Tom Hiariej

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Tom Hiariej
Personal information
Full name Tom Jan Hiariej
Date of birth (1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Winschoten, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Groningen
Number 24
Youth career
FC Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– FC Groningen 146 (3)
2013 FC Emmen (loan) 12 (0)
2016 SC Cambuur (loan) 10 (0)
National team
2007 Netherlands U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:04, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Tom Jan Hiariej (/ˈtɒm hˈɑːr/; born 25 July 1988 in Winschoten, Groningen Province) is a Dutch-Indonesian[1] footballer who currently plays for FC Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie.


The son of a Moluccan father and a Dutch mother,[2] he made his professional first team debut in 2007 with Eredivisie side FC Groningen under long-time head coach Ron Jans, where he currently plays.

Hiarej is also a Dutch youth international; he played a number of matches for several youth teams. He was also part of the Dutch U-17 team, who ended up third in the World Cup for Under 17 in Peru in 2005.

Netherlands U-17 coach, Ruud Kaiser was very impressed by the young defender. Before the youth FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, Kaiser said this about Hiariej:

"When Hiariej plays for his club, he plays central defender, but here he plays right-back. He is talented and quick. He also has the quality's to come up in attack; he sees the chances"[3]

In the match against NEC Nijmegen (23 January 2008), Tom Hiariej scored his first top-flight goal for FC Groningen.



FC Groningen


  1. ^ "Para Pemain Keturunan Indonesia di Eredivisie Rata-Rata U-23, Penggawa Tim Junior Oranye" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Voetballen in Spanje is een droom voor Tom Hiariej" (in Dutch). Voetbal Nieuws Online. 28 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Paspoort van Tom Hiariej". KNVB. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 

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