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Edgar Davids
Edgar Davids (© Paul Blank)
Personal information
Full name Edgar Steven Davids
Date of birth 13 March 1973 (1973-03-13) (age 37)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992-1996 Ajax 106 (20)
1996-1997 Milan 19 (1)
1997-2004 Juventus 159 (10)
2004 Barcelona (loan) 18 (1)
2004-2005 Internazionale 14 (0)
2005-2007 Tottenham Hotspur 40 (1)
2007-2008 Ajax 30 (1)
Total 386 (31)
National team
1994-2005 Netherlands 74 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2009

Edgar Steven Davids (born 13 March 1973) is a Dutch professional footballer. He played as a defensive midfielder who most recently played for Ajax. After beginning his professional career with Ajax , he played for AC Milan, Juventus, FC Barcelona, Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur before returning to the Amsterdam club. Davids has glaucoma, which requires him to wear protective goggles during football matches. His dreadlocked hair and his protective eye wear make Davids one of the most recognizable footballers of his generation.[1][2] Davids was one of the players chosen by Pelé to be featured in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living footballers.

He is a cousin of current NEC midfielder Lorenzo Davids.[3]

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Club career

Davids started his career at Ajax in 1991, making his debut on 6 September in a 5–1 home win over RKC Waalwijk. He helped the Amsterdam club to three domestic Eredivisie titles, as well as international success with the 1992 UEFA Cup and the 1995 Champions League. In the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, he missed Ajax's first penalty in the shootout, which they ultimately lost to Juventus. While at Ajax, he was nicknamed "The Pitbull" by Ajax manager Louis van Gaal due to his fierce style of play and bite in the midfield.

Davids moved to Italy in 1996 to play for AC Milan. He did not see much playing time at Milan, and moved on to league rivals Juventus in December 1997 for a £5.3 million transfer fee.[4] Six successful years in Turin followed, with Davids helping the side to the Serie A title in 1998, 2002 and 2003. Also, Juventus manager Marcello Lippi once described him as "my one-man engine room." On 17 May 2001, Davids was suspended by FIFA when he tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid, nandrolone.[5] He was often inspirational in Europe, playing 15 times as the club made it all the way to the UEFA Champions League 2002-03 final before losing to Milan on penalties.

Davids joined FC Barcelona on loan in January 2004 from Juventus. After his arrival the Spanish club enjoyed a successful resurgence of form, finishing second to Valencia CF in the league. Then, he permanently moved on to Italian club Internazionale on a three-year contract.[6] When Inter terminated the remaining years of his contract in August 2005, he moved to England on a free transfer to play for Tottenham Hotspur.[7] He had a successful stay at Tottenham and instantly became a fans favourite. His first and only goal was in a 2–1 away win against Wigan Athletic.[8] Davids played for Tottenham in the 2005–06 and the 2006–07 seasons, both in which Tottenham finished in 5th position.

Davids during his second period at Ajax.

Davids signed once more for Ajax on 28 January 2007[9] and played his first match against Ajax's rivals Feyenoord on 4 February.[10] After the mid-season switch, Davids proved his value for the Ajax team again. He was one of the key midfielders in the run for the Dutch championship that was lost on one single goal to PSV on the final day of the league. He also played a major role in Ajax's cup campaign. He secured the KNVB Cup for Ajax by scoring the final penalty in a thrilling penalty shoot-out against AZ.

Prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, Davids' leg was broken in a pre-season friendly against Go Ahead Eagles, sidelining him for around three months.[11] In May 2008, Davids said he would leave Ajax when his contract expired on 30 June.[12]

Davids played against Los Angeles Galaxy on 6 December 2008 in an exhibition match as part of an Oceania XI All-Star team, despite the fact he is not from Oceania and has never played for an Oceanic club or national team.[13]

He was in contract negotiations with English Championship side, Leicester City from 22 October 2009.[14] However, Davids failed to make a decision for over a week and the club withdrew their offer on October 30.[15]

International career

Davids was an integral part of the Dutch national team since his debut in April 1994, though he has not won any major tournaments for the Oranje.

During the UEFA Euro 1996, he was sent home by then manager Guus Hiddink for saying in a radio interview: "Hiddink should stop putting his head in some players' asses."

Nonetheless, Davids remained appreciated by Hiddink, who included him in the Dutch squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Davids' most notable performance for the national team came in the 1998 FIFA World Cup second round game against FR Yugoslavia. He scored the winning goal in the last minute of the game and ensured that the Dutch team went through to the next round to meet Argentina. The Dutch national team eventually finished 4th overall and Davids was named to the official FIFA "Team of the Tournament".

Davids played in the UEFA Euro 2000 when he was named for the UEFA "Team of the Tournament". The Netherlands reached the semi-finals and played against Italy in a thrilling game that ended up being decided with a penalty shootout.

During the Netherlands' UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches, Davids scored the Netherlands' first qualifying goal in their opening 3-0 victory against Belarus and subsequently bossed the midfield in five of the remaining seven Group 3 fixtures and both legs of the play-off victory against Scotland.

