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Will is 32 years old and was born and bred in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He founded Total Dutch Football in 2013 and is not only our editor and a writer, but he is the graphic designer and webmaster for the site. Will has been watching Dutch football for the last nine years and has been recently contributed to Newcastle’s ‘Chronicle’, the Birmingham Mail, the Brighton Argus and the Southampton’s ‘Southern Daily Post’, due to English clubs purchasing Eredivisie players. Will is the Dutch football tipster at GetBetSmart.com which he also founded, and also formerly ran the successful WorldFootballWeekly.com which used to produced the first ever free weekly online football magazine in PDF format.
He is a rabid Newcastle United and Club Deportivo Tenerife supporter and due to his sister and her family living in Eindhoven, he has a soft spot for PSV.
Will has also worked in a consultant capacity for a English League Two club with their recruitment of Dutch or Dutch-based players.
Alex is an American student currently studying Comparative Culture and Politics and Western European studies at Michigan State University. Alex has Dutch roots. His love for Dutch football comes from his grandfather, who played for FC Wageningen (FC Wageningen was a club playing in the top 2 tiers of Dutch football before going under financially in the early 1990’s.) before immigrating to the US. Alex grew up hearing his grandfather’s stories about players such as Abe Lenstra and Rinus Michels. His first real exposure to Dutch football came during the 2006 World Cup. After that, he was hooked.
He soon became a fan of Ajax Amsterdam, it all started because of the flag his grandparents had first brought him back when he was a young boy. After the 2006 World Cup, he developed a love and an appreciation for the play of Wesley Sneijder, who played for Ajax at the time, and decision was final. He was able to see his first Ajax home match last August, on the opening night of the 2013-2014 Eredivisie season.
Alex has spent a good deal of time in Europe due to his area of study, and has since developed a love for groundhopping. He has been to matches in 4 different countires, and has visited 6 of the 18 Eredivisie grounds. His goal is to one day see all 18. Other than the ArenA, his favorite place to watch a match in the Netherlands is at Sparta’s Het Kasteel.
Alex has a profound interest in supporter culture, something he believes is an essential part of the game. Some of the things he enjoys most about groundhopping are experiencing the varied forms and styles of support and conversing with local supporters. He is largely biased though, because he knows the best support can be found at the Amsterdam ArenA.
You can follow Alex on Twitter at @alexpieter.
Rogier was born in Hengelo in the Netherlands but identifies with the Achterhoek region. He moved to Australia when he was 6 and currently lives in Brisbane. Despite living Down Under, Rogier identifies strongly with his Dutch roots and is an avid supporter of PSV, whom he chose to support as his Father was a Feyenoord supporter and his Mother an Ajax one so he chose PSV to be different!
Rogier works as a Facilities Manager but football is his main passion and also avidly supports Brisbane Roar in the A-League as well as Arsenal. Rogier loves to write about Dutch and Australian football and keeps a keen interest in Dutchmen playing in Australia and Australians playing in the Netherlands! He was genuinely torn when Australia and the Netherlands played each other in the most recent World Cup! Rogier is also involved in coaching at grassroots level and is passionate about getting kids to love and appreciate the beautiful game.
You can follow Rogier on twitter at @dodgy_rogy
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