As an ex Ghanaian Star and a professional career with spans over 23years. Godwin Attram, had the opportunity to play and captain the various nation soccer teams. Namely, the Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and finally the senior national team.
Godwin began his career with home-based club Great Olympics in 1996 as a young teenager. In 1998, he moved to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. Shortly after he was transferred on loan to Danish club Silkeborg IF where he played a total of 31 matches scoring 5 goals.
After a successful time in Netherlands, he signed a contract with Tunisian club Stade Tunisien again he did remarkably well. He then moved to Saudi Arabia where he played for the giants Al-Shabab and scored 47 goals in a total of three seasons.
Godfather era (1964 – 2019)
But on the other hand, after a career as a player for De Zeeuwen, RCH and Zeeland Sport, Piet De Visser became involved in management. In 1957, he started as a youth and assistant manager at Sparta Rotterdam.
In 1964, he took his first assignment as a head manager at DFC and became champion of the second division in his first year. In 1973, while manager of De Graafschap, he and his club (which included defender Guus Hiddink) were promoted to the Eredivisie. He subsequently became champion of the Eerste Divisie with NEC in 1975, and moved to the Molenbeek which had won the Belgian League the preceding season.
He ended his management career in 1993, while at NAC Breda, due to heart problems. He has since struggled with his health, beating cancer and undergoing five bypass surgeries.
De Visser also recommended the hiring of Frank Arnesen to Abramovich, a move which was opposed by then Chelsea manager José Mourinho. It was also De Visser who first recommended the signing of John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou to Frank Arnesen for Chelsea. De Visser and Arnesen later clashed with former Chelsea manager Mourinho over transfer policy, with the two allegedly recommending Alex be brought over from PSV to solve the club’s defensive problems, while Mourinho was said to have preferred Khalid Boulahrouz instead.
In early 2010, Goodwin Attram and Piet Devisser, embarked on a journey to create future opportunities for underprivileged children in the Greater Accra metropolitan Area. By combining their talent and efforts Attram De Visser Soccer Academy can boast of a unique, vertically corporate soccer organization of the highest quality.
This is evidently clear right from the very rank and file to the board of directors. A vision was developed that would allow Attram De Visser Soccer Academy to remain competitive nationally, as the game of soccer was growing and developing at a record pace.
Evolution of Godwin’s game (2006 – 2015)
He also won the top-scorer award in 2006–07 season for scoring 13 goals. He spent a brief period with Al-Hazm in 2008 scoring 4 goals.
In 2008, he moved to UAE based club Al-Shaab and scored 13 goals in 2008-09 season. Then he moved to Hatta Club in 2009. In 2010, he signed a contract with Alexandria based club Smouha. He stayed there for two seasons scoring 11 goals. In 2012, he came back to Saudi Arabia and featured for Hajer in fourteen matches.
He scored the first and debut goal for the Al-Hasa based club against the Asian giants Al-Hilal FC. On 10 September 2013, he signed a contract with Oman Professional League club Dhofar S.C.S.C.
During his career, De Visser managed Sparta, DFC, Telstar, De Graafschap, NEC, R.W.D. Molenbeek, FC Den Haag, Roda JC, AZ, Willem II and NAC Breda.After his career as a manager, De Visser became scout at PSV, where he was responsible for scouting players like Romário, Ronaldo, Alex, Jefferson Farfán, Heurelho Gomes and Balázs Dzsudzsák for the club. He even scouted Adriano, but PSV coach Erik Gerets was not interested in signing the Brazilian.
Since 2005, De Visser also scouts for Chelsea and is considered a close personal adviser on transfers to club owner Roman Abramovich. Chelsea, De Visser was responsible for the transfer of Arjen Robben from PSV to Chelsea. Guus Hiddink, who played under De Visser at De Graafschap and who worked with him at PSV, was recommended to Abramovich for the position of manager of the Russia national team.