Siem de Jong
|Full name||Siem de Jong|
|Date of birth||28 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Aigle, Switzerland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder / Striker|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:58, 6 November 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
De Jong was born in Aigle, Switzerland, to Dutch parents and moved back to the Netherlands at age six. His younger brother Luuk plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach as well as the Netherlands U-21's.
Siem de Jong started his football career at the Doetinchem amateur club DZC'68 and was scouted by De Graafschap, when he was 12. He grew up in Doetinchem and graduated from the same school (het Rietveld Lyceum) as Guus Hiddink, Paul Bosvelt and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, which grants him immediate university access (he has considered studying economics). He played with De Graafschap until 2005, when he was picked up by the Ajax youth academy.
De Jong is one of several players in the current first team to come through the youth system. He made his first team debut, coming on as a substitute, on 26 September 2007 against Kozakken Boys. His Eredivisie debut was also as a substitute, away to Sparta Rotterdam, where he scored an injury-time equaliser. In 2007–08, he was one of the youngest players and the only player under age 20 to play more than 20 games. On 16 January, just before turning nineteen, he extended his contract with Ajax to June 2013. He picked up an injury against Willem II, missing two months. This made him miss all the games from 16 March onward (the very important games PSV-Ajax, FC Twente-Ajax and SC Heerenveen-Ajax). He recovered from this injury in early April, returning fit for the match against De Graafschap. He did not start that game, but he was substituted in the 81st minute for Edgar Davids.
During the beginning of the 2009–10, de Jong was often used as an impact substitute and only started in Europa League games. He eventually earned his place in the starting eleven. In January, he scored the winner in the last few minutes of extra time to send Ajax through to the semifinals of the Dutch Cup. On 21 February, he scored a brace against Vitesse Arnhem in a 4–0 win to keep Ajax's push for a Champions League spot alive.
On 15 May 2011, de Jong played in the title-decider game against FC Twente and helped Ajax win their first (and 30th overall) Eredivisie title since 2004, by scoring two goals, sealing the 3–1 victory.
In the 2011–12 season he often found himself playing as a striker due to several injuries to the usual strikers on the Ajax roster. De Jong scored both goals against VVV Venlo on 2 May 2012, helping Ajax retain the Eredivisie title.
In the summer of 2012, following the departure of team-mate and captain, Jan Vertonghen, to Tottenham Hotspur, Siem de Jong has been appointed as the new Ajax captain. De Jong has been in fine form in the UEFA Champions League scoring once at home to English Champions Manchester City and scored twice away from home in the same fixture on 6 November 2012.
Netherlands Under 19
De Jong made his international debut at the U19 level in May 2007 against Czech Republic (0–2 win) and has six caps. He played three games there but the Netherlands did not qualify for the UEFA U-19 Championship. In the next qualifying campaign he was more successful, playing three games and scoring in two of them. He scored in the qualifying campaign for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship once in his debut game in 83rd minute against Georgia (2–0 win). He started the second game but did not score. In the final game, against Norway, he scored in the 15th minute (3–1 loss).
Netherlands Under 21
On 12 November 2007, de Jong was called up to the Netherlands U21 by Foppe de Haan for the game against Macedonia. Because of his injury in March, he missed the qualifying game against Estonia (3–0 win) and was replaced by Jonathan de Guzman. After recovering from his injury in April, de Haan recalled him but de Jong failed to make the final squad for the Olympics. De Jong played three more games for the under-21 team, but they failed to qualify for the 2009 European Championships.
Netherlands (senior national team)
On 11 August 2010, De Jong made his debut for the senior side in the 1–1 draw with Ukraine in a friendly match, playing the first 62 minutes. On 7 May 2012, he was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the Euro 2012 tournament by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk.
- Scores and results list Netherlands' goal tally first.
|1.||7 June 2013||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Indonesia||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
- AFC Ajax Talent of the Future: 2007
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