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Jonathan de Guzman
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Personal information
Full name Jonathan Alexander de Guzman
Date of birth September 12, 1987 (1987-09-12) (age 22)
Place of birth Scarborough, Canada
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Right winger
Club information
Current club Feyenoord
Number 33
Youth career
-1999 North Scarborough S.C.
1999-2005 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005- Feyenoord 105 (23)
National team
2008 Netherlands U21 4 (3)
2008 Netherlands Olympic 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 3, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 9, 2008

Jonathan Alexander de Guzman (born 12 September 1987 in Scarborough) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Dutch Eredivisie club Feyenoord.

De Guzman was born in Canada, but made himself available for the Netherlands after he gained Dutch citizenship in 2008. He has been capped four times for the Netherlands U21, scoring three goals and was active on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. De Guzman progressed through Feyenoord's youth academy, making his first team debut in 2005 and has played over 100 matches for the club from Rotterdam.

Early life

De Guzman was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada and is of Jamaican and Filipino descent. [1] His father Bobby, from the Philippines, and mother Pauline, from Jamaica, came to Canada when each was ten years old and have three children; a daughter Jenelle and the two sons Jonathan and Julian. [2] De Guzman's older brother, Julian de Guzman, is also a professional football player, currently playing for Toronto FC. [3]

De Guzman's childhood was completely focused on football. His father first wanted his sons to play basketball, but due to the brothers short height, they started to focus on other sports. Once they started playing football, the brothers fell in love with the sport completely: "After school, all we did was playing football. That was pretty unusual in Canada, because almost nobody of our age did it. Canada is not a football country, we were exceptions." [3]



Youth career

De Guzman started his youth career at North Scarborough S.C. in Canada. To improve his skills, the youngster trained six times a week and was active in three different teams, including the team of his older brother. When his brother Julian left Canada to join Olympique Marseille's youth academy, de Guzman's urge to also pursue his career in Europe grew strongly. At the age of 12, two years after his brother went to France, de Guzman joined the Feyenoord youth academy in the Netherlands. [3]

Feyenoord (2005-)

The rise (2005-2006)

De Guzman was not allowed to play for Feyenoord's first team before he was 18 years old. On September 15, 2005, three days after turning 18, de Guzman was part of Feyenoord's first team squad for the first time. However, de Guzman remained on the bench in the UEFA Cup home match against Rapid Bucharest (1-1). [4] Three days later, on September 18, 2005, de Guzman made his official Feyenoord debut in the Eredivisie home match against SC Heerenveen (5-1). De Guzman replaced Ghaly in the 87th minute. [5] De Guzman scored his first professional goal on September 30, 2005, in the Eredivisie away match against Willem II (1-3). [6]

Jonathan de Guzman after the first Feyenoord training of the season 2007-08.

After his debut against SC Heerenveen, de Guzman quickly became a first team regular. On December 11, 2005, de Guzman received much praise after outplaying former Barcelona player Philip Cocu in a midfield battle at Feyenoord's Eredivisie home match win against PSV (1-0). [7] De Guzman finished the Eredivisie season 2005-06 with 29 matches, scoring 4 goals. On December 29, 2005, he signed an improved contract with Feyenoord until summer 2010. His old contract was set to expire in 2008. [8]

First difficulties (2006-2008)

At the beginning of the season 2006-07, Feyenoord sold their star players Dirk Kuyt to Liverpool and Salomon Kalou to Chelsea. The management had high expectations of de Guzman, who was ready to make the next step in his development. [9] However, the youngster couldn't prevent the club from finishing on a 7th Eredivisie place. De Guzman's disappointing season ended with a red card in the 21st minute of the first playoff match against FC Groningen on May 10, 2009. [10] Feyenoord lost the double confrontation and missed out on European football for the first time in 16 years. At the end of the season, de Guzman acknowledged there was perhaps too much pressure on him: "I was only 19 years old, I couldn't just tell everyone what to do. It was really a disappointing season. I didn't make progress as a football player, but I did grow mentally because of all the problems we had. It was a very tough season for me personally." [9]

With the 2007-08 arrival of experienced players like Giovanni van Bronckhorst from Barcelona and Roy Makaay from Bayern Munich, Feyenoord created the perfect circumstances for de Guzman. The pressure on the youngster was taken away, however de Guzman wasn't too happy with his new position in the team. Where de Guzman always played as a midfielder, new manager Bert van Marwijk placed de Guzman on the right wing position in a 4-2-3-1 system. [11] De Guzman played 33 Eredivisie matches, scoring nine goals.

