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Patrick Stephan Kluivert (born 1 July 1976 in Amsterdammarker) is a former Dutchmarker footballer, currently pursuing his interest in coaching. He played as a striker for AFC Ajax, A.C. Milan, FC Barcelona, Newcastle United F.C., Valencia CF, PSV Eindhoven, and Lille OSC.

Kluivert played for the Dutch national team from 1994 to 2004. He is their all-time leading goalscorer with 40 goals. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers chosen by Pelé as part of FIFA's centenary observances.

Early life

Patrick Stephan Kluivert was born on 1 July 1976 in Amsterdammarker, Netherlandsmarker. His father, a professional football player, was born in Surinamemarker and his mother in Curaçaomarker.

Kluivert learned to play football on the street. After he played for football club Schellingwoudemarker one year, he joined the AFC Ajax youth academy at the age of seven. During his younger years, he played several different positions, even as a defender. He was strong in technique, football intelligence, and speed, but his personality was considered too impulsive.

Kluivert played for the Dutch national teams under-15, under-16 and under-17.

Playing Style

For such a tall player, Kluivert possesses a remarkably impressive 'first touch' and quick feet. Similar to footballers Ronaldo, he often uses the 'Cruyff Turn' to great effect to go past defenders. Kluivert also utilises his height and physique to dominate aerial balls and is considered to possess one of the best headers in the contemporary game.

Club career


Kluivert was part of Ajax's Golden Generation of the 1990s. He made his debut in the senior team of Ajax on 21 August 1994 at the age of 18 in the Dutch Supercup win against the old arch rival Feyenoord, in which he scored his first goal. The 1994-95 season saw Kluivert make his mark - along with a host of youngsters from the Ajax youth academy, including Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, and Edwin van der Sar - on the European stage with a triumph in the UEFA Champions League. Kluivert came off the bench to score an 85th minute winner in the 1994-95 Champions League Final against A.C. Milan in Viennamarker, Austriamarker. He soon became Ajax's "Golden Boy" of the mid-90s, leading the Ajax front-line as the side claimed several pieces of silverware during that period. He declined a new contract to leave for Milan on a Bosman transfer in 1997.


His career at A.C. Milan started well when he scored a sensational goal against Juventus in a friendly match. After scoring only six goals in the Serie A, he left for FC Barcelona of the Spanishmarker La Liga.


At FC Barcelona, Kluivert was reunited with Louis van Gaal, a mentor from his days at Ajax. Kluivert formed a successful partnership with Rivaldo, which enabled Barça to defend the Spanish La Liga in 1998-99. He was released from Barça in the summer of 2004.

Newcastle United

Kluivert joined Newcastle United on 21 July 2004 to team up with Alan Shearer. He stated that his reason for joining was due to the overwhelming reaction he received whilst playing for Barcelona against Newcastle during a Champions League Group match. However, Newcastle decided not to take up the second year on his contract. Kluivert scored some classy and crucial goals namely both winning strikes against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup, both games ending 1-0. Despite scoring 13 goals in his debut season, Newcastle finished the league in the bottom half which triggered a clause in his contract saying either party could decide not to extend his contract a further year. Both Kluivert and the club agreed that he would leave.


Kluivert decided to return to Spainmarker to play for Valencia CF. Reportedly, the club included a special clause in his contract that allowed for Kluivert to be sacked if he lacked discipline "off the pitch." Kluivert was given permission to look for a new club in July 2006 after just one season and 202 minutes played, as he spent most of the season injured.


Kluivert training with PSV in 2006.
widespread rumours that Kluivert was to return home to AFC Ajax, Kluivert's return to the Eredivisie was to be with PSV, with whom he signed a one-year deal in 2006. Just as with his debut for Ajax, Kluivert made his PSV debut against Feyenoord in a 2-1 win, coming on as a substitute. Since then, he has had two injuries during the first half of the season, which has limited his playing time. In a game against Ajax at the Philips Stadionmarker, Kluivert refused to celebrate after scoring a goal against his former club. He was eventually released in July 2007.


On 25 July 2007, Kluivert turned down the offer of a trial at Sheffield Wednesday, and later joined French side Lille OSC.

Kluivert had mixed experiences with the French club Lille, only starting 10 times, although in these appearances he contributed greatly with four goals and valuable assists. In May 2008, Patrick Kluivert told Lille manager Claude Puel that he would be looking for a new challenge for the next season.

