Football experience, someone who can link people together with a good chat. Dimitri ticked all the boxes when he applied at Selectline, the specialist in line marking. "But we were not consciously looking for an ex-professional footballer," says Jeroen Vrieselaar, commercial manager at Selectline. "But someone who breathes football. Dimitri has that. We had a click with him very quickly. He has a nice and accessible appearance."
With his new job, Dimitri is taking his first steps into the business world. It is a world that the 31-year-old Belgian is eager to discover after ending his professional football career.
"After my first meeting with Selectline, I called my wife and said: 'This could be it'. It felt right from the start. A few weeks on, it feels like I've landed in a warm bath. I get a lot of confidence and room to develop myself. Selectline knows what it is doing. They are incredibly professional.
Dimitri is more than happy to be able to combine his great love with his new life as an account manager. "I have been in this world for more than 25 years and have a large network in it. I have also noticed this in recent weeks. I have already had the opportunity to give some nice demonstrations with our line paint to people I used to work with."
"What I also like about this job is that I can not only help clubs with their line marking, but also get in touch with many people. And I can build up a relationship with them. My background as a football player helps in this respect. Because I used to be a captain of my team on a regular basis, I know how to deal with different personalities."
The ambitions for the producer of line marking paint in Belgium are great. With the addition of Dimitri to the team, Selectline wants to expand its share of the Belgian market. Jeroen Vrieselaar: "A logical step, given that we are a Dutch-French company and Belgium lies exactly in between. We want to build up a sustainable partner network in Belgium too. We are going to work on that together with Dimitri as an account manager and ambassador."
Most beautiful match ever played:
As an 18-year-old I played in the cup match with Racing Genk in 2008. We won 2-0 against Mechelen.
Racing Genk, because I played there. But also of Antwerp. The will to win is so great with the supporters. The atmosphere in the stadium is unique. You can feel the passion.
Most beautiful sports moment ever:
The semi-final of the World Cup in 1986. Belgium played against Argentina with Diego Maradona (who later became world champions). Belgium was not a contender for the finals beforehand, but managed to reach them with a team without world stars. Fantastic.
Which sports items do you always carry with you?
My padel racket and golf bag are always in my car. And a football, to kick a ball around with my son.