929 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Biography

Impressive monikored Dutch striker Vennegoor of Hesselink (the ‘of’ is the equivalent of ‘or’ in Dutch and denotes a family named jointly after two middle-age villages) joined the Tigers in September 2009, having been a free agent since leaving Celtic that summer.  A big targetman with an agreeable level of skills on the deck, JVoH was as pacey as a glacier and his effect was duly limited in the hurly-burly of the Premier League.  He did put in some dominant performances though, and scored important goals in what eventually became a relegation season.

Born near the German border in the eastern Netherlands town of Oldenzaal (located on the A1 – it’s the Dutch Berwick-upon-Tweed) Vennegoor of Hesselink began his career at local side Twente Enschede and returned a goal every two and a bit games over five seasons.  This form led PSV Eindhoven to claim his signature in 2001, where a further five seasons delivered an equally impressive goals haul.  With 130 goals under his belt in ten seasons, Jan was bound to attract the attention of continental sides and in 2006 he made a £3.5m switch to Scottish Premier League table-toppers Glasgow Celtic.  Predictably, in three seasons he potted a goal every two or so games, but by 2009 he was suffering from lengthy injuries and a goal drought, and his time at Parkhead came to an end.

On leaving Hull City in May 2010, Vennegoor of Hesselink switched to Austrian side Rapid Vienna.  He signed a two year contract but left after only one season after a nasty injury in pre-season.In October 2011 he recovered and returned to PSV Eindhoven to play a support role for the remainder of that season.  Vennegoor of Hesselink retired from playing in May 2012.  He moved into coaching and scouting, and by 2018 he was PSV’s International Senior Scout.

JVoH made his senior international debut for Holland in 2000 and was capped 19 times in total, including a single appearance during the 2006 World Cup Finals.  Jan scored three goals against Thailand, Croatia and Austria – which would also be an agreeable multi-centred summer holiday.

Details

Nationality: Holland
Date/Place of Birth: 7 November 1978, Oldenzaal (Holland)
Hull City First Game: 12 September 2009, Sunderland A (Premier League), 30 years, 309 days old
Hull City Final Game: 9 May 2010, Liverpool H (Premier League), 31 years, 183 days old

Clubs

Twente Enschede (1996-2001), PSV Eindhoven (2001-2006), Glasgow Celtic (2006-2009), Hull City (2009-2010), Rapid Vienna (2010-2011), PSV Eindhoven (2011-2012)

Hull City Record

Career: 33 apps, 3 goals

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