Paul Mulders

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Paul Mulders
Paul Mulders.jpg
Paul Mulders playing for ADO Den Haag
Personal information
Full name Paul de la Cruz Mulders[1]
Date of birth (1981-01-16) 16 January 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Global FC
Number 22
Youth career
1985–1989 A.V.V. Zeeburgia
1989–1997 Ajax
1997–2000 Haarlem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Haarlem 114 (20)
2005–2007 SC Cambuur 60 (5)
2007–2009 FC Omniworld 60 (11)
2009–2011 AGOVV Apeldoorn 58 (9)
2011–2013 ADO Den Haag 13 (0)
2013 Global FC 3 (0)
2014 SC Cambuur 12 (0)
2014–2017 Ceres 5 (0)
2017– Global FC 0 (0)
National team
2011–2015 Philippines 36 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04 September 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:20, 04 September 2015 (UTC)

Paul dela Cruz Mulders (born 16 January 1981) is a DutchFilipino professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He is currently signed by Global FC. Mulders is also a member of the Philippines national team. He previously played for HFC Haarlem, FC Omniworld, AGOVV Apeldoorn, ADO Den Haag, Ceres FC and SC Cambuur.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Amsterdam, he is the youngest son of Dutchman Leo Mulders and Filipina mother Ofelia de la Cruz from Isabela, Ilagan.[2][3] Mulders started youth football at A.V.V. Zeeburgia at the age of four until he was scouted by Ajax Amsterdam at the age of eight and trained at the Ajax Academy until he was 16.[4][5]

HFC Haarlem[edit]

Mulders continued on to HFC Haarlem in 1997 where many former Ajax youth players have gone to continue their football pursuits.[6] He made his professional debut in the Dutch Eerste Divisie at the age of 19 on 14 October 2000 against BV Veendam. Notably on 6 August 2003, Mulders netted a goal against the opposition team consisting of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wamberto during a friendly match against Ajax in Amsterdam Arena.[7] He won 114 appearances and scored 20 goals for Haarlem as a winger from 2000–2005 and impressed upon head trainer, Roy Wesseling.

Cambuur Leeuwarden[edit]

As a free agent after the 2005 season, Wesseling brought Mulders and co-Haarlem teammate Rick Hooijboer with him to Cambuur Leeuwarden. The then 24-year-old Mulders signed a two-year contract with the Frisian club.[4] He would make sixty appearances for the Leeuwarders and score five goals as a forward. Cambuur, bogged by financial problems had failed expectations to climb the Jupiler League rankings in Mulders' second season with the club. As a result, he and six other players' contracts were not renewed.[6][8]

FC Omniworld[edit]

Before the 2007–08 season got underway, Mulders had a brief failed pro-adventure in Austria during the summer break before finally signing with FC Omniworld in his backyard of Almere for two seasons.[2][9] Poised to play his naturally preferred position as an attacking midfielder or as a shadow striker, he scored eleven goals in sixty appearances. In Omniworld, he met and clicked with assistant trainer Peter van Vossen who he would later meet again at AGOVV.[6]

AGOVV Apeldoorn[edit]

On 3 February 2009, it was announced that Mulders had signed with AGOVV in Apeldoorn for two seasons and began his training in earnest in the summer of that same year with coaches John van den Brom and Peter van Vossen.[10] It was while under the tutelage of van den Brom that Mulders flourished with the team and in tandem played his best season yet in 2009-10 with the likes of teammates Nacer Chadli, Ramon Leeuwin, Chiró N'Toko, Jeremy Bokila, where AGOVV reached the promotion play-offs.[11] In late April 2011, it was announced that he signed a two-year deal with an option for another year with ADO Den Haag.[12]

ADO Den Haag[edit]

It was widely reported in August 2010, that Mulders' former coach at AGOVV Apeldoorn, John van den Brom, wanted to bring him to his new club ADO Den Haag, but talks for a transfer fell through.[13] During the end of the winter transfer window in January 2011, Zwolle was reportedly pursuing Mulders for a last minute mid-season transfer.[14] In late April 2011, it was announced that he signed a two-year deal with an option for another year with ADO Den Haag.[12]

He made his UEFA Europa League debut for Den Haag on 4 August 2011[15] coming on as a substitute for Ahmed Ammi in the 32nd minute against AC Omonia in the third qualifying round. Den Haag won 1–0 but lost 3–1 on aggregate.[16]

After eleven seasons in the Eerste Divisie, Mulders made his debut in the Eredivisie on 7 August 2011 against Vitesse Arnhem.[15]

Chiangrai United[edit]

In January 2013, it has been reported that Mulders had received an offer from Chiangrai United F.C. in the Thai Premier League but both parties did not reach a final agreement before the winter transfer window closed.[17][18]

Prior to the end of Mulders' contract with ADO Den Haag and with the support of former teammate Adnan Barakat from Cambuur Leeuwarden, Mulders travelled to Thailand in July 2013 to play a test match for Chiangrai United. Unfortunately, Chiangrai's new head coach did not extend him an offer to join the team.

