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Carlos Hasselbaink

Norwich Career: Trial (July 1990)
Current Club: Retired
Date of Birth: 13/12/1968 
Nationality: Dutch

Biography

On 17th July 2000, Norwich fans were greeted by the news that Dutch striker Carlos Hasselbaink was joining the club on a week's trial. If he was half as successful as his brother Jimmy Floyd then the Canaries' faithful would have reasons to celebrate. Jimmy Floyd played for Leeds and Athletico Madrid before signing for Chelsea in June 2000 for 15million. 31year old Carlos would cost less (nothing to be precise) but has less footballing pedigree having played for Dutch sides AZ, Telstar, VVV and Utrecht before arriving at FC Haarlem. Ironically Norwich's European scout Ian McNeill was responsible for bringing both Hasselbaink brothers to England.

Carlos scored for Norwich Reserves on his debut in the 2-2 friendly with Wivenhoe on 19th July 2000. Carlos also played in then 0-0 draw with Stowmarket and the 3-1 reserve victory over Wimbledon (in which he scored again).However this was not enough for the Canaries and he was released on 28th July. Bryan Hamilton stating that "he was no better than what we've already got"..

On 30th July 2000, the News of the World produced an article on Carlos comparing him with his brother and the fact that Carlos could not gain a position at Luton town despite scoring a hat trick in a friendly. Carlos returned to England in October 2000, playing for Wigan Athletic in a trial match.

Carlos joined Dutch sides Marken and SC Voorland before retiring at the end of the 2004/5 season.


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