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Pierre van Hooijdonk

Pietrus Ferdinandus Johannes van Hooijdonk
The Netherlands

RBC Roosendaal (1989-91)
NAC Breda (1991-95)
Celtic FC (1995-97)
Nottingham Forest FC (1997-99)
Vitesse (1999-2000)
SL Benfica (2000-01)
Feyenoord (2001-03)
Fenerbahçe SK (2003-05)
NAC Breda (2005-06)
Feyenoord (2006-07)

The Netherlands (1994-2004) – 46 Caps/14 Goals

UEFA Cup (2002)
Turkish League (2004 & 2005)
Scottish Cup (1995)


Began his professional career with RBC Roosendaal in 1989, embarking on an incredible goalscoring spree that yielded a move to NAC Breda, where he enjoyed three consecutive 20-goal seasons, helping the club win promotion to the top flight in 1993.

Van Hooijdonk made his international debut in December 1994 and helped his country to the semi-finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Rarely a starter for the Oranje, he played a total of 25 minutes at UEFA EURO 2004, against Germany and Portugal, the latter in the semi-finals.

Joined Celtic FC in 1994 and won the Scottish Cup and hearts of the Parkhead faithful with 26 goals the following campaign. However, he left the club acrimoniously in 1997 for Nottingham Forest FC, but suffered immediate relegation. He struck 29 goals, though, to secure the east Midlands club a quick return to England’s elite.

After falling out with Forest, he played for Vitesse and SL Benfica before signing for Feyenoord, his boyhood club. Struck 52 goals in 61 league games over two seasons and starred in their 2002 UEFA Cup final success, scoring eight times, including two in the final against Borussia Dortmund.

Signed for Fenerbahçe SK in 2003, scoring 24 goals in 34 games to help the Istanbul club to the Turkish title, leaving after his second season to return home and conclude his playing days with former clubs NAC Breda and Feyenoord.