The Full Wiki

Boudewijn Zenden: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Boudewijn Zenden
Personal information
Full name Boudewijn Zenden
Date of birth 15 August 1976 (1976-08-15) (age 33)
Place of birth Maastricht, Netherlands
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Sunderland
Number 7
Youth career
1985–1987 MVV
1987–1993 PSV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 PSV 111 (32)
1998–2001 Barcelona 64 (3)
2001–2004 Chelsea 43 (4)
2003–2004 Middlesbrough (loan) 31 (4)
2004–2005 Middlesbrough 36 (5)
2005–2007 Liverpool 23 (2)
2007–2009 Marseille 54 (7)
2009– Sunderland 14 (1)
National team
1997–2004 Netherlands 54 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:35, 21 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 March 2006

Boudewijn "Bolo" Zenden About this sound pronunciation ; born 15 August 1976 in Maastricht) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Sunderland as a midfielder.


Early life

Zenden's father Pierre Zenden is a former judoka, who worked as a sports broadcaster for the public NOS broadcasting system from 1968 to 2005.[1] Zenden played football and was also competitive in judo as a child. In 1985 Dutch club MVV Maastricht signed Zenden after watching him play for amateur club Leonidas. Two years later Zenden joined the youth academy of PSV Eindhoven.[2]

He earned his judo black belt by the age of 14[3] and was three times judo champion of his home province of Limburg.[4] However, at the age of 16 he chose to pursue a career in football. He is also a vegetarian and has been since the age of 19.

Club career



As his career developed at PSV Eindhoven, Zenden made the left wing position his own, displacing Peter Hoekstra and finally becoming a firm member of the starting line-up after the departure of Dutch national team player Jan Wouters. Zenden was an important part of the PSV team that won the Dutch Eredivisie league championship in 1997, and he received the 1997 "Dutch Talent of the Year" award.[2] After another season at PSV, in which he scored 12 goals in 23 games, he moved to Spanish club FC Barcelona in 1998.


At Barcelona he became part of a large contingent of Dutch players under Barcelona's Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. He found his first-team opportunities at Barcelona limited by the form of fellow Dutchman Marc Overmars, who played in Zenden's favoured left wing position for both club and country. Instead, Zenden was deployed as a left wingback, a defensive role which he took on successfully, as he displaced Spanish international and local favourite Sergi Barjuán.[5] He helped Barcelona win the 1998-99 La Liga championship, and in the 1999-2000 season, he scored his only three goals for the club. However, after Van Gaal's resignation as coach in 2000, first team appearances became more scarce for Zenden. At the end of the 2000-2001 season, English club Chelsea bought him for £7.5 million.[6]


In his three years at Chelsea, Zenden played in the 2002 FA Cup final, a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal, however he struggled to maintain a constant place in the starting line-up mainly due to persistent injuries.[7]


He was loaned out to Middlesbrough for the 2003-2004 season. Here he found playing success, as he scored the winning goal in the 2004 League Cup final against Bolton Wanderers to secure Middlesbrough their first major trophy in club history. When his contract with Chelsea expired in the summer 2004, he moved to Middlesbrough on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract for the 2004-2005 season.[8] He was deployed in a central midfield position, where he played 36 of 38 league games, scoring 5 goals in the process, and was voted the Middlesbrough fans' 2005 Player of the Year.[9] However, it would be his last for Middlesbrough, as he left in the summer of 2005 when his contract ran out.


Zenden playing for Liverpool

Zenden joined newly crowned UEFA Champions League champions Liverpool on July 4, 2005. He started his Liverpool career being used regularly as a left midfielder, and was in the starting line-up as Liverpool won the 2005 European Super Cup. He suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in December 2005,[10] which ruled him out for the rest of the season.[9] He recovered for the start of the 2006-2007 season, and was part of the Liverpool team that won the 2006 Community Shield. After the departure of German central midfielder Dietmar Hamann in the summer 2006, Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez indicated that he saw Zenden as an option in the central midfield.[11]

Zenden suffered a further knee injury playing against Manchester City on November 25, 2006, and has recovered since undergoing surgery.[12]

Zenden played in both legs of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, scoring Liverpool's first penalty in the penalty shootout at the end of the second leg, which Liverpool won 4-1. He went on to start in the final, which Liverpool lost to AC Milan. Zenden scored twice during his spell at Liverpool with goals against West Ham[13] and Portsmouth[14] in the league.


