Niels Oude Kamphuis
|Full name||Niels Oude Kamphuis|
|Date of birth||14 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Hengelo, Netherlands|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Niels Oude Kamphuis (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈnils ˈʌu.də ˈkɑmp.ˌɦœy̯s]) (born 14 November 1977, in Hengelo) is a retired Dutch footballer. He has played in the Netherlands and Germany. He is best remembered for his time at Schalke 04. He operated mostly as a defensive midfielder.
Oude Kamphuis was originally a midfielder, but could also double up as a defender. He started his career at FC Twente, where he spent five years, before leaving for German side, FC Schalke 04. After Schalke, Oude Kamphuis joined Borussia Mönchengladbach, another German-based side where he wore the number twenty-five shirt. He ended his playing football career at FC Twente because of long term injuries.
As a teenager, Oude Kamphuis joined FC Twente, the Dutch club to which he would return twelve years later. At Twente, Niels earned 126 caps over the course of the five seasons he was there. In that time, he scored seven goals from defence.
Oude Kamphuis spent his first season with German Bundesliga team, FC Schalke 04, during their 1999–2000 campaign. With the Gelsenkirchen club, he earned over 120 appearances, securing eight goals over the course of, again, five years.
On 30 May 2005, Niels joined fellow Bundesliga side, Borussia Mönchengladbach. He signed on a free transfer with the club. Niels' transfer was met with excitement at Borussia Mönchengladbach, especially within the board. Director of sport, Peter Pander said that Mönchengladbach had "a strong, versatile and internationally-experienced player". He added "I am sure we will be stronger with him."
Return to Twente
After requesting that, for family reasons, he return to his homeland the Netherlands, Borussia Mönchengladbach allowed the Dutchman permanent leave. Oude Kamphuis then re-signed for Twente on 16 August 2006, having spent five years as a youth there. The rules of football stated that Twente were not required to pay a fee for Niels, as he was a free agent.
- "Oude Kamphuis, Niels" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 20 October 2012.