Rob Wielaert

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Rob Wielaert
Rob Wielaert.jpg
Wielaert with FC Twente in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Robert Wielaert
Date of birth (1978-12-29) 29 December 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Emmeloord, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 PSV 7 (0)
1999–2001 Den Bosch 53 (2)
2001–2002 PSV 3 (0)
2002–2006 NEC 145 (11)
2006–2009 Twente 83 (3)
2009–2011 Ajax 19 (1)
2010–2011 Roda JC (loan) 30 (1)
2011–2013 Roda JC 47 (1)
2013–2015 Melbourne City[1] 37 (1)
National team
Netherlands B 2

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Wielaert (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔp ˈʋi.laːrt], born 29 December 1978 in Emmeloord, Flevoland) is a Dutch footballer who last played for Melbourne City.

Club career[edit]

Career in the Netherlands (1997–2013)[edit]

Wielaert is a defender who was born in Emmeloord and made his debut in professional football with PSV Eindhoven in the 1997–98 season. He also played for FC Den Bosch and NEC before joining FC Twente.[2] During his FC Twente period he was the captain of the team.

During the 2009 January transfer period he went to Ajax for a transfer fee of 3 million. However, he lost his starting position and was sent on loan to Roda JC at the start of the 2010/11 season. He signed for two seasons with Roda in the summer of 2011. After his contract had expired in 2013, Wielaert was released.

Career with Melbourne Heart / City (2013–2015)[edit]

In June 2013, Wielaert was signed by Australian club Melbourne Heart in the A-League. The Dutchman had never played outside of the Netherlands and was optimistic about playing in Australia:

"I have played all of my career in the Netherlands and now it is an exciting time to play abroad. So when Melbourne Heart contacted me, I was enthusiastic immediately. The club sounds great, the city and the country too, so I am looking forward to giving everything for this club and the people around it." [3]

Wielaert scored his first goal for his new club and was the opening goal in the Melbourne Derby against Melbourne Victory on 25 October 2014 in front of 43,729 fans. City went on to lose the match 5-2. [4]

On 13th April 2015, Wielaert was released by the club. [5]

Statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2015
Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1997/98 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 1 0
1998/99 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 0 0
1999/00 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 6 0
FC Den Bosch Netherlands Eredivisie 20 0
2000/01 FC Den Bosch Netherlands Eerste Divisie 33 2
2001/02 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 3 0
NEC Netherlands Eredivisie 25 1
2002/03 NEC Netherlands Eredivisie 32 3
2003/04 NEC Netherlands Eredivisie 32 4
2004/05 NEC Netherlands Eredivisie 27 2
2005/06 NEC Netherlands Eredivisie 29 1
2006/07 FC Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 34 2
2007/08 FC Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 32 1
2008/09 FC Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 17 0
Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 16 1
2009/10 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 3 0
2010/11 Roda JC Netherlands Eredivisie 30 1
2011/12 Roda JC Netherlands Eredivisie 27 1
2012/13 Roda JC Netherlands Eredivisie 20 0
2013/14 Melbourne Heart Australia A-League 26 0
2014/15 Melbourne City Australia A-League 11 1
Total 424 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ The team was known as Melbourne Heart prior to 2014
  2. ^ "Rob Wielaert" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Melbourne Heart sign defender Rob Wielaert". SB Nation. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  4. ^ "MATCH REPORT: Melbourne City FC suffer Derby defeat". Melbourne City FC. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Melbourne City FC Player Update". Melbourne City FC. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Netherlands Danny Hesp
N.E.C. Man of the Year
2001–2002
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Netherlands Dennis Gentenaar