27th April, 2011
Rising football star Baerke van der Meij, aged one, is signed by club
Toddler Baerke van der Meij has been signed up to a Dutch football team after winning YouTube fame following a quick kickabout against his toybox.
The talented tot shot to fame after his father Jorg posted a clip on YouTube of him curling three balls into his toybox in quick succession.
It received more than 1million hits and an offer from Dutch team Venlose Voetbal Vereniging, who play in the premier Eredivisie league.
The 18-month old joined VVV’s star midfielder Ken Leemans for his first ‘trial’ session at the team’s De Koel stadium before he was offered the symbolic contract, which is normally valid for ten years, after just an hour.
Baerke’s grandfather once played professionally for the club and his family remain fans.
With a little help from his father, the diminutive forward put crayon to paper and sealed the deal.
He then posed for pictures standing on the desk wearing a miniature replica shirt. Online commentators have already compared him with national stars such as Denis Bergkamp and Arjen Robben.
The contract was celebrated at the stadium with a glass of orange juice, and the club said, while their potential future star’s vocabulary was still limited, one word was enough – ‘bal’.
‘The toddler’s favourite position has not yet been determined,’ the club said in a statement.
‘However, we can speak of a right-footed player with a very good kicking technique, perseverance and, importantly, football genes via his grandfather.
A Dutch football club has “signed up” a toddler who shot to fame when he was filmed shooting three balls into his toy box.
Video of Baerke van der Meij’s feat was posted by his father Jorg on YouTube.
VVV, his home club in Venlo, offered him a symbolic 10-year contract.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.
Baerke van der Meij
2 (B is the 2nd letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the first letter of the alphabet) + 5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) = 8
So from ages zero to twenty-seven he has the number 8 going on.
8 = Discipline. Grounded. Practical. Pragmatic. Strength. Power. Control. Business. Status. Recognition. Prestige. Prominence. Business sense. Foundation. Structure. Solid. Sturdy. Concrete. Tangible. Regimented.