Niels Kokmeijer

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Niels Kokmeijer
Personal information
Full name Niels Kokmeijer
Date of birth (1977-12-30) 30 December 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Uitgeest, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Volendam 57 (19)
2001–2003 Heerenveen 0 (0)
2003–2004 Haarlem 27 (4)
2004 Go Ahead Eagles 14 (4)
Total 98 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2004.

Niels Kokmeijer (born 30 December 1977) is a former Dutch footballer most famous for his period at Go Ahead Eagles. Currently he is manager of the Netherlands national beach soccer team.

Career[edit]

Kokmeijer, born in Uitgeest, North Holland, played as a forward, making his professional debut as being part of the FC Volendam squad in the 1998-99 season. He also played for SC Heerenveen and HFC Haarlem before joining Go Ahead Eagles in 2004-05, playing in the Eerste Divisie.[1]

Leg incident[edit]

In his first and only season at Go Ahead, Kokmeijer was seriously injured by opponent Rachid Bouaouzan playing for Sparta Rotterdam on 17 December 2004. Kokmeijer's leg was broken badly and he was forced to retire from professional football. Sparta Rotterdam suspended Bouaouzan for the rest of the season, which was more than the 10 match ban the KNVB awarded him. Besides that he was taken to court by the Dutch government and Kokmeijer for battery, a unique moment in Dutch football history. Bouaouzan received a suspended six-month jail sentence.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1998/99 FC Volendam Netherlands Eerste Divisie 5 2
1999/00 FC Volendam Netherlands Eerste Divisie 30 7
2000/01 FC Volendam Netherlands Eerste Divisie 22 10
2001/02 SC Heerenveen Netherlands Eredivisie 0 0
2002/03 SC Heerenveen Netherlands Eredivisie 0 0
2003/04 HFC Haarlem Netherlands Eerste Divisie 27 4
2004/05 Go Ahead Eagles Netherlands Eerste Divisie 14 4
Total 98 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niels Kokmeijer" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Hutchings to land controversial Morroccan winger". ESPN Soccernet. 2007-08-30.