The former World Cup star Demy de Zeeuw, hit the sport’s headlines this week after The Netherlands and Ajax player became so stuck for work, he advertised himself on LinkedIn.
Luckily former Portuguese legend Luís Figo was able to go one better, offering the star a privileged membership at Network90, the social media app specifically designed to connect football professionals and help them find new contacts and job roles.
After making contact with the stricken de Zeeuw, who has been struggling to find a new club since being released by Anderlecht in the Summer, Figo has swooped in to save the day.
Launched only a year ago, Network90 has rapidly become a big name within professional football industry across the globe. A private members’ networking site founded by the international legend Luís Figo, the online platform has been likened to the LinkedIn for the industry professionals both past and present.
Network90’s burgeoning membership now includes current and former players, agents, teams and sports business professionals representing thousands of clubs – from top international sides to the lower leagues. The site has proved its worth as a social media platform, with many taking advantage of its unique features to reconnect with colleagues and maintain the many relationships built up during the course of a career in football.
However Network90 is much more than a social network for the industry. Besides offering its members the perfect open forum platform to grow, strengthen and leverage the power of their professional network globally, it is also a unique trading tool with its Live Player Transfer List. Network90 has truly become the ‘Who’s Who’ guide to global football.
One of the key challenges faced by professionals, particularly retired footballers, is the natural brevity of their careers. With its social networking and bespoke professional tools, the ethos behind Network90 is to offer its members maximum exposure in order to explore further professional and other business opportunities, and enable users to carve out exciting new career prospects.
Figo says, “I’m delighted to be able to offer membership to Demy de Zeeuw. His LinkedIn advertisement mentioned that he was looking for a position anywhere in the world. Network90 is the only social media site which can make that happen, given our global reach and extensive take up in the industry.”
Football hero, Luís Figo, who himself retired from the game in 2009, is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation. The former captain for the national Portuguese side has twice been named World Player of the Year.
He shot to infamy in 2000, moving from Barcelona to its super rival Real Madrid – attracting a cool €62m fee, a global record at the time. Having started playing for Portugal in 1991 aged just 18, he became the team’s most capped international player. Since retirement, he continues to work in the sport in an ambassadorial role, most notably with UEFA, and has set up footballing academies across China.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and our aim is simple: to bring together the whole pro football community”.