Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Dutch footballer, forward
Date of Birth: 07.11.1978
Country: Netherlands

  1. Biography of Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Later Career and International Experience
  4. Trivia

Biography of Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is a Dutch footballer, known for his performances with "Twente" and PSV. He represented the Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 UEFA European Championship.

Early Life and Career

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink was born on November 7, 1978, in the historic Dutch town of Oldenzaal, near the border with Germany. It was there that he started playing football for the local youth team, "Quick '20". Scouts from serious clubs quickly noticed his talent, and his professional career began at the age of seventeen.

His first adult club was the Dutch first division team "Twente" from Enschede, where he joined in 1996. The first two seasons were not particularly successful for him, with only 4 goals in 40 matches. However, starting from 1998, Hesselink became the team's top scorer for three consecutive seasons and did not miss a single match. In the 2000/01 season, he helped "Twente" win the Dutch Cup and Super Cup.

After five seasons with "Twente", Hesselink moved to one of the leading Dutch football clubs, PSV, in the summer of 2001. The transfer fee was 11 million euros. In his first season at PSV, he showcased his abilities by scoring 22 goals in 34 matches. However, the following two years were less productive, with only 8 and 12 goals respectively. At the end of the 2003/04 season, he was informed that he could leave the club.

In the 2004/05 season, Hesselink stayed with PSV and regained his form, scoring 19 goals in 28 matches and helping his club become the national champion. In his last season with PSV, he won the national championship for the second consecutive time. On August 24, 2006, he began a new stage in his career by signing a three-year contract with the leading Scottish club, Celtic, with an option to extend for one year. The transfer fee was 3.4 million pounds.

Later Career and International Experience

Hesselink's choice of the Scottish league can be easily explained. The athletic and physical British style of football was well-suited for the strong Dutch forward. In his debut match against Hibernian, he scored a goal as a substitute. In the next match against Aberdeen, he secured a 1-0 victory for his team. He also scored a goal in a Champions League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, his scoring streak was interrupted in October 2006 due to an ankle injury.

In the 2006/07 season, Hesselink won both the national championship and the Scottish Cup with Celtic, showcasing consistent performance and scoring a goal in the crucial match against Dundee United. In the following season, the club once again became the strongest in Scotland, and the Dutch forward scored 15 goals.

After Celtic, Hesselink played for Hull City and Rapid Vienna. In November 2011, he signed an agreement with PSV until the end of the season. He represented the Dutch national team, making his debut on October 11, 2000, in a World Cup qualifying match against Portugal. He played two matches for the national team before the end of his tenure with Twente.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Hesselink represented the Netherlands, reaching the Round of 16. He came on as a substitute in the team's final match, playing for 5 minutes. Interestingly, the Dutch team lost to Portugal, just like in Hesselink's debut match with the national team six years earlier.

In 2008, Hesselink scored goals in friendly matches against Austria and Croatia, coming on as a substitute. He also participated in the UEFA European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, but was among the substitutes and only played for 10 minutes in a match against Romania.


The surname "Vennegoor of Hesselink" is the longest in modern European football and dates back to the 17th century when two farming families from the Dutch region of Enschede intermarried. Since both surnames, Vennegoor and Hesselink, had equal social importance, the family decided not to choose between them but to use both, thus forming the surname Vennegoor of Hesselink. The word "of" in the Dutch language means "or," so the literal translation of the footballer's surname would be "Vennegoor or Hesselink."