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Nigel De Jong

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Squad number: 8
  • Date of birth: 30 November, 1984 (25 years old)
  • Height: 5'9" (174cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
6 Nigel De Jong
0|1 Nigel De Jong
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 Nigel De Jong
0 Nigel De Jong
12 Total Netherlands
12 Total Netherlands
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
6|11 Nigel De Jong
3|0 Nigel De Jong
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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A defensive midfielder who often plays alongside van Bommel in a 4-2-3-1 formation, De Jong was a key member of the Euro 2008 squad, his first international tournament after a knee injury ruled him out of the 2006 World Cup.

His first international goal came against Iceland in the game that sealed Holland’s passage to South Africa. His dad Jerry was a Holland right-back who played under Sir Bobby Robson at PSV.

After he broke the leg of USA midfielder Stuart Holden in a friendly in March, De Jong was warned by Van Marwijk to clean up his game or he could jeopardise the team’s World Cup hopes.

De Jong was raised in the tough Surinamese immigrant community of Amsterdam-West. He began his career at Ajax, winning the league title in 2004 before joining Hamburg in 2006 to link up with fellow Dutchman Rafael van de Vaart.

In January 2009 Mark Hughes paid £17m to bring him to Manchester City. This season he made 34 Premier League appearances as City finished narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot.

He trained as a kick boxer in his youth and also runs a successful luxury car importing business.

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