It’s Miguel Araujo’s birthday! – FC Emmen

Miguel Araujo turns 29 today! Congratulations, Miguel!

From the moment the Peruvian international switched to FC Emmen in October 2019, he was a true crowd favorite at De Oude Meerdijk. The fact that he was regularly accurate on corner kicks and free kicks plays a role in this, but he was especially popular by defending ruthlessly and showing a lot of fighting spirit. Last summer he left the Drenthe club for an adventure in the American MLS with Portland Timbers.

Araujo was accurate in our last home match against our next opponent: Jong AZ. On Friday, April 8, 2022, Araujo headed Jasin Assehnoun’s free kick against the ropes after just two minutes. After the break, Ole Romeny and Rui Mendes eventually secured a 3-0 win.

The 3-0 victory over Jong AZ meant a big celebration at De Oude Meerdijk at the time, because after the match it became clear that only one more victory was needed for promotion. We immediately won that victory the following week when we visited FC Dordrecht (0-1). A day later this was celebrated on a grand scale at the Raadhuisplein in the center of Emmen.

Araujo explains how he is doing now: “My family and I feel good in Portland. We are not completely used to everything yet, because the transition is quite difficult. But Portland is a beautiful, quiet city. However, there are many people living on the streets in the center.”

“The MLS is a good competition with a lot of really good players,” the Peruvian international refers to Lionel Messi, for example. “In terms of play, there is a lot of up and down in matches and you have to cover great distances.”

He also follows FC Emmen: “Of course I do, I love Emmen; of the club, the supporters and the city. I hope that Emmen will participate at the top, I even hope that Emmen will become champion. As for the Portland Timbers, unfortunately we didn’t qualify for the play-offs. Now I have to prepare for two important matches with Peru. We play against Bolivia and Venezuela and want to get six points.”

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