Lars Veldwijk

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Lars Veldwijk
Personal information
Full name Lars Veldwijk
Date of birth (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Uithoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Groningen
Number 9
Youth career
SV Argon
FC Volendam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 FC Volendam 2 (0)
2011–2013 FC Utrecht 5 (0)
2012–2013 FC Dordrecht (loan) 31 (14)
2013–2014 Excelsior 38 (30)
2014–2016 Nottingham Forest 12 (0)
2015–2016 PEC Zwolle (loan) 33 (14)
2016–2017 KV Kortrijk 9 (1)
2017 Aalesund (loan) 16 (5)
2017– FC Groningen 0 (0)
National team
2016– South Africa 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2017.

Lars Veldwijk (born 21 August 1991 in Uithoorn) is a Dutch-born South African professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for FC Groningen.

Club career[edit]

Excelsior[edit]

Veldwijk represented Eerste Divisie side Excelsior in the 2013–14 season, and scored 35 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions.[1]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 12 June 2014, Veldwijk signed for Nottingham Forest from Excelsior for a fee of £500,000 that could rise to £1 million depending on various clauses.[2] He made his debut on 16 August 2014 against Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium as a 92nd-minute substitute for fellow striker Matty Fryatt.[3] Veldwijk made his first start for Forest on 26 August 2014 in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town in the second round of the League Cup.[4] Veldwijk went on loan to PEC Zwolle for the 2015–16 season, during which time he scored 14 goals in 33 league appearances.[5][6] Upon his return to Forest he scored his first and only goal for the club in a 2-1 EFL Cup win against Millwall on 23 August 2016.[7]

Loan to Aalesunds FK[edit]

On 31 March 2017, Veldwijk signed for the Norwegian football club Aalesunds FK on loan, with an option to buy when the loan period is over.

International career[edit]

On 27 October 2016, Veldwijk received his first call-up for the South African national football team for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal.[8] He is eligible for South African citizenship as his father was a native.[9] Veldwijk debuted for South Africa in a friendly 1-1 tie with Mozambique on 15 November 2016.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 10 July 2017[11]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Volendam 2010–11 Eerste Divisie 2 0 0 0 2 0
FC Utrecht 2011–12 Eredivisie 5 0 0 0 5 0
2012–13 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FC Dordrecht (loan) 2012–13 Eerste Divisie 31 14 3 3 2[a] 2 36 19
Excelsior 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 38 30 3 1 4[a] 4 45 35
Nottingham Forest 2014–15 Championship 11 0 1 0 2 0 14 0
2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Championship 1 0 0 0 2 1 3 1
Total 12 0 1 0 4 1 17 1
PEC Zwolle (loan) 2015–16 Eredivisie 33 14 1 0 2[b] 0 36 14
Kortrijk 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 9 1 2 0 0 0 11 1
Aalesund (loan) 2017 Eliteserien 16 5 3 2 19 7
Groningen 2017–18 Eredivisie 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Career total 146 64 13 6 2 0 8 6 169 74
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Eerste Divisie promotion play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in the Eredivisie European place play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geertsema, Niiwino (12 July 2017). "Wie is Lars Veldwijk, de nieuwe spits van FC Groningen?". RTV Noord. Retrieved 13 July 2017. (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Reds coach says Lars Veldwijk can be a 'real asset' for Nottingham Forest - in time". Nottingham Post. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bolton 2-2 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 16 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Huddersfield 0-2 Nott'm Forest". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lars Veldwijk: Nottingham Forest striker seals PEC Zwolle loan move". BBC Sport. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Makhaya, Ernest (12 July 2017). "Bafana Bafana striker Lars Veldwijk signs for Groningen". Goal. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Millwall 1-2 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=276412/match=300367130/index.html
  9. ^ www.realnet.co.uk. "Lars Veldwijk cleared for Bafana's World Cup qualifier with Senegal". Kick Off. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  10. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/Soccer/BafanaBafana/live-mozambique-v-bafana-bafana-20161115
  11. ^ "Netherlands - L. Veldwijk - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. 

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