Global FC[edit]

As a free agent in July 2013, Mulders lent his services to Global FC to beef up their campaign for the Singapore Cup.[19]

SC Cambuur[edit]

On 20 January 2014, Mulders signed an amateur deal with Dutch Eredivisie side SC Cambuur until the end of the season.[20]

International career[edit]

Shortly after the announcement of Mulders' transfer to ADO Den Haag, his friends and a cousin set up a Facebook fanpage for him. The page was then forwarded to the Philippine Football Federation and within a week he was invited to come to Manila to join the national team.[21][22][23] Mulders cited that based on his football résumé, video compilations, and the fact that he had signed with ADO that he made the selection.[3][22]

In early June 2011, he arrived in Manila and obtained his Philippine passport. He was named into the final squad for their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification first round match against Sri Lanka.[24] On 29 June 2011, Mulders made his debut for the Philippines in Colombo, as they drew 1–1 with Sri Lanka. Philippines wins the return match in Manila at 4–0 and advances to the second round qualifiers against Kuwait .[25][26] He would miss the Kuwait matches due to a leg wound infection incurred from a sliding tackle in Colombo.[27]

On 7 October 2011, Mulders would again reprise his role in a friendly match against Singapore with a 2–0 loss for the Philippines.[28] Following a friendly match against Nepal on 11 October 2011, the Philippines win 4–0 where Mulders played an instrumental role providing an assist to Phil Younghusband's goal in the 17th minute.[29][30]


On 16 March 2016, Azkals team manager Dan Palami confirmed that Mulders has retired from playing at international level.[31]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.[32]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 November 2012 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok  Thailand 1–2 1–2 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup
2. 28 November 2014 Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi  Vietnam 1–3 1–3 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup


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  2. ^ a b van Batenberg, René (25 February 2008). "Leo Mulders en zijn Apengatje". De Telegraaf Sportfamilie (in Dutch). 
  3. ^ a b Gonzales, Mav C. (10 October 2011). "Know your Azkals: Paul Mulders is a mama's boy". GMA News. Global Media Arts. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ a b De Jong, Rob (30 September 2005). "Mulders heeft zijn draai gevonden bij Cambuur". Friesch Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  5. ^ Hizon, Charles (8 June 2011). "Talk of the Town: Who is Paul Mulders?". Soccer Central Philippines. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  6. ^ a b c Roos, Yorick (15 September 2011). "De bijzondere zomer van 'Filippijn' Paul Mulders". AD Haagsche Courant (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Uitslagen oefenduels voorbereiding". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 9 August 2003. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Zeven spellers weg bij Cambuur". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Mulders van Cambuur naar Omniworld" (in Dutch). FC Update. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  10. ^ "AGOVV haalt Mulders en Van Toor" (in Dutch). 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  11. ^ "AGOVV Apeldoorn alsnog naar play-offs". de Stentor (in Dutch). 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  12. ^ a b De Ruiter, Jurre (26 April 2011). "ADO legt De Vogel vast en verrast met Mulders" (in Dutch). Voetbal Primeur. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  13. ^ "AGOVV dreigt na Leeuwin ook Suart en Mulders kwijt te raken" (in Dutch). Voetbal Zone. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  14. ^ Oosterheert, Jeroen (28 April 2011). "Paul Mulders vertrekt naar ADO Den Haag". Almere Vandaag (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  15. ^ a b Duijzer, Glenn (9 August 2011). "Paul Mulders: "Immers en Bulykin niet vergelijken, het zijn verschillende spelers" (in Dutch). Haaglanden Voetbal. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  16. ^ "ADO mist legio kansen en kan Europa League vergeten" (in Dutch). Voetbal Zone. 4 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Rolloos, Harold (1 February 2013). "Voetballer Paul Mulders Naar Chiangrai United". Hier is (in Dutch). Retrieved 2013-08-016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  18. ^ "Transfermarkt: topclubs houden zich gedeisd". de Stentor (in Dutch). 31 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  19. ^ Decena, Karl (23 July 2013). "Azkals midfielder Paul Mulders beefs up Global for Singapore Cup campaign". InterAKTV. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  20. ^ (2014-01-20). "Filipijns international als 'amateur' naar Cambuur". Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  21. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (29 June 2011). "Stephan Schrock, Paul Mulders proud Filipinos". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  22. ^ a b van Boven, Johan (25 January 2012). "International dankzij Facebook". Spits Nieuws (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  23. ^ Stravers, Wout (25 January 2012). "Mulders door Facebook Filipijns international". Voetbal Primeur (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  24. ^ Manahan, John Paul (8 June 2011). "Azkals 23-man WCQ lineup unveiled". Soccer Central Philippines. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  25. ^ "Match report: Sri Lanka – Philippines". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  26. ^ "ADO-middenvelder Mulders beleeft Filipijns succes". (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 
  27. ^ Gonzales, Mav C. (18 July 2011). "Azkal Mulders might not play against Kuwait". GMA News. 
  28. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (11 October 2011). "Philippine Azkals play host to Nepal side Tuesday night". Inquirer Sports. 
  29. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (11 October 2011). "Philippine Azkals crush Nepal, 4–0". Inquirer Sports. 
  30. ^ "Mulders wint met Filippijnen" (in Dutch). ADO Den Haag. 11 October 2011. 
  31. ^ "Paul Mulders retired from Philippines national team". Football Channel Asia. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  32. ^ "Paul de la Cruz Mulders - Soccerway profile". 

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