Willem Korsten

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Willem Korsten
Personal information
Full name Willem Korsten
Date of birth (1975-01-21) 21 January 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Boxtel, Netherlands
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current team
Achilles '29
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 N.E.C. 4 (0)
1993–1999 Vitesse Arnhem 75 (12)
1999Leeds United (loan) 7 (2)
1999–2001 Tottenham Hotspur 23 (3)
2002 SCV'58 5 (0)
2011 Achilles '29[1] 1 (0)
Total 115 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:11, 30 June 2011 (CET)

Willem Korsten (born 21 January 1975 in Boxtel)[2] is a former Dutch professional footballer who played as a left winger.

Football career[edit]

Korsten played in the Netherlands for N.E.C. and SBV Vitesse before earning a loan move to Leeds United in the Premier League. In this short amount of time Korsten showed he had the pace, skill and strength to cope with English football, scoring twice in games against Everton[3] and Derby County.[4] Leeds decided to pursue a permanent transfer.[5] However, Tottenham Hotspur also made a bid in the region of £1.5 million for the player, which was accepted.[6]

Due to injury, Korsten did not make his debut for Tottenham until December 1999[6] and made only nine appearances in the Premier League in the 1999–2000 season.[citation needed]

The following season he made 13 league appearances,[citation needed] scoring his first Tottenham goal in a 3–1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in April 2001.[7] On the final day of the season, he scored two spectacular goals in a 3–1 win over champions Manchester United at White Hart Lane.[8] The match proved to be his last as a professional footballer. In October 2001, due to persistent hip injuries, he was forced to retire at the age of 26.[9]

Korsten returned to his former club, N.E.C., as a coach for its football academy.[10] He played 5 games for Dutch lower amateur side SCV '58 from Velp in their 2002–03 campaign but injuries forced him to quit the team early in the season.[11]

In May 2011 Korsten returned to the game as player for Topklasse side Achilles '29.[12] After winning the district cup east, Korsten scored the only goal in the final of the KNVB Amateur Cup 2011 on 18 June.[13] He retired once again and joined the Achilles staff for the 2011/12 campaign as their assistant-manager.[14] Korsten resigned at Achilles in March 2012 and joined N.E.C. as an assistant-manager for the 2012–13 season.[15][16]


  1. ^ http://tobklasse.nl/spelers/832-willem-korsten
  2. ^ http://www.beijen.net/frank/cvs/korsten-w.htm
  3. ^ Collings, Tim (20 February 1999). "Korsten snaps back". The Independent. London. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  4. ^ Allsop, Derick (20 March 1999). "O'Leary's hallmark has authentic stamp". The Independent. London. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Babies have Spurs crying". The Observer. 29 August 1999. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Korsten's new misery". BBC. 1 August 2000. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Liverpool wear down Spurs". BBC. 22 April 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Spurs hand United third straight loss". BBC. 19 May 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Korsten forced to retire". BBC Sport. 3 October 2001. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Korsten's coaching role". BBC Sport. 2 April 2002. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  11. ^ De historie van S.C.V.’58, scv58.eu
  12. ^ Willem Korsten maakt rentree bij Achilles'29, De Gelderlander, 10 May 2011
  13. ^ Korsten bezorgt Achilles'29 de KNVB-beker, De Gelderlander, 18 June 2011
  14. ^ Selectie Achilles'29 seizoen 2011–2012
  15. ^ Willem korsten per direct gestopt bij Achilles'29 Achilles '29, 7 maart 2012
  16. ^ Technische staf compleet met Robert Molenaar en Willem Korsten, NEC-Nijmegen.nl, 11 april 2012

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