Nigel Hasselbaink (born 21 November 1990) is a Dutch-born Surinamese professional footballer who plays for Ironi Kiryat Shmona, as a winger or striker.
Born in Amsterdam, Hasselbaink began his career at PSV and by 2007, Hasselbaink signed his first professional contract with PSV. He failed to make a senior appearance for the side, and instead made his professional début during the second half of the 2009–10 season while on loan at Go Ahead Eagles in the Eerste Divisie. After his loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles, Hasselbaink was released by the club.
On 23 August 2010, Hasselbaink signed for Hamilton Academical on a free transfer following his release by PSV, after impressing manager Billy Reid while on trial. He made his début for Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League four days later, in a 1–0 victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
On 6 June 2011, Hasselbaink moved to St Mirren, signing a one-year contract along with Paul McGowan. Hasselbaink made his debut for the club in a 0–0 draw against Dunfermline Athletic on 25 July 2011 where he played 90 minutes. Hasselbaink scored his first league goal for the club on 30 July 2011, against Aberdeen which was the only goal in the game. On 6 August 2011, Hasselbaink provided an assist for Steven Thompson but received a straight red card for Unsportsmanlike conduct towards Paul Dixon in a 1–1 draw against Dundee United. After receiving a red card, the club appealed for his sending off but lost the appeal, becoming the first player to go through new streamlined disciplinary procedures.
At the end of the season, Manager Danny Lennon says the club offered both Hasselbaink and Jeroen Tesselaar a new contract due to their good performances throughout the season and felt 'confident' and 'optimistic' of keeping both of them at the club. Whilst negotiations were taking place, club captain Jim Goodwin pleaded the duo to sign a new contract and show their loyalty.
In May 2012, Hasselbaink turned down an improved contract from St Mirren and left the club with clubs from England and Scotland chasing to sign him.
By 28 June 2012, Hasselbaink signed with St Johnstone. After his move to St Johnstone, Hasselbaink says he made a right decision to joining St Johnstone and revealed that manager Steve Lomas convinced him that he has taken the best decision for his promising career. Hasselbaink also revealed that he had offers from several English clubs. Hasselbaink was praised by manager Steve Lomas, and he has formed a striking partnership with Grégory Tadé. In his first season at St Johnstone, Hasselbaink scored seven goals in forty-two appearance in all competitions, including scoring a 2–0 win over Motherwell to earn St Johnstone a place for Europa League next season.
However, in 2013–14 season, Hasselbaink partnership with Tade came to an end after Tade left for Romania. Hasselbaink then scored his first goal of the season, in a 4–0 win over Ross County on 11 August 2013. Hasselbaink went on to score four more goals this season and made thirty-nine appearance in all competitions. Hasselbaink was released by the club at the end of the 2013–14 season. His release came when Hasslebaink was an un-used substitute for the Scottish Cup Final, which St Johnstone won 2–0 against Dundee United to win the club's first Scottish Cup in their first final appearance.
On 31 July 2014 he signed for Greek club Veria. However, making one appearance, Hasselbaink was released by the club on 2 February 2015.
Return to Scotland
In February 2015 he re-signed for Hamilton Academical until the end of the season. Hasselbaink made his Hamilton Academical debut, making his first start, in a 4–0 loss against Celtic on 22 February 2015. Hasselbaink then scored his first Hamilton Academical on his return, in a 3–2 win over Kilmarnock on 2 May 2015. He was released by Hamilton at the end of the 2014–15 season.
He returned to the Netherlands in Excelsior in later 2015.
Hasselbaink was born and raised in Netherlands to parents of Surinamese descent. He debuted for the Suriname national football team in an unofficial friendly 3-2 loss to Curaçao wherein he scored his debut goal.
- As of 30 December 2015
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He is the nephew of former Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.