Danny Buijs

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Danny Buijs
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Personal information
Full name Danny Buijs
Date of birth (1982-06-21) 21 June 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Dordrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kozakken Boys
Number 19
Youth career
vv Alblasserdam
Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Excelsior 64 (9)
2004–2006 Groningen 67 (8)
2006–2009 Feyenoord 51 (6)
2009–2011 ADO Den Haag 53 (7)
2011–2012 Kilmarnock 14 (0)
2012–2013 Sparta Rotterdam 12 (1)
2013– Kozakken Boys 17 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Danny Buijs (born 21 June 1982 in Dordrecht) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Kozakken Boys in the Dutch Topklasse.

Early life[edit]

Buijs was born in Dordrecht and raised in Alblasserdam. When he was six years old he joined local amateur side VV Alblasserdam where his father and uncle played in the first team, while his grandfather was a staff member.[1] When he was nine years old his VV Alblasserdam team faced Strijen, the team where Geert Meijer's son played. Meijer was assistant manager of Feyenoord in these days and was impressed by Buijs' skills that match and offered him a trial at Feyenoord.[1] The trial was a success and Buijs joined Feyenoord's youth system.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In total he would play ten years at Varkenoord, Feyenoord's youth complex. His development from team to team went without any trouble and his team featured about seven times in a pre-match in De Kuip.[1] When he reached the A-level status in youth football he played in Feyenoord's A1 team on Saturdays and in Sportclub Feijenoord's (Feyenoord amateur side) team in the Hoofdklasse for about half a season.[1] His time in the A1 team was a successful period and under manager Henk van Stee they became the Dutch national champions twice. They also won all international events they participated in.[1] Buijs was a regular goalscorer, was captain of the team and was able to train with the first team squad every now and then. He also joined the first team squad to friendly matches against amateur sides.

Feyenoord/Excelsior[edit]

When Buijs came closer to his debut in professional football he realised that he was still skilled enough to compete with Brett Emerton for his right back position and he asked the Feyenoord staff whether he could move to Feyenoord's satellite club Excelsior on loan.[1] At first Feyenoord did not want to cooperate as they positioned him in their second team, but 6 months later he eventually was allowed to go. Excelsior played in the Eerste Divisie and were contenders for the title.

On 8 March 2002 Buijs made his professional debut in Excelsior's 3–0 home win over Cambuur Leeuwarden. They did not become the league champions but gained promotion to the Eredivisie through the promotion play-offs at the end of the season.[1] In the Eredivisie he was a first team regular for Excelsior, but they struggled to compete with the other teams and relegated back into the Eerste Divisie straight away. Buijs almost moved to Sparta Rotterdam as Henk van Stee almost became their manager, but when he eventually became Excelsior's new manager he decided to stay and play another year on Eerste Divisie level.[1] That year Excelsior lost the title on the last matchday of the season and they were unable to win promotion through the promotion play-offs as well. Feyenoord wanted to extend his contract, but for the same salary as he already received from his first professional contract. Other teams that showed interest were Vitesse, Roda JC and FC Groningen. Eventually he decided to sign a contract with FC Groningen and leave Feyenoord.[1]

FC Groningen[edit]

At FC Groningen he had a successful period. When he came to the club he said in an interview he wanted to achieve European football at his new club. Nobody took his words serious and Martin Drent even asked him if he was nuts.[1] He started as a right back with Kurt Elshot as the right midfielder. This did not turn out to be a success and due to several injuries Buijs eventually became a defensive midfielder and the following season he exclusively played as a right midfielder. In this season FC Groningen qualified for the UEFA Cup in the 2006–07 season. Buijs started that season at FC Groningen, played two Eredivisie matches and his efforts at Groningen earned him a transfer back to his beloved Feyenoord.

Return to Feyenoord[edit]

He had always said that if Feyenoord wanted to have him back he would return there. Buijs had been a member of Het Legioen himself for 10 years and has an intense relationship with the fans at the club.[1] His first season since his return was no success as Feyenoord finished on the seventh position in the Eredivisie and missed out on European football for the first time in many years. Buijs was often criticised in the media, but for the fans he is still one of the most popular players at the club.

ADO Den Haag[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Buijs joined ADO Den Haag, after already being on loan with the team for ½ year. He signed a contract for 2 years. However, ADO Den Haag struggled in the Eredivisie in Bujis first season there and, on 14 April 2010, English Football League Championship side Derby County announced they had agreed a deal to sign Buijs for the start of the 2010–11 season.[2] They pulled out of the deal, however, following the signing of Crewe Alexandra's John Brayford.[3]

Kilmarnock[edit]

On 1 July 2011, Buijs signed a one-year deal with Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock. Buijs made his debut in a 0 – 0 draw against Motherwell at Rugby Park on Saturday, 30 July 2011.[4] On 18 March, Buijs played in the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final which Kilmarnock won after beating Celtic 1–0. Buijs started the game and was substituted for Lee Johnson after 20 minutes due to an injury.[5]

Sparta Rotterdam[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Buijs signed a one-year deal with Sparta Rotterdam.[6][7]

Honours[edit]

Kilmarnock

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Danny Buijs spelers info, feyenoord.nl
  2. ^ "Rams to bring in Buijs". Sky Sports. 14 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/sport/Tomasz-joins-Rams-s-Buijs/article-2209804-detail/article.html". thisisderbyshire.co.uk. 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dutch midfielder Danny Buijs joins Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Celtic 0–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Danny Buijs returns home with Sparta after Kilmarnock exit". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Danny Buijs keert terug op Nederlandse velden" (in Dutch). Nusport.nl. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.