Douglas played a game for the first time in over 3.5 years on Sunday. The 32-year-old defender participated in the second half in the exhibition game between Go Ahead Eagles and Telstar (0-0). He is on trial at that first club.
The Brazilian with a Dutch passport last played in January 2017 in an official game, at the time playing Sporting CP. He was caught using a banned water pill a few months later and suspended. He then left the Portuguese top club and was then without a club.
In his first game for Go Ahead Eagles, for which coach Kees van Wonderen also made his debut, the defender kept zero. He was still close to scoring in the closing stages when he headed wide from a corner.
Douglas, not yet fully on weight, hopes to enforce a contract with the team from the Kitchen Champion Division. He has not even given up hope of the Eredivisie.
The defender made a big impression at FC Twente from 2007 to 2013, which led to the call to include the Brazilian in the selection of the Orange. That happened in 2012, but he did not play under national coach Louis van Gaal.