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Family Affair: The Davids

17 January 2013

Followers of The Football League may have been slightly startled when Edgar Davids was announced as joint-head coach of Barnet in npower League 2, but how many knew that another Davids family member was already in the League?

Well, it's true, as Edgar's younger cousin Lorenzo Davids is currently with Bournemouth, in npower League 1, and has been since last summer.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, began his career as a teenager representing the youth teams of Almere City, Utrecht and Feyenoord, in Holland.

Failing to make a league start for any of those sides, Davids was transferred to NEC Nijmegen in 2007.

He went on to establish himself as a real fan's favourite at the McDOS Goffertstadion, home of NEC Nijmegen, making 131 league starts for the club between 2007 and 2011.

"Playing on a regular basis for NEC was a big thing for me," Davids recalled.

"Playing in the Europa League was a particularly big opportunity, playing the likes of Udinese, Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur and Spartak Moscow."

The midfielder then moved from Holland to join German Bundesliga club FC Augsburg during the summer of 2011, with the Bavarian club surprised the critics by finishing 14th in the division come May 2012, in their first campaign in the top flight.

He played 20 league matches for the club that season, and it was a big step.

"Playing in the Bundesliga was the biggest experience of my career so far.

"There were some special teams in that league and some massive clubs likes Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. I will always look back fondly on that time."

After just one season in Germany, Davids made the somewhat surprising decision to move to Bournemouth and, since his arrival on the South Coast, he has played just four games.

He is hoping for more first-team opportunities in 2013, though.

"It's a little bit disappointing not to have started many games. Moving to Bournemouth was meant to be a new experience and an exciting one, but things have become a bit frustrating.

"I'm just hoping to get another opportunity to get a run of games for the first team and show my qualities."

While Lorenzo's move to Bournemouth perhaps slipped under the radar, the movements of his cousin certainly didn't.

After initially sharing the head coach role at Barnet with Mark Robson, Edgar now has the reins on his own, as Robson exited the Underhill outfit, and he combines his managing and coaching with playing.

To date, the former Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace player has impressed in the hot seat, leading the Bees out of the League 2 relegation zone.

"It's great that Edgar is living not too far from me," Lorenzo said about his famous cousin.

"Having family around is very important and we're in touch almost every day. Given our respective club commitments, we're yet to watch each other play, though.

"He [Edgar] offers me advice, but I have had to do it [forge a career] on my own."

The Davids duo weren't the only Dutchmen to enter The Football League this season, either, with former under-21 striker Frank Demouge moving from FC Utrecht to Bournemouth, alongside Lorenzo.

Injuries have restricted Demouge to just two league starts so, like Davids, the forward will be looking for a more prosperous 2013 in terms of appearances for the Cherries.

One thing's for sure, though, Davids enjoys his compatriot's company in Dorset.

"It has been great having a fellow Dutchman in Frank at the club," he said.

"It was difficult settling in here to begin with but he has been fantastic to me, as have all my team-mates to be fair.

"What I am hoping for in 2013 is that I can get a run in the team and help Bournemouth push towards getting promoted to the npower Championship."

Both of the Davids will be hoping 2013 can be a good year for them in The Football League - Lorenzo pushing for more starts in a Bournemouth shirt, and Edgar working wonders keeping Barnet progressing in League 2.

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