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Erik Meijer
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Personal information
Full name Erik Meijer
Date of birth August 2, 1969 (1969-08-02) (age 40)
Place of birth    Meerssen, Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
SV Meerssen
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1988–1989
1989–1990
1989–1990
1990–1991
1991–1993
1993–1995
1995–1996
1996–1999
1999–2001
2000–2001
2000–2003
2003–2006
Fortuna Sittard
Antwerp
FC Eindhoven
Fortuna Sittard
MVV
PSV
KFC Uerdingen 05
Bayer Leverkusen
Liverpool
Preston North End (on loan)
HSV
Alemannia Aachen
Total 1988-2006
014 00(1)
000 00(0)
014 00(5)
026 00(5)
066 0(34)
040 0(13)
032 0(11)
084 0(16)
024 00(0)
009 00(0)
058 0(11)
092 0(19)
459 (115)   
National team
1993 Netherlands 001 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Erik Meijer (born August 2, 1969 in Meerssen, Limburg) is a retired Dutch soccer player. Standing at 189 cm, he was known as a header specialist.

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Career

Meijer started his career at Fortuna Sittard (1987-89), and broke through in the early 1990s at Dutch Eredivisie club MVV Maastricht and was transferred to PSV Eindhoven in 1994, where he failed to play much because Ronaldo, Luc Nilis and Wim Kieft blocked the striker positions.

He then moved to German Bundesliga struggler KFC Uerdingen in 1995, where he was one of the few bright spots in a hapless squad, and was picked up by Bayer Leverkusen. There, he was paired up with Ulf Kirsten and formed one of the most intimidating striker duos of the Bundesliga.

After successful years, Meijer moved to Liverpool FC in 1999, where he failed to make an impression next to Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. He was therefore loaned out to Preston North End for one season. He returned to the Bundesliga and joined Hamburger SV in December 2000. Meijer became a cult hero at Anfield despite rarely making the first team, and he was christened 'Mad Erik' for his never say die attitude and love for the club. He scored two goals in his time at Anfield, both coming in a League Cup tie against Hull City.[1] He joined Liverpool fans in Dortmund prior to the 2001 UEFA Cup, where he drank and sang with Reds fans. Despite playing a limited number of games for Liverpool, Meijer was voted 99th in the fan-based poll, 100 Players Who Shook The Kop [2]

But it was only after moving to Second Bundesliga club Alemannia Aachen, in 2003, where he finally regained success. In the autumn of his career, his strong play and dressing room presence propelled Aachen into the German Cup finals in 2003-04, losing to Werder Bremen, but earning a ticket into the UEFA Cup (as Bremen were German champions) and rejuvenating Alemannia financially. He was also named captain for the first time in his career. Meijer also was essential for Aachen's promotion into the Bundesliga after 36 years, in 2005-06.

Meijer ended his career that summer, stating he wanted to finish in style after this last big success.

Coaching career

He took on a post in the management of Alemannia Aachen. But after a very short time he was appointed assistant coach of the newly arrived Bundesliga team, working with Michael Frontzeck, who succeeded Dieter Hecking in September 2006. On 14 December 2009 was named as the new Director of Sport by his former club Alemannia Aachen and signed an contract between 30 June 2011[3]. He is a patron of the newly formed AFC Liverpool, a club run by the fans of Liverpool FC.

International career

Meijer has collected one cap for the Netherlands, in 1993.

References

  1. ^ "Boothferry no barrier for Murphy and Meijer". The Independent. 14 September 1999. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football-boothferry-no-barrier-for-murphy-and-meijer-1119293.html. Retrieved 13 November 2009.  
  2. ^ http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/archivedirs/news/2006/oct/8/N153706061008-0859.htm
  3. ^ Erik Meijer neuer Sportgeschäftsführer in Aachen

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