Felice Albers (22) was named the best hockey player in the world, a pride for Father Guido: ‘She’s an attraction’

Felice Albers with her father Guido: “I want to win in everything I do.”Jacob van Fleet statue

Infinite football cupping together. residence. In the garden. on holidays. That’s what it’s about in Vondelpark, when the photo is taken, when father and daughter meet. They try to explain where the sports-crazy family fanaticism comes from.

Heading the ball isn’t just fun for the Albers family. It’s a fine ritual. The game of life and death. When they start working for the photographer, the ball hovers over the hockey stick, each attempt at Vondelpark exceeds twenty times.

Olympic gold

“Fairy! Heading through your arms. Head through your arms,” Guido shouted, as the disciples in Phyllis’ eyes flickered in all directions, following the large ball with lightning speed. She is used to a small hockey ball. Following such a big ball is peanuts for her.

Guido Albers is a well-known agent in the football world, with Frank de Boer and Stephen Burgess among others as clients. Phyllis Albers is a talented hockey player, who is on his way to becoming more famous than her father. She became the world champion with Dutch women’s hockey this summer and won the Olympic gold in Tokyo last year.

lightning fast

Now she was named the world’s best player by the World Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday. Surprise for the striker who scored 3-1 against Argentina in the World Cup Final, a world-class goal after a typical long dash, from the fast winger.

The fairy, as Guido calls it, is always looking for adventure on the sidelines. She always turns, cuts, threatens and rushes from the right. Once you start running, there are a few players who can stop it.

Nice reward

The nomination for the best player in the world came unexpectedly for Albers at that time. She said about this earlier: “I made it to the top very quickly. I think it’s a great bonus for a good summer. When I heard it, I thought: I can do a lot better. I can get more strength and improve my actions. I’m only 22.”

Guido Albers: “It’s a huge appreciation for her investment in hockey. She does everything to get better every day. With hockey it’s hard to fill the stands. That’s why the creativity she brings into hockey is part of her success. It’s attractive. That creativity and speed. “This is a beautiful weapon. You should continue to use and develop that,” says Albers, who also takes care of top hockey players in his office.


“She brought something that other people find beautiful, that they want to look at. And then, she doesn’t have the best professional footballer’s sports environment at her disposal. She has to arrange a physiotherapist herself, and an outdoor gym where she can work. She also had a mental trainer. People believed I arranged it, but I deliver things like that.”

Phyllis: “This is a misunderstanding in the world of hockey: I got this far because of him, because he is in a top sport. I think this is a typical Dutch thing to judge the success of another. I have to want everything myself. My father is at the top of the sports world. He sees people come and go. He has always urged me to work hard and invest in myself.”

Wasn’t he still your coach?

Phyllis: “Yeah, at E2 girls in Uithoorn. Then I lay on the floor laughing. He didn’t even know how to hold the wand. People think: Who is this?”

Guido: “I wasn’t fit as a coach.”

Phyllis: “He shouted at a dad who was judging my match. Mom thought he was horrible.”

Guido: “That was at Pinocchie hockey club. Phyllis passed someone on the sidelines. The referee whistled because the ball was supposed to be out of bounds. Then I shouted something like, ‘Blind man, shouldn’t you go to the eye doctor?’ A bit like Being in football. The next day, it was reported on Pinoké’s website that a parent from Amsterdam had misbehaved. Since then, I’ve filmed matches in youth, to keep things calm. In recent years, I’ve looked comfortable from the stands.”

But were there so many times that she helped her during her career?

Guido: “When things get really exciting, she has to get rid of her egg. Then I give my opinion too. But she has that huge drive herself. In the eighth set, I put all the boys in a circle by running. I didn’t have to do anything about it. When she was in Dutch youth team, she was not selected once. One might cry in the corner. The next day she was doing extra laps around the house and she went to the hockey field with a bag of balls.”

Phyllis: “I want to win in everything I do. I learned from my dad that you don’t know how things go before choosing. There are many factors that count when someone chooses you.”

