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Feyenoord have announced the capture of Belgian international Bart Goor from Bundesliga’s Hertha BSC. Goor put his signature to a two-year deal, which also includes an option for a third season. The deal will be rubberstamped pending the results of the medical that the player underwent in Rotterdam Friday afternoon. Technical Director Mark Wotte was delighted to snag the 31-year-old. ‘Bart is an experienced left-footed midfielder who we can really use in Ruud Gullit’s system. We see him as one of the future foundations of the team.’
Goor himself hopes to hook up with the Feyenoord squad for Monday training. ‘I’m really looking forward to it. I’m 31 years old, but my ambition is still great. I’ve always felt at home in Berlin, but the disappointing results last season meant that some of the pleasure started to go out of my game. I now hope to get that back in Rotterdam.’
Although Goor’s Belgian team-mate has been settled in Rotterdam for years, the player didn’t feel the need to ‘phone a friend’ for advice. ‘No, I didn’t consult Thomas when I was making my decision. I didn’t need to, because Thomas and I have such a good relationship that I knew what would be waiting for me in Rotterdam. I am looking forward to playing together with him though. I hope he’ll be able to give me some hints in my first few days, because I want to get to know the club as fast as possible.’
Bart Goor, a happily married father of three, started his career in his homeland at Verbroedering Geel. A stint at Racing Genk ended in a move to Anderlecht in 1997. Goor plied his trade in Brussels for three years, before switching to the German capital and Hertha BSC.
Goor’s mantelpiece holds two Belgian championship medals, a Belgian Super Cup medal and two German Cup medals. He is also the captain of the Belgium national team, for which he has netted 13 goals in 56 appearances. Interestingly, his debut international goal came at De Kuip, when Belgium and the Netherlands played out a breathtaking 5-5 draw back in September 1999.