Sian Meyvis - Beerschot VA

Name: Sian Meyvis
Current club: K. Beerschot VA
Previous Club: RSC Anderlecht
Birthday:  10/05/2005

How did you decide to play soccer, especially as a goalkeeper?

Sian Meyvis went to work very early on so he was already from his 4 years on the soccer fields in the local club Grimbergen. With the smallest of them it was limited to just training for a while, but with the U8 Sian was finally allowed to go into the goal and that is still with full dedication with the U15 to this day.

What goalkeepers do you admire?

Hendrik Van Crombrugge because he’s someone who has developed tremendously at Eupen and continues at Anderlecht. Van Crombrugge is a complete goalkeeper who is both good with the ball at the foot, but also has good reflexes or in 1-on-1 situations.  According to Sian Meyvis he will have a great career abroad and we can only assist him in that. Of course the question is whether that chance will ever come for this very good goalkeeper.

How would you define yourself as a goalkeeper?

Being calm on the ball is an incredibly good trait that a goalkeeper has to learn to deal with. Stress is one of these aspects and will not be the same every game, but by working hard every day you can work enormously on your self-confidence, which will ensure that you as a goalkeeper will kick off your game with less stress or fear of failure.

What do you think is the most important quality a goalkeeper should have?

Playing soccer. When you go to watch provincial football or youth teams in the regional divisions, you often see that the goalkeeper just tries to kick the ball blindly forwards. In this day and age, this is extremely important because it has to be more and more and is also better than kicking the ball away. If, as a goalkeeper, you want to grow in your footballing potential, you must also dare to play football and gain your trainer’s confidence in it Of course, this will not always end well, but just like at school, you have to dare to make mistakes in order to learn from them. When you still feel like a goalkeeper, you still have the confidence of your trainer, your self-confidence will only increase, so things will get better and better.

Did you expect your career as a goalkeeper to turn out the way she does now?

When Sian Meyvis made the transition from Grimbergen to Anderlecht, he knew of course that there was also talent involved that made it possible to make the transition to elite team.  Meanwhile, Sian has been active as an Elite goalkeeper for 10 years, which we can admire a lot, because at the Elite level whether you’re 10 or 15 it’s already going damn hard and you have to prove yourself again and again. There isn’t a moment of weakness possible, but as a goalkeeper you’ll become mentally stronger as well when you learn to deal with it.

How do you prepare yourself and your gloves for a competition?

On the way in the car it’s a fixed pattern to take a look at the BBF app and find out what our opponent has already done and what their goal difference is. In this way you can often see whether it will be a defensive or an offensive team that we have to compete against.

Sian Meyvis’ goalkeeper gloves go with the warm-up. The warm-up is therefore used to experience the feel and grip of the gloves. When they feel good, unlike many goalkeepers, they don’t get wet. It’s not conducive to the wear and tear of the gloves, but this way every goalkeeper has his preferences and we use our goalkeeper gloves with which we personally feel best. Only in this way can you, as a goalkeeper, radiate confidence.

And how many gloves do you usually wear each year?

Usually Sian Meyvis wears about 6 pairs of gloves per soccer season. 3 pairs of gloves before winter break and 3 after. A separate pair of goalkeeper gloves is always used for the matches than for the games. When he feels he is starting to lose his grip, he chooses a new pair for the matches and the other pair is used for training.

Which brands did you play with before you discovered Prostar?

Before Prostar Real was always the brand of goalkeeper gloves that Sian liked.  Until his colleague at Beerschot VA Emile Demerabaix started talking about Prostar. Then he started thinking about it and finally switched to Prostar. The lifespan of the gloves I have now is a huge difference compared to Real gloves, without having to sacrifice grip.

Why did you start playing with ProStar or are you still playing with ProStar and didn’t go back to a well-known brand?

Sian Meyvis was one of the lucky ones in our past giveaways.  When he started playing with the gloves he had won, he was immediately lost for the quality the gloves have to offer. When you compare Prostar to famous brands like Adidas, Real you quickly realise that the price of these gloves is very competitive and that with the other brands you pay way too much compared to what you get.

What’s the hardest thing for a goalkeeper?

The hardest thing for a goalkeeper is in the mental. When you go wrong as a goalkeeper, this is barely accepted. Every mistake you make as a goalkeeper is examined with the magnifying glass and yet goalkeepers make fewer mistakes than the players on the pitch. As a goalkeeper, you simply have to learn to deal with it and dare to get up again when things go wrong in order to come out stronger

Finally, what advice would you give a young goalie?

I’m young myself too, but for the younger goalkeepers than myself, I’d really let you focus on output balls. Nowadays, everyone likes to watch the football that their idols are trying to put on the mat and they also try to imitate it in their own game. So kicking from far to goal doesn’t happen that often anymore. You see more and more that they prefer to look for the soccer solution up to the goal. But the most important advice I can give them is enjoy it and try to work every day for what you want to achieve.

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