Sneijder announces retirement and takes up director role at Utrecht
Football Dutchman played in Qatar last season
Now, the Dutchman will take up a role at Utrecht as a director.
The Eredivisie side published on Twitter that Sneijder would be joining the club in a non-playing capacity, signing a contract which will enable the former playmaker to help the club move forward on the pitch.
Sneijder himself revealed his delight at taking up the role with his hometown team, who he never played for during his career.
“My love for the city of Utrecht is tremendous and I have a very good relationship with [club owner] Frans van Seumeren,” Sneijder said.
“We’ve always talked about working together and now we’ve put those words into action.
“I’m expecting a great season at the Stadion Galgenwaard.”
The 35-year-old began his career in Amsterdam with Ajax, playing there for five seasons before making the jump to Real Madrid. He thrived in his debut campaign in the Spanish capital, but his second took a dip as injury problems affected his performances. Los Blancos decided to move on from Sneijder and it was at Inter where he proved his worth as a world-class footballer.
Jose Mourinho was his coach at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and in 2010, he won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, whilst also leading the Netherlands to the World Cup final, where they lost against Spain in extra-time.
Sneijder played for the Dutch national team on 134 occasions, which makes him their holder ahead of Edwin van der Sar by four games. During those matches, he scored 31 times – 10th all-time for the Oranje – and there is no denying that he is one of the Netherlands‘ greatest ever players.
After Inter, Sneijder continued to display his talent at Galatasaray as he stayed in Turkey from 2013 until 2017, but things did not go to plan for the Dutchman when he moved to Nice as he played just eight games for the Cote d’Azur outfit. From there, he played his final year and a half as a professional footballer in Qatar for Al-Gharafa.
Now Sneijder will take up a role away from the pitch as he looks to help Utrecht take the leap towards closing the gap between themselves and the likes of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.