Current club: RFC Seraing
Previous Club: Standard de Liège
At what age did you decide to become a goalkeeper and why?
In one of our previous articles, we already talked about at what age one should choose to become a regular goalkeeper. Damien Herman decided to make this choice at the age of 7. An age that many of you indicated as the ideal age. A feeling of being the boss and leading your team to victory. An unforgettable feeling even at his young age. And he still experiences this feeling every match.
Which current goalkeeper do you prefer or who is your big example?
Marc Andre Ter Stegen is certainly the big rival of his compatriot Manuel Neuer and perhaps more mentioned than his countryman, who is nevertheless the best goalkeeper in the world in just about all rankings. Yet we see the same type in both goalkeepers. Both goalkeepers are good with their feet and play with confidence and guts. In one-on-one situations, they both win the game more often than the strikers and when it comes to reflexes, they are lightning.
How would you describe yourself as a goalkeeper?
As a goalkeeper you have to be confident without being arrogant. Also show that you are proud to be a goalkeeper, walk with your shoulders raised instead of slumped in one. It will help you to make your teammates feel more confident. They will know that you, as the final piece, are the person they can always count on.
How do you prepare for a match?
Many people laugh when they see on TV the players getting off the bus with their headphones or earpods in, but it is one of the easiest ways to isolate yourself from all the noises that can take your focus away. By listening to your favourite music, you no longer hear what others are saying or doing and can concentrate on the match.
What are the most important features you look for in a goalkeeper’s glove?
For Damien Herman, when looking for the ideal goalkeeper’s glove, he looks at the palm. This should be thick enough so that the gloves don’t wear out too quickly, and of course it should have a perfect grip at the level they play. He quickly found this combination in Prostar’s goalkeeper gloves.
You have already had the chance to train with the greats, what are your expectations?
Everyone who ever starts playing football dreams of one day being able to play in these big, packed stadiums. The adrenaline that flows through your veins when you enter the field and your supporters sing the song of your club. When you reach this level at this age, you naturally hope that this dream of becoming a professional footballer will come true.
What is your big dream (this can also be separate from football)?
Playing football is something that, if you take good care of your body and don’t get injured, you can do until you are 40 as a goalkeeper at best. To continue working professionally in football after that is only given to the very best, so it is important to find happiness off the field with your wife and children. They will always be there to support you and as a husband or dad you have even more adrenaline knowing they are supporting you.
What advice would you give to young goalkeepers who are trying to break through?
As a goalkeeper you have to learn to deal with a lot of criticism. Some trainers will like your style, others will not. No, you are who you are and as a goalkeeper you develop your own playing techniques. Don’t give up just like that and keep working hard to be who you want to be as a goalkeeper.
Damien Herman does not hesitate and chooses the best affordable quality available on the market. No compromise on quality or price. Among other things, he chose the following models. Do you also want to work with these professional goalkeeper gloves?