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Demy de Zeeuw
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Personal information
Full name Demy de Zeeuw
Date of birth 26 May 1983 (1983-05-26) (age 26)
Place of birth Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Ajax
Number 40
Youth career
1989-1995 WSV Apeldoorn
1995-2000 AGOVV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Go Ahead Eagles 065 0(7)
2005-2009 AZ 119 (15)
2009- Ajax 014 0(5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 22, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 1, 2009

Demy de Zeeuw (born 26 May 1983 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Netherlands national football team. He is a defensive midfielder described as a good tackler and a gifted passer of the ball. He previously played for AGOVV, Go Ahead Eagles, and AZ. While at AZ he was a key player in the squad that won the 2008-09 Dutch league, the club's first championship victory in 28 years. Following this success he was rewarded with a move to Dutch giants Ajax.

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Club career

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Go Ahead Eagles

De Zeeuw began playing football in his hometown Apeldoorn at WSV Apeldoorn. He played here until he was twelve at which point he was scouted by AGOVV. He played his first matches in professional football for Deventer-based Go Ahead Eagles. In the 2001-02 season he played three league matches for the club, and went on to play five seasons for the club, playing 65 matches and scoring 7 goals. By the 2004-05 season he had established himself as an important player for the club. His performances were noticed by Eredivisie club AZ, especially after he played well during a friendly game against AZ in the summer of 2005. AZ manager Louis van Gaal was impressed by the player and he transferred to the club for 100,000 euros, signing a four-year contract.[1]

AZ

During his first season in the Alkmaarderhout, De Zeeuw played 26 matches. Consequently, in May 2006 he was offered a new contract by AZ until 2010.[2] The following season he played so well for AZ that he was able to make his debut for the Netherlands national football team under then-manager Marco van Basten. His contract with AZ was extended once again on May 2007.[3] In 2007-08 season, AZ performed below all expectations: before the start of the competition the team was seen as one of the challengers for the title, but halfway through the seasons all hope for winning the title was gone. De Zeeuw described the season as "one giant disappointment".[4] Manager Van Gaal thought that the role of De Zeeuw in the squad had to change: he had to start carrying the team more.[5] AZ finished the season in a disappointing 11th position in the league.

Afer UEFA Euro 2008, De Zeeuw was linked with a move to AFC Ajax where former Netherlands manager Marco van Basten had taken over, but a move failed to materialise.[6] Partly because of his public soliciting for a transfer he saw himself out of the starting line-up at the beginning of the 2008-09 season in the opening match against NAC Breda.[7] The player was almost transferred to Hamburger SV on the last day of the transfer period after an accord on the transfer fee was reached between the two clubs. However the German club was too late to register the player with the German Football Association, so a move again failed to materialise.[8] Despite his problems at the beginning of the season, De Zeeuw soon fought himself back into the starting line-up during the third league match, a 1-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven. AZ would not lose a single match in the rest of the first half of the competition, and during the winter break HSV again wanted to sign the player, but AZ stated that they would not allow the player to leave halfway throughout the season.[9]

In the spring of 2009, AZ offered De Zeeuw a contract extension once again, this time until 2011. This time, however, the player rejected the proposal.[10] At the end of the season, the player celebrated the first championship victory with AZ in 28 years. The success brought more attention from international clubs including HSV once again.[11] In July 2009 Ajax officially announced that they were interested in signing the player. De Zeeuw himself stated that he was interested in moving to the Amsterdam club where former HSV manager Martin Jol had taken over from Van Basten.[12] AZ initially stated that they did not wish to sell the player to a club they saw as a direct competitor, but after several weeks showed a willingness to cooperate on the transfer.[13] On July 24, 2009, the definite transfer from AZ to Ajax was announced for a reported 6 million euros.[14] The player signed a contract for 4 seasons, until 2013.[15]

Ajax

De Zeeuw was presented to the Ajax fans ahead of a match between Ajax and Atlético Madrid during the Amsterdam Tournament.[16] He made his professional debut for Ajax on 2 August 2009 in a 2–0 away win against FC Groningen.[17] De Zeeuw scored his first Eredivisie goal for Ajax on 29 September 2009 in a 3-0 victory over ADO Den Haag at the Amsterdam ArenA.[18] On 1 November 2009, De Zeeuw scored a brace in the "klassieker" against arch-rivals Feyenoord in a 5-1 thrashing of the Rotterdam side.[19] The midfielder scored another brace on 22 November 2009 in a 5-1 demolition of SC Heerenveen, taking his league tally to five goals in fourteen matches.[20]

International career

De Zeeuw playing for The Netherlands

De Zeeuw was a member of the Dutch squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship in 2006. He was also eligible to represent the Netherlands Antilles.

