Who is Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink?
Jerrel “Jimmy” Floyd Hasselbaink, who was born on 27 March 1972 in Suriname, is a Dutch former professional footballer. Jimmy played as a centre-forward for the Premier League club, Chelsea.
Hasselbaink began his senior career with Telstar and Alkmaar before leaving the Netherlands for the Portuguese club Campomaiorense in summer 1995. Jimmy joined Boavista the following year and won the Taça de Portugal with the club in 1997.
English club Leeds United signed Hasselbaink for a £2m fee before the 1997–98 campaign, where the striker established himself as a prolific goalscorer and went on to win the Premier League Golden Boot award in 1999, according to a report.
Jimmy was sold on to Spanish club Atletico Madrid for £10m the same year. The Dutch striker returned to England with Chelsea for a club-record £15m fee in May 2000, where the centre-forward once again led the league in scoring during his first campaign, earning him a second Premier League Golden Boot.
Hasselbaink also played in the 2002 FA Cup Final and helped the London club to a career-high and then club-record second-place Premier League finish in 2003–04.
Jimmy moved to Middlesbrough on a free transfer in the summer of 2004 and played the final game of the UEFA Cup in 2006.
After being released at the end of the previous campaign, Hasselbaink signed with Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2006 before joining Cardiff City in August 2007.
Jimmy played on the losing side in the 2008 FA Cup Final before retiring from play at the end of the campaign.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s coaching career
In May 2013, Jimmy was selected coach of Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Second Division, where he remained for one campaign.
In November 2014, Hasselbaink was hired by Burton Albion in England, and in his first campaign, Jimmy led them to their first-ever promotion to League One as champions of League Two.
In winter 2015, Hasselbaink was selected coach of Queens Park Rangers in the Championship. Jimmy lasted 11 months in the job until he was dismissed in November 2016.
From September 2017 to April 2018, Hasselbaink managed League One side Northampton Town. On New Year’s Day 2021, Jimmy was selected coach of Burton Albion for the second time in his career.