On 24 May 2007, it was announced by Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez that Zenden's contract would not be renewed and that he was allowed to talk to other clubs [15], and on 6 July 2007, Zenden signed a 2 year contract with Olympique Marseille. Zenden made his competitive debut for Marseille on 11 August 2007, starting and eventually being substituted in a 0-0 stalemate with Rennes.[16]

At Marseille, Zenden struggled for regular football. In the 2008–09 Ligue 1 season he featured 13 times (predominately as a substitute), and scoring 3 goals.

Zenden revealed that he wanted to end his career in England after being released with Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth interested in the player. In October 2009, he went to Sunderland A.F.C. on trial[17][18]


On the 16 October 2009, it was announced that Zenden had signed a contract with Sunderland tying him down until the end of the 2009-10 season. Zenden signed just in time to make his debut against his former club Liverpool and he did an excellent job helping Sunderland to retain their one goal lead coming on as a substitute.[19] According to Steve Bruce, "[Zenden] is technically very, very good - you don't play for Barcelona and Liverpool and Marseille and Chelsea and all of those teams if you haven't got really good ability. He will give us that little bit of experience, that know-how, and also around the dressing room with the younger lads too, he is everything I hoped he would be."[20] Zenden made his debut for the Black Cats in a 1-0 win over his former club Liverpool as a second half substitute for the injured Lee Cattermole. His Sunderland career has often seen him play as a substitute without starting any matches and he had suffered an injury in between, but after recovery he was named in the squad to face his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 16 January 2010, and within less than 10 minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute he scored his first goal for the club, a fine half-volley to reduce his team's deficit to 5-1, having been 4-0 down at half-time. The Black Cats eventually succumbed 7-2. [21]

International career

Zenden made his debut for the Dutch national team in a 1998 World Cup qualification match against San Marino on April 30, 1997. He was included in the starting formation, and played the entire game as the Netherlands won 6-0.[22] He was called up to represent the Netherlands at the 1998 World Cup in France, where Zenden started the tournament as a substitute. Coming on twice as a substitute, he was selected to start in the semi-final loss to Brazil. He was once more selected to play in the 3rd placing playoff against Croatia, where he scored a goal after a solo run and a powerful long-range shot.[23] After scoring, he attempted to celebrate with an acrobatic somersault, but failed, throwing himself head first to the ground.[2]

It was during the run-up to Euro 2000 that he gained acclaim, with the tournament itself providing the platform some of his finest performances. His raw pace and acceleration down the flank, coupled with his ability to function both as a wing-forward and as a wing-back made him a versatile player to have in the squad. His man-of-the-match performance in a friendly against Germany at the turn of the millennium cemented his position in the national team—he set up the opening goal for Patrick Kluivert, then added his own name to the scoresheet with a thunderous volley from Ronald de Boer's corner, before nearly putting the gloss on the finish when he left the entire German defence for dead with his raw pace, beat the goalkeeper with his shot, only for it to rebound off the upright.

Zenden played in all five Dutch matches at Euro 2000. Carrying his pre-tournament form into the big event, Zenden grabbed a goal against Denmark and the winner against France to help the Netherlands finish top of Group D. The Dutch annihilated the Yugoslavians 6-1 in the quarter-final; Zenden once again put in a stellar performance, including the assist for what turned out to be Kluivert's hat-trick goal. He started the semi-final against Italy, but he was substituted in a game that would see the Dutch be eliminated on penalties. Zenden was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament, along with compatriots Patrick Kluivert (top goalscorer), Frank de Boer, and Edgar Davids.

Zenden featured again in Euro 2004 (Euro 2004), though he only played the first half of the first match against Germany. Following the tournament, Zenden, like other experienced players including Clarence Seedorf and Edgar Davids, found himself excluded from the national squad selection by new Dutch national team coach Marco van Basten. Since September 2004, Zenden has not been called up, and the injury he suffered in December 2005 put paid to any chance he might have had of playing in the 2006 World Cup.

