Former Dutch international Clarence Seidorf has complained about the lack of job opportunities in European football due to his skin color. Although he can look back on a long sports career in Italy and is working as a coach at AC Milan, he waited in vain for new offers from the country, the 44-year-old said in Italian sports newspaper “Gazzetta dello Sport “.
“No call” also came from the Netherlands. “There are no equal opportunities for coaches: if we look at the numbers, there is no darkness at the most powerful positions in football,” he said.
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Peers such as Frenchman Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry have moved to New York or Canada. However, this debate worried the whole society, adding Sedorf.
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“Everyone, especially the things that can change, must feel a responsibility to create a performance-oriented world and keep all doors open when striving for excellence. Because the best results can come from diversity,” said the former footballer Explained.
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Seidorf was born in Suriname, South America and played a total of 87 international matches for the Netherlands. As a professional he played for Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan. After leaving Milan, he worked as a coach for a few months in China, in Spain, and with the Cameroon national team.
In Germany, Daniel Thiune from HSV is an exception as a black football coach in the professional field. Here too, there is an urgent need to catch up.