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Berry Powel

Berry Powel
Personal information
Full nameBerry Leroy Powel
Date of birth2 May 1980(age 36)
Place of birthUtrecht, Netherlands
Height1.89 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubGimnàstic

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Berry Powel (born 2 May 1980 in Utrecht) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for Spanish second division club Gimnàstic de Tarragona.

Powel started playing football at AFC Quick 1890 and succeeded at the non-professional club Roda'46. Powel was discovered by FC Den Bosch, and in 2003 he made his debut for the club's 1st team. In his first season at the club, he scored 9 goals in 26 games for FC Den Bosch, when they played in the Eerste Divisie. Powel became champions with his club and FC Den Bosch promoted to the Eredivisie. In the Eredivisie he scored 2 goals in 29 games. Den Bosch was relegated to the Eerste Divisie again, following that some of their key players; Koen van de Laak, Mourad Mghizrat, Jochen Janssen and Dennis Schulp left the club, making Powel the most important player of the club.

After 26 games and 19 goals in the 2005 2006 season, he moved to Millwall to become a more complete player. In his first game for Millwall, he scored a goal after only 2 minutes, giving Millwall a draw against Cardiff. After Millwall relegated to the Football League One, he moved to De Graafschap where he signed a contract for 3 seasons. Playing for the Doetinchem side, he had an important role during the first half of his first season, scoring 29 goals and becoming the topscorer of Eerste Divisie.

FC Groningen signed Powel for a one-and-a-half-year deal, after Erik Nevland was sold to Fulham FC. Powel moved to FC Groningen the 31 January 2008.

A year later Powel moved again. This time to ADO Den Haag after a row with FC Groningen coach Ron Jans.

On 25 August 2010, Powel was signed by Catalan club, Gimnàstic Tarragona, currently playing in the Spanish Second Division, on a free transfer. On 4 September he scored two goals in his first game against FC Girona, televised live to all Catalonia. The game ended 2 0. Although his performance in training sessions has been quite impressive, he failed to score in the next four matches, which ended in four goalless defeats for Gimnàstic. After he was advised by the technical team not to play as a reference striker but as a more mobile player up front, he displayed another impressive performance in the Cartagena v Gimnàstic game, also televised. The Catalan team was losing 1 0 when he entered the pitch, and thanks to a goal by Powel, Gimnástic eventually led 1 2 before receiving a late goal (2 2). Powel did not score his fourth goal of the season until six games later, at Alcorcón, a penalty shot in the 68th minute that gave Gimnàstic a point. Powel, in fact, kept on being top scorer at Gimnàstic although he had not scored for four and six games in a row (spaces between 2nd and 3rd goal, and 3rd & 4th). After the sacking of manager Luis Ángel César, anyway, situation changed for Gimnàstic and for Berry altogether. With new manager Joan Carles Oliva, former of Alavés, Gimnàstic reached places out of the relegation zone and Berry scored in four matches in a row (against Salamanca, Rayo Vallecano, Celta and Xerez). Powel has established himself as a hero for many Gimnàstic supporters and local media have given him the nickname "The Panther of Utrecht".

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