Marc Overmars has health problems.
At the end of December, the Belgian club Royal Antwerpen, where Overmars has been sporting director since March 2022, reported that the Dutchman had suffered a minor stroke. In fact, it is said to have been a cardiac arrest that led to irreversible damage to the heart.
This is what the Dutch media are reporting about the ex-soccer player, who played for Arsenal FC (1997-2000), FC Barcelona (2000-2004) and the Dutch national team (86 games, 17 goals), among others.
Long rehab ahead
Part of Overmars’ heart muscle died due to complications during the operation, the 49-year-old confirmed to “De Telegraaf”. His heart should only be able to pump out 30 percent of its normal volume. “I have to take it easy and take it one step at a time,” he told the newspaper ahead of his upcoming rehab.
Whether Overmars will ever be able to pursue his full range of duties again as sports director at Antwerp is anyone’s guess. Last Monday he showed up at least once on the training ground.
Before joining the Belgian club, Overmars was sporting director at top Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam. In February 2022, he was forced to vacate his post after ten years at the club after sending inappropriate messages to a colleague. (par)