During a wonderful, carefree childhood, Tamaris Egurola played football with his cousins in the squares in Groningen when he came to visit family from Spain on summer vacation. ‘In small fields, near their house. In the summer I was always here for at least three weeks, then at Christmas and all.
Damaris Berta Egurrola Wienke is his full name, the perfect combination of Spanish and Dutch names, although his mother’s name Wienke originally came from Germany. He looks forward to his debut against Cyprus on Friday for his favorite team, the Netherlands, in next year’s World Cup qualifiers in Australia and New Zealand in Cronington.
Born in the United States and raised in Spain, he lives in France, with his heart in his native Netherlands. He has a defensive, an overview controlling the midfielder and good bass, with the great advantage of he being left-footed, a specialty missed from permanent staff like Sherida Spitze and Jackie Cronen. He believes in his introduction. ‘I have ordered a lot of tickets for family and friends. My parents, sister and brother are from Spain. Mom’s friends will be many. This is so wonderful. ‘
He started playing football in Spain, where his parents still live in Bilbao, and emigrated from the United States when he was 6 years old. The love affair with the game began in Croningen. Of course, this is not only a feeling for a country, it is also a probability calculation. Opportunity evokes affection. When Spain ignored her, Dutch national team coach Mark Parsons went to the United States to persuade her. And Olympic Lyon co-star Daniel van de Dong was ‘nagging’ in her head. “She never stopped. She’s happy for me now.
Van de Tong is now injured, so the guide is not in the selection. Although the qualifying round match against Belarus is officially planned, the team will also train against South Africa on Tuesday. The KNVB refuses to play against Putin’s Russia-friendly country and is in consultation with the UEFA on the possible consequences of that move. Egrola, on his first training days at Zeist: ‘It was like the first day at school you didn’t know anyone, but it was easy and sweet for me.’
During a press conference, the sports channel ESPN wants to know if he already speaks Dutch. Very small. She is learning the language. NOS asks if she wants to introduce herself to the camera. ⁇Hello, I am Tamaris Egrola. I play for Lyon and now for the Dutch team⁇ Telegraph Curious if she has heard of Stroopvafel. She smiles. Yes, she knows ‘croquet sandwich’. ‘I know many words and culture. I am now learning Dutch and French at the same time and that too is hard. In the future he will speak Dutch. She understands everything, especially the rules of football.
Spanish youth teams
She feels more European than American. In Spain he already played for national youth teams and in friendly matches for the national team, but at one point he did not qualify for the selection and was able to make substitutes. He was in the Netherlands at the 2017 European Championships and participated in almost every tournament. ‘I was impressed. The team played football very well and the atmosphere with the crowd was special. They won the match beautifully. ‘
He also witnessed the appearance of the Orange team during the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. ‘I remember being a supporter of the Netherlands. When Iniesta hit, I ran to my bedroom crying. My father’s family wanted Spain to win, but we had a party in the Netherlands. I was a fan of Dutch players at the time, and we were dressed in orange when we played Dutch football. And my nephews taught me how to play football better. ‘
Her father is also proud now, even though he was a Spaniard then. “He knew I needed matches with a national team to become a great player. He helped me with all the paperwork for FIFA. It’s important that a team really wants you. I have not had a chance in Spain for three years. Wanted to join.Now that introduction.
“Introvert. Communicator. Tv fanatic. Typical coffee advocate. Proud music maven. Infuriatingly humble student.”