Jackie Groenen

Jackie Noëlle Groenen (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.[3][4]

Jackie Groenen
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Groenen playing for 1. FFC Frankfurt
Personal information
Full name Jackie Noëlle Groenen[1]
Date of birth 17 December 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Tilburg, Netherlands[2]
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Youth career
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 0 (0)
National team
2016– Netherlands 54 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 July 2019

Club career

Early career

Groenen and her sister, Merel, began playing football at Goirlese Sportvereniging Blauw-Wit.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] She made her league debut on 28 August 2011 in a 2–0 win over Hamburger SV.[8]


In February 2014, Groenen signed for Chelsea.[9] On 17 April, she made her FA WSL debut in a 2–0 win over Bristol City.[10] On 13 July, Groenen scored her first goals, netting twice in a 13–0 victory against London Bees in the FA WSL Continental Cup.[11]

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.[12] On 5 September, Groenen made her debut for the club in a 1–0 win against 1899 Hoffenheim.[13]

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.[14]

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.[4]

In January 2016, Groenen was called up to the Netherlands senior squad for the team's winter training camp in Turkey.[15] She appeared in two friendly matches against Denmark to collect her first senior caps on 22 January 2016.[16]

Groenen was part of the Dutch team that won the UEFA Women's Euro 2017.[17][18] She played in all matches and was named in the 2017 UEFA Team of the Tournament.[19]

In February 2018, Groenen was selected for the Netherlands side that won the 2018 Algarve Cup.[20] 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.[21]

In April 2019, Groenen was selected for her first World Cup.[22] 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.[23] The Netherlands eventually lost the final to the United States.


Groenen has won a series of championships in judo sports.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26][27] In February 2011 Groenen won the Netherlands junior (under 20 age group) championships in the weight class -44 kg.[28]

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.[3]

Personal life

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.[29]

Career statistics


As of match played 22 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 137 19 21 3 7 3 7 0 172 25
  1. ^ Includes the DFB-Pokal Frauen and FA Women's Cup
  2. ^ Includes the Bundesliga Cup and FA WSL Cup
  3. ^ Includes the UEFA Women's Champions League

International goals

As of match played 3 July 2019. Netherlands score listed first, score column indicates score after each Groenen goal.[16]
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  Scotland 7–0 7–0 Friendly [30]
2 8 June 2018 Shamrock Park, Portadown, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 5–0 5–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification [31]
3 3 July 2019 Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu, France  Sweden 1–0 1–0 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup [23]






  1. ^ a b "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ List of Players - Netherlands" (PDF). FIFA. 27 May 2019. p. 15. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ De Bever, Lorenzo. "Dorpsmeisje nu actief bij Engelse topclub". Lorenzodebever.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2015-11-21. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Leighton, Tony (June 2014). "Jackie of all Trades" (21). She Kicks. p. 21.
  4. ^ a b "Jackie Groenen blijft hopen op Oranje". Vrouwenvoetbal Nieuws. 19 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ Een wonder? Een mirakel of gewoon goed?, Vrouwenvoetbalnieuws (15 januari 2012)
  6. ^ "Turbine Potsdam 1–0 SGS Essen". dfb.de. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. ^ "USV Jena 1–4 Duisburg". dfb.de. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Hamburger SV 0–2 FCR 2001 Duisburg". dfb.de. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  9. ^ "CHELSEA LADIES MAKE SEVENTH SIGNING". www,fawsl.com. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Bristol City 0–2 Chelsea". Soccerway. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Ladies report: Chelsea 13 London Bees 0". chelseafc.com. Chelsea F.C. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Jackie Groenen: Chelsea Ladies midfielder joins Frankfurt". BBC. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  13. ^ "1899 Hoffenheim 0–1 FFC Frankfurt". dfb.de. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Jackie Groenen agrees to sign for Manchester United Women". www.manutd.com.
  15. ^ "Van der Laan roept 25 speelsters op". OnsOranje. 11 January 2016. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Profile". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Wiegman kiest Oranjeselectie voor WEURO 2017". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Dutch delight: how the Netherlands won Women's EURO". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Official UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Best Eleven". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Oranjevrouwen met 23 speelsters naar Algarve Cup" [Orange women with 23 players to the Algarve Cup] (in Dutch). Royal Dutch Football Association. 20 February 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Sarina Wiegman names Netherlands Women's World Cup squad | KNVB". www.knvb.com.
  23. ^ a b Lyon, Suzanne Wrack at Stade de (3 July 2019). "Jackie Groenen strike sinks Sweden and puts Netherlands into World Cup final". The Guardian.
  24. ^ Judo Nieuws - Brons voor Groenen. Judo Bond Nederland
  25. ^ Jackie Groenen judokampioen van Nederland Archived 2012-05-30 at Archive.today, website Brabant Open Judo
  26. ^ Jackie Groenen judo goud op NK -17 jaar Archived 2010-05-28 at the Wayback Machine, website Goirles Belang
  27. ^ EK -17: brons voor Groenen, Judo Bond Nederland (25. Juni 2010)
  28. ^ Jackie Groenen Nederlands kampioen, website Vrouwenvoetbal Nederland (14. Februar 2011)
  29. ^ Rietbroek, Joris (7 May 2014). "Tilburgse rechtenstudente Jackie Groenen voetbalt bij Londens Chelsea" (in Dutch). Advocatie. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  30. ^ "Scotland suffer a friendly defeat to Netherlands". scottishfa.co.uk. 20 October 2016.
  31. ^ "Kwalificatie, groep 3". onsoranje.nl. 8 June 2018.

