Carl Hoefkens

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Carl Hoefkens
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Hoefkens warming up for West Bromwich Albion in 2007
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-10-06) 6 October 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Lier, Belgium
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 Lierse 129 (1)
2001–2003 Lommel 54 (4)
2003 Westerlo 7 (0)
2003–2005 Germinal Beerschot 62 (2)
2005–2007 Stoke City 89 (5)
2007–2009 West Bromwich Albion 52 (0)
2009–2013 Club Brugge 127 (4)
2013–2014 Lierse 20 (0)
2014–2015 Oostende 18 (1)
2015–2016 Manchester 62
National team
1992–1993 Belgium U15 22 (1)
1994–1995 Belgium U16 5 (1)
1994–1995 Belgium U17 7 (1)
1995–1996 Belgium U18 19 (1)
1995–1996 Belgium U19 7 (0)
1997–1999 Belgium U21 16 (2)
1999–2008 Belgium 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:35, 7 January 2015 (UTC).

Carl Hoefkens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkɑrl ˈɦuf.kəns]; born 6 October 1978) is a Belgian former footballer who played as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lier, Belgium, Hoefkens started his career at K. Lierse S.K. and played there for six years. He made his breakthrough with Lierse in first class and won the Belgian Cup in 1999, beating Standard Liège in the final with 3–1. Afterwards, he made a move to Lommel but his move turned into a nightmare, when Lommel went broke in 2003. In the summer of 2003, he came to Germinal Beerschot, the first class team of the Belgian city of Antwerp. There, he became one of the pillars of the team. In his second season at Germinal Beerschot, he won the cup in the final against FC Bruges, then champions of Belgium. Hoefkens is still appreciated by Beerschot fans; a group of fans from the club have travelled to England on numerous occasions to watch him play.[1]

Stoke City[edit]

In the summer of 2005 Stoke City manager, Johan Boskamp snapped him up for an undisclosed fee.[2] He made his debut for the club in a 0–0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on 6 August 2005. Hoefkens became an ever-present in the Stoke line-up and wore the number 2 shirt.

Hoefkens received acclaim for his performances in his first season in English football. He became a fans favourite at Stoke and was crowned 'Fans' Player of the year (2005–06). He then won his 9th cap for his country against Kazakhstan (0–0).

During the January 2007 transfer window he was linked with a return to Belgium, with Club Brugge reportedly interested in him. He was also penalty taker for Stoke before the arrival of Danny Higginbotham, however he still maintained a 100% record for the club. Hoefkens impressed both manager and fans alike with his technical ability during the 2006–07 season. He was also praised for his versatility, as he operated as a winger or a central midfielder on occasions in the latter stages of the season.

It was feared that Hoefkens had broken a bone in his foot in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Portugal however a scan revealed that there was no damage.[3]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Stoke accepted a bid for Hoefkens from West Bromwich Albion on 4 August 2007.[4] He joined Albion on 7 August 2007 in a £750,000 deal and was offered a two-year contract plus a further one-year as an option.[5] Hoefkens made his Albion debut in a 2–1 defeat away at Burnley on the opening day of the 2007–08 season.[6] One week later, Hoefkens was named in the Championship Team of the Week, following his performance in the 2-0 home win over Preston North End.[7] He is known by his West Brom team mates as "Wolverine", due to his resemblance to the comic book hero from the X-Men.[8]

Hoefkens was released in the summer of 2009.[9]

Return to Belgium[edit]

On 25 August 2009 Club Brugge signed the former West Bromwich Albion's Belgian right-back on a two-year deal. He became captain in the season 2010–11. After the season ended, he signed for an extra year with the club.[10] After 4 years and 127 appearances for the club, Hoefkens moved to Lierse in 2013, spending a season there before a move to Oostende.

Gibraltar[edit]

In August 2015, after his release from Oostende, Hoefkens signed for Gibraltar Premier Division side Manchester 62, who beat off competition from reigning champions Lincoln Red Imps for his signature. He signed undisclosed semi-professional terms for the side and will aid in the development of David Ochello's young side, making his debut on September 26 in a 1-0 victory over Glacis United.

International career[edit]

Hoefkens has played for his country twenty two times and has scored one goal. He also represented Belgium in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hoefkens is married and has two sons: Milan and Valentino. Hoefkens can speak Dutch, English, French, German and Italian.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Carl Hoefkens profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required) and Carl Hoefkens at National-Football-Teams.com
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lierse 1996–97 Belgian First Division 17 0 17 0
1997–98 Belgian First Division 27 1 27 1
1998–99 Belgian First Division 30 0 30 0
1999–2000 Belgian First Division 28 0 28 0
2000–01 Belgian First Division 27 0 27 0
Total 129 1 129 1
Lommel 2001–02 Belgian First Division 33 3 33 3
2002–03 Belgian First Division 21 1 21 1
Total 54 4 54 4
Westerlo 2002–03 Belgian First Division 7 0 7 0
Total 7 0 7 0
Germinal Beerschot 2003–04 Belgian First Division 32 4 32 4
2004–05 Belgian First Division 30 3 30 3
Total 62 7 62 7
Stoke City 2005–06 Championship 44 3 4 0 1 0 49 3
2006–07 Championship 45 2 2 0 0 0 47 2
Total 89 5 6 0 1 0 96 5
West Bromwich Albion 2007–08 Championship 42 0 5 0 0 0 47 0
2008–09 Premier League 10 0 4 0 1 0 15 0
Total 52 0 9 0 1 0 62 0
Club Brugge 2009–10 Belgian Pro League 31 0 3 0 34 0
2010–11 Belgian Pro League 38 2 2 0 40 2
2011–12 Belgian Pro League 34 2 1 0 35 2
2012–13 Belgian Pro League 24 0 1 0 25 2
Total 127 4 7 0 134 4
Lierse 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 20 0 2 0 22 0
Oostende 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 18 1 0 0 18 1
Career Total 558 22 24 0 2 0 584 22

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lierse[13]
Beerschot A.C.[13]
West Bromwich Albion[13]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stoke City: The story". 
  2. ^ "Stoke complete deal for Hoefkens". BBC Sport. 2005-07-26. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Hoefkens injury boost for Stoke". BBC Sport. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  4. ^ "West Brom close on Hoefkens deal". BBC Sport. 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Hoefkens seals Baggies switch". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Burnley vs WBA". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Coca-Cola Championship Team Of The Week (20/08/2007)" (pdf). The Football League. 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Saturday's gossip column". BBC Sport. 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  9. ^ "Relegated West Brom release trio". BBC Sport. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  10. ^ Koster wacht af hoe Hoefkens zich toont
  11. ^ "Malaysia 1997 - Belgium squad". FIFA. Retrieved 2007-05-25. [dead link]
  12. ^ "PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: Carl Hoefkens". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  13. ^ a b c Carl Hoefkens at Soccerway
  14. ^ "Player Awards". Stoke City F.C. 

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