2014 has been a remarkable year for Kenneth Vemeer.  A few months before the year began he lost his place in goal to Jasper Cillessen after a string of fatal errors.  He tried his best to regain that place but with Cillessen in excellent form over the course of the season that was never going to happen.

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vermeer dfertdnddnA couple of months of anonimity followed for Vermeer, with a couple of games for Jong Ajax in the second tier of Dutch football and the Dutch Cup.  With Vermeer in goal Ajax reached the Cup  Final. That final was going to end in tears of sadness for Vermeer and co. as a rampant PEC Zwolle overcame Ricardo van Rhijn’s early opener and provided one of the biggest shocks in Dutch Cup history.  Not for the first time Ajax suffered a heavy defeat with Vermeer in goal.

What followed from that remarkable day in May would be best described as nothing short of miracle. On deadline day of the summer transfer window Kenneth Vermeer sealed a move to Ajax’ arch rivals Feyenoord.
The move obviously caused major controversy from both camps and after a somewhat shaky start – defeat to recently promoted Willem II and a trashing at Sevilla – Vermeer’s Feyenoord career did not get off to a great start.

But Vermeer would not crack under pressure this time around and grow from strength to strength and with him, so did Feyenoord. Ajax’ lose is definitely Feyenoord’s gain so far and some even whisper Vermeer is deserving of another chance between the Oranje sticks.

Those sticks are currently guarded by – there he is again… – Jasper Cillessen so we may see a familiar battle between the sticks soon.

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