Danzell Gravenberch

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Danzell Gravenberch
Personal information
Full name Danzell Gravenberch
Date of birth (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 21)[1]
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Universitatea Cluj
Number 26
Youth career
2002 SV Bijlmer
2002–2013 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Jong Ajax 15 (1)
2014 NEC (loan) 6 (0)
2014– Universitatea Cluj 9 (1)
National team
2010 Netherlands U-16 2 (0)
2010–2011 Netherlands U-17 9 (1)
2011–2012 Netherlands U-18 2 (0)
2012–2013 Netherlands U-19 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Danzell Gravenberch (born 13 February 1994) is a Dutch professional footballer of Surinamese descent[2] who plays as a centre back for Universitatea Cluj in the Liga I.

Club career[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Born in Amsterdam, Gravenberch began playing football in the youth ranks of local amateur side SV Bijlmer, from where he was recruited to join the Ajax Academy in 2002.[3] Gravenberch helped the Ajax A1 youth squad win the 2011–12 Nike Eredivisie league title.[4] The team finished as runners-up to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series (the Champions League equivalent for under-20 teams) after losing on penalties (5–3) following a 1–1 deadlock after extra time.[5]

On 7 June 2012, it was announced that Gravenberch had signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal binding him to the club until 30 June 2015.[6] Gravenberch began his career in the youth teams of Ajax as a striker, but was moved back to play as a defender while playing for Jong Ajax under manager Fred Grim in the 2012–13 Beloften Eredivisie.[7] Jong Ajax were promoted to the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of professional football in the Netherlands, for the 2013–14 season. Gravenberch made his professional debut in a 2–0 away loss to FC Oss in the Eerste Divisie on 8 August 2013. He was cautioned before being replaced by Sven Nieuwpoort on 46 minutes.[8]

Loan to NEC[edit]

On 17 January 2014, it was announced that Gravenberch had been sent on loan to NEC until the end of the season.[9]

Universitatea Cluj[edit]

On 4 September 2014, it was announced that Gravenberch had signed with Romanian club Universitatea Cluj.[10] The move came after an unsuccessful trial period with Scottish Premiership side Dundee United.[11] Gravenberch signed a 2-year contract with U Cluj, reuniting him with his former coach and now technical director of the club Alfons Groenendijk, as well as newly appointed manager and former Ajax player George Ogăraru.[12] He made his Liga I debut on 14 September 2014 in an away match against FC Rapid București which ended in a 2–1 loss.[13]

International career[edit]

Gravenberch has played for the Netherlands at various youth levels. On 6 February 2010, he received his first U-16 cap in a match against Italy at the Albufeira 4 Nations Tournament in Portugal.[14]

On 17 September 2010, Gravenberch made his U-17 debut in another encounter with Italy during the Ursapharm-Vier-Nationen-Turnier in Germany.[15] The following year, he was selected by Albert Stuivenberg to play in the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where he helped the Netherlands to their second consecutive title, defeating Germany in the final 5–4 on penalties, after extra time following a 1–1 deadlock.[16] Gravenberch was also selected for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico where he scored his first goal in the second group stage match against North Korea.[17] He appeared in all three group stage matches, of which they managed one victory, a draw and a loss resulting in an early exit from the tournament for the Dutch.[18]

On 11 November 2011, Gravenberch made his U-18 debut in a friendly match against Romania. His U-19 debut came in a friendly match against Scotland on 10 September 2012.[19] He was selected by U-19 head coach Wim van Zwam for the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Lithuania,[20] appearing in all three group stage matches before being eliminated following one win and two losses.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 September 2014[22]
Club statistics
Club Season League KNVB Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jong Ajax 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 13 1 13 1
2014–15 Eerste Divisie 2 0 2 0
Total 15 1 15 1
NEC (loan) 2013–14 Eredivisie 6 0 1 0 2[a] 0 9 0
Club Season League Cupa României Other Total
Universitatea Cluj 2014–15 Liga I 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 23 1 1 0 2 0 26 1
  1. ^ Appearances in the Eredivisie relegation play-offs.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax A1 (under-19)[23]

International[edit]

Netherlands U-17[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danzell Gravenberch profile". Soccerway.com. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Inventarisatie Suriprof aanvallers". Natio Suriname. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Voetbalambassadeurs Zuidoost / Bijlmer Boys" (in Dutch). Punt.nl. 12 March 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Beste Spelers Nike A-junioren Eredivisie seizoen 2011/'12" (in Dutch). Nikefootball.com. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ajax A1 verliest finale van NextGen Series van Inter Milan" (in Dutch). Voetbal Centraal. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ajax contracteert Danzell Gravenberch" (in Dutch). Ajax.nl. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gravenberch: 'Het is even wennen'" (in Dutch). Ajax Showtime. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Oss vs. Jong Ajax 2-0". Soccerway.com. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ajax-duo eerste versterkingen voor NEC" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur.nl. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Danzell Gravenberch naar Cluj". Ajaxtotaal.nl. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "SUPER transfer la “U” Cluj! Aduc un olandez de la Ajax!". Fanatik.ro. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gravenberch voor twee jaar naar Cluj". Ajax Showtime. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Rapid Boekarest vs. Universitatea Cluj 2-1". Soccerway. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dutch too powerful for Ireland U16s". FAI.ie. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Deutschland Turniersieger des URSAPHARM 4-Nationen-Turniers U17" (in German). Saar-FV.de. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Onder 17 Europees Kampioen" (in Dutch). Onsoranje.nl. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ajacied Gravenberch bezorgt Onder 17 puntje op WK" (in Dutch). Volkskrant.nl. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Oranje onder-17 uitgeschakeld op WK" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Van Zwam maakt seletie bekend" (in Dutch). OnsOranje.nl. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Drie Ajacieden geselecteerd voor EK-19" (in Dutch). Ajaxonline.org. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "O-19 uitgeschakeld op EK" (in Dutch). OnsOranje.nl. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  22. ^ Danzell Gravenberch profile at Soccerway
  23. ^ a b "Danzell Gravenberch - Career Honours". Soccerway. 

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