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Danny Koevermans (born 1 November 1978) is a Dutch former footballer who currently works as a coach for Sparta Rotterdam. A former striker, he was a physical player who was apt in the air and a lethal poacher in front of the goal.[1] In addition to goal scoring, he was known for his offensive movement and "runs" off the ball, which "always [attracted] the attention of defenders".[2]

Danny Koevermans
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Koevermans in 2007
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-11-01) 1 November 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Schiedam, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Sparta Rotterdam 120 (71)
2005–2007 AZ 52 (31)
2007–2011 PSV 91 (34)
2011–2013 Toronto FC 30 (17)
2014 FC Utrecht 3 (0)
Total 296 (153)
National team
2007 Netherlands 4 (1)
Teams managed
2014–2015 FC Utrecht (Coach)
2015– Sparta Rotterdam (Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 March 2018

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Schiedam, Koevermans began his career with the amateurs of Excelsior'20, then went to Sparta Rotterdam, playing there for five seasons.

AZEdit

In 2005, Koevermans switched to AZ, where he started as a second-choice centre forward, although he bagged numerous goals. His breakthrough came in the 2006–07 season, being one of Eredivisie's top scorers with 22, and reaching the Netherlands national football team, aged 28.

He rejected a contract offer from AZ to extend his tenure at the club and his manager Louis van Gaal informed him that he would not be a first-team regular from then on with this resulting in his pushing for a move to another club.[3]

PSV EindhovenEdit

Late August 2007 Koevermans joined PSV Eindhoven for a fee of €6 million where he received the number 10 jersey, last worn by Ivorian striker Arouna Koné, who was sold to Sevilla FC.

Toronto FCEdit

On 29 June 2011, it was announced the Koevermans had reached an agreement to join Major League Soccer team Toronto FC as a designated player. The signing of former German International Torsten Frings was announced at the same press conference.[4] Koevermans made his debut for Toronto in a 1–0 home defeat to FC Dallas on 20 July 2011.[5] He scored his first goal for Toronto on a cross from Ryan Johnson three days later against Sporting Kansas City in a 4–2 away loss.[6] He was awarded MLS Player of the week for his two-goal performance against Colorado Rapids on 17 September, leading Toronto to a 2–1 home victory over the reigning league champions.[7]

After failing to score in the first six games of the 2012 season Koevermans scored his first goal against Montreal Impact on 7 April, the game finished in a 2–1 away loss for Toronto.[8] He was in fine scoring form but suffered a season-ending ACL injury in mid-July against New England Revolution.[9] Following his injury Toronto was forced to bring in designated player Eric Hassli as a replacement.[10] Koevermans made his return from injury nearly a year later on 1 June 2013 as a second half sub for Jeremy Brockie in a 1–1 against Philadelphia Union.[11]

FC UtrechtEdit

On 31 January 2014, it was announced that Koevermans had signed a deal until the summer of 2014 with FC Utrecht. On 20 March 2014, Koevermans announced his retirement from football due to a persevering calf injury.[12]

International careerEdit

Koevermans made his international debut for the Netherlands in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovenia on 28 March 2007. He scored his first international goal on 17 November 2007 against Luxembourg.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 14 July 2012.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other1 Total
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie 2000–01 4 0
2001–02 23 7
Eerste Divisie 2002–03 34 25
2003–04 30 15
2004–05 29 24
AZ Eredivisie 2005–06 21 9 5 2
2006–07 31 22 10 4
PSV Eindhoven 2007–08 29 14 11 1
2008–09 28 8 6 4
2009–10 22 11 7 1
2010–11 14 1 3 0
Canada League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs North America Other2 Total
Toronto FC MLS 2011 10 8 0 0 7 2 17 10
2012 16 9 0 0 0 0 3 0 19 9
2013 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other1 Total
FC Utrecht Eredivisie 2013–14 4 1
Career totals Netherlands 269 137 42 12
Canada 30 17 0 0 0 0 10 2 37 19
Career statistics 299 152 0 0 52 22
  • 1.^ Statistics includes League Playoffs for spots in UEFA competitions and Relegation/Promotion Playoff.
  • 2.^ There is currently no other competition for Canadian professional soccer clubs.

International goalsEdit

Danny Koevermans: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2007 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands   Luxembourg
1–0
1–0
Euro 2008 qualifying

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Creditor, Avi. "Preseason MLS Power Rankings: Defending champ Galaxy on top". Sports illustrated.
  2. ^ Creditor, Avi. "MLS Week 19: San Jose sweeps RSL; Sporting KC's deep bench". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. ^ sportinglife.com
  4. ^ "Frings & Koevermans Join TFC". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  5. ^ New-Look Reds Sunk By Strike From Shea from TorontoFC.ca, Posted 20 July 2011.
  6. ^ Kansas City Doubles Toronto from TorontoFC.ca, Posted 23 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Koevermans Wins MLS Player of the Week". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Toronto handed Fourth Defeat". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Koevermans out for Season". www.torontofc.ca. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  10. ^ TorontoFC.ca (20 July 2012). "Toronto Acquires Eric Hassli". Toronto FC. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  11. ^ TorontoFC.ca (1 June 2013). "Reds suffer bitter draw v Union". Toronto FC. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  12. ^ vi.nl (20 March 2014). "Koevermans stopt per direct met voetballen". Retrieved 20 March 2014.

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