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Glenn Loovens
Personal information
Full name Glenn Loovens
Date of birth 22 October 1983 (1983-10-22) (age 26)
Place of birth    Doetinchem, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 22
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Excelsior (loan)
De Graafschap (loan)
Cardiff City (loan)
Cardiff City
25 (0)
24 (2)
11 (0)
32 (2)
66 (1)
31 (4)   
National team2
Netherlands U-21
01 (0)
01 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 10 September 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 10 September 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Glenn Loovens (born 22 October 1983 in Doetinchem, Netherlands) is a Dutch professional footballer currently playing as a centre back for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. He is a former Netherlands under-21 international, and made his full international debut on 5 September 2009 in a 3-0 friendly win against Japan.


Club career


Early career

Loovens, a defender, came through the Feyenoord youth system and made his debut against PSV Eindhoven in the 2001-02 season in the Feyenoord team that later won the UEFA Cup, along with Robin van Persie, Civard Sprockel and Ferne Snoyl. In the later seasons he failed to make good on his promising start as he quickly lost his position in defence to Patrick Paauwe again. He made his European debut at 19 years old, in a 2-0 defeat to Dynamo Kiev at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on 23 October 2002.

Cardiff City

Loovens spent the 2005-06 season on loan at Football League Championship side Cardiff City and impressed enough so that they signed the promising young defender on a permanent deal after several months of negotiations for a reported fee of £250,000.[1]. He originally formed a defensive partnership with club captain Darren Purse but the 2007-08 season saw Purse lose his place in the side to Roger Johnson and the pair went on to form a vital base for the team to build on, including playing alongside each other in all 6 matches during the clubs run to the 2008 FA Cup Final. Loovens found the back of the net in the final against Portsmouth but it was disallowed for an earlier infringement. The 2007-08 season also saw Loovens make his 100th appearance in all competitions for Cardiff by playing against Hull City on 12 March.


Loovens was the subject of transfer interest for most of Summer 2008, with Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers emerging as leading candidates to secure his signing. Walter Smith, manager of Rangers, declared his interest in Loovens and made an offer for his services but their valuation of the defender was rejected by Cardiff. On 16 August 2008, Loovens joined Scottish champions Celtic on a four-year contract for a fee of around £2.5 million. Loovens stated that Parkhead was his preferred destination as he will get the chance to play in the Champions League. [2 ] He made his Celtic debut on 23 August 2008, in a 3-0 win over Falkirk at Celtic Park. His first goal came on 23 September 2008 in a Co-op Insurance League Cup tie, also at Celtic Park, as Celtic beat Livingston 4-0.

Loovens scored the winning goal against Hearts in injury time on 20 September 2009, to send Celtic top of the table.
Loovens appearances in the first team have been hampered by Celtic's fearsome and more popular defensive partnership of Gary Caldwell and Stephen McManus.

International career

Loovens received his first senior cap for the Netherlands when he started the Oranje's 3-0 friendly win over Japan, on 5 September 2009. He had previously been capped once for the under-21 side.


Last updated 18 October 2008

Season Club Nat Apps Goals Assists
2001/02 Feyenoord Netherlands 10 0 2
2002/03 Feyenoord Netherlands 14 0 1
2004/05 Feyenoord Netherlands 9 0 1
2005/06 Cardiff Wales 36 2 3
2006/07 Cardiff Wales 32 1 2
2007/08 Cardiff Wales 43 0 3
2008/09 Celtic Scotland 17 3 1
2009/10 Celtic Scotland 11 2 0
Total 164 8 13




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