Berry Powel

Berry Leroy Powel (born 2 May 1980) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a forward for GVVV in the Tweede Divisie and also works as a scout for De Graafschap.

Berry Powel
Berry Powel and Rene Stam.jpg
Berry Powel and Rene Stam
Personal information
Full name Berry Leroy Powel
Date of birth (1980-05-02) 2 May 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
GVVV (player)
De Graafschap (scout)
Number 11
Youth career
1994–2002 AFC Quick 1890
2002–2003 Roda '46
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Den Bosch 79 (30)
2005–2006 Millwall 12 (1)
2006–2008 De Graafschap 58 (35)
2008–2009 Groningen 27 (5)
2009–2010 ADO Den Haag 19 (1)
2009–2010De Graafschap (loan) 29 (15)
2010–2012 Gimnàstic 60 (20)
2012 Huracán Valencia 2 (0)
2012–2013 Elche 22 (3)
2014 Heracles Almelo 4 (0)
2014 Roda JC Kerkrade 7 (1)
2014–2017 Kozakken Boys 53 (33)
2017IJsselmeervogels (loan) 14 (19)
2017–2018 IJsselmeervogels 26 (7)
2018–2019 DVS '33 28 (6)
2019– GVVV 23 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:36, 23 March 2020 (UTC)


Powel started playing football at AFC Quick 1890 and succeeded at the non-professional club Roda '46. Powel was discovered by FC Den Bosch, and in 2003 he made his debut for the club's first team. In his first season at the club, he scored 9 goals in 26 games for Den Bosch, when they played in the Eerste Divisie. Powel became champions with his club and FC Den Bosch promoted to the Eredivisie. In the Eredivisie he scored two goals in 29 games. Den Bosch was relegated to the Eerste Divisie again, following that some of their key players; Koen van de Laak, Mourad Mghizrat, Jochen Janssen and Dennis Schulp left the club, making Powel the most important player of the club.

After 26 games and 19 goals in the 2005–06 season, he moved to Millwall to become a more complete player. In his first game for Millwall, he scored a goal after only two minutes, giving Millwall a draw against Cardiff City.[2] After Millwall relegated to the Football League One, he moved to De Graafschap where he signed a contract for three seasons. Playing for the Doetinchem side, he had an important role during the first half of his first season, scoring 29 goals and becoming the topscorer of Eerste Divisie.[1]

On 25 August 2010, Powel was signed by Spanish club Gimnàstic de Tarragona, currently playing in the Spanish Second Division, on a free transfer. On 4 September he scored two goals in his first game against Girona FC. The game ended 2–0. Although his performance in training sessions was impressive, he failed to score in the next four matches, which ended in four goalless defeats for Gimnàstic. After he was advised by the technical team not to play as a reference striker but as a more mobile player up front, he displayed another impressive performance in the Cartagena v Gimnàstic game. The Spanish team was losing 1–0 when he entered the pitch, and thanks to a goal by Powel, Gimnástic eventually led 1–2 before receiving a late goal (2–2). Powel did not score his fourth goal of the season until six games later, at Alcorcón, a penalty shot in the 68th minute that gave Gimnàstic a point. Powel kept on being top scorer at Gimnàstic although he had not scored for four and six games in a row (spaces between second and third goal, and third and fourth). After the sacking of manager Luis César Sampedro the situation changed for Gimnàstic and for Berry altogether. With new manager Juan Carlos Oliva, Gimnàstic reached places out of the relegation zone and Berry scored in four matches in a row (against Salamanca, Rayo Vallecano, Celta and Xerez). Powel established himself as a hero for many Gimnàstic supporters and local media gave him the nickname "The Killer of Utrecht".[3]

After one and a half seasons, Powel's contract with Nàstic was rescinded, when he was seen in a club days after undergoing an operation for a muscular injury.[4]

On 5 June 2012, Powel signed a two-year contract with Elche CF. After promoting to La Liga, Powel left Elche on a free transfer in August 2013.[5] After being on trial with De Graafschap, Powel signed an amateur deal with Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo.[6] However, only six weeks later and having made four appearances for the club, Powel left Heracles as he could sign a professional contract with Roda JC Kerkrade until the end of the season.[7]

Later careerEdit

On 26 April 2019 it was confirmed, that Powel from 1 July 2019 would work in the scouting area at De Graafschap.[8] In August 2019, Powel also joined Tweede Divisie club GVVV.[9]


  1. ^ a b "B. Powel". Voetbal International (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Berry Powel at Soccerbase
  3. ^ "Clubloze Powel kiest voor Spaans avontuur" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 25 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "El Nàstic se plantea rescindir el contrato de Berry Powel" [Nàstic rescindes Berry Powel's contract] (in Spanish). AS. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Berry Powel, primer fichaje para la temporada 2012–13" [Berry Powel, first signing for 2012–13 season] (in Spanish). Elche CF. 5 June 2012. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Berry Powel, primer fichaje para la temporada 2012–13" [Berry Powel op amateurbasis aan selectie toegevoegd] (in Dutch). Heracles Almelo. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Powel naar Roda JC" [Powel naar Roda JC] (in Dutch). Heracles Almelo. 26 February 2014. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Berry Powel nieuwe coördinator scouting bij De Graafschap,, 26 April 2019
  9. ^ Berry Powel naar GVVV,, 9 August 2019

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