Patrick Kluivert: biography, statistics, photos
Patrick Kluivert was born on the first day of July 1976year in the capital of the Netherlands. Since childhood he dreamed of becoming a football player and getting into the football school of Ajax, which was one of the most popular in the world. The competition for a place at school was crazy. Every year, coaches selected only a couple of dozen people out of several thousand.
According to Patrick, he was very frightened whenfirst came to school. Because of the large number of guys from all over the country, whom the fathers brought there, Kluivert wanted to just drop everything and leave. But he stayed and was accepted.
The first time of training was held a couple of times inweek, but then the load on training increased dramatically. In addition, the club cooperated with teachers in ordinary schools. The goal was to help teachers help children if they had difficulties in their studies. This made it possible for children to get a normal secondary education without starting a training session at a football school.
The perfect season
In 1994, Kluivert made his debut as a member of the"Ajax" in the championship of the Netherlands. "Ajax" always differed in that he gave a chance to many talents, but even by the standards of the Amsterdam club, Patrick's progress was very noticeable. His career began to develop quickly, even though he started most of the games at the start of the season on the bench.
Although Kluivert was rarely included in the list of basicplayers, for the winter he was one of the best scorers of the championship. Paddock forward attracted the attention of the coach of the Dutch national team. The debut in the national team took place on November 16.
The most important match of the Dutch took place in the spring of 1995of the year. It was the final of the Champions League against AC Milan. The Amsterdam club tried to crack the Italians' defense, but all efforts were in vain. And when the rest of the main time was 5 minutes, Kluivert, taking advantage of a mistake by the player, "Milan", scored the only goal in the match.
After the finals, everyone knew who Patrick wasKluivert. Photos from the football player the inhabitants of Amsterdam wanted to do at every step. But Patrick himself understood that it was the goal scored that made him so popular, and up to the level of Overmars and Rijkaard he needs to work hard. In that season, "Ajax" won all the competitions in which he participated. In addition to two internal trophies, the Dutch won the European Super Cup and the club world championship.
Voyage to Italy
"Ajax" was a club that not only createdstars, but also sold them. From 1995 to 1997, almost the entire team that won the Champions League, was sold out. In the 1996/97 season, Patrick was predicted the transition to Inter, but in the end he got to Milan.
In that period, "Milan" was going through crisis times,and the owner of the club allocated money for the purchase of twelve new players, and also appointed a new coach, who became Fabio Capello. But such selection work did not bring results. Milan in the course of the season was ranked 13th.
Patrick Kluivert did not show in Serie A suchthe game, which he demonstrated in the championship of Holland. In addition, Kluivert had many problems that were not related to football. He became a participant in an accident, as a result of which one person died. For this the Dutchman was sentenced to 240 hours of community service.
After this, the player started to whistleown fans. The club management stated that it was not intended to part with the Dutch striker, but it was clear that Patrick did not have long to play for AC Milan.
Van Gaal ... Van Gaal ... and again Van Gaal
In the spring, Kluivert got a good form and waswas included in the national team of the Netherlands at the World Championships, which was held in France. Patrick became one of the best in the national team, but on his return to Milan he faced new challenges. A new coach came to the club. It became clear that it would be difficult for the Dutchman to become the main player. Alberto Zaccheroni signed the German Oliver Bierhoff. The arrival of the German striker meant that the club must leave another striker - Patrick Kluivert. Statistics of the Dutch striker in the Italian club did not impress - 27 matches and only 6 goals.
In 1997, together with Kluivert, "Ajax" left andLouis Van Gaal. After Amsterdam, he went to Spain, where he became the head coach of Barcelona. At the new post, he immediately began to look for the pupils of the Dutch football club. In the last hours of the transfer window, "Milan" and "Barcelona" agreed on the transfer of Kluivert. In the new team, Patrick began to play in his own football.
In 1999, the affairs of the Catalan club were bad. The team lost points in games with obvious underdogs. This led to the dismissal of Van Gaal. But after a short period, the Dutch specialist returned to the post of head coach of Barcelona. In 2003, he finally left the Spanish club.
Experience and young age
To his 26 years, Kluivert had great experience. He took part in various prestigious tournaments. Often such a track record is available to those players who are already at the end of their careers. Patrick played in three championships, took part in the championships of Europe and the world, won all club trophies with "Ajax". All these merits are enjoyed by one person - Kluivert Patrick. Goals of the striker were very important for the national team. He helped the team go through the group stage of the 1996 European Championships.
At the European Championships in 2000, Kluivert hopedto win. By and large, Patrick alone understood all the rivals, but in the semifinal match the Dutch could not beat the Italian team. After this, the team suffered another major failure - the Dutch could not qualify for the 2002 World Cup. The absence of this team made the entire championship, held in Japan and South Korea, uninteresting.
Patrick Kluivert and team
The match against the Czech Republic was the first for Kluivert. And he scored his debut goal in the game with the national team of Ireland. In the same match, he made his first double, and Holland won with a score of 2-0.
Group stage of the European Championship 2000"Golden generation" of Dutch football held at the highest level. Kluivert scored goals in the gates of Denmark and France, as well as a hat-trick at the gates of Yugoslavia in the ¼ finals. Five goals allowed Patrick to divide the first place with Savo Milosevic in the championship scorers dispute and enter the symbolic team of the whole tournament. In the ½ finals, Holland lost to the Italian national team and shared 3-4 places. The main time ended with a score 0-0, and in the penalty shootout the Italians were more accurate - 3-1.
After the home European Championship with the national teamthe recession began. The team flew past the 2002 World Cup, and Patrick lost his place in the first team. At Euro 2004 Kluivert never went to the football field. In 2004, the coach was Marco van Basten, who no longer called Patrick Kluivert in the national team.
During his career, Kluivert played in 7 clubs and 6championships. In total, he played 343 games, which scored 149 goals. With "Ajax" Kluivert won the Dutch Cup and three times the championship, the Intercontinental Cup, the Champions League, the European Super Cup. In 1997, Patrick became the champion of Spain in the "Barcelona". It was his only trophy outside his native country. Patrick Kluivert won his last trophy in 2007, when he managed to win the Dutch championship with PSV.
In his first season he became the best youngplayer of the country and received a challenge to the national team of Holland. The best young player in Europe in 1995 was also Patrick Kluivert. Biography of the athlete is striking in its unusual. At the age of 18 he was the main strike force of the team, and in 27 he was not included in the squad. In total for the national team Patrick Kluivert held 79 matches and scored 40 goals. In 2008, Kluivert announced his decision to end his career as a football player.