Jos Hooiveld

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Jos Hooiveld is a Dutch central defender who was born in Zeijen, Netherlands on 22nd April 1983. Hooiveld began his career at Heerenveen, making his debut in 2002. He was only a bit part player at the club during 2002/03. The following campaign Hooiveld joined FC Zwolle on a two year loan. He was part of the side that finished rock bottom of the Eredivisie in 2003/04. Next season he helped the Bluefingers to a 4th placed Eerste Divisie finish.

Hooiveld moved to Austria in 2006/07 to join Kapfenberger, who were relegated from the Erste Liga at the end of the season. He joined Finnish outfit Inter Turku in 2007, and enjoyed a much more successful spell. The former Heerenveen man helped the club win the Finnish Championship and League Cup in 2008. That season saw Turku keep 16 clean sheets in 26 matches Hooiveld played in. He was named the league's best defender two years running. Hooiveld also proved to be a threat at the other end of the pitch, scoring four goals from set pieces. He joined Swedish side AIK in 2009 and enjoyed an equally successful spell as he had done in Finland, helping the side to a league and cup double in his only season at the club.

In January 2010 Hooiveld signed a three and a half year deal with Celtic. He made his debut in a 1-0 win at Hamilton on January 30th. Three days later he started his second match at Kilmarnock, but was forced off with a thigh injury. He failed to appear for the club again that season. Hooiveld made his return for the Bhoys on July 28th 2010, in a Champions League qualifying defeat in Braga. The Dutchman found his opportunities extremely limited during 2010/11, making just seven appearances in total. He generally failed to impress the Parkhead crowd, although did take part in Celtic's 9-0 win over Aberdeen in November.

On January 19th 2011 Hooiveld joined FC Copenhagen on loan until the summer. He made his debut for the club as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Midtjylland having previously appeared on the bench in the Champions League defeat to Chelsea weeks earlier. He picked up yet another league winners medal in May, but wasn't offered a permanent deal, and returned to Celtic.

Hooiveld signed for Southampton just before the August 2011 transfer window slammed shut. He was brought in on loan until January, with a view to a permanent deal. His full-time employment at St Marys was confirmed on December 1st 2011. Hooiveld made his Saints debut in a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on 10th September. The Dutchman initially struggled for match fitness, and made a few mistakes. Errors against Cardiff and Coventry were soon forgotten however. Hooiveld formed a good defensive partnership with Jose Fonte, and was one of the Championship's top centre-backs for the 2011/12 season. His decision making and timing were spot on, and he was equally strong in the air as he was on the ground. The cultured defender scored his first of 8 goals against Preston in the League Cup on 21st September 2011. He also netted the winner against West Ham on October 18th, and an equaliser against the same opposition on February 14th. Those goals were absolutely crucial come may. Hooiveld helped Saints win promotion to the Premier League with goals against Peterborough and Coventry in April.

Hooiveld had a disastrous start to the 2012/13 season. He conceded penalties against Man City and Man United, and looked out of his depth at Arsenal. A needless own goal in a 2-2 draw with Fulham typified Hooiveld's early displays. He was dropped for Maya Yoshida following a nightmare showing at West Ham. Hooiveld spent the next few months on the bench, occasionally appearing as a late substitute. The Dutchman was given another run in the side in January when Jose Fonte dropped out through injury. Hooiveld recaptured the form that he was famous for the previous campaign, with a brave display against Aston Villa. Another clean sheet followed in Pochettino's first game. Hooiveld's performance in the 3-1 win over Man City was near perfect. He scored an unfortunate own goal at Newcastle, but looked strong in wins over Chelsea and Reading, as well as the 0-0 draw at Swansea. He kept his place in the side throughout the second half of the season, ahead of Jose Fonte and later Yoshida.

Hooiveld played a secondary role for much of 2013/14, but did score his standard Tuesday night goal in his first start of the season against Bristol City. He played ok in the following round of the League Cup at Sunderland. Hooiveld featured in the Premier League for the first time in November at Arsenal as a late replacement for Dejan Lovren. He didn't look out of place against the North London high-flyers, taking very few risks on the ball. The Dutchman was less impressive at Newcastle in December, where he was at fault for the goal that Saints conceded. Hooiveld looked all over the place in the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham. It was difficult not to feel sorry for him by the end. He looked shaky in the cup win over Burnley, but performed better in subsequent ties against Yeovil and Sunderland.