Vivianne Miedema held a football clinic at her former club, VV De Weide, in Hoogeveen this weekend.
225 footballers from all over the country turned up to meet Miedema with the organiser, Eefje Janus, saying, “A lot of football is played here, signatures are scored and selfies made with Vivianne.”
Miedema added, “I think that being there is a plus for the children.”
“I am quite a child’s friend and sometimes I get news that someone is very sad because the person has never seen me, and then they get the chance, I think that is very special.”
Miedema also spoke about returning to action for Arsenal.
“In principle, the preparations will start next week again, so I will also go back to London, but in the end, I have to be fit again after the preparations.
“I have had a long season, at some point, it comes out a bit [in injury], but I have now had a holiday and I’m looking forward to the new season, so that’s probably going well.”
Miedema picked up a tibia problem in the second half of last season.
Just 21, Vivianne Miedema has scored 117 goals in 137 games.
Miedema moved to north London from Bayern Munich in May 2017.
Full name Anna Margaretha Marina Astrid “Vivianne” Miedema, she is already on the verge of becoming the Netherlands’ national team’s highest goalscorer. Despite only being 21, she has already found the back of the net 50 times in just 63 appearances, including four in six during last summer’s Euros.
Miedema was born in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, in 1996 and signed for SC Heerenveen at 14. She made her debut at 15 and won top goalscorer in BeNe League for 2013/14 with 41 goals in 26 games.
In September 2013, the then-teenager made her senior debut for the Netherlands against Albania.
She went on to become top scorer at the 2014 UEFA u19 Championship and also collected the Golden Player award.
She’s now become one of his country’s integral players despite being just 21.
The forward spent three years at SC Heerenveen, scoring a whopping 78 goals in 69 appearances before moving on to Bayern Munich in June 2014. In 2014/15, Miedema’s Bayern side went unbeaten in the Bundesliga and won their first title since 1976.
As you can probably tell, Miedema is a clinical goalscorer. She thrives with attacking football, which is why she came to Arsenal.
“I had some really good years a Bayern and I really enjoyed it, but I needed a new challenge and to be honest, I didn’t really want to stay in Germany,” she said.
“The way of playing wasn’t my style of play, so I wanted to try something new.
“If you saw Bayern we would often play with five at the back and defensive midfielders in front, which meant a lot of long balls forward and me trying to run in behind the opposition – I just wanted something different.”
At five-foot-nine, she’s pretty tall and quite strong, so is brilliant in the air as well as with the ball on the ground.
Her movement is fantastic and as long as she’s getting service, she’ll score. It’s like a sixth sense to her.