As the real heroes were the players of Mechelen in their hometown after they are 1-2 in the cup final of Belgium won against AA Gent. On the balcony of the town hall, waved them with the kampioenenbeker. Between all the players was also Arno Valkenaers, the 18-year-old son of Family-actress Caroline Maes. He signed last year a professional voetbalcontract of three years at KV Mechelen.
“Arno is one of the three reservekeepers of the first team and so should each day order to improve,” said Caroline last year on Story. “By that contract he may be in a protected clubomgeving to his football career work. But he combines it with his higher studies in communication management. I would rather not that he is on the football cast. I think it is important that he his world expands and comes into contact with peers. Plus, for the same money he will get hurt and he may have a line to draw under his football career. Then you stand there nicely without a diploma. But we'll see how it goes. We explain to him not to press.”
And that was the combination of sport and studies is quite heavy. “Arno know that he is not the easiest path has been chosen, even though some may think it is. I see every day that professional footballers are no luxeleventje lead, but hard work. Both physically and mentally have time and again their boundaries.” All football has Arno also in a positive way changed. “I think that he has a certain maturity has grown. He is calm, knows what he wants and goes there. Even during the holidays he went at a quarter to seven in the morning train. And in the evening he did at home exercises or did he walk. The discipline which he will, I admire enormously. He saw, or sigh almost never, while the top sports a lot of sacrifices to ask,” said Caroline in the same interview.