Tom Hiariej

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Tom Hiariej
Personal information
Full name Tom Jan Hiariej
Date of birth (1988-07-25) 25 July 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth Winschoten, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
0000–1998 ZNC
1998–1999 GRC
1999–2007 Groningen
Senior career*
2007–2017 Groningen 146 (3)
2013Emmen (loan) 12 (0)
2016Cambuur (loan) 10 (0)
2017–2019 Central Coast Mariners 37 (0)
2019–2020 Emmen 17 (0)
International career
2003–2004 Netherlands U16 8 (0)
2004–2005 Netherlands U17 14 (1)
2006–2007 Netherlands U19 7 (0)
2008–2009 Netherlands U20 8 (0)
2008 Netherlands U21 2 (0)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
FIFA U-17 World Championship
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 28 October 2014

Tom Jan Hiariej ( /ˈtɒmhˈɑːr/ ; born 25 July 1988) is a Dutch professional footballer who is currently without a club. He is of Moluccan descent. [1]


Club career

The son of a Moluccan father and a Dutch mother, [2] he made his professional first team debut in 2007 with Eredivisie side FC Groningen under long-time head coach Ron Jans. [3] Hiariej scored his first professional goal on 23 January 2008 in a match against NEC. [4] [5]

During his time at Groningen, Hiariej was sent on loan twice; to Emmen and Cambuur. [6] In May 2017, he moved to Australia to play in Gosford for the Central Coast Mariners. [7] [8] After practicing with the first team for a few weeks, he signed another one-year contract with Emmen in July 2019. [9] He left the club at the expiration of his contract, after losing his starting spot to Hilal Ben Moussa. [10]

International career

Hiarej is also a Dutch youth international; he played a number of matches for several youth teams. He was also part of the Netherlands under-17 team, who ended up third in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. [11]

Netherlands under-17 coach, Ruud Kaiser was very impressed by the young defender. Before the youth FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, Kaiser said about Hiariej: "When Hiariej plays for his club, he plays central defender, but here he plays right-back. He is talented and quick. He also has the qualities to come up in attack; he sees the chances". [12]

Hiariej would also make appearances for the Netherlands under-21 team. [13]



Netherlands U17

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