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Luc Nijholt

Personal information
Full nameLuc Nijholt
Date of birth29 July 1961(age 55)
Place of birthZaandam, Netherlands
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubQatar Olympic Committee (Ambassador)

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Luc Nijholt (born 29 July 1961) is a Dutch football manager and a former player, who played for a number of clubs, both home and abroad.

Nijholt began his career in the early 1980s with Haarlem, spending six years with the club. Nijholt was a member of the famous Haarlem team that competed in the UEFA Cup in the 1982-1983 season, for the first time in the club's history. However this campaign was to be overshadowed by the Luzhniki Disaster. He then moved on to single seasons with AZ, Utrecht and Swiss side Old Boys. In 1990, Nijholt moved to Scottish side Motherwell and helped them win the Scottish Cup in his first season.

In 1993, he moved to English side Swindon Town for a fee of £175,000, spending two years with The Robins. He joined them after they won promotion to the FA Premier League, but couldn't prevent from being relegated after just one reason with a mere five wins and a defence that leaked 100 goals in the league. However, he did score his only goal for Swindon on 19 March 1994 in a surprise 2-2 home draw against that season's double winners Manchester United. A year later he was part of the side which reached the Football League Cup semi finals but suffered a second successive relegation.

After leaving Swindon in 1995, Nijholt joined Volendam and spent three years with them before retiring in 1998.

Nijholt became manager of Stormvogels Telstar in 2005 and has since declared his interest in managing former clubs Swindon and Motherwell, although neither application was successful.

His son is Gianluca Nijholt. He was the assistant-trainer of FC Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) during 2008-09 season. In 2010 he reunited with Co Adriaanse and is part of his coaching staff with the Qatar national team.

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