Dutchman Teun de Nooijer ended his impressive hockey career in 2014 at the age of 38. With an enormous amount of 453 matches (and 219 goals) in the national team, De Nooijer is the player with the most caps in history of Dutch hockey.
De Nooijer won a lot of trophies in his career. He four times reached the final of the Olympics with the Dutch national team and won the golden medal in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). The silver medal followed in Athens (2004) and London (2012). Furthermore, De Nooijer became world and European champion with Holland and lifted up the Champions Trophy for six times.
In his club career, De Nooijer was a ten times national champion. De Nooijer won more silverware on personal account. The Dutchman became the best hockey player in the world in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and was elected as best player in the Dutch league for seven times.
Because of his magisterial performances and shirt number 14, De Nooijer often was called ‘Johan Cruyff of hockey’. At the Dutch sports awards in 2013, he received the Fanny Blankers-Koen career achievement award for his successful career.
After his career, De Nooijer became team manager of the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar. De Nooijer left the club in the summer of 2015 to make his first steps as a hockey coach. He nowadays is the assistant coach of the women’s hockey team of his former club Bloemendaal. In the 2016-2017 season, De Nooijer will be the head coach of the Bloemendaal women’s.