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Johnny Heitinga

  • Position: Defender
  • Squad number: 3
  • Date of birth: 15 November, 1983 (26 years old)
  • Height: 5'11" (180cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
7 Johnny Heitinga
0|0 Johnny Heitinga
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 Johnny Heitinga
0 Johnny Heitinga
12 Total Netherlands
12 Total Netherlands
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
9|6 Johnny Heitinga
2|1 Johnny Heitinga
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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The versatile Everton defender has overcome two long-term injuries but is now a regular in the Dutch back four, where he is expected to partner Mathijsen at centre back. Heitinga made his international senior debut in 2004 at the age of 20 and became the 99th Ajax player to play for the Oranje.

At Euro 2004 he became the first Dutchman to see red at the finals of a European Championship when he was sent off against the Czechs. He was also part of the Dutch squads at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 and was voted the national team’s player of the year in 2008.

A product of the Ajax academy, in his seven seasons at the Amsterdam club he won the Eredivisie title twice and the Dutch Cup three times. He moved to Atletico Madrid in 2008 for £8.8m but after a difficult season joined Everton last summer on deadline day as a £6.2m replacement for Joleon Lescott. Comfortable on the ball, as you would expect from a product of the Ajax academy.

Heitinga will marry the sister of Sunderland and former Holland winger Boudewijn Zenden in July.

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