Pierre van Hooijdonk

Pierre van Hooijdonk
Van Hooijdonk 2012 (2).jpg
Van Hooijdonk in 2012
Personal information
Full namePetrus Ferdinandus Johannes van Hooijdonk[1]
Date of birth (1969-11-29) 29 November 1969 (age 49)
Place of birthSteenbergen, Netherlands
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
1989–1991RBC Roosendaal69(33)
1991–1995NAC Breda115(81)
1997–1999Nottingham Forest71(36)
1999–2000Vitesse Arnhem29(25)
2005–2006NAC Breda17(5)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Petrus Ferdinandus Johannes "Pierre" van Hooijdonk[1] (Dutch pronunciation: [piˈjɛr vɑn ˈɦoːi̯dɔŋk]; born 29 November 1969) is a retired Dutch international footballer who played as a striker. He had spells with clubs across Europe where he was a prolific goal scorer. Van Hooijdonk was capped 46 times for the Dutch national team for whom he scored 14 goals, and played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 and Euro 2004. He was also noted for his spectacular free kicks.[2]

Early life

Van Hooijdonk was born in Steenbergen. His Moroccan biological father left Van Hooijdonk's mother before his birth. He grew up in a small village nearby Steenbergen named Welberg. While playing in one of SC Welberg's youth squads Van Hooijdonk became desirous of a footballing career. His favourite team was NAC Breda whose game he followed wholeheartedly. At the age of 11 years old he took part in a talent pool on the team's open day and so impressed the NAC scouts. He thus joined NAC where he played mainly as a right midfielder. When he was 14 he was cut from NAC's academy and he then went into amateur football.[3] As so he then switched his position to be a striker only to rejoin NAC and thus ascend to the club's first team.[3]

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