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Pim Balkestein
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Personal information
Full name Pim Balkestein
Date of birth April 29, 1987 (1987-04-29) (age 22)
Place of birth    Gouda, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Southampton
Number 27
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
SC Heerenveen
Ipswich Town
Brentford (loan)
00 (0)
27 (0)
08 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12 January 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Pim Balkestein (born 29 April 1987) is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays for English League One club Brentford, as a central-defender. He can also play at left-back. He is the son of ex-footballer Luuk Balkestein.


Club career



Balkestein came through the ranks at Dutch football club, SC Heerenveen. He never made a first team appearance for the club, but during his time there, he was once named on stand-by for the Dutch Under-21's team.[1 ]

Ipswich Town

Balkestein joined Ipswich on trial at the end of the 2007–08 season after impressing the Ipswich manager at the time, Jim Magilton. Whist on trial, Balkestein appeared in a friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur.[1 ] On 16 June 2008 Balkestein signed a two year contract with the option of a third year, a fee of £180,000 was paid to former club SC Heerenveen as compensation.[2] He made his debut versus Preston North End on 9 August 2008.

On 21 April 2009, Balkestein was named Ipswich Town's "Most Improved Player of the Year", an award voted for by club's coaching staff.


  1. ^ a b "Player Profile - Pim Balkestein". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website.,,10272~43733,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-06.  
  2. ^ "Pim signs two year deal". Ipswich Town F.C. Official Website.,,10272~1329263,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  

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