Maartje Paumen relaxing post Samsung World Cup 2006 Dutch victory at the player's disco!

The new Netherlands  senior women international coach, ( former Argentina player and once coach at Amsterdam Dames and more recently Bloemendaal Heren) the charismatic Max Caldas , has announced that twenty five year old Maartje Paumen is to be national team captian. Max made the announcement at the annual KNHB national players lunch recently. Laren’s Naomi van As will be vice-captain.

Max Caldas inspiring his players in unique style!


The  Den Bosch player , famous for being the female player  with the most formidable drag flick in the world is not current captain for her own club but takes over the arm band  Janneke Schopman who retired from international duty after Rosario 2010.  Maartje  has 115 caps and has scored 90 goals on international duty since her debut in 2004 and  has become the consistent  standout player for the team, and almost impossible to imagine the  squad without her.

Maartje, Madrid 2006. She scored the goal to make the Dutch World Champions.

 The defender – famous for her phenomenal penalty corner – was already an important part of the team in 2006 and 2008, respectively, a  world and Olympic champion player. Maartje is currently the most prolific goal scorer in this season’s hoofdklasse Rabo league with fifty goals to her name. Paumen’s club Den Bosch top the current hoofdklasse league table with Naomi van As’s team Laren 4th. 

Midfielder Naomi van As, new Vice Captain


Naomi van As made her debut in 2003 in the Dutch team and has made  143 international appearances to date. The gifted midfielder was named joint player of the year , sharing the honour last year with  Argentine legend Luciana Aymar who holds the record for that accolade , winning it seven times.  Naomi moved to her present club Laren at the beginning of the season.  The Netherlands  were defeated convincingly in the final at Nottingham of the 2010 during the World Champions Trophy and again in the final of the World Cup in Rosario by Argentina’s  “Las Leonas.” The current world champions have taken on a tough series of international friendlies since Rosario and have adopted  new more rigoorous  training techniques  guided by Coach Carlos “Chapa” Retegui with the fitness training expertise of Alejandro Labonia  (formerly Pumas-men’s rugby  trainer ) added to the equation. They will defend that title in June later this year in Amsterdam and the rebuilt Dutch squad under Caldas will be looking  make their mark at the top again and perhaps hoping to capitalise on home advantage . Argentina are currently at training camp in Salta joined again by Luciana Aymar after a long lay off  and who ,one expects,  will be Coach Carlos Retegui’s   automatic choice as captain for Las Leonas  both for the Trophy and, ( we hope !) ,  the 2012 Oympics in London . One of Argentina’s most experienced players, Sole Garcia is currently playing her club hockey in Holland and has been consistently voted the most effective player in Dutch hoofdklasse top hockey. She is expected to further strengthen the Argentine squad for the Trophy though she is not training with them currently.

Player Profile details of Maartje can be found here   Maartje Paumen

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