Belgian Club : RSC Anderlecht – 2013/14 – 26 matches – 3 goals
Previous Clubs : Go Ahead Eagles (NED), AZ (NED), Ajax (NED), Spartak Moscow (RUS)
Later Clubs : NAC Breda (NED)
International : 27 A-caps The Netherlands – 0 goals
There were a lot of doubts about de Zeeuw when Anderlecht approached him for a loan. After all, he had never been able to keep up at Spartak and there was a suspicion that the injury he suffered during the 2012 World Cup, a jaw injury / concussion after an involuntary kick in the face, had left its mark, both physically and mentally. It was therefore not surprising that de Zeeuw arrived in Brussels with a considerable training backlog.
Former Anderlecht trainer John van den Brom however insisted on his arrival and after a reasonable half season Anderlecht decided to loan him another season to compensate for the loss of Lucas Biglia. The next season was not a success and after poor performances and a clash with van den Brom the criticism increased. Manager Herman Van Holsbeeck even called the transfer “the biggest disappointment of the season”. When van den Brom is fired and de Zeeuw suffers another concussion, his second loan spell is over.
With Anderlecht deciding to not sign the Dutchman and de Zeeuw’s contract with Spartak expiring, the ex-international suddenly found himself without a club. Six months later he gets a contract on an amateur basis with NAC Breda and despite an impressive debut with two goals against ADO Den Haag, de Zeeuw can’t save NAC from relegation.
Meanwhile de Zeeuw had also been busy with the BALR. clothing line he had set up with, among others, Eljero Elia and Gregory Vanderwiel and made the decision to not try and secure a contract in the US but focus all his attention on his business and retire from football.