MEET THE LEGEND - oguncitynews


Friday 14 October 2022


 Former Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink began his senior professional career at Telstar in 1990 and moved to AZ Alkmaar the following year.

He played for a number of other clubs including Boavista where

he won the Taca de Portugal, before signing for Leeds United in the summer of 1997. 

At Leeds, he emerged Premier League joint top scorer with 18 goals, alongside Michael Owen and Dwight Yorke in the 1998-99 season. He also emerged as the joint top assist provider with 13, alongside Dennis Bergkamp.

Later that year, he signed for Atletico Madrid and reached the 1999-2000 Copa del Rey final where they lost 2-1 to Espanyol. He was the competition's joint top scorer with 4 goals, alongside six other players.

In the La Liga that season, he finished second top scorer with 24 goals, behind Racing Santander's Salva (27). However, Atletico Madrid still ended up getting relegated.

Hasselbaink returned to the Premier League in May 2000 after Chelsea signed him for £15 million- a club record fee at the time. Again, he emerged Premier League top scorer in the 2000-01 season with 23 goals.

He spent four years at Chelsea, winning the FA Charity Shield in 2000 and reaching the FA Cup final in 2001-02 FA Cup final where they lost 2-0 to Arsenal.

Next, he joined Middlesbrough where he reached the 2005-06 UEFA Cup final, losing 4-0 to Sevilla.

He joined Charlton Athletic after that and last played for Cardiff City where he again reached the FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to Portsmouth.

At international level, Hasselbaink scored 9 goals in 23 appearances for Netherlands and featured at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

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