|Anouk Hoogendijk Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||May 6, 1985|
Anouk Hoogendijk is a Dutch former professional soccer player, TV personality, journalist, model, and author, best known for playing for AFC Ajax Vrouwen as a defender and midfielder between 2012 and 2014, and then between 2014 and 2017, after she announced her retirement from professional soccer. She started her youth career playing for Dutch teams such as Combinatie Sportclub Wilnis, SV Argon, and Legmeervogels and played for the Dutch club SV Saestum between 2004 and 2007. At the age of 12, Anouk appeared in the local TV program titled Geef Nooit Op (Never Give Up), and expressed her wish to train with FC Utrecht. Luckily for her, the club was forming a female team, and she began her career with the team in 2007. Anouk spent 4 successful years with them and she transferred to the Bristol City W.F.C. in 2011 for the inaugural FA WSL campaign. She came back to FC Utrecht temporarily in 2012, after which she played for Ajax. In-between playing for Ajax, in January 2014, she was signed to the English FC Arsenal Ladies, but because of persistent injuries only played 3 matches and returned to Ajax in the season 2014-2015.
Anouk was also a long-time soccer player for the Netherlands national team, from 2004 up until she announced her retirement in 2017, and scored 9 goals in 103 appearances between 2004 and 2015. She is also the co-author of a book titled Balverliefd that she wrote with the help of Vicente de Vries, and published in April 2015. The book contained her own biography, as well as advice, tips, and tricks for all of the young and upcoming soccer players. Anouk has also done photoshoots and has been featured in Dutch magazines such as Helden, De Telegraaf, AD, Vriendin, De Volkskrant, as well as the ELLE magazine. She also has a history of appearing in cooking, soccer, or competition TV shows such as Life & Cooking (2007), Expeditie Robinson (2017), and Pauw. Anouk has also amassed a fanbase online with more than 200k followers on Instagram, more than 60k followers on Facebook, and more than 50k followers on Twitter.
Anouk Anna Hoogendijk
Anouk has a bachelor degree in Physical Education from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Former Professional Soccer Player, Journalist, TV Personality, Author, Model
- Father – He is a physical education teacher.
- Mother – Ineke Hoogendijk (Physical Education Teacher)
- Siblings – She has an older brother.
Anouk Hoogendijk is represented by Wasserman (Talent Agent, Manager) in Los Angeles, California, United States.
- Defensive midfielder
- 6 – Ajax, Arsenal
- 8 – Ajax
- 16 – Bristol City
- 2, 5, 13, 14, 15 – Netherlands
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Dutch descent.
She has also dyed her hair ‘Ombre’ with ‘Light Brown’ hair roots in the past.
- Athletic physique
- Dimpled chin
Anouk Hoogendijk has endorsed brands such as –
- Nike, Nike Women (2009)
- Voyar La Rue (2018)
- Herbalife Nutrition (2018)
- Polar Benelux (2018)
- Polar Sports Watches (2018)
- Intersport Ramon Zomer (2018)
- SENVI (2018)
- La Roche-Posay (2018)
- Kannai B.V. (2019)
- Tisja Damen Lingerie (2019)
- JFK.men (2019)
- Toral Shoes (2019)
- Eye Wish Opticiens (2019)
- DANTE6 (2019)
- Beem Flights (2019)
- G-Star RAW (2019)
- HUB Footwear (2019)
- Flair (2019)
- Given (2019)
- Huawei Mobile NL (2019)
As an official Nike Women athlete starting in 2009, Anouk has appeared in the campaigns for the brand such as –
- Here I Am (2009)
- Make Yourself (2011)
- Move more, move better (2013)
Anouk has also served as a volunteer or an ambassador for organizations such as –
- KNVB WorldCoaches
- Right to Play Organization
- Johan Cruyff Foundation
- Stronger 2gether
Best Known For
- Playing for soccer clubs such as FC Utrecht (2007-2011, 2012), Bristol City W.F.C. (2011), AFC Ajax Vrouwen (2012-2014, 2014-2017), and Arsenal W.F.C. (2014)
- Her social media fanbase with more than 200k followers on the Instagram account and more than 60k followers on Facebook
First Soccer Match
Anouk Hoogendijk made her professional debut with the Dutch club Saestum in 2004.
