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Jerrel Floyd Hasselbaink (born in Paramaribomarker, Surinamemarker, 27 March 1972), usually known as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, is a Dutchmarker former football striker who played for various clubs in the Netherlands, Portugalmarker, Englandmarker and Spainmarker, as well as the Dutch national team. He scored more than 200 career goals.

Club career


Hasselbaink was born in Paramaribomarker, Surinamemarker, but began his footballing career in the Netherlandsmarker, in the Eredivisie first with Telstar for whom he played until 1991, and then AZ Alkmaar. He stayed at AZ for three seasons before being released by the club and ended up playing non-league football. (Neerlandia/SLTOVV)


He signed for Portuguesemarker side Campomaiorense in August 1995 but, after only one season, Hasselbaink was signed by Boavista where he first came to prominence. He scored 20 goals in 23 league appearances for the club and helped them win the Portuguese Cup.

Leeds United

Hasselbaink's goalscoring caught the attention of several European clubs, and he was transferred to English Premier League side Leeds United for £2 million in June 1997. He continued his prolific goalscoring record with Leeds, netting 23 goals in all competitions in his debut season, and 21 in the next, helping Leeds finish 4th in the Premiership. His 18 league goals that season made him the Premier League's joint top goalscorer.

Atlético Madrid

After rejecting a new contract offer from Leeds and subsequently requesting a transfer, Hasselbaink was sold to Spanishmarker club Atlético Madrid for £12 million in 1999. He adapted to the Spanishmarker game well, scoring 24 goals in 34 La Liga appearances and 32 in all competitions, though the club were still relegated.


Once again, he stayed with a club for only a brief period and a year later returned to Englandmarker, this time with Chelsea, for a club record fee of £15 million.

Hasselbaink scored 23 goals in 35 league appearances in the 2000-01 season, including a volley from outside the penalty area against Manchester United and a four-goal haul against Coventry City; he finished the season as the Premier League's top goal scorer. He formed a productive partnership with Icelandicmarker striker Eidur Gudjohnsen in his second year with Chelsea, scoring 29 goals in all competitions and helping Gudjohnsen to 23 in a season which also saw Chelsea reach the FA Cup final. Hasselbaink was injured in the game prior to the final and, clearly unfit, he was substituted early on at Millennium Stadiummarker as Chelsea lost 2–0. In his last two seasons with Chelsea the goals dried up. He scored only 11 goals in 27 games in 2002-03, though in the next season he scored 17 goals in all competitions which, despite the arrival of new strikers Adrian Mutu and Hernán Crespo, made him top scorer at the club for the third time in four years. He ended his Chelsea career with 87 goals in 177 games.


In 2004, Hasselbaink joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer. In his first season he scored 13 goals in 36 league games. He struck the winner in 1–0 wins at Grasshoppers in the UEFA Cup and Everton in the League Cup. He also captained the side in a 4–1 win over Manchester United and scored the second goal for Boro. In his final season with the club, he helped them reach the UEFA Cup final, where they lost 4–0 to Sevilla FC.

When Gareth Southgate took over from new England boss Steve McClaren as Middlesbrough manager, Hasselbaink found himself surplus to requirements and was made available on a free transfer. His reported £40,000 per week wages at Middlesbrough looked to be an issue especially when negotiations with Celtic failed. He left Middlesbrough as a hero with his fine goals and leadership which contributed massively to Middlesbrough's success domestically and in Europe in the two years he was at Middlesbrough. He signed for Charlton Athletic on 11 July. Jimmy is often referred to as the player that sparked the 4-1 comeback against FC Basel.

Charlton Athletic

Soon after joining Charlton, Hasselbaink was charged by The FA with improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute for his claims about Chelsea. He alleged that his former club paid players a bonus after the 2004 Champions League win over Arsenal. A Premier League inquiry into what would have been illegal bonus payments found no evidence to support the claims, which were denied by Chelsea.

Hasselbaink scored his first goal for Charlton against his old team Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 9 September 2006, but he did not celebrate out of respect for the fans. Chelsea's fans in turn gave him a round of applause, even though his goal had brought Charlton level. Hasselbaink was also instrumental in advising Scott Carson that Frank Lampard's penalty would be struck down the middle of the goal, true to form this event transpired and Carson went on to save the penalty and keep Charlton in the game despite their subsequent loss. He scored twice as Charlton edged Chesterfield out of the League Cup on penalties in November. After a long goal drought, Hasselbaink scored against yet another of his former clubs, Middlesbrough on 13 January 2007, a game which Middlesbrough went on to win. Like his previous goal against former club Chelsea he did not celebrate, as respect to Boro fans. Hasselbaink was released by Charlton at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Cardiff City

Jimmy was on the verge of joining Championship side Leicester City on 14 August 2007, but the club later withdrew their offer. On 16 August, Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale, who worked with Hasselbaink at Leeds United, brought him to Cardiff on a one-year deal, teaming up with former Liverpool and Leeds striker Robbie Fowler.