External links

2015 FA WSL

The 2015 season of the Women's Super League was the fifth season of the FA WSL, the top-level women's football league of England. The season was played from 25 March to 4 October.Liverpool were the defending champions from the 2014 FA WSL. Chelsea became the title winners and together with Manchester City (who finished as runners-up) qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League.

This was the second season since the WSL 2 was introduced. As part of a two-year expansion plan, the WSL 1 will increase to nine teams for the 2016 season. By the end of the 2015 season two teams (Reading and Doncaster Rovers Belles) were promoted from WSL 2 to WSL 1 and only one team (Bristol Academy) relegated to WSL 2, with one team being promoted from Premier League to WSL 2.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final was a football match which determined the winner of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was the eighth final of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the women's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match was played on 7 July 2019 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon, France.

The final was contested by the United States, the defending champion, and the Netherlands, in their first final. The United States won 2–0, earning their second consecutive and fourth overall Women's World Cup title, with second-half goals scored by co-captain Megan Rapinoe from the penalty spot and Rose Lavelle. With the win, the U.S. became the second team to win consecutive titles after Germany's victories in 2003 and 2007. The team's coach, Jill Ellis, became the first manager to win two Women's World Cup titles.

Each finalist was the reigning champion of its respective confederation, with the United States having won the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship and the Netherlands having won UEFA Women's Euro 2017.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group E

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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the second and final stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on 22 June with the round of 16 and ended on 7 July with the final match, held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu. A total of 16 teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.All times listed are local, CEST (UTC+2).

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3

UEFA Group 3 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification competition consisted of five teams: Norway, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, and Northern Ireland. The composition of the seven groups in the qualifying group stage was decided by the draw held on 25 April 2017, with the teams seeded according to their coefficient ranking.The group was played in home-and-away round-robin format between 15 September 2017 and 4 September 2018. The group winners qualified for the final tournament, while the runners-up advanced to the play-offs if they were one of the four best runners-up among all seven groups (not counting results against the fifth-placed team).

2019–20 Manchester United W.F.C. season

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FCR 2001 Duisburg

FCR 2001 Duisburg (full name: Fußballclub Rumeln 2001 Duisburg) was a German women's football club from Duisburg. The first team played in the Bundesliga. They originate from a women's team formed in 1977 under the umbrella of FC Rumeln-Kaldenhausen and have existed as an independent club since 8 June 2001. The colors of the 400-member-strong club are green and white. The first team of FCR 2001 Duisburg, who carry the nickname of "Die Löwinnen" (lionesses), have played in the Bundesliga since gaining promotion in 1993. Winning the UEFA Women's Cup in 2009 and with past success in the German championship (2000) and the cup (twice), FCR Duisburg was one of the top teams in German women's football. In 2013 the club filed for insolvency and players joined and formed a new women's section at MSV Duisburg.

