Ruud Knol

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Ruud Knol
Personal information
Full name Ruud Knol
Date of birth (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Zevenaar, Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sparta Rotterdam
Youth career
OBW Zevenaar
Vitesse Arnhem
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Vitesse Arnhem 106 (8)
2007–2008 PAOK 23 (0)
2008– Sparta Rotterdam 42 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2010 (UTC).

Ruud Knol (born 13 March 1981) is a Dutch football centre back who currently plays for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch second division. Knol was born in Zevenaar, in the province of Gelderland and started his career at OBW Zevenaar, where he was spotted by Vitesse scouts.

Club career[edit]

Knol made his debut in professional football, being part of the Vitesse Arnhem squad in the 2000–01 season. He played six years for Vitesse and was called up once by then Dutch coach Louis van Gaal for the Netherlands national football team. A serious injury threatened his career between 2002 and 2005 but he came back to play for Vitesse. In summer 2007 he moved abroad but after only one season in Greece he returned to the Netherlands and joined Sparta.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ruud Knol naar Sparta Rotterdam – Sparta Rotterdam (Dutch)