Current situation

On 29 April 2008, Dutch media reported that Kluivert will take part in the coaching course of the Dutch Football Association to become a professional football coach. At the same time, Kluivert is currently waiting for the right team to join next season.

On 18 July 2008, it was reported on the football website that Kluivert would be spending the 2008-09 season as a member of the backroom coaching staff of Eredivisie club AZ. The KNVB requires that all coaching badge candidates complete this sort of apprenticeship. Fellow Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp will be assuming a similar role this season with AFC Ajax. On 21 March 2009, while having an interview on Soccer AM, Kluivert said he is currently coaching the strikers at AZ.

International career

Kluivert missed most of UEFA Euro 1996 with a knee injury. During the final group game and from a Dennis Bergkamp assist, he scored against England, which enabled the Netherlands to qualify for the knock-out round over Scotland on goal difference. There, they lost in a penalty shootout to France.

At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Kluivert was sent off against Belgium by referee Pierluigi Collina after elbowing Lorenzo Staelens. He made amends when selected to play against Argentina in the quarter-finals of the same tournament where he scored the opening goal. He also impressed in later matches, scoring a late equalising goal from a header to draw his team level with Brazil in the semi-final, though the latter prevailed in the penalty shootout.

The UEFA Euro 2000 would represent Patrick Kluivert's finest hour as the spearhead of a star-studded Oranje side. Kluivert scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 quarterfinal demolition of Yugoslavia. The semi-final against Italy would provide much heartache for Kluivert, as the Dutch crashed out yet again on penalties. Neither Kluivert nor his Dutch side could find the back of the net, despite twice having a chance from the penalty spot - Kluivert himself would miss one of those penalties during the game. Despite the Dutch falling short, Kluivert will be remembered for rising to the occasion in front of partisan home crowds, scoring five goals in as many games, jointly claiming the Golden Boot with Savo Milošević.

Kluivert would once again enter UEFA Euro 2004 wearing the famous #9 jersey for his country. But it would be a tournament to forget, as a stubborn Dick Advocaat would not turn to Kluivert even once in the tournament - Kluivert would end up being the only member of the Dutch field squad not to get even a single minute at the Euro 2004.

Apart from being left out of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad by coach Marco van Basten, Kluivert was not called up to play in any of the qualifying games leading up to the World Cup either. This was partly due to the fact that he suffered persistent injuries which prevented him from playing for his club during the 2005-06 season.

As of 2009, Kluivert remains the all-time leading goalscorer for the Dutch national team with 40 goals.

Personal life

In 1997, Kluivert was charged with manslaughter following his involvement in a fatal car accident in which he killed Marten Putman, a theater director. He was found guilty and received community service and a driving ban. He was also charged with rape on a separate occasion, but he was to be later acquitted due to insufficient evidence. Kluivert claimed he had engaged in consensual sex with his accuser.

On 24 September 2007, Kluivert's wife Rosanna Lima gave birth to a baby boy. The couple named their newborn child Shane Patrick; the second name being the same as his father's

Career statistics



1994-95 Ajax Eredivisie 25 18 - 10 2 35 20
1995-96 28 15 2 1 8 5 38 21
1996-97 17 6 1 0 4 2 22 8

1997-98 Milan Serie A 27 6 5 3 - 32 9

1998-99 Barcelona La Liga 35 15 3 1 - 38 16
1999-00 26 15 4 3 14 7 44 25
2000-01 31 18 5 2 12 5 48 25
2001-02 33 18 0 0 17 7 50 25
2002-03 36 16 0 0 15 5 51 21
2003-04 21 8 2 0 3 2 26 10

2004-05 Newcastle United Premier League 25 9 4 2 6 5 35 13

2005-06 Valencia La Liga 10 1 1 0 5 1 16 2

2006-07 PSV Eredivisie 15 3 2 0 3 0 20 3

2007-08 Lille Ligue 1 13 4 1 0 - 14 4


  • Euro 2000 - Joint top scorer
  • All-time leading goal scorer (40 goals as of 1 May 2004)


  2. Dutch bio
  3. English bio
  4. Owls fail to woo striker Kluivert BBC Sport
  5. Ligue 1 - Lille announce Kluivert signing - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
  6. Kluivert lines up coaching course
  7. World Cup Star Kluivery in new sex case ordeal
  8. Kerngezonde zoon voor Patrick Kluivert en Rossana -

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