Bicycling to Find a Job in Soccer...Really?
Federico Farcomeni | 12/14/13 | 3:43 PM EST 0 Comments
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This is not Darren O’Donnell, bicycling to all 30 MLB ballparks in 2011 for “fun”. Sion Kyle actually travelled across four countries in Europe to find an employment in soccer.



Sion Kyle is from Bangor, Wales. In the summer of 2012 he is 18 and decides that it’s time to move on in his life. He has saved some bucks after working in a pub. He doesn’t need anything but a rucksack, a tent, Google Maps, a camp stove and a bike. He rides 200 miles from his house to Kingston-upon-Hull where he boards the ferry to Rotterdam. Holland is house to Total Voetbal after all and Sion knows he can learn a few tricks there. What’s more, he is 5ft 6in. His body features and abilities seem to be more suitable to the Dutch passing soccer rather than the physical game of Britain.

After getting lost in Europe’s biggest harbor, Kyle goes on trial at Sparta Rotterdam but nobody notices him. So he heads 16 miles south, on the way to Dordrecht. The manager there is Marco Boogers who in 1995 played for West Ham in London but then suddenly disappeared in order to escape the stress of the big city life – people found him in a caravan in his native Holland. A like-minded soul.

Boogers decides to give Kyle a chance. The club finds the player a flat, finally sparing him the sacrifice of living in a tent. His physical conditions are far from acceptable though. In Wales, Kyle trained twice a week, while in Holland the second division standard requires a daily routine. When the Welshman finally reaches a good condition, he gets injured. He makes his debut as a right winger against Jong Zwolle on 9th April 2013 but at the end of the season the club does not extend his contract.

Kyle has no other option than going back on his bike and heading to Belgium. He seems to have found another club – Racing Mechelen, in the local third division. But the transfer was not confirmed and Sion hasn’t commented any other development on his Facebook page since. In any case, the feeling is that he hasn’t given up his ultimate dream. One day he reckons he might be playing at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. If not, at least he will have a story to tell to his mates when he’ll be back in Bangor.

In this Article: WALES | NETHERLANDS | HOLLAND | SOCCER

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