Simon Tahamata in 1978
|Full name||Simon Melkianus Tahamata|
|Date of birth||26 May 1956|
|Place of birth||Vught, Netherlands|
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger|
|Ajax (technical youth coach)|
|1996–2000||Standard Liège (youth)|
|2000–2004||Germinal Beerschot (youth)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Simon Melkianus Tahamata (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsimɔn mɛlkiˈaːnɵs ˈtaːɦaːmaːtaː]; born 26 May 1956 in Vught) is a former Dutch and Belgian football player originating from the Maluku Islands, who has played for Dutch and Belgian clubs. He has played 22 times for the Dutch national team, for which he scored twice. Tahamata was born in the Netherlands, but took Belgian nationality in 1990.
As a youth player Tahamata played for Theole from Tiel and for Ajax from Amsterdam. Then on 24 October 1976 he made his debut for Ajax Amsterdam, (Ajax-FC Utrecht 7–0). With Ajax he won the national title three times (1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80) and he was runner-up once (1977–78). With Ajax he played three national cup finals (1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80), where the middle was won. Tahamata reached with Ajax the semifinal of the European Cup I tournament (1979–80).
Mid 1980 Tahamata left for Belgium, where he played for Standard Liège. With this team he became national champion twice (1981–82 and 1982–83). With Standard he won the national cup once (1980–81). Tahamata reached with Standard the final of the European Cup II tournament (1981–82). In 1984 he returned to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord. In 1987 he again joined the Belgian competition, playing for Beerschot and Germinal Ekeren. With Germinal he once more reached the final of the national cup (1994–95). Tahamata finished his career as an active football player in 1996.
Tahamata made his national team debut on 22 May 1979 in Bern, Switzerland in the 75th Anniversary Match of the FIFA against Argentina. He went on to earn eventually 22 caps and scoring 2 goals. He played his last international match on 21 December 1986 in Limassol, Cyprus against Cyprus.
After his career as a professional football player Tahamata went on to work as a youth coach for Standard Liège, Germinal Beerschot and Ajax Amsterdam. Occasionally he also played for the team of old Ajax players, named Lucky Ajax. Since May 2009 he works as a technical coach for the youth teams of under-10 until under-15 of the Saudi Arabian football club Al-Ahli.
|1980–81||Standard Liège||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||33||4|
|1981–82||Standard Liège||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||34||12|
|1982–83||Standard Liège||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||34||19|
|1983–84||Standard Liège||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||28||5|
|1990–91||Germinal Ekeren||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||34||6|
|1991–92||Germinal Ekeren||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||32||4|
|1992–93||Germinal Ekeren||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||27||2|
|1993–94||Germinal Ekeren||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||33||5|
|1994–95||Germinal Ekeren||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||31||2|
|1995–96||Germinal Ekeren||Belgium||Eerste Klasse||23||0|
|1.||10 September 1980||Dublin, Ireland||Republic of Ireland||0–1||2–1||World Cup 1982 qualifier|
|2.||10 November 1982||Rotterdam, Netherlands||France||1–0||1–2||Friendly match|
- "Simon Tahamata - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- Naturalisation list Belgian Senate 20 June 1990. senate.be.
- Line-up Dutch national team 22 May 1979. Voetbalstats.nl (22 May 1979). Retrieved on 9 November 2013.
- Program booklets matches Dutch national team, 1980–1989.[dead link]
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