Career statistics

Club Season Ligue 1 Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Marseille 2008-09 27 4 1 0 1 0 4 0 - - 33 4
2007-08 27 2 2 0 1 0 8 0 - - 38 2
Club Season Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Liverpool 2006-07 16 0 0 0 2 0 11 0 1 0 30 0
2005-06 7 2 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 17 2
Middlesbrough 2004-05 36 5 2 0 1 0 10 3 0 0 49 8
2003-04 31 4 2 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 39 7
Chelsea 2003-04 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002-03 21 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 27 1
2001-02 22 3 3 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 32 3
Club Season La Liga Spanish Cup --------- Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Barcelona 2000-01 10 0 3 0 - - 5 0 0 0 18 0
1999-00 29 2 ? ? - - 10 1 0 0 39 3
1998-99 25 0 ? ? - - 4 0 0 0 29 0
Club Season Eredivisie Dutch Cup --------- Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
PSV 1997-98 23 12 ? ? - - 0 0 0 0 23 12
1996-97 34 8 ? ? - - 4 1 0 0 38 9
1995-96 25 7 ? ? - - ? 1 0 0 25 8
1994-95 27 5 ? ? - - 1 0 0 0 28 5
Total 360 55 16 1 16 2 71 6 1 0 463 63

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 July 1998 Paris, France  Croatia 1-1 1-2 1998 World Cup
2 9 October 1999 Amsterdam, Netherlands  Brazil 2-0 2-2 Friendly match
3 23 February 2000 Amsterdam, Netherlands  Germany 2-1 2-1 Friendly match
4 16 June 2000 Rotterdam, Netherlands  Denmark 3-0 3-0 Euro 2000
5 21 June 2000 Amsterdam, Netherlands  France 3-2 3-2 Euro 2000
6 5 September 2001 Eindhoven, Netherlands  Estonia 1-0 5-0 2002 World Cup qual.
7 28 April 2004 Eindhoven, Netherlands  Greece 2-0 4-0 Friendly match


PSV Eindhoven





  1. ^ (Dutch) Pierre Zenden bondsridder,, May 25, 2005
  2. ^ a b c Profile of Bolo Zenden at
  3. ^ Chelsea who's who, BBC Sport, April 30, 2002
  4. ^ Boudewijn Zenden at
  5. ^ EURO2000 | SQUAD | Boudewijn Zenden at BBC Sport.
  6. ^ Boudewijn Zenden at Soccernet
  7. ^ Boudewijn Zenden profile, ESPN
  8. ^ Zenden signs one-year Boro deal, Soccernet, July 31, 2004
  9. ^ a b Boudewijn Zenden Squad Profile at
  10. ^ Neil Johnston, Knee injury rules out Zenden for season, The Independent, December 10, 2005
  11. ^ Mark Platt, Rafa: Bolo can be middle man,, July 11, 2006
  12. ^ Zenden out for six weeks after op BBC Sport, November 28, 2006
  13. ^ "Liverpool 2-0 West Ham". BBC. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Liverpool 3-0 Portsmouth". BBC. 19 November 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  15. ^, Gonzalez Set To Leave Reds, May 24, 2007
  16. ^ "OM 0-0 Rennes: They couldn't make the break". Retrieved 12 January 2009. 
  17. ^ He completed his moved and signed his name on the dotted line after hugely impressing Black Cats boss Steve Bruce, hoping to pave the way for an international recall in time for a ticket to South Africa with the Oranje.Zenden spielt vor
  18. ^ "Zenden training with Sunderland". BBC Sport. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  19. ^ "Zenden completes Sunderland move" BBC Sport (16 October 2009)
  20. ^ "Sunderland v Liverpool" BBC Sport (16 October 2009)
  21. ^ "Chelsea 7 - 2 Sunderland" BBC Sport (16 January 2010)
  22. ^ (Dutch) Wedstrijd details | San Marino 0 - 6 Nederland at KNVB
  23. ^ World Cup Soccer Recap (Netherlands-Croatia), CNN/SI, July 11, 1998

External links

Simple English

Boudewijn Zenden
Personal information
Full name Boudewijn Zenden
Date of birth 15 August 1976 (1976-08-15) (age 34)
Place of birth    Maastricht, Netherlands
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Sunderland
Number 7
Senior clubs
Years Club
PSV Eindhoven
Olympique Marseille
National team
1997-2004 Netherlands

Boudewijn Zenden (born 15 August 1976) is a Dutch football player. He has played for Netherlands national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1994/95PSV EindhovenEredivisie275-10285
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
1998/99BarcelonaLa Liga250-40290
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02ChelseaPremier League223304030323
2003/04MiddlesbroughPremier League314216200397
2005/06LiverpoolPremier League720000100172
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2007/08Olympique MarseilleLigue 1272201080382
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10SunderlandPremier League
CountryNetherlands 10932-5211434
Spain 64230-191863
England 1331511114235319321
France 5463020120716
Total 3605517116271646464

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Netherlands national team



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address