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Patrick Kluivert

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Patrick Kluivert (born July 1, 1976 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch international football striker who currently plays for Valencia CF in la Liga.

Kluivert joined the renowned Ajax youth academy after he was spotted playing for Schellingwoude, he went on to make his debut in the senior team on August 21, 1994 at the age of 17 in the Dutch Supercup against win arch rivals Feyenoord in which he scored his first goal. He went on to make his mark in Europe scoring an 83rd minute winner in the Champions League Final of 1994/95 against AC Milan in Vienna. He also helped Ajax to win several pieces of silverware (see below) before leaving for AC Milan on a Bosman transfer in 1997. His career at Milan started well when he scored a sensational goal against Juventus in a friendly match. However at this time Kluivert's personal life began to cause problems, he was charged with manslaughter after running an art critic over in his new sports car, to which he received community service and a driving ban. He was also charged with rape on a separate occasion but he was to be later acquitted. After scoring only six goals in Italy he left for FC Barcelona where he was reunited with Louis Van Gaal, a mentor from his days at Ajax. Kluivert formed a strong partnership with Rivaldo which enabled Bara to win the Spanish La Liga in 1998/99. He was released from Bara in the Summer of 2004 along with fellow Dutch national teammates Michael Reiziger and Marc Overmars. He joined Newcastle United on 21 July 2004 to team up with Alan Shearer. However, after only one season on Tyneside Kluivert was given a free transfer. He decided to return to Spain to play for Valencia.

Kluivert's international career has perhaps not gone as well as he would have liked; he missed most of Euro 96 with a knee injury but he did manage to score a brilliant goal against England. At the 1998 World Cup he was sent off against Belgium by referee Pierluigi Collina after elbowing an opponent, although 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, although the Dutch national team did not win the tournament which they were predicted to do so. At Template:Ec2, after scoring a hat trick in the quarterfinals, Kluivert missed a penalty in the semifinal loss to Italy.

Kluivert is currently the all-time leading goalscorer for the Dutch national team with 40 (as of 2005). In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers chosen by Pel as part of FIFA's centenary observances. Interestingly, he was born on the same day as fellow countryman and FIFA 100 member Ruud van Nistelrooy. During Template:Ec2, Kluivert didn't play a single minute, while his team reached the semi-finals again.

Statistics

Club Season Appearances Goals Appearances (Europe) Goals (Europe)
Ajax 1994/95 25 18 10 2
Ajax 1995/96 28 15 8 5
Ajax 1996/97 17 6 4 2
AC Milan 1997/98 27 6 - -
FC Barcelona 1998/99 35 15 - -
FC Barcelona 1999/00 26 19 14 7
FC Barcelona 2000/01 31 17 12 5
FC Barcelona 2001/02 33 18 16 7
FC Barcelona 2002/03 36 17 15 5
FC Barcelona 2003/04 22 8 3 2
Newcastle United 2004/05 25 6 6 5

Honours

Ajax

FC Barcelona

Netherlands

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