Kevin Hofland

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Kevin Hofland
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Hofland taking the field for Feyenoord
Personal information
Full name Kevin Hofland
Date of birth (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Heerlen, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1983–1989 Limburgia
1989–1997 Fortuna Sittard
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Fortuna Sittard 59 (1)
2000–2004 PSV 78 (4)
2004–2007 VfL Wolfsburg 76 (2)
2007–2011 Feyenoord 55 (3)
2010–2011 AEK Larnaca (loan) 25 (5)
2011–2012 AEK Larnaca 10 (0)
Total 233 (15)
National team
2000–2006 Netherlands 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Hofland (born 7 June 1979) is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Over the course of ten seasons (in a career which lasted 15) he amassed Eredivisie totals of 182 games and eight goals, namely for PSV and Feyenoord. He also represented one team each in Germany and Cyprus.

A Dutch international in the 2000s, Hofland earned 7 caps.

Club career[edit]

Fortuna[edit]

Hofland was born in Heerlen, but grew up in Brunssum, Limburg. He joined local SV Limburgia at the age of just four, moving to the professionals with Fortuna Sittard six years later.

Hofland played in various positions during his youth career, mainly as a left midfielder or left back. In 1995 he was reconverted by manager Henk Duut into a central defender, where he remained for the rest of his career.

On 10 September 1997, Hofland made his Eredivisie debut with Fortuna, against Sparta Rotterdam (1–1 away draw). He finished his first season with only six league appearances, but subsequently became a starter, helping the side to the 12th-place in the 1999–00 campaign.

PSV[edit]

In summer 2000, Hofland signed with national giants PSV Eindhoven. Despite his young age and the heavy competition within the team, he quickly became an important player in the team's defence but, after a serious ankle injury in a 2002–03 UEFA Champions League group stage match against Arsenal, he lost his starting position to Wilfred Bouma.

Hofland played 20 matches in 2003–04 to help the Philips outfit finished second in the domestic championship, to AFC Ajax. After the arrival of Alex on loan from Chelsea he decided to leave the club, having won a total of four major titles.

Wolfsburg[edit]

Former PSV manager Eric Gerets was one of the main reasons for Hofland to join VfL Wolfsburg in Germany. He went on to play three seasons in the Bundesliga, making his debut in the competition on 7 August 2004 in a 2–1 win at Borussia Dortmund (90 minutes played).

In his last two years with the Wölfen, Hofland played in 49 games combined scoring twice, but the team ranked 15th on both occasions, being the first side above the relegation zone.

Feyenoord / AEK[edit]

On 28 June 2007, Hofland signed with Feyenoord, for four years. He only managed to appear in eight league games in the 2009–10 season, winning the first and only Dutch Cup of his career in 2008.

In the 2010 offseason Hofland was loaned to Cypriot First Division club AEK Larnaca FC, helping the team to the fourth position in both the regular season and the second stage, whilst scoring a career-best five goals and being team captain.

Hofland signed a permanent deal with AEK in July 2011.[1] On 17 March of the following year, however, he officially retired from professional football after another injury to his ankle.[2]

International career[edit]

On 15 November 2000, Hofland played his first international match with Netherlands, starting in an away friendly with Spain in Sevilla (2–1 win).

Four of his seven caps for the Oranje came during the ill-fated 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1998–99 29 1 0 0 0 0 29 1
1999–00 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2000–01 PSV Eredivisie 29 2 0 0 0 0 29 2
2001–02 22 2 0 0 0 0 22 2
2002–03 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2003–04 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2004–05 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2005–06 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
2006–07 30 0 0 0 0 0 30 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Feyenoord Eredivisie 27 1 0 0 0 0 27 1
2008–09 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
2009–10 5 1 2 0 0 0 7 1
Total Netherlands 186 7 2 0 0 0 188 7
Germany 76 2 0 0 0 0 76 2
Career total 262 9 2 0 0 0 264 9

International[edit]

Honours[edit]

Fortuna
PSV
Feyenoord

Personal life[edit]

Hofland is married. He and his wife have three sons.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nederlanders trefzeker voor winnend AEK Larnaca" [Dutch players are accurate for winning AEK Larnaca] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hofland (32) stopt per direct vanwege 'Van Basten-enkel'" [Hofland (32) retires immediately because of 'Van Basten ankle'] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Profiel: Kevin Hofland" (in Dutch). FR-Fanatic. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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