccer players where needed and know how best to do so, through their own experiences. Amplify SE says its products help an athlete reach their full potential.



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