Serginho Greene

Dutch footballer

Serginho Greene
Serginho Greene.jpg
Greene playing for Levski in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-06-24) 24 June 1982 (age 40)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Centre back, defensive midfielder
Youth career
1988–1994 Abcoude
1994–2000 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Haarlem 34 (1)
2002–2005 RKC Waalwijk 82 (3)
2005–2009 Feyenoord 85 (1)
2009–2010 Vitesse 18 (2)
2010–2012 Levski Sofia 42 (1)
2012–2013 Vojvodina 7 (0)
2013AEK Larnaca (loan) 11 (0)
2014–2015 AEK Larnaca 21 (1)
2015 Othellos Athienou 14 (1)
2015 Delhi Dynamos 4 (0)
2016 FC Dordrecht 8 (0)
2016–2018 RKC Waalwijk 66 (7)
2019 FC Lienden 0 (0)
National team
Netherlands U16 3 (0)
Netherlands U21 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19 February 2018

Serginho Greene (Dutch pronunciation: [sɛrˈɟiɲoː ˈɡrin] (listen); born 24 June 1982) is a Dutch professional footballer who last played for FC Lienden.[1] Besides the Netherlands, he has played in Cyprus, India, Bulgaria, and Serbia.[2]

Early life

Greene's life was all about football since he was a little kid, growing up in the south-eastern part of Amsterdam where playing street football was a daily routine.[3] He was never interested in other sports like tennis or basketball, but totally in love with football. He loved to play with the ball and work on his technique by doing tricks or playing matches on the streets of Amsterdam.[3]

At six, his father took him to FC Abcoude where he played in their youth squads until he was twelve, before joining Ajax Amsterdam's famous football school.[3] He cruised through all youth squads until the A1 squad where they told him he was too good for Ajax' reserve team, but was not yet able to make the step towards their first team. They offered him to join HFC Haarlem on loan, but he wasn't keen on such a move. Eventually he decided to go there and to start his professional career.[3]

Club career

Haarlem

At Haarlem he spent one season in de Eerste Divisie, playing 34 matches and scoring one goal.[4] He still had a three-year remaining contract at Ajax which he gave up, because he did not want to play in the Eerste Divisie any longer.[5] Ajax decided to release him and fellow Eredivisie contenders RKC Waalwijk showed interest in him. Working with Martin Jol, Željko Petrović (who still was a player at RKC in those days) and Erwin Koeman he learned a lot about professional football and he developed quickly.[5]

RKC Waalwijk

Greene played on many positions during his RKC spell. In his first season at the club he played as a left fullback, while in his second season he played both in the centre of defence and as a right fullback.[5] During his second season at the club he became one of RKC's key players and teams like VfL Wolfsburg, Tottenham Hotspur, Galatasaray,[6] Hamburger SV,[7] Rangers,[8] AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord Rotterdam showed interest in signing him. Eventually Feyenoord announced signing Greene on a free transfer on 14 April 2005.[9][10] The main reasons for Greene to join Feyenoord were the club's reputation and their well known fanatic supporters.[11]

Feyenoord

Greene finished the 2004–05 season in Waalwijk and joined the Feyenoord squad in the summer of 2005. At Feyenoord's presentation day on 27 July 2004 Greene flew into De Kuip by helicopter among other new signed players Maikel Aerts, Timothy Derijck, Gianni Zuiverloon, Tim Vincken and Ali Boussaboun.[12] Feyenoord also appointed a new coach to replace Ruud Gullit and to Greene's surprise it was his latest RKC coach Erwin Koeman who was given the job.[5]

At Feyenoord Greene impressed right from the start and gained his first team spot right away playing in the center of Rotterdam defence. Late December 2005 Feyenoord signed fellow central defender Ron Vlaar from AZ Alkmaar and questions arose about who was going to play where.[13] As rightback Alexander Östlund left the club it was decided that Vlaar and André Bahia would play in the center and Greene would play further as a right defender. Since joining Feyenoord Greene hardly missed a match; The team however is struggling in both finances and results.[14]

In the season of 2008–09, Greene's contract, which expires in the summer of 2009, was not renewed, as Feyenoord announced the release of Greene after the end of the season.[15]

Vitesse

On 4 November 2009, Greene joined Vitesse on a free transfer, agreeing a one-year deal with the Dutch Eredivisie club.[16]

In June 2010, he went on trial with a Russian side FC Terek Grozny, but Terek decided not to sign him.[17]

Levski Sofia

On 8 August 2010, it was announced that Greene arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria in order to negotiate terms with Bulgarian side Levski Sofia.[18] On the next day, he made his first training with Levski. Greene signed his contract with Levski, two days later, on 10 August 2010. The contract was for two years.

