Glenn Helder

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Glenn Helder
Personal information
Full name Glenn Helder
Date of birth (1968-10-28) 28 October 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Leiden, Netherlands
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Oranje Groen
Ajax Amsterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Sparta Rotterdam 93 (9)
1993–1995 Vitesse Arnhem 52 (12)
1995–1997 Arsenal 39 (1)
1996 Benfica (loan) 11 (1)
1997–1998 NAC Breda 3 (0)
1998 Dalian Wanda FC 0 (0)
1998–1999 NAC Breda 3 (0)
1999–2000 MTK Hungária FC 9 (1)
2000–2002 RBC Roosendaal 0 (0)
2002–2003 TOP Oss 10 (1)
2009–2010 DOTO 3 (0)
National team
1995 Netherlands 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Glenn Helder (born 28 October 1968) is a former Dutch footballer who played as a winger. Helder was a product of Ajax Amsterdam's youth system, of whom played for Arsenal together with clubs in Holland's top flight being Sparta Rotterdam, Vitesse Arnhem and NAC Breda as well.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Leiden, Helder played for Sparta Rotterdam as well as Vitesse Arnhem of the Eredivisie before joining Arsenal on 14 February 1995, making his debut in a 1–0 home win against Nottingham Forest on 21 February. He was the final signing made by George Graham, who left a week after his arrival. Helder with Arsenal made 27 league appearances plus 12 as a substitute, with him scoring his solo goal for the club which came in a 3–2 win over Middlesbrough[2][1] In late 1996, just after the appointment of Arsene Wenger as manager, Arsenal sent him on loan to Benfica where he sustained a serious injury. Returning to the club, he found that he had been replaced by Marc Overmars in the summer of 1997 and was thus unable to break back into the first team.[1]

Helder then moved to NAC Breda in his native Netherlands and after a short spell there, he went to play in China for Dalian Wanda FC.[3] Soon afterwards he returned to Breda in a second spell at the club before moving on to MTK Hungária FC of Hungary. He then returned home to trial with FC Dordrecht, of which proved to be unfruitful. Helder eventually signed for RBC Roosendaal in 2000 and two years later moved on to that of TOP Oss where he brought an end to his playing career one year afterward.[1] In July 2006, Helder made a surprise appearance for Arsenal in Dennis Bergkamp's final ever game, a testimonial against Ajax.[1] Helder also appears regularly in Masters footballing tournaments and soccer clinics.[4][5]

International career[edit]

In his Dutch international footballing career, Helder earned four caps altogether for the Ons Oranje.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview in 1999 he stated that during his stay at NAC he tried to commit suicide because of problems resulting from compulsive gambling.[7] However, he continues to gamble, and is sometimes seen playing poker on the English Five television station, representing the Netherlands.[8]

Subsequent to his retirement from the game, Helder took up music and is currently an experienced and well known instrumentalist especially in the role of a percussionist.[9] He as well recently took up the profession of a stand up comedian.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Glenn Helder:Profile". Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Benkley, Stephen (13 January 1996). "Helder holds court". London: The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "英文名: Glenn Helder". Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Wigan Athletic legends return for charity match". 
  5. ^ "Glenn Helder bij voetbalclinic van Heroes for Heroes in Bergen op Zoom". (in Dutch). 
  6. ^ "Glenn Helder:Profile". Ons Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Kuper, Simon (30 May 1999). "Helder gambled with his life". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Glenn Helder: Hendon Mob Poker Database". Pokerdb.The Hendon 
  9. ^ "Glenn Helder: Percussionist". Hard 
  10. ^ "Oud-voetballer Glenn Helder vol humor en zelfspot". Metro (in Dutch).