Daley Blind

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Daley Blind
Daley Blind.jpg
Blind with Ajax in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daley Blind[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Left back
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 17
Youth career
AFC Amsterdam
1998–2008 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Ajax 99 (3)
2010 Groningen (loan) 17 (0)
National team
2004 Netherlands U15 1 (0)
2006 Netherlands U16 4 (0)
2006–2007 Netherlands U17 13 (3)
2007–2009 Netherlands U19 16 (0)
2009–2013 Netherlands U21 23 (0)
2013– Netherlands 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 July 2014

Daley Blind (born 9 March 1990) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for AFC Ajax and the Dutch national team. He is the son of former Ajax defender Danny Blind.[2]

Club career[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

Blind began his career in the youth academy of his hometown club, AFC Ajax; the same club where his father Danny made his name as a professional.[3] Daley is a product of the Ajax youth system and, while officially still a B-junior, he became a mainstay in the A-juniors during the 2007–08 season.[2] before earning promotion to the Ajax first team for the 2008–09 season.[4] He signed his first professional contract at age seventeen tying him to the club until 1 July 2010.[2]

On 7 December 2008, Blind made his debut in the Ajax first team in the away match against FC Volendam. Blind made an immediate impact when he forced a cornerkick through a Volendam defender, from which Jan Vertonghen scored the winning goal for Ajax.[4]

On 19 December 2008, he signed a contract extension keeping him with Ajax until 30 June 2013.[5][6]

On 5 January 2010 he joined FC Groningen on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, during the Winter transer window.[7]

The following two seasons saw Daley Blind contribute to two Eredivisie national championships with Ajax, for the 2010–11 season, and the 2011–12 season, the first of which would be Ajax 30th all time championship title. Under newly appointed manager Frank de Boer, Daley would be given more and more trust and playing time, earning him the place as the first choice left back with a permanent starting position during the 2012–13 season.[8]

On 23 April 2013, it was announced by Marc Overmars, that Ajax and Daley Blind had reached an agreement to extend his contract for three years, binding him to the club until the summer of 2016.[9]

On 5 May 2013, Daley Blind contributed to Ajax's third Dutch Eredivisie title in a row, marking the clubs 32nd national title, helping to defeat Willem II 5–0 at home, and securing the top position on the table just one match day from seasons end. Later that day it was announced that Daley Blind had been declared AFC Ajax Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season, after playing an outstanding fifth year for Ajax, from the starting left back position.

During the 2013–14 season, Blind was played as a holding central midfielder and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year as Ajax won a fourth consecutive league title.[10]

International career[edit]

Blind was called up to the Netherlands under-17 squad for 2007 European Championships. After missing out the opening match through suspension, he scored a brace against Iceland in the second match[11] but picked up an ankle injury in that match that ended his participation in the remainder of the tournament.[12] He was called up to the U-21 team for several 2011 European Championship qualifiers but did not leave the bench. On 13 October, he made his first appearance in the campaign, coming on as a substitute for Ajax teammate Siem de Jong in a 4–0 win away at Poland.

Having had previous call-ups, Daley Blind made his debut for the Netherlands senior team on 6 February 2013, in the starting left back position, against Italy in a friendly encounter at the Amsterdam Arena. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Daley Blind playing the full 90' minutes of the game.[13]

In June 2014, he was selected in the Netherlands' squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was a starter at left wingback for the team's opening match against Spain, assisting goals for Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, as Oranje won 5–1.[14]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 25. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ajax sign Daley Blind". Ajax.nl. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  3. ^ FC Groningen concreet voor Blind (19)
  4. ^ a b "Blind helps Ajax win in debut". Ajax.nl. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "New contract for Daley Blind". Ajax.nl. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Daley Blind langer bij Ajax" (in Dutch). telegraaf.nl. 19 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Daley Blind on loan to FC Groningen". Ajax.nl. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Blind, exponent nieuw Ajax (Dutch)". NOS.nl. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blind verlengt contract bij Ajax (Dutch)". AD.nl. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Daley BLIND". FIFA. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Blind double lifts Dutch". uefa.com. 4 May 2007. 
  12. ^ "Sidelined Blind's faith in team". uefa.com. 6 May 2007. 
  13. ^ "Netherlands vs Italy 1–1". Soccerway.com. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Holland’s risky strategy pays off as they repeatedly catch Spain napping". The Guardian. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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