Patrick Pothuizen

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Patrick Pothuizen
Personal information
Full name Patrick Pothuizen
Date of birth (1972-05-15) 15 May 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Culemborg, Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Vitesse Arnhem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Vitesse Arnhem 10 (2)
1994 Dordrecht'90 (loan) 10 (2)
1994–2000 N.E.C. 178 (14)
2000–2001 Vitesse Arnhem 8 (1)
2001 Twente (loan) 12 (0)
2001–2004 Twente 88 (4)
2004–2010 N.E.C. 102 (4)
2010–2012 De Treffers 47 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 November 2009

Patrick Pothuizen (born 15 May 1972 in Culemborg, Gelderland) is a former Dutch footballer. Pothuizen was a defender who was born in Culemborg and made his debut in professional football, being part of the Vitesse Arnhem squad in the 1992–93 season. He also played for Dordrecht'90 and FC Twente before joining NEC Nijmegen for the second time in his career.[1]

To date, Pothuizen owns the record of having had most yellow cards as an Eredivisie Player. His final yellow card, his 84th, is also his most notorious yellow card as critics in media claimed that it should have been a red card. In the incident Pothuizen controversially put his hand to the ball which prevented Luis Suarez from a goalscoring opportunity. After he received the yellow card, Pothuizen pulled his football shirt up in order to show the crowd his white shirt with yellow text marking saying "84", referring to his yellow card record.

After the 2009-10 season, Pothuizen ended his professional career, and joined amateur side, De Treffers.[2]


  1. ^ "Patrick Pothuizen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Pothuizen gaat bij De Treffers verder in de Topklasse". (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 May 2010.