Loes Geurts RON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlus ˈxøːrts];[2] born 12 January 1986) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan. Since making her international debut in 2005, Geurts has collected over 100 caps for the Netherlands women's national football team.[3] She kept goal for the Netherlands at the 2009 and 2013 editions of the UEFA Women's Championship.

Loes Geurts
Loes Geurts 2014 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Wûnseradiel, Netherlands
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Goteborg
Number 1
Youth career
1992–1998 R.E.S.
1998–1999 Heerenveen
1999–2004 R.E.S.
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Western Illinois
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 FFC Heike Rheine 27 (0)
2007–2011 AZ 83 (0)
2011–2012 Telstar 5 (0)
2012–2013 Vittsjö 43 (0)
2014–2016 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 32 (0)
2016–2017 Paris Saint-Germain 6 (0)
2018– Goteborg 7 (0)
National team
2005– Netherlands 123 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 April 2019

Club careerEdit

Her career started at the youth team of club RES in Bolsward. She then played for SC Heerenveen for one season, before returning to RES.[4][5] In 2004 she played American college soccer for Western Illinois Leathernecks, returning to Europe in March 2006 for the second half of the 2005–06, joining German Bundesliga team FFC Heike Rheine.[6]

In 2007, Geurts returned to the Netherlands to play in the newly created professional league Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar. Her four seasons at the club were very successful, winning the league title three times and the Dutch Cup once. In 2011, she moved to Telstar.[5]

She left Telstar for Sweden's Damallsvenskan in 2012 and joined Vittsjö GIK.[7] Geurts left Vittsjö after her second season in November 2013, signing for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, who were in the market for a goalkeeper following Kristin Hammarström's retirement.[8]

After five seasons during four years in Sweden, on 21 September 2016, it was announced she signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain of the Division 1 Féminine.[9][10]

In August 2017, citing her "battery was empty", Geurts announced she was taking a break from football.[5][11][12]

On January 31, 2018 it was announced that Geurts was returning to Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC where she had previously played from 2014-2016.[13]

International careerEdit

 
Loes Geurts training with the Netherlands women's national football team on November 6, 2018

On 20 August 2005, at the age of 19, Geurts was given her debut in the senior Netherlands women's national football team by coach Vera Pauw, playing in a 4–0 defeat to Finland in Oulu.[14][15]

In 2006, Geurts was elevated to first-choice goalkeeper for the Netherlands when Marleen Wissink retired.[16] Geurts played in every match as the Netherlands reached the semi-final of UEFA Women's Euro 2009.

In June 2013, national team coach Roger Reijners selected Geurts in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[17] She was also part of the Dutch squads of the 2015[1] and 2019 World Cup as well as the winning team of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[18]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

AZ Alkmaar

InternationalEdit

Netherlands

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 2015 World Cup
  2. ^ In isolation, Geurts is pronounced [ˈɣøːrts].
  3. ^ "Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Loes Geurts". loesgeurts.com (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Loes Geurts stopt op het hoogste niveau". vrouwenvoetbalnieuws.nl (in Dutch). 14 August 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Loes Geurts - Profile". DFB (in German). Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  7. ^ Newcomers Vittsjö sign Netherlands national team kepper. Wsoccernews
  8. ^ Höghäll, Marika (15 November 2013). "Vittsjö tappar sin landslagsmålvakt" (in Swedish). Skånska Dagbladet. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Loes Geurts au Paris Saint-Germain" (in French). Paris Saint-Germain. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Loes Geurts - Profile". footofeminin.fr (in French). Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Loes Geurts kondigt voorlopig afscheid aan". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). 14 August 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Keepster Geurts heeft voorlopig genoeg van voetbal". NOS (in Dutch). 14 August 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Loes Geurts återvänder till Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC". January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Friezinnen in Oranje – Loes Geurts". Friese Voetballers. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  15. ^ "Profile". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Loes Geurts". UEFA.com. UEFA. Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Trio miss cut in Netherlands squad". UEFA.com. UEFA. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Wiegman kiest Oranjeselectie voor WEURO 2017". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.

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