Delhi Dynamos names Belgian Harm van Veldhoven as manager
New Delhi: Delhi Dynamos FC, the national capital's football team for the Hero Indian Super League, announced Harm van Veldhoven as their manager today. Harm started his career as a striker on the football field and his tryst with coaching started in 1999 with FC Lommel, a renowned second division club in Belgium.
He took over as manager in 2000, achieving promotion in 2002 by winning the Belgium Second Division Championship. During his tenure, Harm also managed to guide the club to the finals of the Belgian Cup. In 2003, Harm joined FC Brussels, another promising Belgian club, and won promotion for the club as Champion of the Belgian Second Division in his very first year as the manager.
In 2004, Harm caught the eye of Belgian Pro League club Cercle Brugge, and served as manager till 2007. He then moved to Germinal Beerschotand and had another successful couple of seasons in the Pro League. In 2008, Harm made the jump to the Dutch Eredivisie (top division), becoming manager of Roda JC. After helping his club avoid relegation in the 2008-09 season, he led Roda to a series of impressive league finishes, including a high of 6th place in 2010-11.
After completing his contract term in 2012, Harm joined the Belgian Pro League Club, KV Mechelen as manager, concluding that engagement in 2013. "I am thrilled and humbled at the same time with this immense responsibility to give India's capital a formidable football team! Coaching Delhi Dynamos FC is a great opportunity, as I get to work with skilled Indian and international players. I look forward to building an amazing team for Delhi," said Harm.
Harm's coaching style fits Delhi Dynamos' philosophy of "Thok Denge". He prefers the 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations, enabling his team to produce an exciting brand of fluid, attacking football.