Horror season (2008-2009)

De Guzman had an absolute horror season in 2008-09. First he missed out on a transfer to the English Premier League. De Guzman had a personal agreement with Manchester City, but Feyenoord couldn't agree on a transfer fee with the Citizens: "I was really sure I was going to leave Rotterdam. It didn't happen because of Feyenoord. I already said yes and I thought it was a nice transfer fee (allegedly 10 million euro, red.). But the clubs couldn't come to an agreement and not much later City bought another player, Shaun Wright-Phillips." [12]

Despite a turbulent pre-season full of transfer speculations, de Guzman remained at Feyenoord. However, de Guzman also had a disappointing sportive start of the season, as he was sent off in Feyenoord's season opening Eredivisie match. On August 31, 2008, de Guzman received a red card for a flying elbow in the 30th minute in the away match against Heracles Almelo (3-1), resulting in a suspension of four matches. [13]

Not much later, de Guzman started having physical problems. What started with minor groin, thigh and knee injuries, ended with an intensive meniscus surgery in January 2009. [14] De Guzman was out for the rest of the season. Due to his injuries, de Guzman only played two Eredivisie matches in the season 2008-09.

Comeback (2009-2010)

De Guzman made his comeback in the 2009-10 pre-season friendly away match against Sporting Portugal (1-2), scoring the equalizer. [15] Due to de Guzman's expiring contract, Feyenoord was keen to sell their youth product in the summer. However, new Feyenoord manager Mario Been wanted de Guzman to stay. He qualified de Guzman as an important player for the team and was willing to let him play on his favorite central playmaker position. [12] Despite interest from Chelsea [16] and Valencia [17], de Guzman stayed at Feyenoord. Also in October 2009 he was rumoured to be in talks with Aston Villa F.C. for a deal worth £10million.

International career

Jonathan de Guzman during a training of the Netherlands U21 in 2008.

After much speculation on which country de Guzman would choose to represent internationally, Jonathan made himself available for selection by the Dutch national team, immediately after receiving his Dutch citizenship in February 2008, having applied for it the previous year. His decision was met with disappointment in Canada, which witnessed a similar situation when Owen Hargreaves chose to play for the English national team. Controversially, de Guzman appeared on a nationally televised Canadian sports show a week before this announcement and claimed that he had not made up his mind on his international status, and was focusing on his club career in the Netherlands. His brother Julian does play for the Canadian national team.

After failing to make the final cut in a senior call up, de Guzman made his international debut for the Netherlands U21 squad on March 26, 2008, in a European Championship qualification match against Estonia U21. He played a significant role, scoring the first and third goal and providing the assist for the second in a 3-0 victory. He was later named in the Netherlands squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics. [18]

Changes to FIFA regulations regarding switching nations now mean that de Guzman is again eligible for selection by both the Netherlands and the Canadian national team, having yet to receive a senior call up from the Netherlands. [19]


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2005-06 Feyenoord Eredivisie 29 4 1 0 1 0 31 4
2006-07 32 7 1 0 6 1 39 8
2007-08 33 9 6 2 - 39 11
2008-09 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2009-10 9 3 0 0 - 9 3
Total Netherlands 105 23 8 2 8 1 121 26
Career Total 105 23 8 2 8 1 121 26

Statistics accurate as of last match played on October 3, 2009.




  1. ^ "Notable Filipino Canadians". Retrieved 15 June 2009.  
  2. ^ "The Last Word". Toronto Sun. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c "Jonathan De Guzman" (in Dutch). Kameraadjes. Retrieved 4 October 2009.  
  4. ^ "Feyenoord – Rapid Boekarest 1-1" (in Dutch). 15 September 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2009.  
  5. ^ "Feyenoord – Heerenveen 5-1" (in Dutch). 18 September 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2009.  
  6. ^ "Willem II – Feyenoord 1-3" (in Dutch). 30 September 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2009.  
  7. ^ "De Guzman catches the eye". Sky Sports. 12 December 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  
  8. ^ "Jonathan de Guzman langer bij Feyenoord [Jonathan de Guzman remains at Feyenoord]" (in Dutch). 29 December 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2009.  
  9. ^ a b "De Guzman: "Voetballend heb ik een jaar stilgestaan" [De Guzman: "Football-wise, I stood still for one year"]" (in Dutch). FC Update. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  
  10. ^ "Tiental Feyenoorders houdt schade beperkt [Ten Feyenoorders keep damage limited]" (in Dutch). 10 May 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  
  11. ^ "De Guzman aast, net als Feyenoord, op eerherstel [De Guzman wants, just like Feyenoord, rehabilitation]" (in Dutch). BN De Stem. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  12. ^ a b "De Guzman: Er zat agressie in mijn lijf [De Guzman: There was aggression in my body]" (in Dutch). AD. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  13. ^ "Valse competitiestart in Almelo: 3-1 [Bad start of the league in Almelo: 3-1]" (in Dutch). 31 August 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  14. ^ "De Guzman begin januari onder het mes [Surgery for de Guzman beginning of January]" (in Dutch). 26 December 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  15. ^ "Gedreven Feyenoord verslaat topclub Sporting [Driven Feyenoord beats top club Sporting]" (in Dutch). 18 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  16. ^ "Chelsea target Jonathan de Guzman". Telegraph. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  17. ^ "Feyenoord's Jonathan De Guzman On Valencia Radar". 25 August 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  18. ^ "De Guzman dazzles on debut". UEFA. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009.  
  19. ^ "FIFA removes age limit on players switching nations". Reuters. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  

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