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Robert Molenaar

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Robert Molenaar - click for larger image  Robert Molenaar

Position Centre back
Born 27 Feb 1969, Zaandam (Netherlands)
Height 182 cm
Weight 90 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Volendam 01 Aug 1992 11 Jan 1997 124 3 £1000000
Leeds United 11 Jan 1997 01 Dec 2000 65 6 £400000
Bradford City 01 Dec 2000 31 May 2003 77 2  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1996 - 1997 121 2  0  0  0 
1997 - 1998 18(4)2 31 2(1)  0  0 
1998 - 1999 172 0  2  4  0 
2000 - 2001 0  0  0  0  0 
Total 47(4)5 51 4(1)  4  0 

Jabba's Comments

"The Terminator" (a nickname he apparently dislikes) made a good start to his Leeds career, helping to steady the defence at the end of last season. In 97-98, he looked less certain, and despite a brilliant (maybe a bit of a fluke) goal against Blackburn, he was pulled at half time and was much less of a regular since.

In 98-99, he was back in the side as the first choice centreback ahead of David Wetherall, and despite his occasional lack of pace on the ground, his good positional sense, presence in the air and better distribution were essential to the team's success.

A late challenge from Nicolas Anelka and an awkward fall as a result curtailed his season: ligament damage meant he was out of the side until the start of 2000.

Unfortunately he didn't make it back for 1999-2000, suffering a setback in his recovery programme, but started pre-season training a couple of weeks early with a view to being fully fit for 2000-2001. He moved on to Bradford City to try to help them in their relegation fight, and despite doing enough to convince the management that he was worth keeping, he couldn't do enough to help them stay up.

He played on at Bradford to the end of the 2002-03 season when he was released from his contract with the club - like many others - in a pretty poor financial position. He has now returned to his native Holland and signed on with RBC Roosendaal in the top division.

Tedros Medhin says: Robert Molenaar is the best player ever! He has a great inzicht as they call it in Dutch. He is our national hero. The proud of Holland. I love Robert Molenaar! All the best with your site, Tedros Medhin, Nijmegen, Holland

Joost Linssen says: Rbc is amazing! Robert molenaar rocks

Ste says: Erm, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm basically you wouldnt want to meet him down a dark alley or in the final 3rd but lets be honest - once your passed him your passed him, less pace than a dead female slug but a surely a cult legand - I recently heard a nasty rumour that the crazy Dutchman was linked with us on a free but lets be faiur if this terminator says i'll be back were in real trouble. x


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