Teun de Nooijer

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Teun de Nooijer
Teun de Nooijer (2008-08-25).jpg
Teun de Nooijer in 2008.
Medal record
Men's field hockey
Competitor for the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta Team
Gold 2000 Sydney Team
Silver 2004 Athens Team
Silver 2012 London Team
World Cup
Gold 1998 Utrecht Team
Bronze 2002 Kuala Lumpur Team
Bronze 2010 Delhi Team
European Championship
Gold 2007 Manchester Team
Silver 1999 Padova Team
Silver 2005 Leipzig Team
Silver 2011 Gladbach Team
Bronze 2009 Amstelveen Team
Champions Trophy
Gold 2000 Amstelveen Team
Gold 2002 Cologne Team
Gold 2003 Amstelveen Team
Gold 2006 Terrassa Team
Silver 2004 Lahore Team
Silver 2005 Chennai Team
Bronze 1999 Brisbane Team
Bronze 2007 Kuala Lumpur Team
Bronze 2011 Auckland Team

Teun Floris de Nooijer (born 22 March 1976) is a field hockey player from the Netherlands, who twice became Olympic champion with the Dutch national squad, in 1996 and in 2000, and was on the team in 2012.[1] He currently plays for Dutch side HC Bloemendaal and in Hockey India League for Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Life and work[edit]

Born in Egmond aan den Hoef, he made his debut on 4 June 1994 in a friendly match against New Zealand. Since then the midfielder played over three hundred international matches for the Dutch. On April 4, 2007 he earned his 350th cap for the Netherlands national field hockey team, when the team defeated Belgium (7-3) in a friendly in Boxtel, Noord-Brabant.

De Nooijer started playing hockey at the age of nine, with his brothers in the backyard of their house. He joined HC Alkmaar at the age of eleven, and was selected for the Dutch under-16 team 2 years later. At fifteen, De Nooijer made his debut in the senior men's league with HC Alkmaar, and two years later, he first played in the Netherlands' elite league with HC Bloemendaal. After two seasons wearing the number 11 shirt, De Nooijer switched to the number 14, made famous by Johan Cruijff, and has worn it for club and country ever since.[2] The number was later bestowed on the signature stick he helped to create, the Dita Giga #14

De Nooijer played for Alkmaar before moving to HC Bloemendaal. After the 1998 Hockey World Cup he played for a couple of months in Germany, at Harvestehuder THC. In the final of the 1998 Hockey World Cup in Utrecht he scored the golden goal in the final against Spain. De Nooijer was named World Hockey Player of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2006[3] by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). De Nooijer created history when he won the award, which was presented by Jacques Rogge for a record third time. Jamie Dwyer, however, equaled this record when he won the award for the third time in 2009, and surpassed it when he won the award again in 2010. The only other man to have won the award more than once is de Nooijer’s former team mate Stephan Veen (1998, 2000).

Earlier in 2006, de Nooijer was the decisive factor in the Champions Trophy final as the Netherlands claimed a record-equalling eighth crown and de Nooijer's sixth. [3]

He claimed his 400th cap for the Netherlands on 15 August 2009 against the 5-3 victory against India [4]

De Nooijer is married to Philippa Suxdorf, herself a former German international hockey player with 154 caps under her belt. They have 3 daughters, seven-year-old Philine, five-year-old Lilly, and two-year-old Nana.[2]


  1. ^ "Men's Hockey: Netherlands". London2012.com. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Teun de Nooijer | Euro Hockey League
  3. ^ a b De Nooijer claims record third WorldHockey award, worldhockey.org, 16 September 2006
  4. ^ [1], "EHL Hockey", 17 August 2009

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Preceded by
Germany Michael Green
WorldHockey Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Australia Jamie Dwyer
Preceded by
Australia Jamie Dwyer
WorldHockey Player of the Year
2005 and 2006
Succeeded by
Australia Jamie Dwyer