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Yves registers and archives.
With passion and an eye for details.
Behind a regular wall in the Zavelbaan (NAME OF THE STREET WHERE HE LIVES), not far away from the Pierre Cornelisstadium, you can find the large history of Eendracht Aalst. Pictures, shirts, newspapers and other memorable stuff are filling several rooms. You may think it's a chaotic place over there, but if you ask him something, he knows where it is and he can show you within 5 minutes. At every single item he got a story.
About his first match, Yves doesn't have to think about. He's 20 years old and loses his mother in february 1978, after his father already died at a young age. At christmas evening of that year he got an invation of a friend. It was a ticket for the Belgium cup for the game Eendracht Aalst VS FC Winterslag, which Aalst won by 4-2. If you ask him for his favourite player all time, without a doubt he'll answer 'Salvador Mammana Neto". The very first Brazilian footballplayer on a Belgian pitch. Not a dribble wonder, but gave him a ball in his feet and he strikes, GOAL! Salvador made the sad Christmas of the young Janssens a little bit better. A hobby became a passion, and passion became a lifework. The year 2019 must be THE year for Yves. The club exists 100 years and of course this needs an overview. And to be honest... who will be better than Yves Janssens to monitor the history of this beautifull team. In 2019 his collection will be set up in an expo which he will do without any help by himself.
The club itselfs hasn't the budget to hire employees to do this. But this doesn't matter for Janssens. Regular employees never can get the same feeling, the same passion than the real supporter.
When you ask Yves for his most important aspect about his feeling for football his answer is FRIENDSHIP. The unity in the name of the club (Eendracht (Aalst) means unity) describes this feeling. "I would do anything for my club, really everything". Without any interuption Yves is telling about the years of glory of the black and white's . In September 1995 he accompanies the team during their European adventure to Bulgaria. Levski Sofia, who won the league 3 times in a row, is the opponent. Eendracht Aalst wins the match with 1-2. Two weeks later Aalst can party again when Olivier Lamberg makes the 1-0 with his head. It was immediately the most memorable scene of his carreer. In the second round of the UEFA Cup (now the Europe league) Eendracht Aalst meets AS Roma and that's the end of the European dream of Eendracht Aalst. (4-0 & 1-1). This European adventure is followed by financial headaches, troubles in the management, positions switches which made Eendracht Aalst ends in the second amateur division today. All those matches are the beginning of an enormous load of friendships. On his research to collectors item on Forums and other social media, 15 years after the elimination in the UEFA Cup, Yves meet some Levski Sofia supporters online. The Bulgarians doesn't like to look back to the defeat in 1995, but step by step Yves get some trust by the Bulgarian supporters. Even more, in 2014, when Sofia celebrated their 100th aniversary and played their "Century Game" against Lazio Roma, Yves flew over to celebrate with them. Al thos virtual contacts got a real face now. Local newspaper picking up this story and before he already knows, all bulgarians embrace Janssens like one of their own. Yves follows the gala-match, with 36.000 fans, in sector B: the sector with the fiery supporters (Ultras) of Sofia. No one looks to the amount of pyrotechnics, everyone is glad and proud to pay for this and for the fine for the club caused by this. In sector B, Levski = Religion. Yves met the son of a Levski-Legend Giorgi Ivanov en gets on the picture with the club manager, Todor Batkov. His facebook profile gets overruled by friendship requests, all from Bulgaria. The man from Aalst, Belgium, became a very popular person. Lots of Bulgarian footballfans wants to go on the picture with him. Suddenly the collector becomes a collectors item. After the 100-years-celebrations period, Yves will return two times more to Sofia. Still this is not the end, Janssens is already thinking about a new flight to Bulgaria. On the question what will happen with all his collections of Eendracht Aalst after he dies, he answers: "This may never dissapear, never get lost..." He will donate verything to the city archive museum of Aalst.In one of those boxes, between all newspapers, collectors items, scarves, pictures... Yves' soul will wake about it. With this sentece the interview ends with a man, who's passion for his club went so far, that he became a part of it.