After Euro 2004, new national team coach Marco van Basten appointed Edgar Davids as captain of the team. However, lack of first team football at his club Inter meant Davids also lost his place in the national team in October 2004, thus losing the captain's armband in the process. At the latter stages of the qualifying series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in October 2005, he was re-called back into the national team, though not as captain. He fell out of the picture again shortly after, thereby missing out on the Dutch squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Honours

Ajax
Juventus
Barcelona
Internazionale
Individual

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1991-92 Ajax Eredivisie 13 2 - - 13 2
1992-93 28 4 - - 28 4
1993-94 15 2 1 0 - 16 2
1994-95 22 5 2 0 - 24 5
1995-96 28 7 6 0 11 1 45 8
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1996-97 Milan Serie A 15 0 - 4 1 19 1
1997-98 4 0 6 1 - 10 1
1997-98 Juventus Serie A 20 1 9 1 5 0 34 2
1998-99 27 2 6 1 9 0 42 3
1999-00 27 1 11 2 4 0 42 3
2000-01 26 1 4 0 5 0 35 1
2001-02 28 2 2 0 9 0 39 2
2002-03 26 1 - 15 1 41 2
2003-04 5 0 - 5 0 10 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2003-04 Barcelona La Liga 18 1 - - 18 1
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2004-05 Internazionale Serie A 14 0 - 5 0 19 0
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 31 1 - - 31 1
2006-07 9 0 - 1 0 10 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2006-07 Ajax Eredivisie 12 1 3 0 - 15 1
2007-08 18 0 - - 18 0
Total Netherlands 136 21 12 0 11 1 159 22
Italy 192 8 38 5 56 2 286 15
Spain 18 1 - - 18 1
England 40 1 - 1 0 41 1
Career Total 386 31 50 5 68 3 504 40

References

  1. ^ "Goggles are Davids' most glaring feature". Soccertimes.com. 7 March 2003. http://www.soccertimes.com/oped/2003/mar07.htm. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Edgar Davids Profile". World Soccer News. http://www.wldcup.com/euro/2004/players_present/399_edgar_davids.html. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Davids' family values". Sky Sports. 3 August 2006. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11675_2385736,00.html. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  4. ^ David v Goliath?
  5. ^ "Davids and Couto hit with FIFA bans". Telegraph. 2001-05-31. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/3006500/Davids-and-Couto-hit-with-FIFA-bans.html. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  6. ^ inter.it, Edgar Davids joins Inter, 11 July 2004
  7. ^ [1], Tottenham complete Davids signing , 3 August 2005
  8. ^ [2], Wigan 1-2 Tottenham , 26 November 2005
  9. ^ nos.nl, Davids signs for Ajax. 28 January 2007
  10. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. http://www.football-lineups.com/wiki/_match3656.php. Retrieved February 7, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Ajax midfielder Davids breaks leg". BBC Sport. 22 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/6910718.stm. 
  12. ^ Herbert, Ian (May 21, 2008). "Transfer news and speculation, 21 May". Independent, The (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/summer-sales-transfer-news-and-speculation-on-21-may-831410.html. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  13. ^ Edgar Davids joins Oceania All Stars for Galaxy match
  14. ^ "Davids nearing Leicester decision". BBC Sport. 2009-10-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/8317903.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  15. ^ "Leicester call off Davids pursuit". BBC Sport. 2009-10-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/8317903.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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Simple English

Edgar Davids
File:Edgar
Personal information
Full name Edgar Steven Davids
Date of birth 13 March 1973 (1973-03-13) (age 37)
Place of birth    Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1991-1996
1996-1997
1997-2004
2004
2004-2005
2005-2007
2007-2008
Ajax
Milan
Juventus
Barcelona (loan)
Internazionale Milano
Tottenham Hotspur
Ajax
National team
1994-2005 Netherlands

Edgar Davids (born 13 March 1973) is a former Dutch football player. He has played for Netherlands national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup EuropeTotal
1991/92AjaxEredivisie13200-132
1992/9328400-284
1993/9415210-162
1994/9522520-245
1995/9628760111458
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1996/97MilanSerie A1500041191
1997/98406100101
1997/98JuventusSerie A2019150342
1998/992726190423
1999/0027111240423
2000/012614050351
2001/022822090392
2002/0326100151412
2003/04500050100
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
2003/04BarcelonaLa Liga18100-181
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
2004/05Internazionale MilanoSerie A1400050190
EnglandLeague FA Cup EuropeTotal
2005/06Tottenham HotspurPremier League3110000311
2006/07900010100
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07AjaxEredivisie12130-151
2007/0818000-180
CountryNetherlands 1362112011115922
Italy 192838556228615
Spain 18100-181
England 4010010411
Total 3863150568350439

International career statistics

[1] [2]

Netherlands national team
YearAppsGoals
199410
199540
199640
199700
1998111
199963
2000120
200160
200262
200390
2004140
200510
Total746

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