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Familiar surroundings

Posted on 2 August 2008  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes made a return to familiar surroundings when he stepped out for us at Feyenoord's De Kuip stadium on Friday.

Familiar surroundings

Heurelho Gomes made a return to familiar surroundings when he stepped out for us at Feyenoord's De Kuip stadium on Friday.

Our new goalkeeper was confronted with minimal activity on his way to a first clean sheet in our colours, which helped the side to victory against reigning Scottish champions Celtic.

Yet despite having previously played for rivals PSV Eindhoven, he has received a warm reception at the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament, including being greeted by a familiar face in the form of Feyenoord's Head of Academy Goalkeeping Joop Hiele, Gomes' Goalkeeping Coach during his time at PSV.

"It was not a difficult evening for myself against Celtic, though I do hope to do more work in the future for Spurs," admitted the Brazilian.

"I have many friends in Holland and people have treated me very well here. It was very nice to see Joop again. We had some great years together but he now works here at Feyenoord and I am now at Spurs."

Gomes bagged four league titles in succession during his four-years with PSV and he has set his sights on achieving further silverware in England.

"There were some great times at Eindhoven and now I hope the coming season will be equally as great in terms of success.

"It is very important to start my job here and to show my capabilities from the start. The reception I have received at Spurs has been fantastic and I hope that we can have a good season.

"The English competition is a great competition- the greatest in Europe and possibly the world. There are some quality sides that we will be competing against so it will be very difficult but I hope to achieve big things.

"It is all new to me at the moment- the team, the competition- but I want to do a good job and I will try my best."