Max Raeven is the new manager of the manager of the Netherlands Football 7-a-side team. He succeeds Marcel Geestman, who steered the national squad for eight years. Raeven (40) currently teaches at the KNVB Academy.
"It is a great opportunity to work with the national Football 7-a-side team, I think there’s a lot of potential in the Netherlands squad", says Raeven. "My predecessor, Marcel Geestman, has done a great job, it’s my ambition to take that last step and link up with the world’s top teams. Of course, this won’t be easy, certainly given the fact that CP football has been removed from the Paralympic calendar. This has quite a few consequences for the opportunities we have as a team, also financially. But we must improve, that’s always our goal".
Raeven will work with a completely new coaching team. "We are going to try to get the most out of the squad, with all the resources we have at our disposal. I am very curious to see where the players stand at the moment and I’m very keen to get started.”
We are going to try to get the most out of the squad, with all the resources we have at our disposal.
The new season for the Netherlands Football 7-a-side team starts on Wednesday. The squad will get together at the KNVB Campus for a first introductory meeting with the new national manager and a training session. The team’s first focus will be on the World Cup in Argentina. Next year’s agenda features the European Championship finals.
Former national manager Marcel Geestman quit last year after the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Under his stewardship, the Dutch team finished fourth at the Paralympics. The Netherlands also ended fourth at the World Cup in the previous year. Geestman won’t be leaving the KNVB; he’ll continue as project manager for Special Needs Football.