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Edson Braafheid
Personal information
Full name Edson Braafheid
Date of birth 8 April 1983 (1983-04-08) (age 26)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 21
Youth career
JOS Amsterdam
0000–2003 Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Utrecht 81 (2)
2007–2009 Twente 76 (1)
2009– Bayern Munich 9 (0)
2010– Celtic (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Netherlands U-21 15 (0)
2009- Netherlands 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:56, 13 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Edson Braafheid (born 8 April 1983 in Paramaribo) is a Suriname born Dutch footballer, who plays as a left back for Scottish club Celtic on loan from German Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich.


Club career



Braafheid began his professional career at Utrecht in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the side.[1]

FC Twente

On 10 February 2007, Braafheid played his first Eredivisie match for Twente against Feyenoord[2] His current contract at the club lasts until 2010.

Braafheid came to Twente on a free transfer after his contract with Utrecht expired; he was a talented left back, but Braafheid impressed friend and foe when playing for Twente as a strong, sturdy central defender instead of his former position. He kept talented central defender Ramon Zomer out of the Twente squad ever since he made the position his own. Former Twente coach Fred Rutten is to thank for that, turning Braafheid from a noticeably talented back to an impressive central defender, despite his mediate height.

Bayern Munich

Braafheid joined FC Bayern Munich for the 2009–10 season after the German club and Twente agreed on a 2.5 million transfer deal on 11 June 2009.[3][4] However, he was not able to secure himself a place in the starting squad during the first half of the season, so he asked for a transfer in order to have a chance of being nominated for the Dutch 2010 World Cup team.[citation needed]


Braafheid was signed by Scottish club Celtic on a loan deal until the end of the 2009–10 season on 1 February.[5][1] The Dutch international has established himself as Celtic's first choice left back since arriving from Bayern Munich. Braafheid made an impressive debut for Celtic on 7 February 2010 in a 4-2 victory over Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Cup. He made his home debut for Celtic on 10 February 2010 against Heart of Midlothian.

International career

In 2006, Braafheid was part of the Netherlands squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006 in Portugal.

In a column in early 2008, critic Hugo Borst had named Braafheid as a true defender, and stated he should have been in the Dutch squad for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland under manager Marco van Basten. Dutch fans heavily criticised the defence after Jaap Stam, Frank de Boer, and other highly rated defenders said goodbye to the Oranje shirt. Even despite the defenders since then continued to concede very few goals in the post-Stam era, defence was considered as the greatest weakness. On 11 February 2009, Braafheid made his debut for the Dutch national team against Tunisia.

2008 Summer Olympics

In early summer of 2008, Braafheid was selected for the Dutch Olympic Squad going to Beijing, along with fellow Twente defender Rob Wielaert, as one of the three possible dispensation players. But as Twente qualified for UEFA Champions League football in play-offs by beating Ajax, Braafheid and Wielaert were no longer allowed to go, as their Champions League matches were early in the season.

Career stats

As of 7 February 2009 (2009 -02-07)

Season Club Country Competition Matches Goals
2003–04 Utrecht  Netherlands Eredivisie 14 0
2004–05 Utrecht  Netherlands Eredivisie 23 0
2005–06 Utrecht  Netherlands Eredivisie 31 2
2006–07 Utrecht  Netherlands Eredivisie 13 0
2006–07 Twente  Netherlands Eredivisie 11 0
2007–08 Twente  Netherlands Eredivisie 32 0
2008–09 Twente  Netherlands Eredivisie 33 1
2009–10 FC Bayern Munich  Germany Bundesliga 9 0
2009–10 Celtic (loan)  Scotland SPL 1 0
Total 168 4


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