Alex Schalk

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Alex Schalk
Personal information
Full name Alex Schalk
Date of birth (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Breda, Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 23
Youth career
Beek Vorruit
NAC Breda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 NAC Breda 58 (10)
2014 PSV (loan) 0 (0)
2014 Jong PSV 16 (6)
2014–2015 Go Ahead Eagles 22 (4)
2015– Ross County 54 (10)
National team
2012–2013 Netherlands U20 4 (3)
2011–2013 Netherlands U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:23, 29 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:57, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Alex Schalk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːlɛks ˈsxɑlk]; born August 7, 1992) is a Dutch footballer who plays as forward for Ross County. He scored the winning goal for Ross County in the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup final.

Career[edit]

Schalk came through the youth ranks of NAC Breda, earning the nickname of "Der Bomber van Breda" because of his reputation as a footballer with remarkable goalscoring instincts, comparable to legendary German striker Gerd Müller.[1] On 1 May 2011, he made his senior debut for NAC against Heracles Almelo in the 33rd round of the 2010–11 Eredivisie season, replacing Ömer Bayram in the 85th minute. The match ended in a 1–2 home loss.[2] On 9 August 2011, Schalk agreed a new two-year contract at NAC until June 2013.[3]

After losing perspective on playing matches for NAC Breda, Schalk was sent on loan to PSV, where he played for Eerste Divisie side Jong PSV. He scored 6 times in 16 matches for the Eerste Divisie side. On 28 June 2014, Schalk signed a one-year deal with Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles on a free transfer.

Schalk moved to Scottish Premiership club Ross County in October 2015.[4] On 13 March 2016, he scored a late winner as Ross County won their first major silverware with a 2–1 victory over Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup final.[5] On 16 April 2017, in the 88th minute of a Premiership match at home to Celtic, he won a penalty which was converted to earn Ross County a 2–2 draw. The act was described as a "clear dive" while Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers accused Schalk of "blatant cheating".[6][7] Days later, he was charged with committing an "act of simulation" and handed a two-game suspension by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer which both he and his club accepted.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 April 2017[9]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NAC Breda 2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 32 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 6
2012–13 20 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 23 5
2013–14 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 58 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 63 12
Jong PSV (loan) 2013–14 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 6
Go Ahead Eagles 2014–15 20 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 23 4
2015–16 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 22 4 1 0 0 0 4 0 27 4
Ross County 2015–16 25 5 4 2 3 2 0 0 32 9
2016–17 29 5 2 0 4 3 0 0 35 8
Total 54 10 6 2 7 5 0 0 67 17
Career total 150 30 12 4 7 5 4 0 173 39

Honours[edit]

Ross County

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Der Bomber van Breda' Schalk blijft langer bij NAC". Voetbal International. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "NAC Breda 1-2 Heracles Almelo". Voetbal International. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "NAC Breda bindt talenten Schalk en Bouwman". Telegraaf. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ross County sign Dutch striker Alex Schalk until end of season". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Richard (13 March 2016). "Scottish League Cup Final: Hibernian 1 Ross County 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Dowden, Martin (16 April 2017). "Ross County 2-2 Celtic - BBC Sport". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers accuses Ross County's Alex Schalk of 'blatant cheating'". Sky Sports. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ross County: Alex Schalk accepts two-game suspension for diving". BBC Sport. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Alex Schalk at Soccerway. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. ^ Includes matches in the Eredivisie promotion/relegation play-offs and UEFA Europa League

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