Jetro Danovich Sexer Willems (born 30 March 1994) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Premier League club Newcastle United, on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt. He represented the Netherlands national team at UEFA Euro 2012; he played in the Netherlands' opening match of the tournament at the age of 18 years and 71 days, making him the youngest player ever to play in the UEFA European Championship.
Willems training with PSV Eindhoven in 2014
|Full name||Jetro Danovich Sexer Willems|
|Date of birth||30 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Left wing-back|
(on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt)
|2019–||→ Newcastle United (loan)||10||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:58, 9 November 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2016
Willems began his career with amateur side Spartaan '20 from whom he joined Sparta Rotterdam. During his time with Sparta he progressed through the club's youth academy and made his senior debut on 16 January 2011, in a match against Go Ahead Eagles. He made 16 appearances in the Dutch second division.
On 31 August 2011, Willems joined PSV Eindhoven on a three-year contract. He received the number 43 jersey and made his PSV debut on 23 October in a match against Vitesse. Willems became the youngest Dutchman to play in a UEFA competition when he started against Hapoel Tel Aviv on 3 November in a UEFA Europa League group stage match. That same month, he was permanently promoted to the first team squad.
In December, Willems was targeted for a move to Manchester United, with then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson looking for "the next Patrice Evra". On 3 April 2012, Willems' contract was upgraded and extended until 2016.
Willems scored his first professional – and PSV – goal on 22 April 2012 in a match against NEC. With this goal, he became the youngest goalscorer in the 2011–12 Eredivisie. He experienced a great amount of playing time in the 2011–12 season because full-back Erik Pieters was injured. Although being young and quite inexperienced, Willems quickly showed evidence of his raw talent, especially his technique and attacking traits.
On 15 July 2015, Willems suffered a serious injury and missed the first half of the 2015–16 season.
On 17 July 2017, Willems joined Eintracht Frankfurt to replace Bastian Oczipka, who, in turn, joined Schalke 04. The transfer fee paid to PSV was reported as between €5 million and €9 million, depending on the source. Willems made 29 appearances during the 2017–18 season, which included the surprise win over Bayern Munich in the German Cup final.
In 2011, Willems won the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the Netherlands under-17 team. While being selected for the under-19 squad, on 7 May 2012 Willems was named in the provisional list of 36 players for UEFA Euro 2012, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by senior team manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad. He was still in the Oranje squad for Euro 2012 after Van Marwijk had made a first cut to 27 players on 15 May 2012. Willems also made the final cut into the 23-man squad, being given the number 15 shirt. He made his first unofficial appearance for the senior national team on 22 May 2012 in a friendly match against Bayern Munich.
At the Euro 2012, Willems made his first start for the Netherlands, against Denmark, becoming the youngest ever player to play at the Euros and the fourth-youngest player to play for the Netherlands, at 18 years and 71 days of age. The record was previously held by Belgian Enzo Scifo, at 18 years and 115 days. He featured in all the group stage games, however the Netherlands were eliminated from the tournament after losing all three group stage matches.
- As of matches played on 6 October 2019.
|Sparta Rotterdam||2010–11||Eerste Divisie||13||0||0||0||—||12||0|||
|Newcastle United (loan)||2019–20||Premier League||5||1||1||0||—||0||0||6||1|
- Statistics accurate as of 10 October 2016.
- "2019/20 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
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- Glenday, Craig (2013). Guinness World Records 2014. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-908843-15-9.
- Sparta Rotterdam – Go Ahead Eagles (16-01-2011); Voetbal International, 16 January 2011 (in Dutch)
- "Jetro Willems » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- Jeugdinternational Jetro Willems naar PSV (Youth International Jetro Willems on PSV) Archived 7 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine; PSV Eindhoven, 31 August 2011 (in Dutch)
- Vitesse – PSV (23-10-2011); Voetbal International, 23 October 2011 (in Dutch)
- PSV fight back to progress against Hapoel Tel-Aviv; UEFA, 3 November 2011
- Willems definitief naar eerste selectie PSV (Willems' definitely on PSV's first team); ED, 29 November 2011 (in Dutch)
- United turn to PSV youngster Willems as Fergie searches for the next Evra; Daily Mail, 12 December 2011
- Contract Jetro Willems opengebroken en verlengd (Jetro Willems' contract broken and extended) Archived 6 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine; PSV Eindhoven, 3 April 2012 (in Dutch)
- PSV – NEC (22-04-2012); Voetbal International, 22 April 2012 (in Dutch)
- "PSV defender Willems joins Frankfurt". Special Broadcasting Service. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
- "Fix: Rekordhalter Willems beerbt Oczipka in Frankfurt". kicker Online (in German). 21 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
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- "Rebic und Gacinovic schießen Frankfurt zum Pokalsieg". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- "FCB gewinnt Supercup - Lewandowski macht den Unterschied". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2011, UEFA.com, Retrieved 1. 9. 2014
- uefa.com (15 May 2012). "UEFA EURO 2016 - News – UEFA.com".
- Bouma and Willems make final Dutch squad; UEFA, 26 May 2012
- Oranje met Van Persie én ook Huntelaar tegen Bulgarije (Oranje with Van Persie and Huntelaar against Bulgaria); Voetbal International, 26 May 2012 (in Dutch)
- Jetro Willems sets age mark Archived 13 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN
- Teenager Willems breaks Scifo's record; UEFA, 9 June 2012
- "Portugal 2–1 Netherlands" BBC Sport. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "Jetro Willems joins Eintracht Frankfurt". PSV. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
- "Bayern Munich 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt". Whoscored.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018.