Glenn Loovens

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Glenn Loovens
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Glenn Loovens playing for Celtic
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-10-22) 22 October 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Doetinchem, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sheffield Wednesday
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Feyenoord 25 (0)
2003–2004 Excelsior (loan) 24 (2)
2004–2005 De Graafschap (loan) 11 (0)
2005–2006 Cardiff City (loan) 33 (2)
2006–2008 Cardiff City 67 (1)
2008–2012 Celtic 89 (9)
2012–2013 Zaragoza 21 (0)
2013– Sheffield Wednesday 48 (0)
National team
2002–2004 Netherlands U21 6 (0)
2009-2010 Netherlands 2[2] (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:58, 6 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8th October 2014

Glenn Loovens (born 22 October 1983) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Sheffield Wednesday.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Loovens came through the Feyenoord youth system and made his debut against PSV Eindhoven in the 2001–02 season in the Feyenoord team that later won the UEFA Cup, alongside Robin van Persie, Civard Sprockel and Ferne Snoyl. In the later seasons, he failed to make good on his promising start as he quickly lost his position in defence to Patrick Paauwe again. He made his European debut at 19 years old, in a 2–0 defeat to Dynamo Kiev at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on 23 October 2002.

Cardiff City[edit]

Loovens spent the 2005–06 season on loan at Championship side Cardiff City and impressed enough so that they signed the promising young defender on a permanent deal after several months of negotiations for a reported fee of £250,000.[3] He originally formed a defensive partnership with club captain Darren Purse but the 2007–08 season saw Purse lose his place in the side to Roger Johnson and the pair went on to form a vital base for the team to build on, including playing alongside each other in all 6 matches during the clubs run to the 2008 FA Cup Final. Loovens found the back of the net in the final against Portsmouth but it was disallowed for an earlier infringement. The 2007–08 season also saw Loovens make his 100th appearance in all competitions for Cardiff by playing against Hull City on 12 March.


Loovens was the subject of transfer interest for most of summer 2008, with Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers emerging as leading candidates to secure his signing. Walter Smith, manager of Rangers, declared his interest in Loovens and made an offer for his services but their valuation of the defender was rejected by Cardiff.[4] On 16 August 2008, Loovens joined Scottish champions Celtic on a four-year contract for a fee of around £2.1 million Loovens stated that Parkhead was his preferred destination as he will get the chance to play in the Champions League.[4][5] He made his Celtic debut on 23 August 2008, in a 3–0 win over Falkirk at Celtic Park.[6][7][8] His first goal came on 23 September 2008 in a Co-op Insurance League Cup tie, also at Celtic Park, as Celtic beat Livingston 4–0.[9]

Loovens scored the winning goal against Hearts in injury time on 20 September 2009, to send Celtic top of the table.[10] He scored an own goal in a 1–3 defeat against Rangers in October 2010[11] and was criticised for his performance in Celtic's next game, a League Cup win over St Johnstone.[12][13][14] Loovens paid for his poor form, as he was dropped for the following match, also against St Johnstone.[15][16]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Loovens signed a short-term deal in December 2013 for Sheffield Wednesday after impressing during a short training stint. He then decided to extend his contract with the club until May 2014.[17]

Towards the end of that summer, on 13 July 2014, Loovens then extended for a further year after reportedly rejecting several contract offers from other clubs, both in England and abroad. He was also then promptly announced as club captain for the 2014/15 season by head coach Stuart Gray.[18][19]

International career[edit]

Loovens received his first senior cap for the Netherlands when he started the Oranje's 3–0 friendly win over Japan, on 5 September 2009.[20] He had previously been capped twice for the under-21 side.[21] and he represented the Netherlands at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.




  1. ^ Glenn Loovens Profile Celtic FC
  2. ^ "Interlands, doelpunten Glenn Loovens in het Nederlands Elftal". Voetbalstats. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Cardiff City look to the Loovenator Western Mail, 20 March 2008; Retrieved 12 April 2008
  4. ^ a b "Celtic sign Loovens from Cardiff". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Glenn Loovens spells out reasons for choosing Celtic ahead of Rangers Telegraph, 19 August 2008
  6. ^ Glenn Loovens Profile Celtic FC
  7. ^ Associated Foreign Press Samaras double lifts Celtic as Dons hold Rangers Soccerway, 23 August 2008
  8. ^ Derby debutants at the ready BBC Sport, 28 August 2008
  9. ^ TUESDAY NIGHT CLOCKWATCH Sporting Life, 23 September 2008
  10. ^ Glenn Loovens sinks Hearts to relieve Celtic manager Tony Mowbray, 20 September 2009
  11. ^ Celtic 1 – 3 Rangers BBC Sport, 24 October 2010
  12. ^ Anthony Stokes strikes twice before Celtic resist St Johnstone comeback, 27 October 2010
  13. ^ Glenn Loovens running the gauntlet of Old Firm three-strike policy as Celtic head back to Perth The Scotsman, 30 October 2010
  14. ^ Glenn will get stick for errors but we have competition if I want to change things, says Celtic boss Neil Lennon Daily Record, 30 October 2010
  15. ^ Live – Scottish football BBC Sport, 30 October 2008
  16. ^ St Johnstone 0 – 3 Celtic BBC Sport, 30 October 2010
  17. ^ "Loovens checks in". Sheffield Wednesday FC. 3 December 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Netherlands beat Japan 3–0 in friendly". USA today. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Glenn Loovens". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 

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