Friend is a proud Spartan. “The club has something friendly, but also something chic. I feel very much at home here. I was also a bit lucky with that, because you don’t have everything for figuring out in football.”
He can now call himself a very respectable Premier League defender, in his seventh season at the highest level. He also gained fame as a participant in De Slimste Mens and the podcast with his football friends Thomas Verhaar and Maarten de Fockert.
The Cor Potcast is named after former trainer Cor Pot, the original guest of the first show that was canceled. A new episode of the talk show is now published every two weeks.
Talking about football
Presenting that may seem like something to Vriends for later. Even though it all started as a joke two years ago.
“Personally, I think it’s something to let people listen to me for an hour. That’s why I’ve started to take it more seriously over time,” notes Vriends, who has had the most diverse guests over the floor. “But football is universal, you can always fall back on that in a conversation.”