Pim Balkestein

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Pim Balkestein
Pim Balkestein - It 4.jpg
Balkestein in 2009
Personal information
Full name Pim Balkestein
Date of birth (1987-04-29) 29 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Gouda, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
VVV-Venlo
Number 4
Youth career
–2006 Heerenveen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Heerenveen 0 (0)
2008–2010 Ipswich Town 29 (0)
2009 Brentford (loan) 8 (0)
2010 Brentford (loan) 6 (1)
2010–2012 Brentford 25 (1)
2011 Rochdale (loan) 13 (0)
2012 AFC Wimbledon (loan) 6 (0)
2012–2013 AFC Wimbledon 24 (2)
2013– VVV-Venlo 36 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Pim Balkestein (born 29 April 1987) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo. He can also play as a left-back and is the son of ex-footballer Luuk Balkestein.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Balkestein was born in the Dutch city of Gouda on 29 April 1987. He is the son of former Sparta Rotterdam and Feyenoord player Luuk Balkestein. He came through the academy ranks at SC Heerenveen, making the step up from the under-19 squad to the first team for the 2006–07 season. However, the defender would never made a first team appearance for the club. At the end of the 2007–08 season, Balkestein joined Championship side Ipswich Town on trial, impressing manager Jim Magilton enough to be offered a permanent deal following his strong performance in a friendly for Ipswich Town Reserves against Tottenham Hotspur Reserves.

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 16 June 2008, Balkestein signed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town with the option of a further year extension.[1] As a result of the transfer, a fee of £180,000 was paid to his former club SC Heerenveen as compensation. Balkestein made his professional and Football League debut for Ipswich Town on 9 August 2008 in a 2–1 defeat by Preston North End.[2] The 21-year-old defender would go on to make 20 league appearances in total for Ipswich Town during the 2008–09 season.[3] Balkestein also featured for "The Blues" in the First Round of the 2008-09 League Cup in a 4–1 win over Leyton Orient on 12 August 2008[4] as well as in the Third Round fixture against Wigan Athletic on 24 September 2008 which ended as a 4–1 defeat.[5] The defender also played for Ipswich Town in their 3–1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Fourth Round of the 2008-09 FA Cup on 24 January 2009.[6] On 21 April 2009, Balkestein was named Ipswich Town's "Most Improved Player of the Year", as voted for by the club's coaching staff. At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Balkestein made 6 league appearances for Ipswich Town before it was announced that he would join League One side Brentford on an initial one-month loan deal on 20 November 2009.[7] The defender made his debut for Brentford on 21 November 2009 in a 1–1 draw with Walsall.[8] On 21 December 2009, Brentford manager Andy Scott extended Balkestein's loan by a further month.[9] The extension was short-lived however, as on 30 December 2009, Balkestein was recalled by his parent club in order to replace injured defender David Wright.[10] Balkestein's last game for Ipswich Town came on 30 January 2010 against the same opposition as his first, Preston North End, in what would end as a 2–0 defeat.[11] On 25 March 2010, Pim Balkestein returned to Brentford on loan until the end of the 2009–10 with a view to a permanent move.[12] On 30 March 2010, Balkestein scored his first football league goal for Brentford in a 3–2 win over Oldham Athletic.[13]

Brentford[edit]

Having made 14 appearances on loan at Brentford during the 2009–10 season, Balkestein joined the Bees on a permanent basis from Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee on 6 August 2010, signing a three-year deal.[14] The defender made 20 league appearances in total for Brentford during the 2010–11 season.[15] Balkestein scored his second and last goal for the Bees in a 3–2 defeat by Walsall on 12 April 2011.[16] Following the sacking of Andy Scott as Brentford manager on 3 February 2011,[17] however, Balkestein quickly found himself out of favour and deemed surplus to requirements by successor to the post Uwe Rösler. As a result of this, Balkestein was loaned out for almost the entirety of the 2011–12 season. His first loan spell was to League One rivals Rochdale beginning on 19 August 2011 and running until 18 January 2012.[18] Balkestein's debut for Rochdale came in a 2–0 defeat by Oldham Athletic on 20 August 2011.[19] The defender would go on to make just 13 league appearances in total for Rochdale in the 2011–12 season, however, after being blighted by a reoccurring groin injury which forced him to return to his parent club to undergo minor surgery in November 2011.[20] The 24-year-old returned to training at Rochdale on 5 December 2011.[21] However, he would not go on to make another appearance for "The Dale" and subsequently returned to Brentford in January 2012, where he was told by Uwe Rösler that he had no future with the club.[22] Balkestein subsequently joined League Two side AFC Wimbledon on a one-month loan deal on 9 March 2012.[23] Balkestein made his debut for AFC Wimbledon in a 2–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on 10 March 2012.[24] The defender would go on to make 6 league appearances in total for "The Dons", however, his loan spell would ultimately be cut short after an X-Ray found that he had broken his toe in a 4–0 win over Burton Albion on 24 March 2012.[25]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

On 17 July 2012, Balkestein returned to AFC Wimbledon on a permanent deal after being released by Brentford.[26] Balkestein scored his first goal for AFC Wimbledon on 21 August 2012 in a 6–2 defeat by Burton Albion.[27] The 25-year-old defender scored his second for the club on 12 March 2013 in a 3–1 win over Southend United.[28] Having made twenty–four appearances for "The Dons" during his second spell with the club, Balkestein was released by AFC Wimbledon on 14 May 2013.[29]

VVV-Venlo[edit]

After being released by AFC Wimbledon, Balkestein joined Dutch Eerste Divisie side VVV-Venlo on 12 June 2013, signing a three-year deal.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ipswich sign defender Balkestein". BBC Football. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Ipswich Town 1 – 2 Preston North End". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Games played by Pim Balkestein in 2008/2009". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ipswich Town 4 – 1 Leyton Orient". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ipswich Town 1 – 4 Wigan Athletic". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 24 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea 3 – 1 Ipswich Town". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Brentford complete double signing". BBC Football. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Brentford 1 – 1 Walsall". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Brentford extend Ipswich Town's Pim Balkestein's loan". BBC Football. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich Town recall Pim Balkestein from Brentford". BBC Football. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Preston North End 2 – 0 Ipswich Town". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Pim Makes A Beeline for Brentford". Ipswich Town. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Oldham Athletic 2 – Brentford". BBC Football. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Brentford sign Pim Balkestein from Ipswich Town". BBC Football. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Games played by Pim Balkestein in 2010/2011". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Walsall 3 – 2 Brentford". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Andy Scott sacked by Brentford". London: The Independent. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Rochdale sign Brentford defender Pim Balkestein on loan". BBC Football. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Oldham Athletic 2 – 0 Rochdale". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Rochdale defender set for Brentford return". The Hounslow Chronicle. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Balkestein back with Rochdale". Football365.com. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "Defender told he can leave Brentford". The Hounslow Chronicle. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Brentford's Pim Balkestein joins AFC Wimbledon on loan". BBC Football. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "AFC Wimbledon 2 – 1 Dagenham & Redbridge". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  25. ^ "Brentford defender suffers injury blow". The Hounslow Chronicle. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  26. ^ "AFC Wimbledon sign defender Pim Balkestein". BBC Football. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "Burton Albion 6 – 2 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Football. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  28. ^ "Southend United 1 – 3 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Football. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  29. ^ "Neal confirms released list". AFC Wimbledon. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  30. ^ "Ex-Wimbledon defender makes Dutch move". Twentfour7football.com. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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