Richard Knopper

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Richard Knopper
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-08-29) August 29, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Rijswijk, Netherlands
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1984–1988 RVC Rijswijk
1988–1993 Feyenoord
1993–1997 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Ajax 67 (19)
2002–2003 Aris Thessaloniki (loan) 21 (1)
2003–2004 SC Heerenveen (loan) 32 (9)
2004–2006 Vitesse 47 (8)
2006–2010 ADO Den Haag 85 (17)
2011 PSM Makassar 16 (2)
2011–2012 Haaglandia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Richard Knopper (born 29 August 1977 in Rijswijk) is a Dutch former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Knopper began his footballing career with Feyenoord but, still in his youth, moved to rivals Ajax Amsterdam, making his club debuts in November 1997, against Sparta Rotterdam.

In 1999, he was voted by Ajax supporters as Most Talented Player, receiving the Marco van Basten Trophy. The following year, he netted 15 league goals as a midfielder, but the club could only finish fifth.

A regular under Jan Wouters, Knopper saw his playing time reduce when Co Adriaanse took over as head coach in 2000, also being injured for almost the entire season, playing only eight matches that year, and appearing slightly more in the following, which would be his last.

In May 2002, Knopper had a trial with English Premier League side Sunderland and played in that predicament in the Niall Quinn testimonial match with the Republic of Ireland on the 14th.[1] From 2002–04 he served two loans, first with Greece's Aris Thessaloniki then with SC Heerenveen, slightly reviving his career with the latter. Upon his Ajax release in the 2004 summer, he spent two additional seasons with Vitesse, appearing regularly.

After some problems with Vitesse manager Aad de Mos, Knopper was forced to leave, joining ADO Den Haag. In July 2007, a three-year link was agreed, with the player netting again in double figures (10) in 2008–09, crucial to help in a narrow escape from relegation; in the 2010 summer, aged 33, he was released.

In January 2011, 33-year old Knopper moved to Liga Primer Indonesia club PSM Makassar, leaving after a couple of months, and signing with lowly Haaglandia back in his country where he ended his career.[2]

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