List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers

This article lists each country's goalscorers in the FIFA Women's World Cup. There are 373 goalscorers for the 917 goals scored at the 8 editions of the World Cup final tournaments.


Numbers in green means the player finished as the tournament top scorer (or joint top scorer).

List of foreign FA Women's Super League players

The FA Women's Super League (FA WSL or WSL) is the highest league of women's football in England. The league, which started in 2011, was divided in two separate divisions (WSL 1 and WSL 2) from 2014; only the WSL 1 is considered in this list. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

Have played at least one FA WSL game. Players who were signed by WSL clubs, but only played in lower league, cup and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.

Are considered foreign, i.e., outside United Kingdom, or Ireland determined by the following:A player is considered foreign if she is not eligible to play for the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or The Republic of IrelandMore specifically:

If a player has been capped on international level, the national team is used; if she has been capped by more than one country, the highest level (or the most recent) team is used. These include British/Irish players with dual citizenship.

If a player has not been capped on international level, her country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from British parents or moved to the United Kingdom at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched her nationality to another nation.Clubs listed are those for which the player has played at least one FA WSL game.

In bold: players who have played at least one FA WSL game in the current season (2018–19), and the clubs for which they have played. They include players who have subsequently left the club, but do not include current players of a WSL club who have not played a WSL game in the current season.

Last updated: FA WSL matches played on 24 March 2019.

Manchester United W.F.C.

Manchester United Women Football Club is a professional football club based in the Salford suburb of Broughton, Greater Manchester, England, around 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, that will compete in the Women's Super League (WSL), the top tier of English women's football, after gaining promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2018–19 season. They are based at The Cliff, formerly used as a training ground by the men's equivalent.

Netherlands at the FIFA Women's World Cup

Netherlands have participated two times at the FIFA Women's World Cup: in 2015, in 2019. The have reached the 2nd round in 2015 and the final in 2019.

* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Netherlands women's national football team

The Netherlands women's national football team (Dutch: Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal) is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

In 1971, the team played the first women's international football match recognized by FIFA against France. They have played at the final tournament of the 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women's Championship and were champions in 2017. They have played at the final tournament of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time, and reached thirteenth place. They have also played at the final tournament in the 2019 edition, losing 2-0 the final against the United States.

The nicknames for the team are Oranje (Orange) and Leeuwinnen (Lionesses). Sarina Wiegman has been head coach since January 2017. As of July 2019, the team is ranked number 3 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.


Tilburg (Dutch: [ˈtɪlbʏr(ə)x] (listen)) is a city in the Netherlands, in the southern province of North Brabant. With a population of 217,595 (January 31, 2019), it is the second largest municipality in North Brabant, and the sixth largest in the Netherlands.

Tilburg University is located in Tilburg, as are Avans University of Applied Sciences and Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

Tilburg is known for its ten-day-long funfair, held in July each year. The Monday during the funfair is called "Roze Maandag" (Pink Monday), and is primarily LGBT-oriented.

There are three railway stations within the municipality: Tilburg, Tilburg Universiteit and Tilburg Reeshof. The 75-hectare (185-acre) "Spoorzone" area around Tilburg Central station, once a Dutch Railways train maintenance yard, has been purchased by the city and is being transformed into an urban zone.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017

The 2017 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2017, was the 12th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. The competition was expanded to 16 teams (from 12 teams in the previous edition).The Netherlands were declared as hosts by the UEFA Executive Committee on 4 December 2014.Germany's 22-year reign as champions of Europe was ended after losing 1–2 to Denmark in the quarter-finals. In addition it was only Germany's second loss in the finals since 1993. Another former winner, Norway, lost to both finalists, the Netherlands and Denmark, and ended without goals or points.

The Netherlands won their first ever title by beating fellow first time finalists, Denmark, 4–2 in the final.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Final

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The Netherlands won the final 4–2 for their first UEFA Women's Championship title.

UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Group A

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UEFA Women's Euro 2017 knockout stage

The knockout phase of UEFA Women's Euro 2017 began on 29 July 2017 and ended on 6 August 2017 with the final.All times local (UTC+2).

UEFA Women's Player of the Year Award

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