Guido: “I’ve never wanted to hear that the coach picks sixteen players that can be relied upon. You can be someone who sometimes scores 10 and then 2. But coaches often pick the player who always scores at least 6.”

Phyllis, I grew up with a father from the football world. How did you like it?

“I think it’s a weird world sometimes. And then the deal was almost done and then never done, while my dad was already on site. These sums, what’s in them, it’s all more professional than it is in hockey. It’s enviable. Also, to be honest. We train as hard as hockey players. And then sometimes you hear stories about footballers who are cool and yet make a lot of money.”

Gedo, how do you see the world of hockey?

“I wish my daughter, who puts all the time and effort into it, gets a normal income for it. Now she has an income just to live on. Then another study next door. Then when you’re 30, there’s nothing else. No pension. That’s ugly. Very. If you play a great sport in the Netherlands, there is no safety net. I always tell my daughter: Save every euro you earn.”

This is the state of hockey. What do you think of the world itself?

“I love the nature of people. How they live. We had dinner recently with some of our teammates’ parents. That was really fun. It’s almost impossible in football at the highest levels. Because of interests it’s every man for himself. But otherwise, hockey follows the music.” Always. Player contracts as drafted by clubs are always outdated and still need to be changed.”

Can hockey be compared to amateur football?

“Yes, only with the second division. There is more money than hockey. But these football teams have a bus for away games. You go somewhere together as a team. In hockey, everyone drives themselves.”

Phyllis: “Sometimes we don’t have enough cars to go to the first leg.”

Guido: “I think this is very crazy. Same with clothes. Make sure everything is uniform in training and during matches. It should have the appearance of a top sport. Otherwise it will remain an amateur sport. But they find it difficult in hockey.”

What about the characters in hockey?

Guido: “You don’t have any hockey characters. Just act normal, you act crazy enough. Nobody wants to be a hockey outsider. I can enjoy Frédérique Matla (Felice’s roommate in tournaments). It’s amazing how you embody Same. Play No Limits. A bit of bullshit about everything. Love it. I run Kenneth Taylor’s business. He has that attitude too. He charts his own course. Always speed up and perform.”

Phyllis, don’t you think it’s disingenuous that top hockey players get paid much less than top hockey players?

“Believes. Also because Amsterdam sponsors often talk about equal recognition. We don’t see that in practice. We have mentioned it at the club in a conversation.”

Guido: “I’m willing to help, but not when the gap between men and women is too big.”

Phyllis: “As the best hockey players, we’re very social.”

Guido: “And if you earn more, the NOC*NSF contribution will expire again. It’s not true. KNVB has bought the rights to women’s image of their partners. These players get a flat fee per international. Something like that should also happen in hockey.” .

Albers was voted the best hockey player in the world

Felice Albers (22) was named the best hockey player in the world by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Albers, who plays for Amsterdam, is the youngest player of the year since 1999, when German Natasha Keeler was elected.

Albers became the world champion this year with the Dutch hockey players and last year she actually won the Olympic and European titles with Orange. It debuted in Summer 2019 in Orange. She has now played 32 caps and has been accurate 16 times.

“I am delighted to win this award. I would like to thank everyone who voted and supported me over the past year. As a young girl I dreamed of playing hockey for the Dutch national team. The fact that I have now been named the best player in the world makes me incredibly proud,” Albers wrote on Instagram. .

“This dream would never have come true without the help of my amazing colleagues, staff and of course the support of all of you. Thank you for everything and keep believing in your dreams no matter how small you are!”

Albers received 29.1 percent of the votes of experts, fans, media and teams. Thus, she outperformed Argentine Maria Jose Granato (26.9%). Argentine Agustina Gorzelani came third in the elections. Frederic Matla came fourth with 16 percent of the vote.

Among the men, the honorary title went to the Indian Harmanpreet Singh. He received 29.4 percent of the vote, slightly more than Thierry Brinkman (23.6 percent). On Thursday, Yannke Schopmann was already named Women’s Coach of the Year. She is responsible for the hockey players in India.