Former Player: Patrick Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert was a part of the ‘Golden Generation’ at the club where he learned his trade, Ajax of his native Holland. He came through the academy at the same time as the likes of Edwin Van Der Sar, Clarence Seedorf and Edgar Davids. In 70 games for Ajax as a young man, Patrick scored 39 goals, an incredible ratio of more than a goal every two games. His most famous moment at the club was coming off the bench to score an 85th minute winner in the 1995 Champions League final. Patrick won a string of trophies during his 3 years as a pro in Holland, but when his contract expired he moved on to Milan, where his goalscoring form did not continue, and after just one season he moved on, teaming up with former mentor at Ajax Louis Van Gaal.

Up front with Rivaldo, Kluivert impressed for Barcelona and in Six years for the club scored 90 goals, making him the 6th top scorer in La Liga history. Again, Patrick continued to win trophies at Barca before leaving in 2004.

Kluivert moved on to Newcastle, but spent just a year in Black and White as the Northerners struggled in the Premier League. He did score six goals for the club, some of which were very impressive, but both Patrick and the club agreed not to take up a second year option on the dutchman’s contract.

Patrick then spent time at Valencia, PSV Eindhoven and Lille, but struggled to settle at any of the clubs and unfortunately began to pick up the inevitable end-of-career injuries. He retired in 2008.

Kluivert’s national career was also immensely impressive, scoring a brilliant 40 goals for the Netherlands in 79 games and ensuring his cult-status among Holland fans. He was joint top scorer in Euro 2000 and made himself Holland’s all time leading goalscorer in 2004.

Currently, Patrick is head coach at FC Twente, and looks certain to go on to have a brilliant coaching career in the game. Patrick Kluivert, The North Stand Salutes you!


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