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Jackie Groenen
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Groenen playing for 1. FFC Frankfurt
Personal information
Date of birth 17 December 1994 (1994-12-17) (age 26)
Place of birth Tilburg, Netherlands
Height 165 cm
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 14
Youth career
GSBW
VV Riel
Wilhelmina Boys
SV Rood-Wit Veldhoven
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 SGS Essen 6 (0)
2011–2014 FCR 2001 Duisburg 32 (4)
2014 MSV Duisburg 0 (0)
2014–2015 Chelsea 20 (2)
2015–2019 FFC Frankfurt 79 (13)
2019– Manchester United 34 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Netherlands U17 6 (0)
2012 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2016– Netherlands 72 (7)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 July 2021

Jackie Noëlle Groenen RON (born 17 December 1994) is a Dutch footballer and former judoka who plays as a midfielder for FA WSL club Manchester United and the Netherlands women's national football team. She previously played for German clubs SGS Essen, FCR 2001 Duisburg and FFC Frankfurt, as well as for Chelsea in the English FA WSL.

Groenen was born in the Netherlands but grew up just over the Belgian border in Poppel. In 2014, FIFA ruled her ineligible to switch allegiances to Belgium, as she did not hold a Belgian passport when she played for the Netherlands at youth level.

Club career

Early career

Groenen and her sister, Merel, began playing football at Goirlese Sportvereniging Blauw-Wit. After VV Riel and Wilhelmina Boys, they moved to SV Rood-Wit Veldhoven. The sisters continued their football career in the Frauen-Bundesliga and became players for SGS Essen. Groenen made her debut for SGS Essen in the DFB-Pokal Cup on 30 January 2011 against Turbine Potsdam.

FCR 2001 Duisburg

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Groenen during her time at FCR 2001 Duisburg.

Groenen played for FCR 2001 Duisburg from 2011, until their insolvency at the end of 2013. On 7 May 2011, Groenen made her debut for the club against USV Jena in the Bundesliga Cup, scoring the third goal in a 4–1 win. She made her league debut on 28 August 2011 in a 2–0 win over Hamburger SV.

Chelsea

In February 2014, Groenen signed for Chelsea. On 17 April, she made her FA WSL debut in a 2–0 win over Bristol City. On 13 July, Groenen scored her first goals, netting twice in a 13–0 victory against London Bees in the FA WSL Continental Cup.

FFC Frankfurt

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Groenen playing for FFC Frankfurt in 2015.

She returned to Germany and signed for FFC Frankfurt in June 2015. On 5 September, Groenen made her debut for the club in a 1–0 win against 1899 Hoffenheim.

Manchester United

On 22 May 2019, it was announced Groenen had signed a contract with Manchester United ahead of the 2019–20 season. In doing so, she became the team's first overseas signing with the team having formed a year earlier consisting of all British players. Groenen made her debut for Manchester United against Manchester City in the FA WSL on 7 September 2019, a 1–0 loss in the inaugural Manchester derby.

International career

FIFA blocked Groenen's attempts to switch to representing Belgium because she did not have a Belgian passport when she played for the Netherlands' youth teams. She later indicated her willingness to play for the Netherlands again.

In January 2016, Groenen was called up to the Netherlands senior squad for the team's winter training camp in Turkey. She appeared in two friendly matches against Denmark to collect her first senior caps on 22 January 2016.

Groenen was part of the Dutch team that won the UEFA Women's Euro 2017. She played in all matches and was named in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Tournament.

In February 2018, Groenen was selected for the Netherlands side that won the 2018 Algarve Cup. Due to the final between Netherlands and Sweden being cancelled, caused by heavy rain and adverse weather conditions, the Algarve Cup was awarded to both teams.

In April 2019, Groenen was selected for her first World Cup. She started every game at the tournament and scored the only goal in extra-time of the 1–0 semi-final victory over Sweden to help the team reach their first World Cup final. The Netherlands eventually lost the final to the United States.

Judo

Groenen has won a series of championships in judo sports. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she was Netherlands champion in the under 15 age group. She has won these titles in the weight class −32 kg. In 2010, she was vice champion in the weight class −44 kg. On 6 March 2010 she won the gold medal in the under 17 age group in Tilburg, Netherlands and on the European level at the European championships in June 2010 in Teplice she won the bronze medal of the under 17 age group, weight class −40 kg. In February 2011 Groenen won the Netherlands junior (under 20 age group) championships in the weight class −44 kg.

Groenen's judo career came to an end when she was 17. Her employers FCR 2001 Duisburg made clear their unhappiness when she broke her hip in a judo accident the day before a football match. Groenen admitted that she preferred football and would eventually have chosen to stop judo in any case.

Personal life

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Groenen before a Manchester United match against West Ham United in 2019

While playing for Chelsea in London, Groenen was studying for a law degree at Tilburg University and the club would fly her to the Netherlands for her exams. Her older sister Merel used to play for Belgian women's football team Lierse SK.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SGS Essen 2010–11 Bundesliga 6 0 1 0 7 0
FCR 2001 Duisburg 2011–12 Bundesliga 9 0 3 0 2 1 14 1
2012–13 16 2 1 0 17 2
2013–14 7 2 1 0 8 2
Total 32 4 5 0 2 1 0 0 39 5
Chelsea 2014 WSL 1 14 2 3 0 5 2 22 4
2015 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 20 2 6 0 5 2 0 0 31 4
FFC Frankfurt 2015–16 Bundesliga 21 1 2 1 7 0 30 2
2016–17 22 4 2 1 24 5
2017–18 20 6 3 1 23 7
2018–19 16 2 2 0 18 2
Total 79 13 9 3 0 0 7 0 95 16
Manchester United 2019–20 WSL 12 0 1 0 3 0 16 0
2020–21 22 0 0 0 3 0 25 0
Total 34 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 41 0
Career total 171 19 22 3 13 3 7 0 213 25

International goals

As of match played 13 April 2021. Netherlands score listed first, score column indicates score after each Groenen goal.
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 20 October 2016 Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston, Scotland Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 7–0 7–0 Friendly
2 8 June 2018 Shamrock Park, Portadown, Northern Ireland Flag of Northern Ireland.svg Northern Ireland 5–0 5–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
3 3 July 2019 Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu, France Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 1–0 1–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
4 23 October 2020 Euroborg, Groningen, Netherlands Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia 3–0 7–0 UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying
5 5–0
6 24 February 2021 De Koel, Venlo, Netherlands Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1–0 2–1 Friendly
7 13 April 2021 Goffertstadion, Nijmegen, Netherlands Flag of Australia.svg Australia 3–0 5–0

Honours

International

Netherlands

Individual

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