Danny van Bakel kicked off his career in 2002 with the Dutch first division club Helmond Sport, for which he played three years in the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2010 he played for several other clubs in the Dutch and Belgium professional soccer league. In 2011, Danny signed a one and a half year contract with Vietnamese club Bình Dương. He played two seasons for the club making 28 appearances before joining Dong Nai in 2013. The following year he was recruited by Thanh Ho. Here he has become a fan favourite and is known as ‘the Dutch David Beckham’.
A perfect match: raising the benchmark
Danny van Bakel is known to be the best defender in the V-League and the fact that other players, journalists and football analysts lobby for him to be selected for the national team after having obtained his Vietnamese passport proves that he is also highly respected as football professional. “The fact that Danny is a professional player who continuously aims to improve his skills and also the quality of Vietnamese football in general, makes him the perfect partner of GreenFields”, says James Bach, Business Development Manager SE-Asia of GreenFields.
Future of synthetic turf in Vietnam
The V-League is a very intensive league and as a result most of the clubs have implemented extremely intensive training programmes. Training sessions will take a few hours and they typically take place on the main field. Since a natural football turf field cannot be sustained as a high quality football surface for more than 300 hours of play per year, these fields are subjected to overuse resulting in bald patches and an inconsistent surface. “I have played on several high quality synthetic turf fields in the Netherlands and looking back I now really appreciate the consistency and safety of these fields. Therefore I strongly believe that in the future a large number of clubs in Vietnam will follow the same trend as in the Netherlands and replace their natural turf fields with high-grade synthetic turf. In my opinion all professional football players in Vietnam should have a chance to play on a field of GreenFields in order for them to realize how a good quality field can contribute to the success of the game. It's not only important for stadiums, but also for training ground. The fields are perfect in all weather conditions allowing the fields to be used even more and the youth teams to improve faste
r”, says Danny van Bakel.