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Gregory Van Der Wiel

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 2
  • Date of birth: 3 February, 1988 (22 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
5 Gregory Van Der Wiel
1|0 Gregory Van Der Wiel
0 As substitute
50|35 Total Netherlands
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
7 Total Netherlands
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
0 Gregory Van Der Wiel
0 Gregory Van Der Wiel
12 Total Netherlands
12 Total Netherlands
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
5|4 Gregory Van Der Wiel
3|0 Gregory Van Der Wiel
115|112 Total Netherlands
23|1 Total Netherlands
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Netherlands games played

  1. Netherlands 2-0 Denmark
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Netherlands 1-0 Japan
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia
    Monday, 28 June Match report
  5. Netherlands 2-1 Brazil
    Friday, 2 July Match report
  6. Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands
    Tuesday, 6 July Match report
  7. Netherlands 0-1 Spain
    Sunday, 11 July Match report

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Originally a centre-back, Van der Wiel was converted to an attacking right-back by then-Ajax coach Marco van Basten. He broke into the national set-up after impressing at his club, making his debut against Tunisia in February 2009 and going on to feature in three World Cup qualifiers (versus Scotland twice, and Macedonia). He is often compared to Barcelona’s Brazilian right-back Daniel Alves.

Van der Wiel came through the Ajax youth set-up but was thrown out in 2002 for insubordination, but after three years at second division side Haarlem he was given a second chance by Ajax. A regular in the Amsterdam club’s first-team for the last two seasons, he was named Ajax’s young player-of-the year in 2008/09.

He has a ‘bad boy’ reputation in Holland, fuelled by his tattoos, baggy pants, baseball cap and love of gangster rap. He became embroiled in a media storm last October when, after withdrawing from the Dutch squad travelling for a friendly in Australia with concussion, he posted pictures of himself on Twitter at a Lil’ Wayne concert. Luckily for the 22-year-old, Van Marwijk appears to have forgiven him.

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