Hans Hateboer

Hans Hateboer (born 9 January 1994) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Italian club Atalanta and the Netherlands national team.

Hans Hateboer
Hateboer with Atalanta in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth Beerta, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Number 33
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Groningen 87 (1)
2017– Atalanta 128 (7)
National team
2014 Netherlands U20 3 (0)
2014–2016 Netherlands U21 8 (2)
2018– Netherlands 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:20, 24 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:55, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

A Groningen youth product, Hateboer spent three-and-a-half Eredivisie seasons with the club before joining Italian club Atalanta in 2017. In February 2020, he scored the first goal in a UEFA Champions League knockout-phase match for the club.

Club career


A product of the Groningen academy, Hateboer made his professional debut on 18 January 2014 in a match against RKC Waalwijk. During the match, which ended in a 1–1 draw, he made an assist and was later sent off. On 19 February 2014, Hateboer signed a three-year contract extension, which entered into force retroactively on 1 February 2014.[1] In the final of the play-offs for European football, he scored a decisive goal against AZ. During the 2013–14 season, he had developed from an amateur player from the youth teams to a starting caliber player in the Groningen team. The following season, 2014–15, Hateboer was part of the team that won the its first major trophy, the KNVB Cup which qualified the team for the UEFA Europa League.[2][3]

In the final year of his deal, Hateboer made it clear that his intention was to leave on a Bosman at the end of the season, which meant that Groningen sold him to Atalanta in the January transfer window rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.[4] When he left Groningen in January 2017 Hateboer had been credited with the most assists for a defender in the Eredivisie that season.[5]


Having arrived in the middle of an unusually successful season for Atalanta, Hateboer was initially a substitute for Andrea Conti, a starting line-up player in the right wingback position of a 3–4–3 formation. Hateboer made his debut for Atalanta on 19 March 2017, during a 3–0 league win at home over Pescara in which he made an assist.[6] In the 2017–18 season, after Conti transferred to Milan in the summer, he established himself as a regular starter for the team, and also played in the Europa League for the second time in his career. The following season was even more successful season for Hateboer, as he appeared in all matches in the Serie A and scored five goals in the competition.[7] It was also a strong season for Atalanta, as the club finished third in the league and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in club history.[8]

In 2019–20, Hateboer made his debut in the Champions League in a 4–0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.[9] On 19 February 2020, he scored his first goal in the competition, which was followed by his second, in a 4–1 win over Valencia in the round of 16.[10] His first goal of the match was also the first goal of Atalanta in the knock-out phase of the Champions League.[11] In the quarter-finals, Atalanta were eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain. Until the 90th minute, Atalanta led by a goal from Mario Pašalić, but PSG eventually turned it around in injury time with goals from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.[12]

International career

In March 2018, Hateboer earned his first call up to the Dutch national football team for friendlies against England and Portugal. It was the first squad chosen by newly appointed manager Ronald Koeman.[13]

Hateboer made his full international debut starting the international friendly against England on 23 March 2018 at the Amsterdam arena.[14] He then made his first appearance for the Netherlands in almost three years against Poland in a home 1–0 win in the UEFA Nations League on 4 September 2020. He delivered an impressive performance, including an assist for Bergwijn's winning goal.[15]

Style of play

A right-back with a remarkable physique and pace, Hateboer has also occasionally been employed as a centre-back.[16] While in Italy, he gained the nickname cavallo pazzo meaning "mad horse", due to his work rate and untiring runs.[17][18]

Career statistics


As of match played 19 May 2021[7]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Groningen 2013–14 Eredivisie 1400041181
2014–15 Eredivisie 2305120301
2015–16 Eredivisie 310206031421
2016–17 Eredivisie 19121212
Total 8719280721115
Atalanta 2016–17 Serie A 600060
2017–18 Serie A 3302080430
2018–19 Serie A 3554041436
2019–20 Serie A 3201092422
2020–21 Serie A 2222060302
Total 12879027216410
Career total 21581823537227515


As of 18 November 2020[19]





  1. "Contract voor Hateboer bij FC Groningen". FC Groningen (in Dutch). 19 February 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  2. "Groningen claim first trophy with KNVB Cup triumph". Goal.com. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  3. "PEC Zwolle vs. Groningen - 3 May 2015 - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  4. "Hateboer leaves Groningen for Atalanta but Newcastle bids for Mahi rejected". Football Oranje. 31 January 2017.
  5. [dead link]
  6. Mennega, Jan (19 March 2017). "Hateboer debuteert met assist". Dagblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 December 2020. Hans Hateboer heeft gedebuteerd in de hoofdmacht van Atalanta Bergamo. Hij deed dat in de thuiswedstrijd tegen Pescara. Atalanta Bergamo won met 3-0 en de ex-FC Groninger zette zijn debuut luister bij met een assist bij de openingstreffer.
  7. Hans Hateboer at Soccerway
  8. Palmar, Damon (27 May 2019). "Atalanta Qualify For UEFA Champions League For The First Time Ever". Football Nation Radio. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  9. "Champions League (Sky Sports)". SkySports. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  10. "Atalanta thrash Valencia to close in on Champions League quarters". France 24. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  11. "Highlights and reaction from Atalanta's two-goal hero Hans Hateboer". UEFA. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  12. Church, Ben (12 August 2020). "Paris Saint-Germain produces stunning comeback to knock Atalanta out of the Champions League". CNN. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  13. "Ronald Koeman puts trust in Dutch youth, Justin Kluivert given first call-up". Eurosport. 16 March 2018.
  14. "Koeman's debut as Netherlands boss ends with defeat to England". Football Oranje. 23 March 2018.
  15. "Netherlands 1-0 Poland: Player Ratings as Bergwijn goal gives Dutch a winning start". 5 September 2020.
  16. Spignesi, Riccardo (1 February 2017). "I nuovi stranieri della Serie A: Hans Hateboer (Atalanta)". Spaziocalcio.it (in Italian).
  17. "Gasperini su Hateboer: "Non credo possa recuperare prima di aprile" | Goal.com". GOAL (in Italian). 20 February 2021.
  18. Manara, Fabio (13 August 2020). "Formazioni a confronto - Gasperini e quella scommessa su "cavallo pazzo" Hateboer". Calcio Atalanta (in Italian).
  19. Hans Hateboer at National-Football-Teams.com