Regillio Simons (1973)

Regillio Simons (June 28, 1973). The flaccid striker of, among others, Telstar, Fortuna Sittard, NAC Breda, ADO Den Haag, Willem II Tilburg and Top Oss made it to youth coach at AFC Ajax.

Simons experienced great football times, especially at Fortuna Sittard. He was a crowd favorite in Sittard and had a big share in the club's glory year (1999). He also played at a nice list of clubs before he quit his professional football career: Telstar, NAC, Willem II, Kyoto Purple Sanga, FC The Hague, TOP Oss and Türkiyemspor.

This striker with earring and ring beard started playing football at SV Amstelland United. Back then as a junior and with less earring and beard but certainly with talent. At the club from Amsterdam that would later merge into Football Club Amsterdam, Regillio was so noticed that he was picked up by Ajax. In the eighties, Regillio Simons played two seasons in the youth of 'the God Sons', together with Jordi Cruijff and Michael Reiziger, among others.

Ajax is one of the seven Amsterdam clubs that Simons played for in the youth. Amstelland, VVA, Zeeburgia, DWS Amsterdam, FC De Sloterplas and De Zwarte Schapen also had Simons on the list of members. In the end, the striker was picked up by Telstar and thus became one of 'De Witte Leeuwen'. We are now talking about the year 1993. Simons did not bulk up with the talent and was certainly not a goal machine, but the striker still regularly scored a goal and was therefore of value.

Simons would spend two seasons in the Eerste Divisie with the club from Velsen-Zuid. In 1995, a national newspaper reported in a small section that Simon had become "an asset" to Premier Divisionist Fortuna Sittard. This together with Robert Roest, Ruud Kool and Jurgen Dirkx. It turned out to be the prelude to a good time for the man with the nickname 'Tiger', Regilio Simons.

By far his best period was the Amsterdam striker at the club from Sittard, and especially the season '98 -'99. With coach Bert van Marwijk at the helm, he played with boys such as Wilfred Bouma, Kevin Hofland and Mark van Bommel. Simons scored twice in that season at Ajax (1-3) and four times in the 6-4 home game against PSV. Fortuna finished tenth in the Eredivisie and Simons scored a total of twelve goals.

In 1999 Regillio Simons came to NAC. After his time with Telstar and Fortuna Sittard, the striker made the move to the first division. He chose the club from Breda. This was a disappointment from both sides. The first season he scored nine goals in 21 games, but he only scored three times on the season. In the 2000/2001 season, the Amsterdam native was only eight times off the bench (0 goals). He got sidetracked at his old club Fortuna Sittard, was hired out to Wille II but it also seemed to be the end of the football story for Regilio there.

The attacker was looking for a new club and finally found a new employer. It was not close to home. The 30-year-old striker went all the way to the Japanese J-League. There he went on to play for Kyoto Purple Sanga. Pim Verbeek had been appointed coach just before and decided to bring his former player to Japan.

In that summer of 2003 Simons was still without a club. His contract with NAC expired and Willem II (the club for which he rented out base) did not want to take him over. A training internship in preparation at FC Volendam also came to nothing and Simons was in danger of falling out. So at the last moment he still found a club. Seven games (two goals) later, however, Simons was already back in the plane with a single bag in the direction of The Hague.

At FC The Hague he played fifteen games in which three times could be cheered because Simons had scored a goal. Top Oss was the club, in the first division, where the football book closed. After twelve games in which he was unable to score, Regilio Simons decided to stop playing at a professional level.

After football, Regillio Simons has focused on a career as a trainer. For example, he obtained his UEFA Pro license in 2010. Regillio Simons is of Surinamese descent. They have two sons with his wife. Son Xavi Simons is a great talent and plays football in the youth academy of FC Barcelona. He also has his own website: http://regilliosimons.com/.

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