Both Fowler and Hasselbaink started the season out of the team due to both lacking fitness and they eventually went on to make their debuts for the club in the same game, a 1–0 victory over Leyton Orient in the League Cup. On 19 September 2007, he scored his first goal for Cardiff with a 20-yard low drive in the 2–1 league defeat at home to Watford. After an impressive performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round of the FA Cup he was nominated for the player of the round after a goal which he powered the ball in to the top corner. Jimmy remained as a regular starter for Cardiff throughout the season, only losing his place for a handful of matches to an in-form Steve Thompson, although due to his age he rarely finished a match. On 15 March 2008, Hasselbaink received the first red card of his Cardiff career for a foul on Colchester United goalkeeper Dean Gerken. Cardiff appealed the red card but it was upheld.

Hasselbaink also made appearances in five of the six matches Cardiff played to reach the FA Cup final for the first time in 81 years, which they went on to lose 1–0 to Portsmouth, where he played 70 minutes before being substituted for Steve Thompson. At the end of the season Cardiff decided against extending his contract and he was released.

On 16 August 2008, during the 1–1 draw between Norwich City and Blackpool at Carrow Road, it was revealed that Hasselbaink had attended the game at the personal invitation of Norwich Chairman Roger Munby however on 29 August Manager Glenn Roeder revealed that Hasselbaink would not be joining the club permanently. Said Roeder: “He only ever came here for training and people musn't make too much of it. If I was to sign Jimmy Hasselbaink he wouldn't be here on trial or a test or anything like that - I wouldn't embarrass the man like that." Instead Hasselbaink retired from professional football.


Hasselbaink has been approached by Conference South side Woking to return to training with the team, which is based near his home.

International career

Hasselbaink made his debut for the Dutch national side at a late age. His time as an international suffered due to fierce competition for the strikers' role, with the presence of Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Roy Makaay, greatly limiting his opportunities.

In 2004 Hasselbaink decided to quit the Dutch national team and no longer made himself available. His most noteworthy accomplishment as an international was playing at the 1998 World Cup in Francemarker, and having started for the Netherlands in their opening game against Belgiummarker.

Hasselbaink is one of only five Dutch football players to be selected for the Dutch national team while never having played in the Dutch Eredivisie. The others capped players are Jordi Cruyff, son of Johan, Rob Reekers, Willi Lippens and Wim Hofkens.



Atlético Madrid



Cardiff City



  • Premier League top scorers: 1999, 2001

Hasselbaink has the distinction of being the first foreign player to win the Golden Boot in the English top flight.

Career statistics



  1. The story goes that Hasselbaink got his current football alias of Jimmy Floyd because his Portuguese teammates could not pronounce his real first name; the nickname has stuck.
  2. Hasselbaink baffled by Foxes snub, BBC Sport 14 August 2007. Retrieved on 5 September 2007.
  3. "Hasselbaink an FA nomination" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 22 February, 2008
  4. "Hasselbaink loses red card appeal" BBC Sport Retrieved on 18 March, 2008
  5. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | Cardiff City | Team | Profiles

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1990-91 Telstar Eerste Divisie 4 0 - - - 4 0
1990-91 AZ Eerste Divisie 11 2 - - - 11 2
1991-92 Eerste Divisie 26 2 - - - 26 2
1992-93 Eerste Divisie 9 1 - - - 9 1

1993-94 Campomaiorense 0 0 - - - 0 0
1994-95 0 0 - - - 0 0
1995-96 Portuguese Liga 31 12 - - - 31 12
1996-97 Boavista Portuguese Liga 29 20 - - - 29 20

1997-98 Leeds United Premier League 33 16 4 4 3 2 - 40 22
1998-99 36 18 5 1 2 0 4 1 47 20

1999-00 Atlético Madrid La Liga 34 24 2 2 - 5 6 41 32

2000-01 Chelsea Premier League 35 23 2 2 1 0 2 0 40 25
2001-02 35 23 7 3 4 3 2 0 48 29
2002-03 36 11 4 1 2 2 2 1 44 15
2003-04 30 13 3 1 3 2 8 2 44 18
2004-05 Middlesbrough Premier League 36 13 2 0 - 7 3 45 16
2005-06 22 10 6 3 3 1 13 4 44 18
2006-07 Charlton Athletic Premier League 25 2 1 0 3 2 - 29 4
2007-08 Cardiff City Championship 36 7 5 1 3 1 - 44 9

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