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Daley Blind

Daley Blind

Ajax footballer Daley Blind addressed the heart problems that changed his life at the end of August. “It is something that makes you look at things differently in life. Football is important, but not the most important, ”said the 30-year-old defender.

Joost and Liesje Knegt

Joost and Liesje Knegt

Parents of Sjinkie Knegt

Sjinkie Knegt suffered severe burns in a violent wood-burning accident. The parents of the short tracker, Liesje and Joost, talk about the impact the incident had on their son and themselves. “He lay there like a dead bird, that will eat you.”

Erwin Koeman enjoys the small things in life more than ever.

Erwin Koeman enjoys the small things in life more than ever. “Great happiness, wonderful.”

Erwin Koeman

Erwin Koeman underwent open-heart surgery this spring, but now feels completely back to normal. The former football player and European champion from 1988 is even ready for the next job as a trainer. “I am back”, he says after his intense period.

Daniel Ricciardo is a great music fan.

Daniel Ricciardo is a great music fan.

Daniel Ricciardo

“No more music or no more racing? Then I choose never to race again. ” Daniel Ricciardo’s love for music is unprecedented. This year he spoke to De Telegraaf about his favorite bands and the moment during a racing weekend. “On the grid, with my music.”

Melissa and Maja Suurbier commemorate their father and husband Wim.

Melissa and Maja Suurbier commemorate their father and husband Wim.

Wim Suurbier

Former Ajax and Orange defender Wim Suurbier died in 2020 at the age of 75 from the consequences of a brain haemorrhage. Daughter Melissa Suurbier and ex-wives Maja Verkaart still miss him every day. “The emptiness he leaves behind is enormous.”

“Of course we have thought about getting Suzanne from gymnastics,” say Marian and Wim Harmes.

Marian and Wim Hermes, parents of Suzanne Hermes

The parents of former top gymnast Suzanne Harmes argue that in response to all the abuses in the gymnastics world that came to the surface this year, tough action must be taken. “I believe that anyone who has engaged in such practices should get out,” said Mother Marian. “All rotten apples must go.”

Ivar tells his story about the love of his life that he brutally lost.

Ivar tells his story about the love of his life that he brutally lost. “Before” Laar. “

Ivar Fama, friend Lara van Ruijven

In a candid conversation, Ivar Fama, the friend of Lara van Ruijven, who passed away earlier this year, speaks nice words about the short track star. “She was not only world champion in the 500 meters, but also world champion stealing hearts.”

Jean Todt

FIA Chairman Jean Todt

Chairman Jean Todt (74) of the international motorsport federation FIA elaborates on various matters concerning Formula 1, Max Verstappen and the Schumacher family.

“It was a great time that I would do again in a minute,” says Peter Aerts about kickboxing.

Former kickboxer Peter Aerts

Three-time K-1 world champion Peter Aerts turned 50 this year. The Dutch Lumberjack proudly speaks about his twins Montana and Marciano (19), but also about the impact of kickboxing on his life, the recent death of his four-legged friend Pablo and the enduring appeal of the country where he is adored: Japan.

The 85-year-old Piet de Visser now makes scouting reports of old matches at home and compares them with his old findings.

The 85-year-old Piet de Visser now makes scouting reports of old matches at home and compares them with his old findings. “Then it turns out that I had often seen it right at the time.”

Super scout Piet de Visser

86-year-old super scout Piet de Visser is suddenly shackled to his home in 2020 by Covid-19. “I sit alone all day and sometimes have a difficult time. Then I get a tie with goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy or Ronaldo. I can really enjoy that and then I can get back to it. ”

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