During the 2010–11 Levski qualified for UEFA Europa League after eliminating Dundalk, Kalmar FF and AIK Fotboll. Levski was drawn in Group C, facing Gent, Lille and Sporting CP.

Greene quickly became a first team regular playing as a defensive midfielder alongside Vladimir Gadzhev. He scored his first goal for Levski on 16 September 2010 against Gent. This goal gave Levski a 3–2 home win in their first Europa League Group stage match.

Greene started playing as a defensive midfielder, but due to Levski's defensive problems he was moved to centre-back. With the January purchase of midfielder Daniel Dimov Greene continued playing centre-half in 2011.

On 4 August 2011, he was sent off in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League match against Slovak side Spartak Trnava.

Vojvodina

On 4 July 2012, Greene signed a two-year contract with Serbian club Vojvodina.[19]

Delhi Dynamos

On 10 September 2015, Greene signed with Delhi Dynamos and played in their second pre-season friendly match in the same day.[20]

Waalwijk

In the summer of 2016, Greene returned to his former club RKC Waalwijk, signing a two-year deal.[21]

International career

Greene was a member of the Netherlands U-16 and U-21 football teams.[22]

Honours

Feyenoord

References

  1. ^ Serginho Greene at WorldFootball.net
  2. ^ Waarom Serginho Greene liever geen interviews geeft vice.com
  3. ^ a b c d Jeugd biografie Serginho Greene, feyenoord.nl
  4. ^ Paspoort Serginho Greene, vi.nl
  5. ^ a b c d Serginho Greene's pre-Feyenoord career, feyenoord.nl
  6. ^ Greene in belangstelling van Europese clubs Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, rkcwaalwijk.org, 10 December 2004
  7. ^ "Wir müssen jetzt die Kurve kriegen", hsv.de, 11 April 2005
  8. ^ Serginho Greene in belangstelling van de Glasgow Rangers Archived 16 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine, voetbalonline.nl, 10 April 2005
  9. ^ Serginho Greene naar Feyenoord Archived 7 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, voetbalplus.nl, 14 April 2005
  10. ^ Greene day for Feyenoord, uefa.com
  11. ^ Serginho Greene's Feyenoord career, feyenoord.nl
  12. ^ Fotoreportage Open Dag 2005, ego2.nl, 27 July 2005
  13. ^ Feyenoord sign AZ defender Vlaar, soccerway.com, 28 December 2005
  14. ^ Feyenoord onder curatele, nrc.nl, 28 August 2006
  15. ^ FEYENOORD NIET VERDER MET SERGINHO GREENE EN THEO LUCIUS (NL)
  16. ^ "Vitesse contracteert Serginho Greene (27) tot einde seizoen" (in Dutch). Vitesse SBV. 4 November 2009. Archived from the original on 7 November 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  17. ^ "Терек" завершает сбор в Турции.
  18. ^ Levski signs Serginho Greene
  19. ^ Prva "Lala" u Vošinom buketu at FK Vojvodina official website, 4 July 2012 (in Serbian)
  20. ^ "Indian Super League – Delhi Dynamos sign Serginho Green". Goal. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Greene keert in de zomer terug bij RKC Waalwijk" (in Dutch). fcupdate.nl. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  22. ^ Serginho Greene at UEFA.com
  23. ^ Serginho Greene at Soccerway

External links

  • Serginho Greene at Soccerway
  • Serginho Greene at FootballDatabase.eu
  • Serginho Greene's profile at Feyenoord.nl at archive.today (archived 2013-02-22)
  • Serginho Greene's profile at vi.nl
  • Profile at LevskiSofia.info