Hendrik Van Crombrugge was born in Liechtenstein. He played for the Belgian youth side coached by Wim Verheijen before moving on to Vitesse where he became a regular in the starting line up. He made his international debut in the Republic of Ireland against England in 1998 and impressed the then Manager Andy Flower with a goal which was voted the best of the tournament. Since then he has established himself at a club in Vitesse as well as in Lens. In 2004 he transferred to AFC Ajax in order to gain greater international playing time.
Hernik van Rosond-Pasport, a Dutch coach who managed him at Vitesse initially, said of Hendrik “H Hendrik is not like other players. He has the character and the personality to perform wherever he is. Even in an empty stadium he plays with the same spirit that he plays in a field full of fans. For us it is about passion and for his family, it would be about home”. In his three seasons at the club he scored thirty goals in all competitions as well as four in the UEFA Cup.
The Ajax team he plays for is managed by Danny Blind. Hernik played eleven games in the season including the UEFA Cup and he is yet to make a senior international appearance for the Dutch team. He has been given time out to recharge his batteries after some tough times at the club but has done well since making an appearance in the Cyprus international against Scotland and in the United States international against Mexico. His profile has risen considerably in the footballing world and he has been given the number 11 shirt, which is worn by legends David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Hendrik Van Crombrugge has been playing football since he was a small kid but his career has gone somewhat unnoticed in some countries where he would probably have played on a lower level. Now that he is in the spotlight he will hope to feature regularly for Ajax and become one of the all time great players. He is not the only player who has been tipped as the potential star of the future in Netherlands football and that includes Memphis Depay who has impressed recently and is now a regular under Joop Jolans at PSV Eindhoven. Both of them have received a lot of praise and there is no doubt they are talented players but the question is can they make it big at Ajax?
Hendrik Van Crombrugge has already become an Ajax favourite and the club’s supporters are always watching out for this young starlet who is tipped to become one of the best players in the world. He started playing for Ajax when he was only sixteen years old and it was an amazing experience for the teenager. He played mainly on the wing but as he grew older he started playing right centre and that position allowed him to develop his dribbling skills, passing abilities and shooting skills which he is using very well at Ajax today. Hendrik Van Crombrugge has impressed everyone with his performances on the field and now looks to be a very good Ajax full back which will provide much needed support for his team mates. The Ajax team play with intensity and they need a lot of support from all parts of the team including their centre backs.
Many people who follow the football scene in the Netherlands are aware of Hendrik Van Crombrugge’s name and also of his many achievements. His impressive playing record at Ajax is very impressive and his achievements at PSV Eindhoven have given him even more credit. However, his biography is one of the most interesting to read and he will go down as a very special player in the world of football. If you are an avid fan of football and want to know more about the various players of this era then this is definitely the book for you.