Ricksen at Zenit in 2007.
|Date of birth||27 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Right back, right midfielder|
|2006||→ Zenit Saint Petersburg (loan)||14||(2)|
|2007–2009||Zenit Saint Petersburg||36||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Fernando Jacob Hubertina Hendrika Ricksen (born 27 July 1976) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a right back and right midfielder. He is mostly known for his six-year spell at Rangers. He earned 12 caps for the Netherlands at international level.
Ricksen endured a difficult start to his Rangers career, culminating in him being substituted after a torrid 23 minutes against countryman Bobby Petta in a 6–2 defeat to Celtic. On his second trip to Celtic Park six months later, he was sent-off before half-time in another defeat. He had been dropped for the two intervening derbies.
In November 2000 Ricksen became the first player in Scottish football to be banned retrospectively on television evidence. His Kung Fu-style kick on Darren Young had been missed by the referee but caught on camera, leading to a five game ban. Ricksen subsequently used his personal website to suggest Young required "straightening out."
2003–04 proved to be a failed season for Rangers, with the departure of several players from the treble winning season most notably Barry Ferguson and Lorenzo Amoruso. Ricksen, however, proved to be an important member of the Rangers team which finished second, playing 42 games, despite several injury and disciplinary problems throughout the season. In October 2003 Ricksen threw Rangers chairman John McClelland into a swimming pool before a match against Panathinaikos in Athens. The same week he was banned from the Netherlands national team for smashing a hotel door down after a night out. After the events Rangers banned Ricksen from talking to the media and manager McLeish said "We would rather have Fernando on the back pages and we have told him that."
The highlight of Ricksens career at Rangers came in the 2004/2005 season seeing him jointly win the SPFA player of the year award after scoring nine goals from midfield in his forty appearances for the club, helping Rangers to a league and league cup double.
It remained unclear whether Ricksen would be seen as a key member of the Rangers team under new manager Paul Le Guen for the 2006–07 season. An alcohol-fueled incident involving a stewardess on Rangers' outbound flight to their pre-season camp in South Africa, led to Ricksen being sent home by Le Guen, who later described his behaviour as "inappropriate and unacceptable for the way in which I have asked my players to conduct themselves."
Zenit St Petersburg
Ricksen moved on loan to Zenit St Petersburg on a season long loan on 9 August 2006, the Russian club's manager being Dick Advocaat, who signed Ricksen for Rangers. Two weeks later he returned to Ibrox in a friendly between Rangers and Zenit and was booed after injuring Chris Burke with what was described as a reckless tackle. Weeks later, Ricksen engaged in an on-field fist-fight with Zenit captain Vladislav Radimov. On 28 November 2006, Zenit St Petersburg announced that they bought out Ricksen's transfer from Rangers. Despite this, Ricksen again fought with Radimov during a match in January 2007. In January 2009, after two and a half years in Russia, Ricksen was demoted to Zenit's reserve side, having previously refused to leave the club. On 28 August 2009 FC Zenit terminated his contract because of Ricksen's constant disciplinary misbehaviours.
Back at Sittard
After being without a club for more than a year, on 2 December 2010 Ricksen agreed to rejoin his childhood team Fortuna Sittard, involved in their battle to escape relegation from the Eerste Divisie, signing a contract till the end of the season.
On Christmas Day 2000 Ricksen was the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal after an incident when his car crashed into a lamppost in the early hours of the morning. Ricksen denied charges of drink-driving, careless driving, committing a breach of the peace by shouting and swearing, and conducting himself in a disorderly manner. At a trial in February 2003 Ricksen was found to have been twice over the limit and was convicted of drink-driving, receiving a £500 fine and a 12-month driving ban. He was acquitted of the other charges.
In October 2003 Ricksen was fined £7,000 after being convicted of a breach of the peace and assault in relation to a drunken late-night house party he held the previous November. Having initially denied the charges, in Court Ricksen admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner, causing a breach of the peace, repeatedly igniting fireworks, shouting and swearing and then threatening and assaulting a neighbour who had complained. In football season 2004–05 Ricksen self-imposed an abstinence from alcohol.
In July 2006 Ricksen checked himself into the Sporting Chance Clinic for residential treatment relating to alcohol abuse and anger management. For the previous six months he had been receiving out-patient treatment from the clinic.
A Documentary titled 'Fernando Ricksen: Hard Times' was aired on Sky Sports 1 on 3rd May, 2015.
- Fortuna Sittard
- Scottish Premier League: 2002–03, 2004–05
- Scottish Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03
- Scottish League Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005
- Zenit Saint Petersburg
- He's behind you
- A relaxed Ricksen puts his Celtic troubles behind him
- McLeish warns troubled Ricksen
- Ricksen gets four-game ban
- Burke crocked by Ricksen tackle
- Fernando Ricksen
- Official FC Zenit St. Petersburg website (Russian)
- 'Ricksen maakt vrijdag rentree bij Fortuna'
- Rangers player faces drink-drive charge
- Rangers star banned for drink-driving
- Rangers footballer fined £7,000 for fireworks row
- Ricksen appeal after fireworks fine
- Troubled Ricksen consults clinic
- Ricksen fireworks are sure to warm up final
- Ricksen praised for taking action
- Fernando Ricksen heeft ALS - Telegraaf (Dutch)
- (English) Profile at the official FC Zenit St. Petersburg website
- (Russian) Profile at the official Russian Premier League website
- Fernando Ricksen career statistics at Soccerbase