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Johan Kappelhof (born 5 August 1990) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a defender for Major Soccer League side Chicago Fire. He previously played for FC Groningen and in the youth academy of Ajax.

Johan Kappelhof
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Kappelhof with Chicago Fire in 2017
Personal information
Full name Johan Kappelhof
Date of birth (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 4
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2016 Groningen 123 (3)
2016– Chicago Fire 124 (0)
National team
2011–2013 Netherlands U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2019


Kappelhof was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Whilst being in Ajax’s youth academy for 13 years he moved from being a right winger to a defender.[2]

At Groningen he made his debut in 2011 before helping the Green-White Armes win the KNVB Cup in 2014/15 against defending champions PEC Zwolle. It was their first major trophy and they qualified for the UEFA Europa League.[3][4] He played in all 6 of Gronigen’s Europe league group games.

Lampson, Kappelhof, and de Leeuw of Chicago Fire defend against FC Cincinnati's Jimmy McLaughlin in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.

He joined Chicago Fire ahead of the 2016 season. In 2017 he was voted Chicago Fire’s defender of the year after 4 assists in 33 matches.[5] He was also selected in the 2017 MLS all star game.[5] In March 2017 he set a record for the most clearances and tackles made in a single MLS match since OPTA records began.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Kappelhof has a Ghanaian mother and a Dutch father.[7]





  1. ^ "Johan Kappelhof profile". Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  2. ^ "Dutch defender Johan Kappelhof 'feels at home' with the Fire". 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Groningen claim first trophy with KNVB Cup triumph". 4 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "PEC Zwolle vs. Groningen - 3 May 2015 - Soccerway".
  5. ^ a b "Johan Kappelhof". Chicago Fire. 2017-11-04. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  6. ^ March 12, 201712:51AM EST (2017-03-11). "Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof makes history on Saturday". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  7. ^ "Ghanaian defender Johna Kappelhof scores in FC Groningen goal rout in Dutch Cup". Ghana Soccernet. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2015.

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