Michael Jansen

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Michael Jansen
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-06-10) June 10, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Nijmegen, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Vitesse Arnhem 60 (5)
2008 Feyenoord 0 (0)
2008 De Graafschap (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2009 Cambuur 36 (2)
2009–2011 Groningen 2 (0)
2010 Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2011 Veendam (loan) 33 (2)
2011–2012 Go Ahead Eagles 13 (0)
2012– Spakenburg 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2012

Michael Jansen (born 10 June 1984 in Nijmegen) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for SV Spakenburg.

Club career[edit]

Vitesse and cardiac arrhythmias[edit]

Born in Nijmegen, Jansen is a defender and made his debut in professional football with Vitesse Arnhem in the 2002–03 season. He was considered a big talent and his development was reportedly closely watched by Ajax Amsterdam among others. On May 15, 2005 in a match versus Ajax, Jansen lost consciousness after suffering cardiac arrhythmia. He recovered but has to live with an ICD under his skin. He would not play any match for Vitesse after regaining fitness, but was still considered a squad member.[1]

Life after Vitesse[edit]

In January 2008, Vitesse and Jansen parted their ways, and on January 18, 2008, Jansen signed a 6-month contract with Feyenoord, with an option for another 3 years. Feyenoord has loaned out the player to fellow Eredivisie side De Graafschap, to let him get used to professional football again.[2] In Summer 2008, ambitious Jupiler League-side, SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden, signed Jansen. After one year, FC Groningen noticed that Jansen played well enough to return to the Eredivisie. In January 2010 Groningen decided to loan him to Go Ahead Eagles to get him more playing time since he had not been able to earn himself a place in Groningen's starting IX.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Jansen, hart en ziel – De Gelderlander (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Grote dag voor Michael Jansen – Sp!ts (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Jansen weg bij FC Groningen – De Telegraaf (in Dutch)