Impressive performances for AZ led to his international debut for the Dutch national team in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovenia on 28 March 2007. During the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Albania De Zeeuw was in the starting line-up.[21] De Zeeuw hoped to make a good impression during UEFA Euro 2008 to earn a transfer to another club, but his appearance was limited to a single appearance in the group stage against Romania.

De Zeeuw usually plays as a defensive midfielder and in the national team he has to compete with the likes of Mark van Bommel, Orlando Engelaar, and Nigel de Jong in that position.

Career statistics

As of 23 November 2009.[22][23]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Go Ahead Eagles Eerste Divisie 3 0 3 0
2002–03 10 1 10 1
2003–04 18 3 18 3
2004–05 34 3 34 3
2005-06 AZ Eredivisie 27 1 4 0 31 1
2006–07 32 5 4 0 11 2 47 7
2007-08 31 6 3 1 34 7
2008-09 30 3 30 3
2009-10 AFC Ajax 14 5 1 1 3 0 18 6
Career Total 199 27 5 1 21 3 224 30

Honours

Club honours

AZ

International honours

References

  1. ^ 'AZ haalt De Zeeuw weg bij Go Ahead Eagles' Voetbal International, 5 August 2005. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  2. ^ AZ en De Zeeuw langer door Voetbalzone.nl, May 31, 2006. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  3. ^ AZ verlengt contract De Zeeuw opnieuw Voetbalzone.nl, May 18, 2007. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  4. ^ De Zeeuw: 'Seizoen is één groot dieptepunt' Voetbalzone.nl, January 23, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  5. ^ Van Gaal: 'De Zeeuw moet AZ dragen' Voetbalzone.nl, February 8, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  6. ^ De Zeeuw ontkracht geruchten rondom vertrek Voetbalzone.nl, May 19, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  7. ^ De Zeeuw hoopt nu op transfer in winterstop Voetbalzone.nl, September 3, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  8. ^ HSV kwam net te laat voor De Zeeuw Voetbalzone.nl, October 9, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  9. ^ De Zeeuw ontkent enig contact met HSV Voetbalzone.nl, January 24, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  10. ^ De Zeeuw legt aanbieding AZ naast zich neer Voetbalzone.nl, April 8, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  11. ^ De Zeeuw: 'HSV heeft nog steeds interesse' Voetbalzone.nl, April 22 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  12. ^ Ajax meldt zich voor De Zeeuw Voetbalzone.nl, July 9, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  13. ^ AZ belooft De Zeeuw mee te werken aan transfer Voetbalzone.nl, July 21, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  14. ^ De Zeeuw gaat van AZ naar Ajax Voetbalzone.nl, July 24, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  15. ^ Ajax voldoet aan vraagprijs voor De Zeeuw Voetbal International, July 24, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  16. ^ De Zeeuw is trots dat hij bij Ajax mag spelen FCUpdate.nl, July 25, 2009
  17. ^ "FC Groningen 0 - 2 Ajax Amsterdam". ESPN Soccernet. August 2, 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=271942&cc=5739. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 3 - 0 ADO Den Haag". ESPN Soccernet. September 29, 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=271834&cc=5739. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 5 - 1 Feyenoord Rotterdam". ESPN Soccernet. November 1, 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=271727&cc=5739. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 5 - 1 Heerenveen". ESPN Soccernet. November 22, 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=271969&cc=5739. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  21. ^ De Zeeuw blij met ‘uitstapje’ Oranje Voetbalzone.nl, March 25, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  22. ^ "Demy de Zeeuw Statistics". ESPN Soccernet. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/players/stats?id=31308&cc=5739. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Demy de Zeeuw Statistics". Voetbal International. http://www.vi.nl/Spelers/Speler/Demy-de-Zeeuw.htm. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 

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