Joey Van Den Berg: The Dutch Destroyer

Timeline
7:47 When he tested positive
11:23 Releasing stress for pro athletes
16:40 Advice to young players
23:37 Talking to young players about money
29:15 Playing for Jaap Stam
38:23 Getting dropped to the youth teams
44:22 If he could change football

Today we're joined by Reading midfielder Joey Van Den Berg. Joey is currently on loan at NEC Nimegen in the Dutch Second division and has quite the story to tell.

In his native Netherlands, he is akin to Sergio Ramos as he has the record for most red cards. He currently has 12 in his career including 2 this season.

When Joey was 22 he was released by Heerenveen due to issues with alcohol and drugs and was without a club. While he was out of a game he worked in a pizzeria, he washed cars and worked in construction among his many jobs.

Now, a little more than a decade later he's made more than 250 appearances and scored 25 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie and English Championship. So in this episode, we'll dive into his remarkable story and discuss how young players cope with stress, pressure and instincts to be a normal teenager.

And if you find youth development interesting, on Thursday, May 2nd the next episode of the Training Ground Guru podcast is coming out. In that episode, Simon Austin and I got an all-access pass to Burnley's academy. You won't want to miss that.

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