AZ Alkmaar (Holland), Campomaiorense (Portugal), Boavista
(Portugal), Leeds United (England), Atletico Madrid (Spain),
Chelsea (England), Middlesbrough (England)
Premiership top scorer (Chelsea)
2000 Charity Shield top scorer (Chelsea)
2002 FA Cup Finals (Chelsea)
Hasselbaink (born March 27, 1972 in
Paramaribo, Suriname) is a former Dutch international striker.
He currently plays for Middlesbrough in the English FA Premier
League. The story goes that Hasselbaink got his current football
alias of Jimmy Floyd because his Portuguese teammates couldn't
pronounce his real first name. The name seems to have stuck.
Jimmy's first club was Telstar. He played there until 1991, when
he moved to AZ Alkmaar. However, he only played there a year
before moving to Campomaiorense in August of 1992 and had a good
four year spell there. At the age of 24 he was snapped up by
Boavista, were he really made his mark. Jimmy scored 20 goals in
29 league appearances for the Portuguese giants, which caught
the eye of Leeds United of the English FA Premier league. Once
again, after only one year at Boavista, Hasselbaink was bought
by Leeds United in June 1997 for £2,000,000, were he carried on
his fine goal scoring form. He bagged 16 goals in 30 league
appearances and 23 goals in all competitions in his first year
in England. His second year at Elland Road was just as good,
this time he scored 18 goals in 36 league games, and 21 goals in
all competitions. Jimmy then joined the Spanish club Atletico
Madrid for £12,000,000 in 1999. Once again a phenomenal season
for the Dutchman, he adapted to the Spanish game very quickly,
this time scoring 24 goals in just 34 La Liga appearances and 32
goals in all competitions. The message was clear: wherever Jimmy
Floyd Hasselbaink goes, he scores goals. And that's exactly what
he did when he returned to England, this time with Chelsea, for
a club record fee of £15,000,000.
During his second spell in the FA Premier League he scored 23
goals in 35 league appearances in the 2000/2001 season,
finishing as its top goal scorer. He formed a deadly partnership
with Icelandic target man Eidur Gudjohnsen in his second season
at Chelsea, scoring 29 goals in all competitions helping Eišur
to a reasonable 23, 52 goals between them! Hasselbaink was 31
now and his last two seasons with the blues wasn't as successful.
He scored only 11 goals in 27 games in the 2002/2003 season
followed by a tally of just 12 goals in 22 league games the
following season. At the age of 32 he joined Middlesbrough on a
free transfer. In his first season he got 13 goals in 36 league
games. Already this season he has struck the winner in 1-0 wins
at Grasshoppers in the UEFA Cup and Everton in the Carling Cup.
Hasselbaink also captained his side in the recent memorable 4-1
win over Manchester United and scored the second goal for Boro.
He wears Puma boots, and recently starred in a TV advert where
he plays a game with some kids in a park with plastic bags over
his feet to prevent messing up his new Pumas.
Hasselbaink made his debut for the Dutch national side at a late
age. During his time as an international, Hasselbaink usually
drew the shortest straw in a fierce competition for the strikers'
positions. First with Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Kluivert, then
with Ruud van Nistelrooij, Roy Makaay, and still Kluivert. The
additions of Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
and later Ryan Babel didn't make Hasselbaink's goal of becoming
a permanent fixture in the national side any easier. At some
point during 2004 Hasselbaink decided to quit the Dutch national
team and no longer made himself available. His biggest
achievement as an international is without doubt having played
in the 1998 World Cup and having started for the Netherlands in
their first game against Belgium. Hasselbaink has played 29
times for the Netherlands, scoring 8 goals.