Michael Mols

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Michael Mols
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Mols before a game with Holland
Personal information
Full name Michael Alexander Mols
Date of birth (1970-12-17) 17 December 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Geuzenveld
Eendracht '82
Blauw Wit
1984–1990 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Ajax 0 (0)
1991–1993 Cambuur 43 (13)
1993–1996 Twente 107 (26)
1996–1999 Utrecht 94 (49)
1999–2004 Rangers 98 (38)
2004–2005 Utrecht 14 (1)
2005–2007 Den Haag 60 (8)
2007–2009 Feyenoord 39 (4)
Total 455 (139)
National team
1995–1999 Netherlands 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Alexander Mols (born 17 December 1970) is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Amsterdam to Indo (Eurasian) parents, Mols, a product of local AFC Ajax's youth system, never appeared officially for its first team, making his professional debuts in the second division, with Cambuur Leeuwarden, which he helped obtain Eredivisie promotion in 1992. Early into the following year, he signed with another club in the top level, FC Twente, continuing to score regularly with this and his following team, FC Utrecht.

In the 1999 summer, Mols signed with Scottish giants Rangers, scoring nine times in his first nine Scottish Premier League matches. However, during a UEFA Champions League clash against FC Bayern Munich, he collided with opposing goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, which resulted in a serious knee injury – in the same competition, he previously helped his club crush PSV Eindhoven 4–1 at home by scoring twice, whilst in the league, he put four past former Ranger Andy Goram's Motherwell.

In the following years, Mols endured a tough rehabilitation process,[1][2] eventually recovering fully and scoring 13 times in 27 matches during the 2002–03 championship-winning season, which earned him a one-year extension in his contract.[3] In December 2002, he notably scored the winner in the Old Firm contest against Celtic (3–2),[4] and left club and country in June 2004, having collected a total of five trophies. He unfortunately got sent off on his final appearance for Rangers against Dunfermline.[5]

After an unassuming year with Utrecht, Mols signed with ADO Den Haag, where he played two seasons and netted eight league goals combined. At the end of 2006–07, as his side relegated to the second division, he decided to retire, at almost 37.

However, after sacking agent Mark Brandon, he later reconsidered:[6] He began his attempt to find a new club with an unsuccessful trial with Australian club Perth Glory FC,[7] before he signed a one-year deal with Feyenoord Rotterdam, as cover for also recently signed Roy Makaay.[8][9] He retired for good at the end of 2008–09 (18 matches, two goals).

International career[edit]

During a four-year span, Mols won six (scoreless) caps for Holland, the first coming on 18 January 1995 in a 0–1 friendly loss with France, in Utrecht.

Honours[edit]

Rangers
Feyenoord
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pars will not rush Rossi; BBC Sport, 21 October 2000
  2. ^ On-off debut for Pars' Rossi; BBC Sport, 8 November 2000
  3. ^ Mols re-signs for Rangers; BBC Sport, 15 June 2003
  4. ^ Gers win Old Firm thriller; BBC Sport, 7 December 2002
  5. ^ "Dunfermline 2–3 Rangers". BBC. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.nu.nl/sport/1137460/michael-mols-ziet-af-van-perth-glory.html (Dutch)
  7. ^ Mols won't be joining Glory; The World Game, 2 July 2007
  8. ^ Feyenoord presenteert morgen pinch-hitter Mols (Feyenoord presents goal-getter Mols tomorrow), FC Update, 8 July 2007 (Dutch)
  9. ^ Michael Mols toegevoegd aan selectie Feyenoord; Feyenoord's official website, 9 July 2007 (Dutch)

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