The other day I saw that this weekends's Heereveen match against Ajax was going to be on Watch ESPN. Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if Marco Pappa made his first appearance for the club, so I went the Heerenveen website to find a box score. As I sort of figured, Pappa was not available for selection against Ajax, but I did run across a few interesting things that I wanted to share.
Yes, that is Marcos Pappa being presented with a bike. I'll let the website explain via Google Translate:
Daddy is surprised by bike New North
Marco Pappa was not eligible to play for the game against Ajax, but he stood before the match already on the field. Supporters Association New North had namely a surprise for the new striker of SC Heerenveen. Since Marco Pappa had indicated in an interview like the Netherlands to go cycling, the player got a bike offered by New North. The bike was in blue and white colors painted and plastered with stickers New North, to the bicycle in a real New North atmosphere to get. Daddy was pleased with his gift, and will soon be first kilometers on bicycles.
That's a really nice gesture from the supporter's group at Heerenveen. I imagine that, as excited as Pappa must be to be playing in Europe, he's also probably going to have a difficult time transitioning personally. Europe is much farther away from Guatemala than Chicago, and he's the only player on Heerenveen whose first language is Spanish. Any sort of hospitality from the fans will help Pappa adjust.
Also, I love that Google does not recognize Pappa as a proper noun when it's on it's own and changes it to "daddy". It makes the Dutch sound like they're a country full of five year-olds.
And lastly, there is also a short video interview with Marco on the Heerenveen website that's worth watching. Heerenveen will be taking on ADO Den Haag on Saturday, September 15th. Watch ESPN does have an Eredivisie game scheduled on that date, but the teams have yet to be announced.