For Johnny Heitinga, 2002 does not exist

2002 was not the successful year Johnny Heitinga had hoped for. Ajax had a lot of success, but for the young defender it was a disastrous time. A serious knee injury will keep him out of action for months.

How do you celebrate Christmas and/or New Year's Eve?
,,On Christmas Day I will be with my father, grandfather and the rest of the Heitinga family. Then we'll carve the turkey. On Boxing Day I will be at my mum's and we will have presents. On New Year's Eve I'll be with my friends. We are going to a hotel in Venlo, they are are having a black-tie party.’’

What was the most important in 2002?
,,It was a black year, nothing went right. I had three operations and there were no highlights. I want to forget this year quickly, I did not really live. My calendar goes from 2001 to 2003!’’

Your expectations for 2003?
,,I want to return from my injury quickly. I hope to become a regular in the team. But I'll take everything as it comes. I just hope that I will be luckier next year.’’

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,Sylvie Meis, she is the top woman in Holland!’’