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) [2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Left-back
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 17
Youth career
1995–1998 AFC
1998–2008 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2014 Ajax 102 (3)
2010 FC Groningen (loan) 17 (0)
2014– Manchester United 7 (1)
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 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Daley Blind (born 9 March 1990) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a left-back and defensive midfielder for English club Manchester United and the Dutch national team. He is the son of former Ajax defender Danny Blind.[3]

Blind rose through the youth ranks at Ajax, becoming a regular after a loan to Groningen. In September 2014, he transferred to Manchester United for £13.8 million.

A full international since 2013, he has earned 25 caps and was a member of the Dutch squad which finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

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.[4] Blind 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.[3] before earning promotion to the Ajax first team for the 2008–09 season.[5] He was a midfielder through his journey up the Ajax youth levels, often playing the 'No. 6' or 'third centreback' role. He showed good promise as a youngster and was made captain of Jong Ajax in 2007. [6] He signed his first professional contract at age seventeen tying him to the club until 1 July 2010.[3]

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.[5] On 19 December 2008, he signed a contract extension keeping him with Ajax until 30 June 2013.[7][8]

Loan to Groningen[edit]

On 5 January 2010, he joined Groningen on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, during the winter transfer window.[9] During his time at Groningen, Blind was mainly deployed as a right-back.[10] He was almost sold to Groningen for €1.5 million by Ajax on a permanent basis but the move did not materialize. [6]

Return to Ajax[edit]

The following two seasons saw 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's 30th championship title. However, Blind's performances when given the chance were unconvincing and he was even booed off the field in an Eredivisie game. [6] Under newly appointed manager Frank de Boer, Blind 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.[11]

On 23 April 2013, it was announced by Marc Overmars, that Ajax and Blind had reached an agreement to extend his contract for three years, binding him to the club until the summer of 2016.[12] On 5 May, 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 season's end. Later that day it was announced that 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, De Boer moved Blind back to his natural defensive central midfielder position and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year as Ajax won a fourth consecutive league title.[13]

Manchester United[edit]

On 30 August 2014, Manchester United announced on their website that they had reached an agreement to sign Blind subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms.[14] On 1 September 2014, the club signed him for £13.8 million.[15][16] He made his debut thirteen days later, playing the full 90 minutes as United beat Queens Park Rangers 4–0 at Old Trafford for their first victory of the season.[17] His first goal for the club came on 20 October, a 20-yard strike which earned United a 2–2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.[18]

International career[edit]

Youth[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[19] but picked up an ankle injury in that match that ended his participation in the remainder of the tournament.[20] 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.

Senior[edit]

Having had previous call-ups, 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 Blind playing the full 90 minutes.[21]

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.[22] He scored his first goal for the Netherlands in a 3–0 defeat of Brazil in the third-place play-off much to the delight of his father, Danny Blind, and manager, Louis van Gaal.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 October 2014.[24][25]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2008–09 Eredivisie 5 0 0 0 1[c] 0 6 0
2010–11 Eredivisie 10 0 4 0 4[d] 0 0 0 18 0
2011–12 Eredivisie 21 0 1 0 3[e] 0 1[f] 0 26 0
2012–13 Eredivisie 34 2 3 0 8[g] 0 1[f] 0 46 2
2013–14 Eredivisie 29 1 6 0 8[g] 0 1[f] 0 44 1
2014–15 Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 102 3 14 0 24 0 5 0 146 3
Groningen (loan) 2009–10 Eredivisie 17 0 0 0 2[h] 0 19 0
Manchester United 2014–15 Premier League 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Career total 125 4 14 0 0 0 24 0 5 0 168 4
  1. ^ Netherlands – KNVB Cup; England – FA Cup
  2. ^ England – League Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in the UEFA Cup.
  4. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  5. ^ Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League, one appearance in the UEFA Europa League.
  6. ^ a b c Appearance in the Johan Cruijff Shield.
  7. ^ a b Six appearances in the UEFA Champions League, two appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  8. ^ Appearances in the European competition playoffs.

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 November 2014.[26]
Netherlands senior team
Year Apps Goals
2013 8 0
2014 17 2
Total 25 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Netherlands goals first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 July 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil  Brazil 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
2 12 November 2014 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Mexico 2–3 2–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax[27]

International[edit]

Netherlands

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. ^ "Barclays Premier League Player Profile Daley Blind". Premier League. 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ajax sign Daley Blind". Ajax.nl. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  4. ^ FC Groningen concreet voor Blind (19)
  5. ^ a b "Blind helps Ajax win in debut". Ajax.nl. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c Ramesh, Priya (20 June 2014). "Love is ‘Blind’: Profiling Ajax & Netherlands stalwart Daley Blind". Benefoot.net. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "New contract for Daley Blind". Ajax.nl. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Daley Blind langer bij Ajax" (in Dutch). telegraaf.nl. 19 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "Daley Blind on loan to FC Groningen". Ajax.nl. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Daley Blind maakt furore bij FC Groningen". Ajax Life. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Blind, exponent nieuw Ajax (Dutch)". NOS.nl. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blind verlengt contract bij Ajax (Dutch)". AD.nl. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Daley Blind". FIFA. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "United agree deal for Blind". Manchester United. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Daley Blind: Man Utd sign Dutch international for £13.8m". BBC Sport. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Daley Blind undergoes medical ahead of £13.8m move to Manchester United". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Man Utd 4-0 QPR". BBC Sport. 14 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "West Brom 2-2 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Blind double lifts Dutch". uefa.com. 4 May 2007. 
  20. ^ "Sidelined Blind's faith in team". uefa.com. 6 May 2007. 
  21. ^ "Netherlands vs Italy 1–1". Soccerway.com. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Holland’s risky strategy pays off as they repeatedly catch Spain napping". The Guardian. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Brazil 0-3 Netherlands". BBC. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  24. ^ Daley Blind career stats at Soccerbase
  25. ^ Daley Blind profile at Soccerway
  26. ^ Daley Blind at National-Football-Teams.com
  27. ^ "Daley Blind - Career Honours". Soccerway. 
  28. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands". FIFA. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Daley Blind: Talent van het Jaar.htm". Ajax.nl. 
  30. ^ "Blind speler van het jaar bij Ajax". NOS. 
  31. ^ "Blind winnar gouden schoen". Goal.com. 
  32. ^ "Sportgala van Amsterdam". AjaxShowtime.nl. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 

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