Joel Thode is a big and strong defender, which he combines with speed and explosiveness. Preferably he plays as a central defender or right back. Joel started out playing football at a small local club close to his home in Hoofddorp. He soon began to distinguish himself from his teammates and became noticed by several professional clubs. However, back then, Heerenveen was the most decisive and approached him to come play for their youth academy.
Joining Heerenveen was a big step for Joel, being only 13 years old, he had to leave his parental home and move to the other side of the country. Nevertheless, Joel can be characterised by his strong will to succeed, so he went. In Heerenveen he took the next steps in his development as a footballer.
After only two seasons at SC Heerenveen he had developed so much, that in the summer of 2017 Vitesse decided to pay Heerenveen a transfer fee and offer him a contract to join their youth academy. Currently playing at Vitesse, Joel is working hard everyday and keeps chasing his dreams of becoming a professional football player in which we all believe.