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Andy van der Meyde
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Personal information
Full name Andy van der Meyde
Date of birth 30 September 1979 (1979-09-30) (age 30)
Place of birth Arnhem, Netherlands
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club PSV
Number 8
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Ajax 90 (18)
1999–2000 Twente (loan) 32 (2)
2003–2005 Internazionale 32 (1)
2005–2009 Everton 20 (0)
2010– PSV 0 (0)
National team
2002–2004 Netherlands 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:12, 18 February 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 February 2009

Andy van der Meijde, anglicised to van der Meyde, (born 30 September 1979 in Arnhem, Gelderland) is a Dutch footballer, who currently plays for PSV Eindhoven.


Club career

Van der Meyde signed up with the Ajax youth academy as a youngster, and made his first team debut aged just 18, helping his side beat Twente 1–0 on 12 November 1997. In 1999, in order to gain first-team experience, he was loaned to Twente for a season, and was an undisputed starter for a team that finished sixth.

It would be in the 2001–02 season that van der Meyde established himself as starter at Ajax. After a turbulent first half to the season, Ronald Koeman was instated as head coach. Van der Meyde would become an integral part in the rebuilding of the team, and would make the number 7 position his own. The season ended in huge success for both player and club, as Ajax conquered the double, with van der Meyde netting five times in the league.

In 2002-03, Van der Meyde became a key member of a young and successful team - one that included stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Cristian Chivu and Ahmed Hossam Mido. The club's Champions League run would be the major highlight, as Ajax marched past the likes of Lyon, Rosenborg, Valencia, Arsenal and Roma, against whom Van der Meyde scored an away goal (1–1), thanks to which Ajax advanced to the competition's second group stage.

As he netted a career-best 11 goals in 2002–03, van der Meyde was snapped up by Internazionale for £4 million.[1] However, he managed only 14 league appearances in his first season. He would be remembered for his spectacular goal against Arsenal in the 2003–04 Champions League match, at Highbury.[2]

After 29 appearances (18 in the league) for Inter in the 2004–05 season, van der Meyde was informed that he could find another club. Strong speculation suggested an Ajax return, with additional reported interest from Monaco and Tottenham Hotspur but, on August 31, 2005, he agreed with Everton for £2 million. On 25 March 2006, in his first Merseyside derby against Liverpool, he received a straight red card for his challenge on Liverpool's Xabi Alonso. Everton eventually lost the match 3–1.

In the summer of 2006, van der Meyde proved once again to be the centre of much speculation regarding his future, having failed to properly settle at Everton, making only 11 appearances in his first season thanks to a combination of injuries and rumours of alcoholism. He staunchly denied any such allegations and reaffirmed his commitment to Everton in June 2006, stating

"I want to stay, I am desperate to stay. I love it here. Everything suits my game. I'm happy in England and I want to show everyone that I can really play football. If I get the chance next season, I will do it."[3]

Van der Meyde was admitted to hospital in the early hours of August 7, with breathing problems. It was claimed that his drink had been spiked whilst in a bar in Liverpool. He was fined by Everton for breach of discipline. To further add to a miserable week, his house was burgled during Everton's friendly with Athletic de Bilbao five days later. His Ferrari, Mini Cooper, and dog were amongst the items stolen. The cars and pet dog were since found, although the Ferrari had its windscreen smashed.[4] In March 2007, van der Meyde accused manager David Moyes of telling 'downright lies' in regard to his fitness. He apologised afterwards.

In July 2007, van der Meyde played a full 90 minutes in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. In arguably his most successful pre-season at the club, he went on to complete several friendly matches in an attempt to gain fitness ahead of the new Premier League campaign. However, van der Meyde further cast a doubt over his Everton future by failing to turn up for a scheduled training session. After a string of disciplinary problems, rumours (which proved to be inaccurate) grew that Moyes would opt to sell the player before the end of the transfer window.[citation needed]

On 18 August 2007, van der Meyde was suspended following a 'breach of club discipline', because he had failed to appear at training, being fined two weeks' wages, a total of £50,000.[5][6] Following this, he did not make a first team appearance for over a year and was limited to just reserve team football.

On 10 June 2007, it emerged that several clubs were interested in signing van der Meyde including Red Bull Salzburg, but he chose to stay at Everton, citing being settled in the area and his daughter requiring medical attention from local hospitals.[7]

On 7 December 2008, he returned to first-team football, playing five minutes for an injury-hit Everton side in a 2–3 home loss against Aston Villa. The following month, he was brought on as a substitute in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Liverpool, and assisted Dan Gosling's match-winning goal in the 118th minute.[8]

When van der Meyde's contract ended in the summer of 2009 he was released by Everton. After spending half a year without a contract the Dutch winger signed until June 2010 with PSV Eindhoven.[9]

International career

In May 2002, van der Meyde was handed his debut for Dick Advocaat's Dutch national squad against USA, which he marked with a memorable goal in a 2–0 victory.

In the summer of 2004, van der Meyde helped Holland reach the semi-finals of Euro 2004, featuring in four matches in the build-up to the semifinals against Portugal, being however overlooked for that game. Since Euro 2004, when Marco van Basten took over as national team coach, he has not received a call-up to the Dutch national team due the emergence of younger players such as Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart.


International goal

Andy van der Meyde: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 2002 CMGI Field  United States 1 – 0 2 – 0 Friendly match
AFC Ajax
F.C. Internazionale Milano
Everton F.C.


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Andy van der Meyde
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Personal information
Full name Andy van der Meyde
Date of birth 30 September 1979 (1979-09-30) (age 31)
Place of birth    Arnhem, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club PSV Eindhoven
Number 8
Senior clubs
Years Club
→Twente (loan)
Internazionale Milano
PSV Eindhoven
National team
2002-2004 Netherlands

Andy van der Meyde (born 30 September 1979) is a Dutch football player. He has played for Netherlands national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
2003/04Internazionale MilanoSerie A141
2005/06EvertonPremier League100
2009/10PSV EindhovenEredivisie
CountryNetherlands 12220
Italy 321
England 200
Total 17421

International career statistics

Netherlands national team



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