Orlando Smeekes

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Orlando Smeekes
Personal information
Full name Orlando Smeekes
Date of birth (1981-12-28) 28 December 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Maritzburg United
Number 11
Youth career
Flevo Boys
SC Heerenveen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Stormvogels Telstar 50 (10)
2003–2004 FC Volendam 2 (0)
2004–2005 TOP Oss 26 (2)
2005–2007 Helmond Sport 48 (9)
2007–2008 Go Ahead Eagles 23 (5)
2008–2009 Stuttgarter Kickers 29 (4)
2009–2011 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 65 (20)
2011–2012 SV Wehen Wiesbaden 14 (0)
2012– Maritzburg United 9 (0)
National team
2008 Netherlands Antilles 4 (0)
2011– Curaçao 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 March 2009

Orlando Smeekes (born 28 December 1981 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Curaçaoan footballer. He plays for Maritzburg United in the South African Premier Soccer League.


On 10 September 2008 Smeekes left Go Ahead Eagles and moved to German 3. Fußball-Liga club Stuttgarter Kickers. After the relegation of the Kickers he signed with FC Carl Zeiss Jena on 26 June 2009.[1] In July 2010 joined for a trial week at Coventry City F.C., which did not result in a full-time contract. He had further trials at Charlton Athletic F.C. with similar success.[2] On 21 March 2011 he signed a contract with SV Wehen Wiesbaden and joined the club on 30 June 2011.[3] He joined South African club Maritzburg United on 26 June 2012.[4]

Murder Controversy[edit]

Smeekes was involved in an incident that resulted in the murder of a popular local man, Jake Smith, after an argument at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.[5] Allegations that Smeekes continued to assault Smith after he was stabbed persist, going against Smeekes claim that he tried to help Smith. Smeeke's remains a person of interest in the case as of 13 July 2014, and has been barred from leaving the country while the investigation takes place.

International career[edit]

Smeekes is also an active member of the Curaçao national football team.[6]


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