Anouk Hoogendijk made her international debut as a half-time substitute for her national team of the Netherlands in a match against Japan on August 6, 2004, on the Sportpark Noordweg stadium in Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands. The match ended with a 2–0 defeat for her team.
First TV Show
Apart from the broadcast of her football matches, Anouk Hoogendijk made her first TV show appearance as ‘Herself’ in an episode of the family, music, and cooking series Life & Cooking in 2007.
During her professional career, she worked out for at least 5 times a week as part of her endurance, cardio, and agility regime as part of the clubs she was in. She ate healthily, which meant a lot of fruits and vegetables, and drank plenty of water during and outside of the training and matches. Anouk admitted that eating a lot of calories and energy-packed complex carbohydrates was a must before a match. For that reason, she always ate a lot of pasta the day before.
After she retired from professional soccer, Anouk still kept with her typical workout schedule and diet plan. She isn’t vegan and actually accentuated the importance and benefits of meat as a quality source of proteins, especially beef. She transitioned to more of a half-marathon runner routine and diet, using the experience she has from her soccer days.
Anouk has posted numerous pictures of her trail running near the large bodies of water in her home country, and she also loves paddleboarding. After she noticed a dip in health, Anouk also tried to challenge herself and walk the distance of a half-marathon of about 21 kilometers at once. She succeeded in that endeavor in September 2018 and reported feeling tired but rejuvenated.
Anouk Hoogendijk Favorite Things
- Hobbies – Cooking, Shopping
- Obsession – Collecting Earrings
Source – ESPN
Anouk Hoogendijk Facts
- She grew up in a town of about 15k residents named Mijdrecht, which was in the municipality of De Ronde Venen, Utrecht, Netherlands.
- She joined the amateur female Dutch soccer team Combinatie Sportclub Wilnis at the age of 7 and later moved to the boy’s team due to her immense talent.
- During her time of being signed to FC Saestum (2004-2007), her team became 2-time Champions of the Netherlands (2005, 2006), and also 2-time Dutch Supercup winners (2005, 2006).
- For New Year’s Eve 2019, Anouk traveled to the Alpes and started the new year by skiing.
- Her advice to young girls trying to be athletes is: “Every girl needs to find her own unique point where she feels confident, strong, and pretty. Whether it comes from a daily 6-hour session as a professional soccer player or a 45-minute run in the park is irrelevant.”
- Anouk admitted that having supportive parents played a critical role in her career. In addition, she admitted that she had friends that understood how intense and time-consuming professional soccer is. This helped her avoid a lot of anxiety if she missed a birthday or a party.
- She was rarely down and unmotivated during her professional career. Just thinking of the upcoming game and the need to set a good example as a team captain always pumped her up.
- As a Nike athlete, she wore Nike CTR360 Maestri soccer shoes starting in 2009. After they were discontinued, in 2014 she began wearing Nike Magista. The final shoe model she wore was Nike Tiempo.
- Anouk played in every match for the Netherlands in UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 cup up until semi-finals when they lost to England national team in the last 4 minutes of extra-time.
- Anouk was named “Best Female Dutch Athlete 2008” and received her award on January 23, 2009.
- In December 2009, Anouk began working as an interviewer and journalist for the Dutch newspaper Spits and got her own column named Anouk wil antwoord (Anouk wants an answer).
- Her last match was for W.F.C Ajax at the Kyocera Stadium against PSV in the Dutch Cup Final game in the 2016-2017 season.
- Visit her official website @ anoukhoogendijk.social.
- Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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